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Where To Start, Inc. Wedding and Event Management

Wedding Coordinator / Planner
Main Office Location:
By Appointment Only
Newark, California

Contact: Gwen Helbush
Phone: 510/795-9072 ext 101
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Service Area:

Greater San Francisco Bay Area


Here Comes The Guide brides receive complimentary guest list management services included in any package purchased—a $500 value!

Video Game-Inspired Wedding at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum

The bride and her bridesmaids relax in the makeup chairs.

Love this shot of the groom and his groomsmen tying on their chic purple ties!

A San Francisco wedding isn't complete without a cable car ride shared with the wedding party.

Nancy Liu Chin did a beautiful job with the flowers, using vibrant purples and pinks in the floral décor.

The jewel toned florals are bright and fun yet there's still a feeling of elegance.

The groom's love of video games combined beautifully with the bride's elegant vision.

Simple details, like video game names and characters, blended seamlessly with the vibrant colors and opulent surrounding.

Even this image of the wedding rings incorporated the couple's video game theme.

A completely customized cake topper.

Wedding Planner: Where To Start, Inc. Wedding and Event Management
Wedding Venue: Asian Art Museum
Wedding Photographer: Brunk Photography
Wedding Caterer: Global Gourmet Catering
Wedding Flowers: Nancy Liu Chin Design
Wedding Invitations: Hello!Lucky Custom Letterpress and Social Stationery
Wedding Lighting: Got Light
Wedding Cake: Cakework
Wedding Cable Car Rental: Events West, Inc.
Bridal Makeup and Hair: Giao Nguyen Makeup and Hair Artistry

Real Wedding Ideas: city - urban, museum, pink, purple, signs, wedding cake

Rustic San Francisco Wedding at Presidio Log Cabin

We're diggin' the bride's glam vintage style. She looks like a retro pin-up girl.

Fruit is such a unique addition to a bridal bouquet. We love the apples mixed in with the red roses.

A gorgeous outdoor ceremony.

Views of the San Francisco bay make an incredible backdrop for the wedding vows.

Red, black and white are such sophisticated wedding colors!

The bride looks exquisite in her satin gown and vintage accessories.

The bride is so perfectly accessorized—right down to her red fingernails that match the bouquet!

A close-up of the bride's elegant birdcage veil and groom's simple red rose boutonniere.

The newlyweds head off to enjoy their reception.

Roses and red apples with a touch of robin's egg blue and burlap were used to give a rustic yet chic look to the table décor.

Low red floral arrangements line the center of the table.

Not only are these apples a tasty snack, but they're also place cards letting each guest know where to sit.

Cake Coquette did a great job of incorporating the red apples and rustic theme into the dessert.

The newlyweds dig in to their adorable cutting cake.

Wedding Planner: Where To Start, Inc. Wedding and Event Management
Wedding Venue: Presidio Log Cabin and Log Cabin Lawn
Wedding Photographer: Little Bat Photography, LLC
Wedding Caterer: Grace Street Catering
Wedding Flowers: Hunt Littlefield
Wedding Cake: Cake Coquette
Wedding Linens: Creative Coverings
Wedding Party Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Bridal Makeup: Tracy Shelor
Wedding Hair Stylist: Julie Dy Hair Stylist

Real Wedding Ideas: cupcakes, glam, jewelry, ocean, outdoor ceremony, red, roses, rustic, vintage, woods forest trees

You Need To Know...
Vendor Type { Coordinator / Wedding Planner }
Company Founded { 1991 }

Verified Reviews from Real Brides & Grooms

“My friends and family remarked that they have never seen a happier, more relaxed bride than I was on my wedding day. I owe that to Gwen.”

“Gwen was a very clear communicator, and was very prompt in returning my calls and emails. I really loved that about her.”

“I’m Type A and Gwen could hang! She was so on the ball with everything!

“She made all of the decisions during the planning stage so very easy. She made sure to never overwhelm us with too many choices, but tried to tailor the choices to what she thought would fit with our vision of our wedding day.”

“She made us feel like our wedding was the most important event in her life and ours.”

“She took away all the stress, and came up with some amazing ideas that were over the top and outside of the box.”

“Vendor referrals are one of the top reasons we wanted a wedding planner, and we felt that Gwen had an excellent network of quality vendors to call upon.”

“If I could shout from the mountain tops how great she is, I would! I know this might sound silly, but she is an amazing person and more people need to know about her and her skills.”

“She is an amazing wedding planner because she makes sure that her couples are in the limelight, not her.”

“She was fabulously responsive.”

“Gwen knows what she is doing. I did not realize how relaxed I could be. I wish all of your brides a day like we had.”

“She was a magician. And if it speaks to the true aesthetic beauty of our event, the venue contacted us and asked to use our wedding pictures on their website!”

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