LOHO Bride // Real Bride: Amethyst + Andrew

Be prepared to be wowed! Amethyst and Andrew's wedding is one for the books. Not only was their ceremony filled with sweet touches, like Grandma flower girls and handmade origami place cards and invitations done in calligraphy by the bride, Amethyst's Houghton "Gamila" gown is a knock-out. Amethyst is a bride whose personality is clearly shown throughout her special day! 


Can you tell us a little about yourself? It can literally be anything! We just want to know what gets you excited, even if it’s that you’re passionate about puppies.

I’m from a suburb in Los Angeles and have lived in San Francisco for five years now writing  for a couple fashion blogs and brands. Current obsessions are my hubby, the movie Frank, and Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance. Lately, I’ve been excited about illustration — I designed our wedding stationery and am now working on something for my sister’s wedding invitations!

Were you channeling any style icons while dress shopping?

I always had Kate Moss in mind. Her style and spirit are spellbinding and you always want to know more about her because there’s so much more to her than her being a model. I saw her wedding dress at the Victoria & Albert museum in London and it was so reflective of her natural elegance. I think I stared at it for a good ten minutes (memorizing it because they wouldn’t allow photos!) and I was just in awe of it.

What was the best part of your LOHO Bride experience?

LOHO had the best selection of dresses I had seen in all of San Francisco. That alone made the experience because I was on the hunt for something more than the usual wedding dress and I knew once I saw the selection, got the feel of LOHO, that I would find my dress there. But I honestly want to give my thanks to Christy for making the experience. She seemed to understand my wedding dress woes and I felt like I was shopping with someone who got me.

How did you choose your dress and what was the most magical part about it?

When I tried on the Gamila dress it felt very me right away! It was different from all the other times I tried on dresses and I had doubts about them. And it had everything that I knew I wanted from the beginning: I always loved Houghton, the column shape, and that bit of drama of the sleeves.

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Describe your wedding. Where did it take place? What inspiration or themes were your drawn to when planning?

Our wedding was in Tiburon, California, where my now husband Andrew proposed to me. It’s where we would take staycations to get away from the congestion of the city, and a place that is special to both of us. The ceremony was at the deconsecrated Old St. Hilary’s, the last gothic chapel in the Bay Area up on a beautiful hill. The reception was at this small place called the China Cabin, an old ship’s saloon that was put on stilts over the water with gilded gold inside.

We mostly took inspiration from our personalities seeing as the day was a celebration of our love for each other. So we took a lot of inspiration from our personal hobbies and likes. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have a small wedding, so we had a guestlist of just 40 of our closest friends and family. My husband put his crafty skills to use and handmade a bunch of stuff: origami place cards, a geometric 22-sided card box, our ceremony backdrop (he 3-D printed some of its pieces and cut the wood parts), gold crowns for all the guests to wear, the list could go on! As for me, I worked closely with vendors on the styling of everything. I also developed an interest in calligraphy and illustration while planning and included my own when designing our invitations, wedding programs, menus, and signage - my favorite part!

How did you and your partner meet?

Andrew and I met online on Chatroulette (cue the *gasp* and “Whaaaat?!”). He was actually in Alberta, Canada and I was still in school in Davis, California. It was completely random that we met, and it so happened that we both moved to San Francisco around the same time. We finally met in person in Nob Hill when I was moving out of my apartment in Davis and I offered to give him one of my lamps and a bedside table for his new unfurnished apartment.

What made your wedding personal to you and your partner? 

We put so much of ourselves into all the planning so everything felt personal. What stands out the most to me was our ceremony though. We wrote our vows and carefully chose the music, readings, and traditions for our ceremony. One of our good friends officiated for us. All these elements combined made it such a personal moment.

Did you have a special moment or one thing that made it truly in a league of its own?

So much of the day was special, but what stood out to me were the speeches! My parents didn’t plan theirs, so my dad went full-dad and went on a long tangent of what had to be the funniest yet sweetest speech ever. (Everyone was wearing gold crowns at this point, too - my dad wearing a gold crown with hearts.) It was awesome.

Any parting wisdom for yet-to-wed LOHO Brides?

Don’t worry about what’s the “best” option (maybe skip Pinterest altogether seeing as it is a flood of “best wedding options”), because the “best” option is probably not even right for you as a couple. You’re going to have to make a lot of decisions together and even make a few compromises. Choose what’s most you, make the decisions together, and trust me you will be happy!

Photography credit: Jill Devries