A Glamourous Urban Wedding + Jen Huang’s New Book and Giveaway!

by Amy Azzarito

This San Francisco wedding is pretty much the definition of glamour. Bride Melody is an opera singer in the San Francisco Bay Area and her groom, Winston is a businessman whose work takes him around the world, so it’s only fitting that their vision for their wedding was an opulent, grand affair in one of San Francisco’s most luxurious historic venues, the Palace Hotel. To achieve the look of opulent grandeur, the wedding planners at Charmed Events Group used a spectrum of gold in all forms (sparkle, glitter, metallic) paired with tones of fuchsias and then included details to honor Melody’s Japanese heritage. My favorite touch is the ombre aisle of petals for the ceremony. Of course, opulence, doesn’t necessarily mean stuffy, one of the  favorite moments of the evening was when Melody and her opera friends did a flash mob opera number. The whole event is documented beautifully by photographer Jen Huang, who just released a Workshop-In-A Box, a book that includes a gallery of her photos labeled with all her in-camera settings as well as anecdotes and advice on documenting your wedding day as well as film, paper and other goodies to get you started on your photography journey. –Amy


Planning, Event Design, Stationary: Charmed Events Group
Photographer: Jen Huang Photography
Videography: Cinematt
Floral Design: Nicole Ha
Letterpress: Felix Rhys Paperie
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Jen
Hair and Make Up: Aimee Lam Beauty Up Close
Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Linens: La Tavola
Ice Sculpture: Ice Illusions
DJ: Boutique Wedding DJS: Chris Fox
Lighting and Drape: Fantasy Sound Event Services
Venue and Cake: Palace Hotel
Chiavari Chairs: Especially Yours Chairs
Flipbook: The Laugh Box

To Enter: Jen is giving away one of her Workshop-In-A Box kits. To enter, leave a comment describing your favorite wedding memory – of your own wedding, or of a particularly touching wedding you attended or maybe just of a favorite wedding photo. Leave your comment below by next Wednesday, July 3 at 10pm EST.

See all the wedding photos after the jump!

Image above: There were three different tablescapes, each with different combinations of gold textures for guest tables and glitter table numbers for each table. Each table was adorned with flowers in various tones of fuchsia and guests sat down to place settings with fuchsia bow napkins and scroll like menus.

Image above: One of the biggest hits of the night was the fabulously pink dessert bar with their ombre petaled cake as the central feature. There was also a custom airplane ice sculpture with two custom drinks (lychee martini and lychee saketini) that paid homage to the couple’s long distance romance that led up to their wedding.

Image above: Some of the stationery details. Because Melody was an opera singer, in lieu of a traditional guestbook, guests were asked to “write their own tune” on blank sheets of music.

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    Just those five or six minutes getting to hang out with and even entertain the maids of honor made me feel like such a part of the wedding. I felt very grown-up– they were all so bubbly, gorgeous, excited, and I loved that quick happy moment! Definitely my favorite wedding moment ever– that’s stayed with me ’til now.

  • My favorite wedding memory is from my younger sister’s recent wedding. It was not anything that could be bought – in fact it was free. It is the look of wonder, astonishment, love and pride on the bride and groom’s faces as they leave the church! I love that look. . . two people truly in love coming together in front of their families. Priceless.

  • When I married I was a nurse caring for children with cancer. My flower girl was one of my patients, she had leukemia. I wanted to remember that life is precious and that in the end the small things we often spend so much time being angry and upset about are not worth the effort. Every time I look at the pictures I am reminded these things. (and yes my small flower girl was cured and is in college today)

  • The lovliest wedding I have been to was my best friends’ and her lover from another side of the world. Since he was really into nature, it took place in a forest by the seaside with only 20 closest friends. Very memorable, cosy and definitelly special event for them to start living happily ever after.

  • Two things happened on my wedding day that will live on in photos forever…we got married in San Diego and the Immaculata Church on the campus of USD. Right as I was set to walk down the aisle the wedding coordinator gave my long veil a final tug to arrange and when she did so, dislodged the velcro tabs inside that held the veil to the back of the cap…so basically as I walked down the aisle the right side of my head was exposed from the back due to the flapped veil, photo fail! Then after the ceremony, we stayed for photos and a limousine was to pick my husband and I up at the church. It never showed, and we hitched a ride in the photographer’s van, which did not have a proper back seat but, because of my gown, that is the only place I could fit. We laughed on our day at these things but now, when I look at those pics with my hair exposed, I don’t laugh as much! I would love to win this kit it looks lovely.

  • My niece’s wedding at a private home in San Jose last October. She and her now husband met in college, and wrote letters to each other that they each read before taking their vows. Both of them choked up, but my niece tempered hers with just the right punctuation of laughter, swearing that there was “one thing I can never never promise you (pause) I can never promise to love the 49’ers as much as I love my Saints! No, no, that’s asking too much.” Then they and all the of the bridal party exited with little dance skits to “Call Me Maybe.” Very lovely wedding that fit both of their personalities.

  • My favorite wedding memory took place at about 7:00 pm when I ran down to our event space at the Seattle Merchandise Mart. On my way back to the room to put my wedding dress on and get ready for the big moment, I passed several of our guest on the lower level of the building. I didn’t think anything of it and just chalked it up to guest wanting to get there a bit early to park and get settled. It wasn’t until I was back in the room getting dressed and received a phone call asking where I was. Opps…I had in my mind that the wedding time was 7:45 when it was actually suppose to start at 6:45. I was late to my own wedding but as they say good things come to those that wait! We’ll be celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary on July 13th!

  • I have a tie for my favorite memory, it’s between walking down the aisle and seeing my husband to be for the first time and him reciting the vows the wrote about the first time we met.

  • At my wedding we really wanted people to feel comfortable to get out on the dance floor. So my brother (a groomsmen) dressed up as a robot and walked out on the dance floor to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”. An actual robot, doing “the robot” on the dance floor was just the trick, the dance floor was crowded all night and we partied til dark!

  • At a friend’s wedding, every best man and bridesmaid entered the room carrying a red tulip and the bride carried only a white tulip. The mother of the bride and the mother of the groom then assembled all the tulips to make up the bouquet. It was just beautiful.

  • Not married yet, but my favorite wedding memory is that of my dear friend Rebecca’s. She leaned out the upstairs window of the country farmhouse where she was wed and chatted with us before the ceremony began. Her hair was still setting, tied up and pinned , and she was wearing a robe. It was so casual and awesome. I will never forget that. I hope my wedding is as effortless and comfortable.

  • My friends Jasmine and Joe dancing to the Doctor Horrible Sing Along Blog
    “Laundry Day”, for their first dance. This song will never be the same.

  • I love Jen’s work, and this wedding is just gorgeous. My favorite part of my wedding day was having my grandmother and my husband’s grandmother there. They were both close to 90 years old, and seeing the joy in their eyes at getting to be part of our day was so important. Fancy details are great, but family is everything. Now every time I see a grandparent at a wedding I get a little choked up.

  • My favorite moment, was when I was in my best friend’s wedding and seeing how happy she was and dancing the night away outside with all of the guests.

  • My favorite wedding memory was when my college pal got married in Poland. My other 2 friends and I “road tripped” through Europe to get there and let’s just say they really love their vodka straight up there! It was so fun being part of all the Polish wedding traditions and games.

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    my favorite moment? hearing my husband recite his vows – it made me so happy and giddy to hear him promise “forever” that I actually did a little happy jump :D

  • I’m getting married next May, and I’m sure my favorite wedding moment will happen next year. However, my current favorite wedding memory is from the wedding of two college friends. The groom went onstage with the wedding band, took over the electric guitar, grabbed the mic and sung a cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” made famous by Tiffany, while his wife danced in the front row. It was such a sweet moment!!

  • As a destination wedding planner based in the south of France, I am so touched by every wedding I experience with couples from around the world. One of our cutest couples has chosen to renew their vows once a year in a different destination. So far, Mr. V has gotten away with doing this three times while keeping it a total surprise for his wife Mrs. V! The most recent vow renewal ceremony took place in the paradise of the Seychelles just last weekend. Mrs. V wrote us a beautiful message of thanks today with more exclamation points to express her enthusiasm and happiness than there were words… :) As for my greatest personal memory, I’d copy and paste, but it’s probably easier to just read directly from my site bio here: http://ungrandoui.com/en/about-us-equipe/. Cheers!

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