Kate & Kevin’s Hip, Approachable San Francisco Wedding by Kate Bolen * Kate (APW Copy Editor/Graphic Design Student) & Kevin (Audio Engineer) * Photographer: One Love Photo * Soundtrack for reading: Zoe Keating “Escape Artist” * The Info—Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius Church / Reception Venue: ThirstyBear Brewing Company / Dress: Kate’s maternal grandmother’s graduation gown / Kate’s Shoes: Sale rack at Macy’s / Tux: Men’s Wearhouse / Flowers: Lila B Design (A Green Wedding Business) / Photography: One Love Photo (Meg’s Photographers) Other cool stuff: We wanted to keep our wedding as green as possible, so in addition to supporting small and local vendors, we encouraged our guests to take public transportation across town to our reception location. We assigned friends familiar with the bus system as Bus Leaders, made tour guide pennants for them to carry, and gave them all enough one dollar bills to get our guests tickets. And, bonus, I got to ride a bus in my wedding dress. One sentence sum up the wedding vibe: Ours was a joyful, hip, approachable San Francisco wedding. Favorite thing about the wedding: I know I’m not the first (or last) to say it, but seeing everyone we love come together was my favorite thing about the wedding. The majority of our guests had to travel significant distances, and it was strongly emotional for me to feel so loved and so supported by our vast community. It was tangible, and writing about this even a year later makes my heart sing. Kate Bolen Senior Editor Kate’s English BA from the University of San Francisco solidified her love of words, grammar, punctuation, and all things lit nerd. She resides in Sonoma, CA with her cuddly husband Kevin, her supportive cat Nori, and one very adorable toddler.