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Tea Time Just got a Whole lot Cooler

When you think of traditional tea parties, they probably consist of vintage china and cucumber sandwiches and other frilly bits. Well throw those notions out the window because this tea party designed by Ruby & Rose is streamlined and modern and insanely cool. Get the low-down for throwing your own tea time masterpiece with even more captured by Anna Wu Photography in the vault.

From Anna, the photographer… Enjoying a good cup of tea has long been a passion of mine, and I do love an elaborate tea party. But after seeing so many takes on tea and garden parties with mismatched vintage china, frilly decor and Alice in Wonderland themes, I was eager to take a more modern approach to afternoon tea.

I teamed up with wedding planner and fellow tea lover Rachael Silard of Ruby & Rose to bring this vision to life. We had the most amazing team of collaborators, and it was the perfect way to indulge of all our modern tea dreams.

From Rachael on the design…  I was super excited to collaborate with Anna on the concept for this event because I had also been feeling like the tea party could use a serious makeover. I love the clean and minimal lines of mid-century modern design and it seemed like a natural way to keep the overall feel modern and elegant and playful at the same time.

I asked Melanie of Hawthorn Flower Studio to design florals that would balance out the sleek lines of the furniture and place settings without being too feminine, and she nailed it. We really wanted the focus of the event to celebrate our love of tea, so when the talented folks at Tea People (the sister company to Boba Guys) agreed to lead a tea tasting for us we knew we were in good hands.

We sampled four different teas, each one totally unique from the next. Benj, our ‘Tea Genius’, shared so much fun knowledge about different types of teas, their history and origins, and how to brew the perfect pot. Of course, no tea party is complete without sweets, and partnering with Craftsman and Wolves to provide the desserts was an obvious choice.

Each one of their delicious confections is like a miniature piece of modern art. The event took place at a brand new venue in Oakland, 1544 Events, run by the lovely folks from Terra Gallery. 

We especially loved their hardwood floors salvaged from a shipping yard in Alameda. Overhead skylights provided beautiful natural light without the need for tons of windows. Cheers to tea!

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Photographer: Anna Wu Photography | Planning & Design: Ruby & Rose | Floral Design: Hawthorn Flower Studio | Calligraphy: Brown Fox Calligraphy | Furniture: West Elm | Tabletop Goods: CB2 | Tabletop Goods: Crate & Barrel | Flatware: Mrs. Peasy | Makeup: April Foster Artistry | Hair: Fox & Doll | Desserts: Craftsman and Wolves | Tea Tasting: Tea People  | Venue: 1544 Events

Breathtaking Photography with Magnolia Weddings + A Giveaway!

Choosing the right photographer to capture your Big Day? Sooo important.  Which is why we’ve set up a sweet little meet ‘n’ greet with one of faves, Erich of Magnolia Weddings.  Think beyond breathtaking images from a photog that knows everything about capturing those moments you will cherish for always. We adore him, loves… scroll below for just a sampling of his amazing work.

With over a decade of experience and sooo many gorgeous weddings already photographed, Erich at Magnolia Weddings prides himself on not only documenting your special moments perfectly, but by being there for YOU in every.which.way possible.  I’m talking the calm your nerves, tie your bowtie, find your bouquet type of assistance that only comes with the knowledge and know-how of someone who has years of understanding couples and their Big Day moments.  Not to mention that Erich will really get to know you and your love, so that he can capture those special little nuances the two of you that you might not even notice are happening. Sooo awesome, no?

Ready to begin your journey with a photographer that will walk with you step by step throughout your day and capture every second of HAPPY?  Contact Erich at Magnolia Weddings today to set up a consultation. Trust us, it will be the best decision you’ll make.


What: Magnolia Weddings is giving away an engagement shoot or wedding photography credit worth $450!

How: Simply follow Magnolia Weddings on Instagram, tag a friend in a comment and use the hashtag #StyleMePrettyGiveaway!  The contest ends this Sunday, June 12, 2016. Good luck, loves! xo


This Inspiration Session is Where Modern Meets Boho

Modern design tends to be sleek lines, cool colors and the philosophy that less is more. Bohemian design, on the other hand, is all about rich colors, bold patterns and romantic whimsy. The two styles seem complete opposites, but this inspiration session from Clane Gessel and Linen + Lilac proves opposites attract. See how lush florals transform this concrete setting in The Vault!

From Linen + Lilac… Imagine the tulle fog rolling in through the Berkeley Hills on a cool summer evening, surrounding an intimate wedding dinner at the iconic Claremont Club and Spa’s outdoor arbor. Inspired by the rich blue of the hotel’s Hillary-Tenzing room balanced by a softer rose quartz, we drew style inspiration from the hotel’s new modern interiors while giving a nod to the traditional feel for which the Claremont has always been known. An elegant bar backed by Maryanne Moodie’s intricate weavings, delectable bites on modern Heath Ceramics place settings, and a little woven throw for each guest to stay warm while enjoying cocktails and good company, all nestled under a sea of loose, romantic hanging greenery, is the ideal setting for a private wedding celebration or elopement with just your nearest and dearest.

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Photography: Clane Gessel Photography | Event Design: Linen & Lilac | Floral Design: Bowerbird Atelier | Wedding Dress: La Soie Bridal | Cake: Ma Petite Maison Cake Design | Stationery: Bowerbird Atelier | Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Makeup: Tylar Leonard | Hair: Taylor Cercone | Venue: Claremont Club & Spa | Furniture Rentals: Blueprint Studios | Glassware + Flatware: Billy Ella | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Place Settings: Billy Ella | Place Settings: Heath Ceramics | Social Catering Manager, Claremont Club & Spa: Claremont Club & Spa | Weavings: Maryanne Moodie

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