Many are familiar with the apocraphyl quip attributed to Mark Twain, "the coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco." Although, the summer temperatures range between 50 and 70 (graph), the particular phenomenon of cool marine layer fog can often enshroud the city in a dense, moist, chilly mist . Sound cold? It is!

Don't be scared though, the fog generally clears in mid-day, and there are many beautiful summer days utterly free of fog. However, because we are having an outdoor wedding and an outdoor reception, we want to make sure eveyone is prepared for our unique microclimate. The surest way to be prepared is to bring clothing for all contingencies, but your down winter parka that gets you through those lethal Illinoian winters will be unneccesary. Temperatures are generally in the low to mid 60s, but can vary dramatically during the day, especially if there is fog or ocean winds. Whatever the temperature is during the day, we can guarantee that it will drop as the evening approaches. You will need a jacket in the evening.

Packing and fashion strategy? LAYERING. What is layering? Short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweater, jacket, scarf, and a backpack or tote bag that you carry with you so you can mix and match as the temperature changes throughout the day. Leave the shorts at home. If you wear skirts, put a pair of tights or leggings in that bag for when the fog rolls in. Comfortable shoes are a must. For ladies, flat shoes and boots are fashionable year-round.   You may also wish to consider a hat if you have a distinct lack of an insulating layer on the top of your head like the groom.

Fashion strategy for the wedding? FESTIVE! However, you will find the event much more enjoyable if you come prepared. The ceremony and reception will be outdoors. We will have a limited number of portable heaters in case the marine layer attacks. The bride will be packing a snazzy jacket, scarf, fashionable gloves, and boots for the reception just in case, and you should bring some warm things too. Additionally, the ceremony and reception will be on grass, so if you decide to wear heels, please also bring a backup pair of flat shoes or boots as the ground is very soft.

We cannot predict the weather at the event this far in advance. It is a very good idea to check the weather forecast a few days in advance to get a better idea of what you should bring to the event. Please review the sites below as the big day approaches. The national weather sites often provide weather information for the area adjacent to the airport. This is an entirely different, significantly warmer microclimate.