A Claremont Wedding

Drone shot of the tower at the Claremont

Abigail and Harrison’s classic mid century modern wedding graced us with a colorful landscape of a floral fantasy. The wedding took place in the iconic tower at the Claremont Club and Spa Resort in Berkeley California. Surrounded by sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay and the Berkley Hills the couple said their I do’s in a glamorous fashion recreating a modern day love story with an old fashion flare.  With combined gathered inspiration from Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” meets “the Marvelous Mrs. Maizel” the wedding was an amalgam of 50’s & 60’s meets swanky french vibe. The design of their florals came about from their favorite painting “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny’ by Claude Monet.” The tower where the ceremony was held was filled with an abundance of florals and vines that climbed the tower walls and arches giving off a painterly French elegance. Diana Dorsey of Simply Elegant By Diana planned all the details of the day to perfection.

Check out the incredible drone shot of the Tower Suite at the Claremont…

A fairytale Drone Shot of The Tower Suite At the Claremont Club & Spa

Amy Burke Desgins and her incredible team worked tirelessly in creating very intricate designs of cascading flower builds throughout the day. The sculptural designs in the tower filled the intimate space with lots of different shades of maple and vine greenery with added touches of blush bright pops of red. The cappuccino roses and light tangerine Dalias added the perfect balance of bright and soft tones.

From the Florist Amy Burke Designs….

“When Abbey and Harrison decided to plan an intimate sized wedding in addition to their postponed larger celebration for October 2021, they chose the Tower room in the Claremont hotel because of their ties to UC Berkeley. In addition to both the bride and groom attending UCB for college, Abbey’s family had hosted several other important moments and intimate parties at the hotel, and specifically in the Tower room/suite itself. So, it felt very fitting that they would choose this as the location for their important, very intimate wedding celebration for themselves and their families. We collectively had been so inspired designing their larger event that we all knew we were going to need to come up with something particularly magical and special for this smaller, but no less as important event.

    Both Abbey and Harrison love to travel, and when designing the look for this event, we decided that we wanted to it to feel like a combination of a European garden and walking on the banks of the Seine, through their favorite Parisian street markets. So, we chose a mixture of varying shades of blush, fuchsia, plum and green with pops of bright blue for the Tower ceremony, creating an overgrown garden space that appeared to surround the intimate gathering of friends and family. Garden roses, ranunculus, bougainvillea, delphinium, dahlias, snap dragons, violets and Queen Anne’s lace were arranged into hedges that wrapped around every enclave, climaxing into a loose archway that framed the bride and groom at the front of the ceremony. Parisian style market chairs and tables filled with cheese and vintage glass cloches covering macaroons added to our overall ceremony décor.

     When designing the reception space, the couple wanted to have a slightly looser, more family-oriented styling, with both color palette and floral choices that reflected this quieter mood. We chose to fill the dining room’s deck with luxurious velvet linens, cut crystal stemware and a combination of blush and caramel colored blooms and candles that added to the view of the Berkeleycity skyline. Knowing that the couple are also lovers of history and language, we surprised Abbey and Harrison with touches of French vintage elements throughout the space, tucked into table décor and on lounge tables that they could discover as the evening progressed. This included glass cloches covering vintage books of French poetry, history and authentic love letters from French travelers. Small dishes of mandarin oranges were also tucked throughout the table décor, as a nod to the groom’s family’s orchards. Loose blooms strung from the underside of stationary umbrellas covering the reception area, stings of market lights, and a vintage inspired set of velvet lounge furniture completed the dining area décor. ”   

Abigail wore a sophisticated satin princess ball gown with a full A lined skirt by Maggie Sottero. The gown had the perfect amount of jeweled accents and was paired with a perfect block heel. Harrison looked dapper in his white Tux and black bow tie. His retro sterling silver starred  cufflinks were the perfect accent to the classic look. 

Following their ceremony guests enjoyed light horderves and Champagne as the couple proceeded for their portraits around the gorgeous treelined property. The Claremont resort so graciously opened the infamous Hilary Tenzig Room where the couple were invited to the private space for some couples portraits. Named after the first climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the historical room was filled with mid century mod decor and incredible paintings that hung on the blue walls. 

Abigail and Harrison were quite a pair savvy in style and sophistication. They both shared a mutual love for for all things retro, really good champagne and the classic well known author Victor Hugo which made an appearance in his books on the sweetheart’s table along with their love letters written to one another in French amidst the table runner of florals and accents of tangerines in the vintage glass bowls. Under small umbrellas that sheltered the tables from the weather, chandelier-like florals hung for the umbrella tops adding more floral extravagance to the private dining experience. 

After dinner the couple cut their gold starred glam cake, sipped the finest champagne and danced to their favorite songs of the 50’s and 60’s. It was the perfect night under the twinkling stars and unlike any wedding we have ever shot. With so much style and elegance it was definitely difficult to choose which images to post to the site….

We are very excited to say that our beautiful wedding gallery has been featured on Ruffled Blog!

Photography & Videography:  Blue Note Weddings
Venue: The Claremont Hotel & Spa
Planning & Design: Simply Elegant By Diana
Florals: Amy Burke’s Designs
Cake Artist: Lavender Bakery & Cafe