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By: HUCKLEBERRY KAREN

We helped put this beautiful tablescape and hanging wisteria designed by @nancyliuchin at the @ohsoinspired retreat.                    So romantic!

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By: MILOU AND OLIN PHOTOGRAPHY

You’re in for a real treat today! Nicole and Jake’s Modern San Francisco Mansion Wedding was spectacular. There’s no two ways about it! We were so thrilled to recently see this timeless wedding featured on Style Me Pretty. Both the ceremony and reception took place at the dreamy Flood Mansion, and Nicole being the bride, designer and florist whipped herself up a breathtaking wedding.

We were so happy to have been a part of this wedding, and we are even more happy that we get to share all this beauty with you! We love you Nicole + Jake, and wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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We though a Vera Wang gown was the best choice for Nicole’s Modern San Francisco Mansion Wedding, hands down. Vera Wang is a classic, yet always vamping up her gorgeous line. Especially with Nicole’s choice of black ribbon with her gown, it just made the dress all that better.

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The Bride’s bouquet is modern, playful and timeless. The best way to describe this Modern San Francisco Mansion Wedding was described perfectly by Style Me Pretty, “modern with a twist”.

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From the Bride… “From the beginning Jake and I wanted wedding that was classic and timeless. We never wanted to look back at our pictures and feel like they were dated. So we selected the things we loved and pieced every detail together one by one.”

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These two are perfection, and we love that we were asked to be a part of their modern San Francisco mansion wedding. There is no place we would have rather been.

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What we love about this modern San Francisco wedding is that everything, even down to the little details like the stationary, that the whole theme is paid attention to. Love it!

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We love everything about her vision in pink and we think her modern mansion wedding was a success! Don’t you?

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This final shot on the balcony took our breath away, which is the best way to end a perfect modern mansion wedding like this.

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The lovely Bride gave us a little insight into her beautiful day, and bestows a little advice to Brides planning for their special day…

“We enjoyed every minute of our wedding, however as everyone says it goes by entirely too fast. What we loved most was that we took the time to write our own vows to each other. There were days leading up to the wedding that we were so overwhelmed with other details that we almost thought it might be easier just to let the officiant speak, but we persevered and I wrote mine and Jake wrote his and it’s the one thing we cherish most in our wedding film. Yes, it takes more effort but definitely worth it. Now I have our vows framed in our home and its something our family can cherish for years to come.

My advice for other brides would be to let your vendors do their thing! You hired them and you should trust that they will see your vision through. The less of a control freak you are the better the end product tends to turn out. Even with my own brides, when they give me strict instructions on how to arrange their flowers and what exact flowers should be used, I feel confined and uninspired. The brides who give me their color palette and overall vision and just tell me to “do my thing” get something more unique and less cookie cutter. That was a pact Jake and I made from the beginning…to just let our vendors do their thing! ”

A special thanks to all the vendors who helped make this magical.
Venue: Flood Mansion
Caterer: Oak & Smoke
Event Designer: Nicole Peacock Design
Florals: The Petal PusherThree Sisters FlowersScarlett & Grace
Day of Coordinator: Chelsea Bowman 
Photographer: Milou & Olin
Videographer: LoveSpun Films
DJ: Superior Sound
Rentals: Blue Print Studios
Linens: La Tavola
Bakery: Sweet On Cake
Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Vera Wang
Bride’s Jewelry: Swarovski
Bridesmaid Dress: Alfred Angelo
Bridesmaid Jewelry: JCrew
Groom: Vera Wang
Groomsmen: Vera Wang
Rings: Giraux Fine Jewelry
Makeup: Ashley Gonzales
Hair: Celia Castaneda

By: BRI CHILDS

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[Melanie Duerkopp Photography]

Your guests’ place cards are maybe one of the last things on your mind and checklist – but today, we’re sharing how FUN and important this part of the planning process can be!

But let’s start by talking about how important these place cards are. (No, really. Super important!) Your place cards play a huge role in keeping the reception organized. Guests will need to find their names quickly, be able to easily determine where they are sitting, and often will have their meal choice on their place card. So here’s some practical tips to keep in mind:

  1. Think about the weather when you’re figuring out how the place cards will be presented. Rain or humidity? Paper or ink could easily run or become damp in the setup process. Super hot outside? Flowers or fruit could wilt or metal objects could get way too warm in direct sunlight. And, of course, ALWAYS expect wind. Don’t plan your whole place card table design around cards that stand up straight with little support because wind will often force your planner to resort to a new design that isn’t what you imagined.
  2. Make sure your guests can find their names quickly and easily. You can get creative and encourage your guests to have fun finding their names, but don’t go overboard. Otherwise, a crowd will form at the table, guests may be late getting into the reception, or some may give up on the process altogether (and then musical chairs begins at dinnertime). Alphabetical order always helps, as well as clear writing and no clutter around the names.

Now that we have the practical stuff down, how are you supposed to indicate their meal choices for sit down dinners? Let’s take a peek at some clean and pretty inspiration to ensure everyone gets what they’re craving:

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[Erin J. Saldana Photography]

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[Emily RC Photography]

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[Lisa Lefkowitz Photography]

Use colors to determine which meal the guest selected. Just make sure your caterer knows!

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[Jesse Leake Photography]

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[Kelly Brown Weddings]

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[Wedding Bee]

And now for pure prettiness in case you just need major inspiration! Whether you’re going for classy or creative, there’s so much fun you can have with your place cards.

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[Erica Velasco Photography]

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[Barrie Ann Photography]

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[Sunny 16 Photography]

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[Charlie Juliet]

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[Colin Cowie Weddings]

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[Divine Light Photography]

By: GAVIN FARRINGTON PHOTOGRAPHY

 Romantic moment captured by Gavin.

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By: MANGO MUSE EVENTS

If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, part of the fun is setting your table.  It’s going to be the focal point of the holiday as that is where most of your eating and chatting will happen.  It’s no fun doing the same Thanksgiving tablescape every year, right?  So, let’s change it up!  Now while you could certainly go out and buy new dishes or flatware or napkins, you don’t have to (unless you want to) in order to create something new.  In today’s design inspiration, we’re going to show you some Thanksgiving tablescape designs to inspire you for your upcoming feast.

We took a quick trip to World Market to put these together, but you can easily mix and match with what you have to put together a festive and welcoming Thanksgiving tablescape.  To help with this, think about all the items you own because you probably have more than you realize.  You don’t have to stick to just fine china or ceramic pieces, you can use summer pieces, outdoor dining dishes and even bring in some colors you wouldn’t normally associate with Thanksgiving and fall.  It’s all about how you use them together that matters.  Let’s have some fun!

Our first Thanksgiving tablescape we’re calling Rustic Red.  The coppery red fringed placemat brings in those traditional Thanksgiving browns, reds and oranges you usually think of, but the dishware and silverware are a little more fun.  The combination of a metallic, a more boho print and a more traditional plate mixes up both the textures, but also the colors.

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What I like about it this table setting is that it’s formal without feeling too buttoned-up and the whimsical fiddlehead flatware brings some extra fun to the setting.  I finished it off with a linen napkin and a succulent napkin ring to give it a more natural look and tie in the floral print.  You could take this design and make it more rustic or bring in some additional prints and colors.  Take a look at what you own and see how you can combine metallics, vibrant prints, and your traditional dishware all while keep it fun and natural.

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This next Thanksgiving tablescape is called the Exotic Outdoors.  While the first tablescape had the predominant color you think of when you think of Thanksgiving, this one has that natural feeling of being outdoors with the fabrics and textures.  The woven placemat, rattan charger, wood pieces and muted colors of the dishware and napkin all help bring that outdoor feeling inside.

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The textures really come across well in this next picture and is what I like most about this table setting.  I feel almost transported back to the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving with of course some upgrades.  The dinner plate and napkin prints break up the natural feeling and add some color and interest and an exotic feeling to the table.  This could go more tropical, more Balinese or Indian, just depending on what you own.  So, think about what you have that gives off that outdoor feeling and pair it with an exotic print or two to spice it up.

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Our last Thanksgiving tablescape is called Modern Shapes.  This table setting plays on the use of different shapes and lighter colors to bring a fresh feeling to the table.  Thanksgiving to me always has a warmth and freshness to it, maybe because of the crispness of the air and the abundance of food.  While this table setting is the least traditional Thanksgiving looking, but still has a very warm feeling to it.  The gold square charger with the scalloped white and aqua blue plates are light and bright.

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What I like most about this table setting is what the unexpected floral print bowl and the Ikat napkin do to change it.  These two elements add some fun to the table setting and bring in the warmth factor.  It’s modern while also playful and not too stark and serious.  You can take this setting in a few different directions and play with the shapes, colors and prints.  I wouldn’t add too much print here, but a touch here and there is perfect.  So, think about what you own that will give you some fresh clean lines and also some warmth.

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Did you get some ideas for your Thanksgiving tablescape?  I hope so!  As you know, we like to mix and match in all of our design to find that perfect combination to suit or clients.  So, don’t be afraid, have fun and just play with it!  Try unexpected combinations and you might just put together your favorite tablescape.

 

 

By: BRI CHILDS

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[Vero Suh]

Maybe you’ve already had some wedding dress shopping experience as a bridesmaid, or maybe you’ve only seen the horror stories on TLC. So, let’s clear some things up. We want to provide you with realistic tips and expectations so your wedding dress shopping goes beautifully – and only happy tears show up to the party.

1. Know what you’re looking for before you start (as much as possible). You don’t have to know all the fancy names of the different fits, but have an idea of how you want to feel on your big day. Do you want to feel like a princess? Ballgown. Aiming for more ethereal and romantic? Look for A-line or lots of chiffon and flow material. Want to feel sexy? Show off your curves with a mermaid, trumpet style or low back.

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[Vero Suh]

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[Vivian Sachs]

2. While it’s important to know how you want to feel, it’s also important to remember that you need to feel comfortable in your dress. You want to be able to enjoy your big day and have fun, rather than worrying about how tight your dress is, what’s showing and what’s not or fidgeting with uncomfortable fabric. No matter how fabulous the dress is… it’s not worth being the focus of your night. We promise.

3. Bring supportive people with you. This is HUGE. Everyone is going to want to come with you – friends, sisters, mothers, mother-in-laws, grandmothers etc. One of the best methods is to schedule a couple of dress appointments and bring 2 or 3 at a time with you. That way, you can group together people who get along, keep the group small and let everyone have a chance to come along. But if any of them show signs of being controlling or unsupportive – just say no! You don’t deserve to feel pressured or put down when you’re envisioning yourself on your big day, so just leave the nay-sayers at home.

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[Gavin Farrington Photography]

Happy shopping!

By: EVERY ELEGANT DETAIL

Thrilled to share this gorgeous San Francisco wedding!  While going through Michelle and Matt’s wedding photos from Milou and Olin, it was clear that there are way too many amazing photos to just have one post.  This is the first of two posts so you can see more of this adorable couple’s wedding day!  Enjoy!!
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Elegant invitations from Aerialist Press set the stage for their day!

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It was a perfect morning as the bridal party got ready at the Hotel Vitale right on the Embarcadero across from the Ferry Building.  The first look location was absolutely perfect!!

Stay tuned for post 2 to see the rest of the day unfold!

Huge THANK YOU to those who made this such a special day!

Photography:  Milou and Olin

Hair:  Jamie Zimmerman

Makeup:  Sarah Dean

Dress:  Vera Wang

Shoes:  Jimmy Choo

Hotel:  Hotel Vitale

Floral:  Loop Flowers

Linens:  La Tavola

Invitations:  Aerialist Press

Catering:  Melon’s

DJ:  Big Fun DJ

Lighting:  Enhanced Lighting

Cake:  Pretty Please Bakeshop

Transportation:  Corinthian

By: BRI CHILDS

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[Arnau Dubois Photography]

It’s no secret that finding your perfect wedding photographer is SO important, and, oftentimes, SO tricky. Today we’re sharing some key tips and examples of shots, styles and poses that may or may not scream YOU. So the next time you’re at a consultation, you’ll have a much better answer to the “so what are you looking for?” question.

1. Pay attention to the style and feel of different photographers’ work. For example, would you prefer light and romantic or photo-journalistic? Or maybe you prefer lots of black & white or pops of bright colors instead. Once you two pinpoint your style, the hunt for a photographer will become so much easier!

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[Melanie Duerkopp Photography]

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[Gavin Farrington Photography]

2. Ask questions in your consult about whether the photographer will help give you poses or if they shoot more naturally, leaving the posing up to you. Which one are you more comfortable with?

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[Vero Suh]

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[Arnau Dubois]

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[Vivian Sachs]

3. Since you’ll be sharing this big day with them and trusting them with your special moments, you’ll want to feel comfortable with them – that’s important too! So listen to your senses when you’re chatting in your consultations. Feeling comfortable with them as a person will help you relax and make your “poses” feel the most natural on camera.

4. Think about your venue. If you’re having an outdoor venue, make sure the outdoors are highly represented in their portfolio. Same goes for indoor venues with tricky lighting. And if your party is going well into the night, and you know there will be lots of capture after hours, then check out how well they do with lighting at night or with low lights inside.

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[Milou + Olin]

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[Gavin Farrington Photography]

But most of all – have fun! You’ll get to do all of this planning once, so enjoy those consultations. 🙂

By: SWEET AND SPARK

Getting ready for a weekend party and no statement jewelry to wear? Head over to Sweet and Spark and check out some of their newest items!

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By: MELANIE DUERKOPP PHOTOGRAPHY

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Planning: Laurie Arons
Flowers: Kathleen Deery Design
Escort Sign: Pitbulls and Posies
Location: Fairmont Sonoma
Linens: La Tavola Linen