Vendors, Accomplished + Awesome

San Francisco Wedding Vendors

My first wedding scared the beegeezus out of me. Seriously. I had no idea what I was doing, but for the couple the photographs weren’t important and they didn’t care that I had no experience. I thought well, OK, I can try. I hated it and walked away saying never again. UNTIL I met with the couple and gave them their photos. I arrived with my stomach in knots, my hands shaking and my voice was pretty squeaky.

We sat on the sofa and I handed over the images. They started smiling and sharing and saying things like “look at this one” and “oh, I love this one.” My voice came back and I realized I had actually loved it. It was stressful and I really was a nervous wreck but until this moment I hadn’t known that I really, really enjoyed it.

The final kicker was the story they told me about the best man. After we walked out of the church, I saw him with his head up to the sky and just the most honest and beautiful smile you could imagine. I got the moment and I knew it. It was the days of film by the way! They explained to me at this meeting that he had been diagnosed with a form of cancer, I believe. It was a long time ago so the story has faded but the impact has not. He told the couple that at that moment he just felt lighter, free and purely happy and he had heard me push the shutter button.

He said he knew at that moment something was different. That he was different. (I’m getting chills again as I write this and it happens any time I tell the story.) He was later diagnosed to be free of the disease and knew it in this moment. In this moment, that I had captured forever. That was it and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve gotten a lot better and still get nervous but now photography is all I do. This is not a part time money-maker. It’s my life.

I’ve been in this business a really long time now so I’ve put together this list of San Francisco wedding vendors to try and help you. Even for this couple that said photography wasn’t important, I was shown that it and everything actually is. This is a huge endeavor and most don’t know it till they are in the throes of it. I know these people, trust these people and respect them.

Let them help you and keep the integrity and passion of this business growing with people who are in it for more than the money. We all do start somewhere but I’ve heard so many stories of disappointment by couples who, for lack of better words, got screwed. These vendors rock. Pure and simple. (This list is not comprehensive and information may have changed so feel free to ask for others!)


Amy Burke Designs Mandy Scott Flowers
Anne Mendenhall Flowers Nancy Liu Chin
Bella Fiora Not Just Flowers
Birch [email protected]  Orna Maymon
Branch Out Floral and Event Passiflora Design
Chestnut & Vine Pat Friday Flowers
De Young Flowers Pat Gibbons Floral
Dragonfly Floral Plan Decor
Gingerleaf Floral Podesta Baldocchi
Kate’s Blossoms Sharla Flock Designs
Laura Miller Design [email protected]  Soulflower
Laurel Ann Winzler Woodland’s Floral

Makeup and Hair Stylists:

Bellamina Makeup Mina Drake Make-Up Artist [email protected] 
Esther Tsai Make-up [email protected]  Neja Cosmetics
Kathleena Gorga Sherrie Long Makeup [email protected]
Maria Lee Makeup

Event Planners:

A Memorable Event [email protected]  Kristen Stimpert
At Your Service [email protected]  Heather Ferrai
ATL Events Jean Marks 
Ashley Fraser, First Pick La Tavola
Blueprint Studios Rebecca Crotty Custom Events
Vineyard Events Carol Leslie Special Events [email protected] 
Bryan Wark Designs Stacy McCain Event Planning
Casablanca Market The Lundquist Company
Classic Party Rentals Thomas John Events
Custom Special Events Thumhart Event Consulting
Dreams on a Dime Christina Millikin
Enhanced Lighting & Sound Well Rehearsed
Every Last Detail Wine Country Party + Events
Grapevine Party Rentals [email protected]  Winslow Associates
Hartmann Studios Zest

Musicians + DJ’s

CacaoRock [email protected] BladeRocker Entertainment
Jump Start [email protected] Close Cut Productions
Kushner Entertainment Denon + Doyle DJ Company
Leo Vigil [email protected] DJ Jeremy Productions
Livewire Band Portable Party DJ [email protected]
Magnolia Jazz Band Ron Grandia
Martini Straight Up [email protected] Spintronix Entertainment


Alex’s Catering La Bocca Fina ~ Fine Catering [email protected] 
Bouchon La Bonne Cuisine
49 Square Pacific Connection
Barbara Llewellyn Catering Park Avenue Catering
Elaine Bell Catering Paula LeDuc Fine Catering
Fork & Spoon Richard Visconte Catering
Grace Street Catering Savory & Sweet Catering
Grapevine Catering Schumann’s Four Seasons Caters [email protected] 
Hog Island Oyster Co. Scott’s
Inslata Catering [email protected]  Small Potatoes
Jane Hammond Events Sonoma County  Poultry
Jersey Tomatoes Visconte Catering

Equally important:

Your Ceremony Matters Peadar Dalton  Minister
Blessings to You Diana Morgan [email protected]  Ordained Minister
Twig & Fig Ros Wyatt  Couture Stationery
Blue Moon Productions Andy Hirsch  Videography
BurkArt James Burkart  Videography
Larisa Marr Video Larisa Marr Videography
Kevin Chin Cinematography Kevin Chin Videography
Weddings on Film Justin Ferar  Videography
Napa Valley Linens Ariana Batz  Design
Napa Valley Wine Train Andrea Guzman  Wine Train
Pure Luxury Transportation Antoinette Allison  Transportaion
Dragon/Lion Dancer Stanley Lee [email protected]  Instructor