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The Bride Wore a Colorful Wedding Dress at This San Francisco Celebration – Brides

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They might have gotten engaged two years after they first met, but Heidi Heller and Zach Spencer were still thinking about their origin story when they began the wedding planning process. They knew they wanted to tie the knot in their hometown of San Francisco, but they also wanted to fold an extra layer of meaning into their venue choice—so they selected a spot in the very same neighborhood as their meet-cute. “The Flood is just a few blocks from where we had our first date, The Snug,” says the bride. They invited their 120 guests to the elegant (and conveniently located) mansion in the heart of the city; they loved that the locale, complete with lovely grounds, also offered them an option for a hybrid indoor-outdoor celebration.

Their overarching big-day vision? “Fun, colorful, and celebratory,” say Heidi and Zach, who had actually already tied the knot during the pandemic. This celebration was just that—a party to celebrate their union (finally!) with all of their nearest and dearest. They leaned on their carefully selected vendor team (“We wanted to work with vendors that knew our venue and could help make the day as easy and wonderful as possible,” Heidi says) to ensure the final result matched their vibe. Dream a Little Dream Events made that happen by developing the duo’s peach, pink, yellow, soft dusty blue, and cream color palette; the shades referenced the bride’s Monique Lhuillier wedding dress and contributed to the event’s upbeat ambience.

Ahead, see every stand-out, sophisticated detail from the couple’s floral-heavy June 4, 2022, wedding, which was photographed by Olivia Marshall.

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Heidi chose a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress that spoke to the summer season (and deviated from the all-white gown she wore to her and Zach’s first wedding); florals and citrus fruits were painted along the gown’s bodice, skirt, and train. “It was fun and colorful and I felt great in it!” Heidi says. She borrowed earrings and a bracelet from her mom, wore Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, and held an all-white bouquet. As for her big-day beauty look? “The dress was my statement, so keeping the makeup and hair more effortless helped focus the attention on the fun dress pattern,” she says. “My dress had a really high neckline, so I also wanted to keep my hair up to show it off.” The finishing touches were her all-white bouquet (it contrasted the party’s punchier palette) and ombré French manicure, which was “subtle, classy, and timeless,” she adds.

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Just before the ceremony, Heidi and Zach—who wore a light gray linen suit from Suit Supply and a dusty blue-green tie that spoke to the event’s color palette—met for their first look just outside their hotel. Since the already-married duo wanted to focus on simply being with their loved ones, they decided to skip a formal wedding party. They spent some time with their photographer posing for photos near the hotel, and actually made the short walk over to Flood Mansion together when it was time to get married (again).

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


The couple’s ceremony took place in the venue’s courtyard, where guests took in views of the nearby bay. Bellarosa String Quartet provided the service’s melodic backdrop—and thanks to the property’s stunning grounds, historic architecture, arched windows, and scenic views, not much was needed in terms of décor. Floral designer Amanda Vidmar placed organic flower arrangements in stone urns at the altar; the arrangements framed the duo during their vow exchange (and kept all the focus on the bride’s colorful gown).

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Heidi danced down the aisle solo before meeting Zach at the altar; guests watched on as the duo exchanged heartfelt promises on the mansion’s steps. After they were pronounced husband and wife all over again, they recessed back up the aisle to an instrumental rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


With all of their big-day portraits out of the way, Heidi and Zach joined their guests for cocktail hour. A mix of high top tables and low stations were covered with white linens and bright flower arrangements. They served two signature cocktails: the “Bernievardie,” a boulevardier cocktail named after the pair’s dog, and the “Spizzle Fizzle,” a French 75 with a play on their new shared last name.

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


As guests entered the venue’s grand hall for the reception, they found their table assignments via an ornate, gold-framed seating chart.

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Long tables with textured oat-hued linens were set up throughout the sweeping room, where intricate moldings, coffered ceilings, and marble floors created a feeling of opulence. Centerpieces included white candles at varying heights and arrangements of flowers and citrus fruits—another nod to the bride’s gown. Each guest’s place setting incorporated gold and white chargers with scalloped edges, peach colored goblets, and custom menus that matched the seating chart.

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


During dinner, caterer Betty Zlatchin served three options: a pistachio crusted local halibut with fennel-sunchoke purée, mushroom risotto with lamb, and Meyer-lemon tagliatelle with English peas and fava beans. The couple sat with their loved ones during the meal; over several courses, they listened to several speeches and wine toasts before heading outside to take a few more photos on the balcony (which boasted views of the bay).

Photo by Olivia Marshall


Photo by Olivia Marshall


Heidi and Zach skipped the traditional wedding cake. Instead, they set up a display of their favorite handheld desserts, like s’mores brownies and mini berry cobblers, which guests noshed on as the duo shared an intimate first dance.

Photo by Olivia Marshall


At the end of the evening, Heidi changed into an ivory silk one-shoulder mini dress that was perfect for dancing—and dance she did, thanks to Sounds Elevated. The group was in charge of the evening’s entertainment, which included a DJ and live saxophone and drum performers. Now on the other side of their honeymoon in Mallorca, Heidi and Zach have one tip for duos in the throes of the planning process: “Have fun!” the bride says. “And delegate work to friends and family.” 

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