San Francisco Services
Caroline Frost Photography
The first thing you’ll notice about Caroline Frost is that she’s supremely organized: She comes to every event armed with a thorough timeline and a neat list of every shot she needs to get before the day is over. That attention to detail means that she can easily fade into the background on the actual day, never interrupting the special moments around the ceremony or during the reception for photos. Caroline is also famously great at organizing wedding albums—rather than disappearing moments after the event, she’ll walk you through the entire process.
82 14th St., Mission
For a less typical catered meal in the Bay Area, we recommend Rintaro, which serves excellent Japanese-style food at private parties. They also have a restaurant in the Mission, which is worth checking out, too.
855 Bush St., Union Square
Del Popolo’s pizza is worthy of its fame—their Neapolitan-style pizzas are out-of-this-world good. They started off as a mobile pizzeria in 2012 and expanded into a brick-and-mortar space in Union Square in 2015. The beloved truck is still in business–and available for private events within a 50-mile radius of SF.
2790A Harrison St., Mission District
This quality SF ice cream shop (which has locations in The Mission and Embarcadero) caters a crowd-pleasing dessert at events big and small. They're known for their somewhat unusual ice cream flavors (Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, Salt & Pepper, Cucumber, Bacon…), but there’s also plenty on offer for the less adventurous sort.
Flora Grubb Gardens
1634 Jerrold Ave., Portola
Flora Grubb started her gardening business with the goal of demonstrating just how beautiful gardens that don’t require a ton of water or chemicals can be. As a result, her picturesque San Francisco nursery and shop has become the go-to place for indoor and outdoor succulents and other cool native plants—you can see their work in action at our SF goop MRKT—not to mention, a ton of gardening-related gifts and an on-site outpost of Ritual coffee. Here, Flora and her staff will help you design or redesign a garden, pot some plants, and even provide gorgeous California-grown florals for events.
When Christina Stembel was doing event planning for Stanford University, she was surprised to find that the majority of flowers used Stateside were imported. In 2010, she launched Farmgirl Flowers out of her living room with the commitment that she would only sell U.S.-grown flowers. Today, the company caters weddings, private and corporate events, and even hand-delivers by bike and car across the Bay Area, and via overnight shipping around the country. Farmgirl typically offers one daily arrangement (e.g., orchids, snap dragons, anemone, eucalyptus, even kale) wrapped in burlap, and in three different sizes, from "fun size" to "big love."
BloomThat takes all the guesswork out of sending flowers. Their app and website are foolproof-easy to use. Based on where you want your arrangement delivered—BloomThat delivers same-day around NYC and SF, and next-day all over the country—you're given a handful of very pretty, very tasteful options. The arrangements vary, but think tulips wrapped in burlap; peonies, roses, hydrangea in a compact glass vase; a trio of succulents in a handmade, reclaimed wood box. Like any good online delivery service, you'll know when your order is going out and when your gift has been successfully delivered.
Paige Winn Photo
Paige Winn kind of kills it when it comes to the full wedding photography experience. She captures all of the special moments and her portraits never feel staged—plus, she's really easy to be around.
Ryan Ray Photography
Ryan is a photographer with a talent for capturing the connection between a couple. Unsurprisingly, he does great engagement portraits, too.
Julie Song Ink
Wedding invites are Julie Song's bread and butter, but her illustrations, calligraphy, and branding are all excellent, too. She's also really popular, so get in touch with plenty of lead-time. (Julie is responsible for the gorgeous watercolor menus at our goop x Net-a-Porter dinner.)