Stephanie and Jim celebrated their wedding at Foreign Cinema, a hip restaurant/ bar in an old cinema building in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. True to their name, they also play silent foreign films during dinner. Stephanie and Jim love movies and video games, and so when it came down to styling their wedding, they filled it with things they love.

About all the quirky details, Stephanie said, “I don’t know if it was a theme but we sure had a lot of Mario stuff. We’re 80s kids raised on Nintendo, so our seating chart and table names were all from the classic Super Mario World map. We got a bunch of Mario toys and spread them all around the tables, and of course there was the insanely awesome cake. It was so detailed, it even had a Rainbow Road from Mario Kart! We had a couple of arcade machines brought in for people to play. We did do a first dance but much more important was the first game of Street Fighter 2 as a married couple. I won!”

“Foreign Cinema has movie projectors in the courtyard where we had dinner and the gallery where we did the partying, so we got to have some movies playing through the night too. We chose Point Break, Fight Club, and Wayne’s World. The platonic romance between Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in Point Break is surely one of the greatest love stories in cinema history!”

“We loved everything about our wedding but the ceremony was great”, she concluded, “we kept it super short, our friend who officiated was hilarious, and we exited to a loud playing of “How Many More Times” by Led Zeppelin. Then we threw one hell of a party. Our biggest expenses was drinks! We had friends coming in to San Francisco from all over the world and they deserved a very open bar once they got there.”

“However we actually saved money with our choice of venue. Foreign Cinema is such a perfect, ready-made venue for what we wanted and their staff are so good at what they do to do that we hardly had to worry at all about decorating the place or dealing with the little details.”


venue: Foreign Cinema, San Francisco // wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier // bride's shoes: Dior // groom apparel: Pal Sileri Lab from Gotstyle, Toronto // hair: Atelier Emmanuel // makeup: Make Up by Stacey // flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs // cake: Inticing Creations // catering: Foreign Cinema // entertainment: Boutique Wedding DJs // arcade game rental: Video Amusement Inc.