We couldn’t be more excited to share with you the first installment of Sites for Sore Eyes. Countless R&G users and followers have been requesting examples of R&G sites from actual weddings and we heard you loud and clear. Ask and you shall receive! This new blog series features real Riley & Grey couples who have graciously let us show off their standout wedding websites to provide you with some stunning ideas and inspiration.
First up, we have Christin and Jeremy. Christin, 26, is the co-founder of Dark Horse, an innovation consultancy, and a former council woman from Berlin, Germany. Her now husband, Jeremy Black, 34, is a Berklee School of Music graduate and the drummer of the pop/psychedelic rock trio Apollo Sunshine, who have played big festivals like Bonnaroo and were even featured in Breaking Bad (among other TV shows/movies). With nearly ten years in the music business, Jeremy has also founded West Oakland’s Coyote Hearing Recording Studios and, more recently, the San Francisco DJ and band collective Love is in the Bay. The collective provides a fresh approach to wedding music and anyone in the area who still needs some stellar tunes for their big day should seriously check them out.
But first, you need to check out this San Fran celebration. We still can’t believe these two pulled off such a magical day in the amount of time they did! Intimate, fun, and heartfelt, this is DIY done right! Exhibit A: a love parade of family, friends, and oversized balloons across the Golden Gate Bridge– excuse us while we swoon. Read on for more insights from the lovely pair…
How did you incorporate your personal style into the big day.? In other words, how did you “do you”?
Christin: The DIY approach to our wedding was just what best fit our budget (I am still in school) and situation, as I only moved to California three weeks ahead of the big day. We wanted our families to meet and create something together that would be a memorable experience for all of us – and, it sure was! Everything but the food was made and prepared by us – and that included having Jeremy’s aunt instruct five German guys how to fold napkins and bind bouquets, sending my parents who don’t speak English at all to buy saw horses for the German post-wedding log sawing, going with my dad-in-law to the super market to do champagne tasting in the parking lot ( two days before the wedding) , and having our friends Simon Bürgel, Andrea Augsten (both Berlin) and Josh Miller (Bay Area) take our engagement and wedding photos, and so much more…
One of my favorite moments was when all the guests held hands until they reached us and listened to our friend Kacey Johansing perform the Dolly Parton version of “I will always love you.” It was so powerful to see everybody connect and be in the moment.
Because of Jeremy’s background, music was a big part of our day. After our “Love Parade” (which was the name of a Berlin music festival) over the Golden Gate Bridge, which had our friends and families on start at opposite sides and meet in the middle, we had an outdoor ceremony overlooking the whole Bay under a chuppah that Jeremy’s parents built and with Jeremy’s uncle as our officiant. One of my favorite moments was when all the guests held hands until they reached us and listened to our friend Kacey Johansing perform the Dolly Parton version of “I will always love you.” It was so powerful to see everybody connect and be in the moment. For the reception, we had some German wedding traditions (to the delight of the American guests, who’ve never seen such silly wedding games being played or logs being sawed by the newlyweds, which is considered the first work that husband and wife do together). Jeremy’s band Apollo Sunshine performed and Jeremy’s dad Marc Black wrote a song for us as well. It was a magical day, and, even though it was a lot of work, I wouldn’t change a thing. It brought us all together as friends and family.
Jeremy: Our wedding included a lot of personal touches. For the venue we chose The Presidio Yacht Club overlooking The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline. It was our hope to share the beauty of the place that Christin and I wanted to start our lives in with our families, who came from Berlin and New York.
All the music and entertainment was performed by our friends and family who generously donated their time and talents. [I] also performed with the musicians on Phil Collins “In The Air Tonight”.
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