Charming and Intimate Stable Cafe Wedding

Charming and Intimate Stable Cafe Wedding

Charming and Intimate Stable Cafe Wedding

After such a long time apart due to the pandemic, what Beth and Patrick really wanted was to have a relaxed and intimate celebration at their favorite restaurant—treating their family and friends to a delicious feast and an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by their loved ones and the perfect San Francisco weather, the couple’s Stable Cafe wedding was a day truly meant for them and their loved ones.

Built in the 1800s as a carriage house that appears unassuming from the street—the Stable Cafe’s gorgeously manicured garden patio provided the perfect lush backdrop of greenery that framed the couple as they exchanged their vows. The plum trees, vines, and potted plants along with the understated floral arrangements by Ash and Oak, votive candles, and bistro lights set the romantic mood for their charming courtyard reception.

If you’re a foodie thinking about having a small wedding at your favorite restaurant, you’ll love this Stable Cafewedding. The romance and beauty of Beth and Patrick’s big day comes across so beautifully in these images captured by Erin Prado for Vivian Chen Photography. Scroll through for amazing ideas and inspiration for your own intimate celebration.

The Couple:

Beth and Patrick

The Wedding:

The Stable Cafe, San Francisco, California, United States

Inspiration for Changing Up Timelines

Rather than spend all of Saturday getting ready, we had our wedding on Friday night. Then we enjoyed Saturday afternoon sailing with our guests on the Bay. It was so special to share our favorite parts of the city with our loved ones and maximize our time together after such a long time apart during COVID

Weather Changes Made Their Stable Cafe Wedding Perfect

The weather was unbelievable! It was a pretty cold and windy summer in San Francisco so we rented a bunch of extra heaters for our guests and warned them to bring extra layers. Turns out the weekend was beautiful—sunny, a light breeze, and warm. I’d bought a white Patagonia jacket as my bridal jacket but didn’t end up needing it at all. 

Using Tight Transportation for Cute Photo Ops

We’ll never forget squeezing into my sister’s car with Patrick, our photographer Erin, and my nephew’s empty car seat. It was a bit tight but Erin snapped a couple of adorable photos of Patrick and I crammed in the backseat as we enjoyed some great views of San Francisco on the way down to Stable Cafe.

Mixing Up The Wedding Menu

Stable Cafe was beautiful—the food and desserts were amazing. We also had passed appetizers and a taco bar catered by Nopalito. Their carnitas are out of this world and our guests raved about the food for weeks. For dessert, instead of a wedding cake, we went with a cookie bar baked by GoodChildrenSF. We loved the cookies and we enjoyed them with our guests throughout the rest of the weekend. In retrospect, six cookies per guest was a lot. But hey, nobody minds extra cookies!

Working With Erin Prado And Vivian Chen Photography

Erin was great. She had a knack for catching the sweetest candid photos and captured the city chic vibe we were going for so well. Vivian Chen was super fast in editing the photos and we love how they came out. Our families all commented on how great the photographs turned out from our big day.

Their Advice: Pick The Right Vendors

Identify what matters to you and what doesn’t at the beginning of planning. Based on those priorities, focus on the things that will bring you joy and just let the small stuff go. Also, pick the right vendors. I am an organized person by nature, but we were really proud of how little stress we had leading up to the event and how seamlessly it all came together in the end. Once we booked our team, everything came together easily because each vendor was great at their job. 

The Wedding Team:Photography – Erin Prado for Vivian Chen Photography
Day Of Coordinator – They So Loved Events
Venue – Stable Cafe
Floral Design – Ash and Oak
Catering – Nopalito SF
Desserts – GoodchildrenSF
DJ – DJ Sami of Heart of Gold DJs
Invitation Design – Virginia Brown Art
Wedding Dress – Mestiza NY
Groom’s Suit – Zegna
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Dreamcatcher Artistry
Rings – No. 3 Fine Jewelry
Rentals – AM Party Rentals


Congratulations to Beth and Patrick on their charming and intimate Stable Cafe wedding. And big thanks to Erin Prado for capturing every sweet and memorable moment of their big day.



Fun and Intimate Winery SF Wedding

Fun and Intimate Winery SF Wedding

It’s been quite the wild ride since the pandemic started, especially for those planning a wedding. After postponing their date three times, Jen and Ihab decided to quickly tie the knot shortly after finding a venue they loved. With a postcard view of San Francisco in the background and 60 of their closest friends and family, their fun and intimate Winery SF wedding was one for the books.

The couple had their ceremony right outside the winery, with the Bay Bridge as the picture-perfect backdrop. The groom rocked a navy suit while the bride looked radiant in her crystal-embellished long sleeve blush dress. In a touching tribute, she carried the memory of her dad with a photo locket pinned to her bouquet. Not to mention their kids played a significant role in their celebration as they each walked with them down the aisle. 

The good time didn’t stop there. After the ceremony, they all headed into the barrel room for their reception. Their guests enjoyed freshly made wood-fired pizza, and the ice cream truck was a delicious surprise! From the vintage furniture and decor to the barrel wall and string lights, it was a unique urban setting with a relaxed, cozy vibe. Scroll down to be entirely inspired by these incredible photos of their big day, all beautifully captured by Junebug member Apollo Fotografie.

The Couple:

Jen and Ihab

The Wedding:

Winery SF, San Francisco, California

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Putting Together An intimate Winery SF Wedding Quickly

We wanted something different, and a friend told me about Winery SF on Treasure Island. As soon as we saw it, we knew it was the right place. Plus, they had dates available, which was an added plus since we were putting the wedding together quickly.

Keeping Their Guest List Small

We wanted a more intimate wedding, so we kept it under 60 people. We wanted to spend time with everyone who came, and this was possible because of the number of people present. We are proud of how nicely everything flowed and that everything went as planned. It was a great night celebrating with our family and friends, especially after not seeing so many people for so long.

Memorable Moments With Their Kids

The most memorable part of the day was having our two kids be part of the ceremony and celebration. Our three-year-old walked her dad down the aisle, and our six-year-old walked me down the aisle because my dad passed years prior to the wedding. Our kids kept coming up to us, and we were holding our daughter during the vows because she wanted to be with us. During our first dance, both kids came and joined us on their own (not planned), making for a really special and memorable moment. The kids might have stolen the show!

Be Flexible: Advice From The Newlyweds

We had to be very flexible since the date got moved three times due to the pandemic. The dessert option had to be because of this, and Ihab’s suit didn’t arrive until the day before the wedding, which made for some nice scrambling, and a potential backup suit needed to be found. Try to be as flexible as possible, knowing that it will all fall into place.

Unexpected Wedding Menu: Pizza And Ice Cream

We had a variety of salads and pizzas, and they kept coming out fresh from the oven. Everyone found something they liked, and it was very easy but delicious! We didn’t want a traditional cake for dessert, so we went with an ice cream truck. The truck was adorable, and the ice cream was delicious. We both love ice cream, so it was special to us.

Working With Junebug Member Apollo Fotografie

Our photographer Apollo Fotografie was flexible, funny, easy-going, and made the whole process really easy. She did a great job capturing our personality and the mood and helped make things feel not too posed.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Apollo Fotografie
Venue – Winery SF
Floral Design – Wild Flower and Fern
Catering – Soleil Wood Fired Pizza
Dessert – Hometown Creamery
Live Music – John Paul Hodge
Invitation Design – Paperless Post
Makeup Artist – Lash Out Loud Beauty Bar
Hair Styling – Heather Dean
Groom’s Apparel – Suit Supply
Rings – Crown Nine Jewelry 


Congratulations to Jen and Ihab on their fun and intimate Winery SF wedding. And big thanks to Junebug member Apollo Fotografie for capturing all the love and happiness on their beautiful day surrounded by their family, friends, and adorable children. To see more of their incredible photography, check out their profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!


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