Happy 2015!

What an amazing year 2014 has been and we are looking forward to all that 2015 has in store for our collective! We've had the opportunity to work together on a few weddings, a fun bridal show and an styled photoshoot at Cavallo Point. Our little team is having a blast with all things that inspire green weddings. For our shoot at Cavallo Point we were able to collaborate with some amazing Bay Area vendors, stay tuned for a blog post on this soon! Next month you can find us at The Love Sick Expo, we can't wait to meet our next round of eco-chic brides. Enjoy some photos from our busy 2014 season below:

Locally Grown Weddings New Website!


The Ladies of Locally Grown Weddings are thrilled to announce our new website! We are so proud to share it with you as it is truly a reflection of our unique team and an example of how beautifully we work together. This collaboration of inspirations, design and logistics created an opportunity for us to learn much more about one another and who we are as a women-based, ecologically motivated, collective of event specialists.  We are looking forward to a 2015 filled with celebrations and will be sharing our experiences and images with you on the Locally Grown Weddings blog. Please stop by and let us know what you think!

Love/Make Wedding Expo - The Bold Italic

This weekend was so much fun at the Bold Italic Love/Make Wedding Expo. It was full of loveliness, DIY ideas, florals, cakes, beautiful poems, and all things WEDDING (which we love!) A special thank you to Tin Roof Farmhouse for suppling us with some last minute vintage finds from her collection. Here is a little snapshot of our booth (we can't help gush a little about how wonderful it turned out.) We loved meeting all the brides and grooms that came to the event and local vendors as well...looking forward to an awesome 2014 wedding season. JennaBethPhotography-BoldItalic-1 JennaBethPhotography-BoldItalic-2 JennaBethPhotography-BoldItalic-3 JennaBethPhotography-BoldItalic-4 JennaBethPhotography-BoldItalic-5

Love/Make this weekend April 27, 2014 - Free Tickets!

Locally Grown Weddings is very excited to be participating in Love/Make, a wedding expo by the fantastic urban team at Bold Italic. Come by Terra Gallery this Sunday afternoon to talk to Jenna about photography and chat with Sadie about your wedding planning. We will be upstairs from 12-5 pm, please come by. And to make it a little easier, we are giving away two entrance passes!

To enter it is simple, just check out our Facebook page and make sure you “like” it and then leave a comment here on our blog! I will do a drawing on Friday to announce the winner! If you post about our give away in your facebook or twitter status and post a link to this posting leave a second comment and you will have two entries!


lindsay and cal engaged!

We are so excited to be doing these two's wedding next year and wanted to share some of there overly adorable engagement photos with JennaBeth Photography. They started their session at the De Young Museum, where Cal first kissed Lindsay and then ventured to the sweet little restaurant of Park Chow, where Cal popped the question. We can't wait for the big day and are so excited to ALL be on board for the day! JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-1JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-2JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-3JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-4JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-6JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-7JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-8JennaBethPhotography-LCEngagement-9

Locally Grown Weddings Week: Get to Know Chef Stephanie Culinary Mistress

Welcome back to Locally Grown Weddings week! (If you’ve missed our previous posts spotlighting the group’s planner and hair/makeup artist, be sure to check them out!) Today we’re joined by Chef Stephanie, culinary mistress and one of the founding members of Locally Grown Weddings. Enjoy!

Featured_WL_CircleTell us about your company and how you got started. Tell us about what you do at Locally Grown Weddings and how you got started in your line of work.

I am the Chef/ Caterer on the Locally Grown Weddings team. I got my start in restaurants & food over 25 years ago. I found myself interested in the diversity of catering and special events after several years in restaurants. I was excited about the opportunity to work in changing locations with a variety of clients and changing menu concepts. After some time, I realized I loved the idea of being part of life celebrations specifically.

Click here to read the full interview.

Locally Grown Weddings Week: Get to Know One Big Fish Green Events

We are honored to have our team featured on Wedding Lovely's blog this week!

Get to know each of our members, learn about their background and how they became professionals in their field. We are kicking off the week with a post about our event planner, Sadie Waddington.  Sadie helped found Locally Grown Weddings and is an intricate part of shaping our collective. Later this week we are happy to be announcing our two newest members, rounding out Locally Grown Weddings to a complete 5 member team.



Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am from England originally, however my family and I lived in Germany, Texas and Italy from the time I was 1.5-12 years old. My parents finally settled down in California and I have been in the Bay Area ever since. After completing my physical geography degree I knew the work I would do had to involve taking care of our environment. Co-founding Locally Grown Weddings allows me as a Wedding and Event Planner to work with an amazing collective of female owned, sustainable businesses.

Click here to read the full interview.

First comes love, then comes marriage, then come the babies!

This month we learned that 3 of our couples are starting families and we couldn't be happier for them! Congratulations to all the soon-to-be moms and dads!

Brad & Tiff1

Tiff and Brad were married at Campovida on June 1st, 2013. They are expecting the new baby on February 22nd, 2014. They don't know if they are having a boy or a girl yet....


Vallance & Bev 1

Beverley and Vallance were married on May 12th, 2013 at Ambiance Antiques. They are expecting a boy on November 23rd, 2013.


Tiff & Rich

Tiff and Rich were married on May 4th at the Log Cabin in the Presidio. The are expecting their baby on January 23rd, 2014 and are looking forward to a big surprise!

Congratulations from the Locally Grown Weddings team!


Creative Weddings and Unique Occasions

Locally Grown Weddings is partnering with FLAX to sponsor their event celebrating Creative Weddings and Unique Occasions. Join us on Saturday, September 21st from 1-4 pm for this fun and informative event. In addition to our knowledgeable staff, we will have industry experts, local artisans and vendor representatives on-hand to provide inspiration, answer your questions and help you plan your special day.


This is not your ordinary Bridal Show. For the first time ever, FLAX is hosting a Wedding and Event Fair to help you plan your Big Day in a special way, by giving you the tools to apply your own creative signature style. Whether you are in need of invitations, decoration & entertainment ideas, flowers, table & place cards, favor packaging, guest books & photo albums, ribbon, rubber stamps, wax seals, and more, FLAX is your place. The Locally Grown Weddings gals will be on site to share creative, unique, sustainable and logistical advice for planning your special day.  We will also be hosting two panel discussions where you can "ask the experts" about all your event planning conundrums!

Hope to see you on Saturday September 21, between 1-4 pm!

From the Groom’s Perspective: Your role in Wedding Planning

JennaBethPhotography_MTWedding-3I know what you are saying, “as long as I show up on time and don’t drop the ring before it gets on the bride’s finger, I should be golden.”  50 years ago, that might have been true.  However, things have changed.  The easiest part of the wedding these days, is the proposal.  It gets harder and more complicated from there. I will give you a moment to get over that statement.  Ready?

The good news is that you are marrying a wonderful person, who you have known long enough (hopefully) to realize that they make you a better, stronger person, and with someone like that in your corner, anything is possible.  Moreover, they feel the same way about you.  Maybe even write that down, so you will remember that piece of wisdom, because there will probably be a time when you are at each other’s throats about whose fault it is that the silverware pattern does not matching the floral decorations.

So what can you do to help this process?

First, accept and understand that this is YOUR wedding too.  Not just the bride’s wedding,  or your mother-in-law’s wedding.  Any relationship worth the time is ultimately about making decisions and choices as a couple, with each person bringing their own personality and thought into the fray.

Second, you aren't getting away with the BBQ in the park wedding.  We all suggest it, and it never goes well.  When you were a kid, you dreamed of pitching in the big leagues, and maybe your bride did too….However, your bride had another dream as well.  It included beautiful flowers and hushed candlelight dances, not plastic picnic tablecloths and dogs playing Frisbee. Save this for your post wedding Sunday brunch.

Third, and most important, a wedding is just an elaborate party.  Remember, you like parties.  Well this one is great, because it is a party with all the people in your life that you love.  Think about it that way, and suddenly, a lot of your disinterest fades away.

There are plenty of other things that you can find to do, but here are a few suggestions of ways that you can provide much needed input and assistance, and make sure that the wedding you have is one that you enjoy and can be proud of.

Make a list of what is important to you about your wedding.  If it is as simple as Good music, plenty of booze, short speeches, then take that on and make sure it happens.  Significant others always love it when you show initiative, and being an active participant in your wedding, rather than a scowling, foot dragger can have all kinds of great outcomes later on.

Make a very specific itemized budget.  We all know how costs can spin out of control when throwing a big party.  Weddings are no exception.  Making a budget can give you a sense of what you need, what you can do without, and where you can cut costs with a little creative thinking.  Getting each item on the budget from the ground floor, will help you feel a lot more prepared when the eleventh hour comes along and there is an extra grand needed for transportation.

JennaBethPhotography_MTWedding-2If you can, hire a wedding planner or at least a month of coordinator.  A wedding planner thinks of all the things that you wouldn’t have the first inkling would be important at a wedding.  Wedding planners know about how to get a fire permit for candles (bet you didn’t realize you had to have one did ya?), what flowers are in season and always look good, and they work with vendors all the time, and know which ones are working in the best interests of the consumer, and which ones are not.  They also take up a lot of the slack when it comes to style and decorations, where you might feel a little (or a lot) out of your depth.  The best part is that they let you actually enjoy your wedding day.  You can revel in the party, because you don’t have to figure out how to get 400 chairs from the ceremony to the tables in under five minutes, and who is going to make sure that your great aunt Sheila is seated under the umbrella.

The specifics are important, regardless of if you think so.  I know, I know, you really don’t care what color the doilies are that the table decorations sit on.  Think about it this way,  you can give ten minutes of active listening and involvement and have the decision made, or you can give away 3 hours fighting about your lack of interest in the little things that make the wedding special, and then still have to make the decision on the doilies.

Know that at some point, you and your fiancé will have to deal with some sort of crisis, or issue, and that it will all be OK in the end.  Planning a wedding is a lengthy process, and things go wrong.  No one ever gets exactly what they want, and no matter how much planning you do, inevitably, something goes awry.  The important idea here is that you do not dwell on what is wrong, but find the best solution to move forward and enjoy all the things that are going right.

The old chestnut that everyone passes around during this process is that if you can survive planning a wedding, you are ready for a marriage.  These sayings don’t last the test of time because they are false.  Weddings are a huge undertaking, but in the end, when you are sitting in a chair, vows exchanged and tie undone, watching your family and friends bump and jump to the Humpty Dance, your work and focus will be worth it.

Now grab your beloved and get back on that dance floor!

Written by Aaron Daley Aaron survived getting married to Locally Grown Wedding's event planner Sadie Waddington with only one small hiccup. He almost didn't get their marriage license! All was saved with a quick trip to a nearby city hall where in 10 minutes they had the official papers in their hands!

Images by JennaBeth Photography the official photographer for Locally Grown Weddings

The low down on seafood from a true expert

As a chef and as a consumer, I am concerned about sustainability when it comes to seafood. I had a chance to chat with Maggie Ostdahl, Sustainable Initiatives Manager at the Aquarium of the Bay recently. Here is what she had to say about the state of our oceans, make that ocean!

Maggie and crew doing outreach, nice jaws, Maggie!



What is the general state of our oceans and how has fishing impacted them?


First, a quick note from a lifelong ocean nerd: we often use the plural “oceans,” but it’s really one global ocean with 5 basins that we call: the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic, and Southern.  Perhaps a nitpicky point, but an important one.  Anyway, our ocean is really feeling the heat from all the pressures placed on it by a huge, growing, and consumptive species (that would us humans).  There is no perfectly pristine area of the ocean left where we haven’t had an impact.  Really think about that for a moment.  The ocean covers about 71% of the planet’s surface, and this global water body is 97% of the water volume of planet Earth.  We should absolutely be called planet Ocean instead, and our combined human activities have impacted all of it.  The primary anthropogenic threats to the ocean are climate change, other pollution, and overfishing.


Overfishing basically means that in many – but by no means all – instances, we are removing marine protein faster than it can reproduce and replenish itself.  In the process, we often also harm marine habitats and generate a great deal of bycatch, which means a great variety of animals we are not necessarily trying to catch.  Depending on different gear types used, bycatch can include sharks, sea turtles, whales, dolphins, albatross, corals, or other fish and shellfish. 


Fishing is not the problem – but overfishing very much is, and its driven by a growing human demand for protein (note that fish are used in feed for our pets, aquaculture, and terrestrial protein).




What does "sustainable" mean when it comes to fish?


I think of sustainability as a process and lifestyle, rather than an end goal and checkbox to be filled.  For more of a definition of “sustainable seafood,” I refer to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, with whom we partner: “seafood from sources, whether fished or farmed, that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing the structure and function of affected ecosystems.”  Yes, it’s a really broad definition, but it needs to be to pertain to the immense variety of ways we fish, and farm fish and shellfish.  (Note here that like fishing, aquaculture or ‘fish farming’ is neither all bad or all good.  It depends on the species being cultures, and how and where that’s being done.)




What are consumers best choices for fish/ seafood?


In the US, whatever is on the current list of green “Best Choice” Seafood Watch recommendations.  It’s a long list, and it’s easily available online, as pocket guide cards, or as a free Seafood Watch smartphone app.  There are lots of businesses (restaurants and retail) around the Bay Area who use these recommendations and other information (like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification).  I’m deliberately not listing out specific food items.  If people care about ocean health along with where they choose to spend their money, there are a ton of tools out there to help you make sustainable choices.




What fish/ seafood should we avoid?


See above, only in this case I would refer you to whatever is currently on the red “Avoid” Seafood Watch recommendations.




What else can we do to be part of the solution and not the problem?


We are all the problem AND the solution.  I’m going to paraphrase one of my heroines here, Her Deepness Dr. Sylvia Earle (if you haven’t heard of her you should).  There are lots of problems facing the ocean, and yes, most are of our human doing, but we know what they are, we have solutions, and there are lots of individuals and groups out there working to make those solutions a reality.  Join in, OR just keep matching your actions and behavior to your values (assuming those values line up with the continuation of life on this planet Ocean).  It takes a little work and some will power, but it is so worth it.




PS.  Aside from making ocean-friendly food choices, I’ll add: use less or zero single-use plastic.  Our convenience-oriented on-the-go lifestyle is contributing to the ocean becoming a trashy soup.  Please, please tie a (cotton) string around your finger or whatever else you have to do to remember your reusables (coffee mug, straw, grocery bag, etc.)  And, if you’ve found a truly great place to buy bulk cereal – I’m not talking only muesli and grapenuts here folks, but lucky charms too – please tell me so I can treat myself to the occasional bowl of sugary cereal without having that stupid liner bag in a box situation.

Maggie Ostdahl


Ms. Ostdahl has over ten years of dynamic experience working on management and conservation of marine ecosystems, with a consistent focus towards outreach and communication of ocean and fisheries science and policy to diverse audiences.  Ms. Ostdahl manages the Aquarium’s sustainable seafood partnerships and our “green business” commitments, as well as much of our engagement with the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project and its partners.  In June 2013, Ms. Ostdahl strengthened her marine debris expertise as crew on a 5 Gyres research voyage to the NW Atlantic gyre to characterize and analyze plastic pollution firsthand.  Prior to joining the Aquarium, Ms. Ostdahl has been part of the Oceans Program at Environmental Defense Fund; an instructor at Marine Science Institute; and a consulting researcher for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program.  Ms. Ostdahl has a B.S. in biology and environmental science and policy from Duke University, and an M.A. in marine policy from the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs. 




About the Aquarium:


Aquarium of the Bay’s mission, in partnership with The Bay Institute, is to protect, restore and inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from Sierra to the Sea.  A healthy San Francisco Bay ecosystem relies on healthy populations of a variety of marine life, and the same is true for the global ocean.  One way to meet this challenge is for people to make ocean-friendly choices in what seafood they eat.  As such, Aquarium of the Bay is strongly committed to being part of the sustainable seafood movement.  We partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and other local organizations to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable seafood choices.


Party Decor Sources

What's makes a wedding or even a small gathering fun and festive are unique decorations. When you transform a space with special details it has an immediate effect on your guests. So to help you achieve a fun and festive event here are some sources I look to for unique decor. Land-of-Nod-Decor

Land Of Nod

This children's site is full of fun garlands and wall hangings. You wouldn't expect to get such great stuff from a children's focused store but you do! So take a look.



A go to spot for handmade and unique goods. The only thing is be prepared to have a lot of options. Not a bad problem to have.



A great place to find fun temporary tattoos. Your guests will be sure to love this unique accessory.


Paper Source

A great spot for stationary and unique paper decor items. It's always fun to explore this shop or what they have online.


Jamali Garden

Great for containers, candles and specialty decor.

A San Francisco inspired menu

Chef Stephanie here. I am collaborating with a couple who wants to offer a menu of small bites inspired by different neighborhoods in San Francisco. This is such a great concept! With all the diversity in our city, I am not short on ideas... I am thinking about Pot Stickers to represent Chinatown.

Crab Cakes for Fisherman's Wharf.

Ceviche for The Mission and Avocado Soup Shooters for Noe Valley or maybe Hayes Valley...Yum!











And so many more neighborhoods to play with: Japantown, Russian Hill, Tenderloin....This is going to be fun!




Conservatory of Flowers Stylized Shoot - Sneak Peek! - {Conservatory of Flowers Wedding}

A little sneak peek of a fun shoot we did at the Conservatory of Flowers a few weeks ago! We can't wait to share more images with you soon...hold tight! JennaBethPhotography_LGWConservatory

Rentals for your wedding.

Event Rentals are a key component to any wedding or large event. They are essential because who owns 100 chairs or 150 white plates? Not many people I know. They can also be overwhelming and disconcerting because they are a large part of your budget and there are so many options that you can choose from.

To help you get a handle on this part of your event, I have put together a short list of different rental companies in the Bay Area. There are some that we have worked with and some others that we haven't had the opportunity to yet so this is a general list of who's out there.

My advice, don't let this key detail of your event go overlooked as the furnishings, tabletop accessories and linens are all details that help create a unique space where you and your guests can enjoy the festivities.



These are the large rental companies that carry everything from chairs, tables, cooking equipment to backdrops. They can be your one stop shop providing everything you need provided it's the look you are going for.

Hartmann Studios - We like to use Hartmann as they have a great selection and their inventory is always in great  condition.

Encore Events Rentals - A smaller rental company that is perfect for the wine country.



If you are thinking vintage it is always good to have a couple resources because vintage means that there is one or a limited amount of it's kind. So you may need to go to a couple companies to get all that you need.

Dream Vintage Rentals - A new company where Haley has a great eye and is continually curating her collection with unique.

Yeah Rentals - Your go to spot for mid century and hip furnishings.

One True Love Vintage Rentals - A great selection of vintage goodies. Amanda also does styling.

Milk Glass



La Tavola - A lovely selection of unique linens.

Napa Valley Linens



These are places where you can find unique items that are new or vintage that are not covered in the companies above.

Hightlight Rentals - Located in the SF flower mart this a great place for urns, pedestals and ceremony structures.

The Find Rentals - In addition to their vintage pieces they also have some other unique finds.

Zephyr Tents - These tents are just awesome! They also have a limited selection of furniture.


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Happy Father's Day!!

This weekend we celebrate Father's Day. This is a great opportunity to connect with all of the fathers in your life and let them know how much you appreciate all that they do. The members of Locally Grown Weddings would like to send a special shout out to our Dads. We love you!

Chef Stephanie and her dad, John Hibbert


jenna & dad


Sadie and her dad, Arthur Waddington

Welcome our new photographer, Jenna Hesse!

What would life be without changes and transformation? That is at the core of the tradition of marriage after all.

The Locally Grown Weddings team has gone through some changes during the slow season and we are now excited to introduce our new photography partner, Jenna Hesse!


Jenna started her company, JennaBeth Photography, in 2008 after several years of shooting weddings.  Her background in Fine Arts adds to her photography style along with her ability to create vibrant, natural and sincere images.

She can’t wait to capture your wedding story.


See more of Jenna's images on our website. Here's to a great 2013 season!