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Modern Chic San Francisco LGBTQ Wedding. Events by Pins and Petals. Luxury Wedding Design. Bay Area Wedding Planner. Bay Area Event Planner.

Today I am thrilled to share with you the extraordinary love story of Joey and Drew. These gorgeous gentleman are a dynamic couple whose journey has captivated my heart and many others who witnessed their beautiful love story. Joey is a prominent real estate agent in San Francisco, and Drew is a well-known news anchor on ABC 7 News. From a pandemic proposal to a breathtaking wedding, their union radiates joy, resilience, and pure love. As their trusted wedding planner, I had the honor of bringing their vision to life. As a result, we created a day that perfectly embodied the masculine, modern, and chic wedding style they envisioned for their special day. This unforgettable celebration not only caught the attention of BRIDES magazine, but will also be featured in the upcoming issue of California Wedding Day.

Join me as I uncover the behind-the-scenes details of Joey & Drew’s remarkable wedding and relish in the magic that unfolded.

The Pandemic Proposal

This story begins during the challenging times of the pandemic. Joey had reached out to me to plan a proposal that would sweep Drew off his feet. Despite the obstacles, we crafted the perfect plan that would create an intimate and memorable moment for the couple.

In typical San Francisco fashion, it was a cold, foggy, and very windy day, so the weather was not on our side. 

We had the words “Marry Me Drew?” spelled out in marquee letters and ballons which rested on Kite Hill in the San Francisco Castro District with panoramic views of the city. It was the perfect location that could be seen from Joey and Drew’s shared apartment at the time. When Drew arrived home, our plan was almost foiled by a work call he received. Gracefully, Joey led Drew to the balcony of their apartment and got down on one knee and proposed to Drew as he overlooked Kite Hill. Success!

Behind the scenes, Drew and I had planned to have a photographer capture this precious memory and she had been hiding in their apartment awaiting the perfect moment to document. Overwhelmed with love and excitement, Drew accepted the proposal! After that, the soon-to-be grooms made their way to Kite Hill, hand in hand, where 30 of their closest friends awaited, ready to celebrate this remarkable milestone. With glasses raised high and hearts overflowing, they toasted to love, to the future, and to a lifetime of shared adventures.

This extraordinary pandemic proposal was a testament to the power of love and determination. It was a reminder that even amidst the unpredictability of life, nothing can stand in the way of two hearts that are destined to be together. It was a moment that defied the wind’s icy grip and warmed the souls of all who were fortunate enough to witness it. 

The Journey to "I Do"

Fast forward 18 months, and I had the incredible privilege of being entrusted with planning Joey and Drew’s wedding. With a timeline of just six months, we embarked on a whirlwind adventure to create a day that would exceed their wildest dreams. The festivities commenced with a heartfelt ceremony at the iconic San Francisco City Hall, where the couple exchanged vows surrounded by the timeless elegance of their love. As they pronounced their love for each other, the cityscape and their closest friends and family bore witness to a love story etched in the fabric of San Francisco’s history. What a precious moment to behold. From the iconic Christian Louboutin shoes and Dolce & Gabbana tuxedos the gentlemen wore, to the organic and textural floral arrangements we adorned City Hall in, the ceremony was both bold and tasteful. It perfectly embodied both grooms’ styles and personality. 

A Masculine, Modern, and Chic Wedding Reception to Remember

Following the ceremony, the celebration continued at Art Attack Studios, an art studio that served as the perfect canvas to transform into the reception of their dreams. With meticulous planning and attention to detail, we curated a space that emanated modernity, masculinity, and undeniable chic realness. From sleek furnishings to avant-garde decor, every element harmonized seamlessly to create an atmosphere that was both inviting and breathtaking. I mean, just look at the excitement on Joey and Drew’s faces when they arrived at the venue! These are the moments I live for and that make my job oh so special.

The Creative Collaborators

None of this would have been possible without the incredible team of creative vendors who brought their expertise and artistry to the table.

The Florals

To soften the modern atmosphere of the decor and infuse a touch of romance, the talented @found.floralstudio and her florals added a touch of natural beauty and elegance to the space. Embracing the vision of a more foliage-centric approach, the arrangements were artfully composed with an abundance of lush greenery which evoked a sense of organic richness and natural beauty. Interspersed within the arrangments were sporadic blooms, delicately tucked in to add texture, softness, and a whisper of color to the otherwise minimalist appearance. The juxtaposition of vibrant foliage and subtle blooms created a captivating tapestry that beautifully complemented the modern surroundings. 

The Delicious Bites

Guests indulged in a scrumptious feast prepared by @bayareatacocatering. This meal consisted of a delicious Taco Bar, chips and all the fixins, ceviche, and yummy hor d’ouevres that kept guests wanting more. To satisfy the couple’s sweet tooth, Monique from @tartsdefeybesse (who was a finalist on Bravos ‘Top Chef’) crafted an extravagant  12-tier Croquembouche tower that was as delectable as it was visually stunning. 

The Details

The venue, Art Attack SF, provided the perfect backdrop for Joey and Drew’s rich color palette filled with hues of emerald green, blue, and the slightest hint of coral to balance out the gem tones. An extra special touch of a live greenery wall adorned with a custom neon sign of “Joey + Drew” created by @found.floralstudio was a sweet surprise to the grooms gifted from Joey’s sisters. 

The rentals from @standardeventrentals added the essential finishing touches of sophistication. The couple partied and danced the night away with their guests to the electrifying tunes spun by @djstallionentertainment. To top it all off, immortalized every cherished moment shared in this space with unrivaled artistry through her photography.

A Celebration of Love

Joey and Drew’s wedding was not merely a union of two souls but a celebration of love’s power to transcend all boundaries. It was a testament to their unwavering commitment to each other and a reflection of their unique personalities and style. Throughout the day, laughter, tears of joy, and heartfelt moments of connection wove a tapestry of love that will forever be etched in the memories of all who attended. It definitely holds a special place in my heart. 

The magnificence of Joey and Drew’s wedding caught the discerning eye of BRIDES magazine, where their love story graced its pages leaving readers inspired and in awe. It was such an honor to be featured. But the excitement does not end there! You may look forward to seeing their captivating celebration showcased in the upcoming issue of California Wedding Day, where their modern and chic wedding will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on couples planning their own journey to “I do.”

Cheers, Joey & Drew!

As I reflect on Joey and Drew’s wedding, I am reminded of the resilience of love and the power it holds to overcome any obstacle. Their journey from pandemic proposal to breathtaking wedding serves as an inspiration to us all. It reminds us that even in the face of uncertainty and adversity, love remains steadfast, lighting the way to a future filled with endless possibilities. 

As their wedding planner, I am so honored to have been a part of their extraordinary journey, creating a day that will forever remain their hearts and mine. Stayed tuned for more events and celebrations from Events by Pins and Petals, where stories come alive, dreams become a reality, and unforgettable memories are made. Your love story is waiting to be told. Let us be your creative companion, guiding you through the intricate world of weddings and helping you craft a celebration that reflects your unique love. Until next time, keep dreaming and creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

Erin Rugala, owner, creative, and designer of Events by Pins and Petals. Full service, luxury event and wedding planner in the Bay Area.
Modern Chic San Francisco LGBTQ Wedding. Events by Pins and Petals. Luxury Wedding Design. Bay Area Wedding Planner. Bay Area Event Planner.

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