The most recent installment of the Dream Bridal Tour took place on Sunday November 14th, and we had such a blast with our group of giddy brides! I got to the studio that morning at 8:00am, and it was already in the high 60's, and by the time the tour started and we were in our shuttle, the temperature was creeping into the high 70's. The brides all met at our studio at 10:00am, and we loaded our shuttle provided by Coach America to head out to our first stop. It was a gorgeous day, and we started our day with a delightful outdoor brunch atop the terraces at the Hotel Vitale along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. (Photos were taken by me)
We then headed to Hello Lucky, where we had a presentation about the different options of invitations and cards they offer, and the girls were able to look over all the color options and even see the letterpress machines. After Hello Lucky, we headed to the Marina District to Haute Bride, where the girls were drooling over the jewelry, veils, shoes, gowns and headpieces. This shop is a must for any bride in San Francisco looking for the perfect accent piece for her wedding look.
We then walked across the street to the newly opened American Cupcake, where we were served mini red velvet cupcakes and champagne. It was a nice little pick me up before we continued on our way to Bella Bridesmaid. This was a great stop on the tour, and they are a mainstay because of their selection and high standards of customer service. They carry some of the best brands, and it is a fun stop for brides to go with their bridesmaids.
We then hopped back on our shuttle, and headed down to Sen Spa. This is a somewhat unknown zen retreat built inside an old building in the historic Presidio area. They offer everything from facials and massages to makeup application for the wedding day. We learned about the spa day parties that brides can have with their bridal parties, as well as a place for her to come and relax from the wedding duties. We left with a bag of goodies, and a yearning to book an appointment right away!
Our next stop was the adorable La Tavola Linen studio in Laurel Heights. This where all the beautiful linens are, and they are all out for you to see, touch and spread out on tables for mock ups. We were again greeted with champagne and snacks, while the girls were able to check out the table displays and see some of the linen options.
We were then getting near the end of our tour, and headed back to our studio, where it had all began five hours earlier. The girls were offered champagne, and were situated for presentations by Gabby with Cake Coquette, Kathy with Well Rehearsed, and my roommate, Andrew Weeks Photography. Gabby passed out the most delicious peanut butter and jelly cupcakes (yum!), and Kathy discussed the importance of not letting the rehearsal dinner get overlooked. She plans the best rehearsal dinners that really focus on the groom, and are much different than the wedding day plans. Andrew finished up the tour with a presentation on photography and a slide show on his cutest ever vintage TV screen.
By the end of the day, we were all tired, but the brides left with a wealth of new information and new found vendors they may not have known about prior to the tour. Their goodie bags were filled to the top with everything from discounts to some of the vendors, holiday cards from Hello Lucky, earrings from Haute Bride and a salt scrub from Sen Spa to name a few of the items.
We will be releasing our next date for our spring tour in the next few weeks, and we are in the works for a Sonoma tour in late winter! Stay tuned for all the new announcements, and make sure to follow the Dream Bridal Tour on Twitter for the most current updates.