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Vintage Inspired San Francisco Wedding

It’s a well-known fact that San Francisco weddings are always awesome.  But give me a San Fran affair as laid-back and casually cool as this sweet shindig and I am in absolute heaven.  Because this isn’t just a pretty set of nuptials, it’s two cuties saying “I do” followed by one seriously amazing party.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  See it all captured by Paco and Betty right here.

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From the Bride… Our wedding was held on Saturday July 21, 2012. I was the Event Manager at Axis Cafe and Gallery (now Aracely Restaurant) at the time in San Francisco, so I was planning my own wedding along with several others. Our guests were flying in from Texas, Hawaii and Japan and we knew that we wanted a casual, non-traditional, laid back and fun wedding that was still classy and that is exactly what we had. We stated on our invitations that there were no ties allowed and the groom wore jeans. We held our ceremony on the patio of Axis Cafe and Gallery and had an unexpected warm July day. We also had our good friends play music for our guests.

Our ceremony was officiated by our Pastor, Dave Lomas, and although it was 140 guests he didn’t want to use a microphone which made it feel very intimate. I knew I would cry at our ceremony and my husband knew, too and carried tissues in his jacket for me. We didn’t want a wedding party so we had my sister as maid of honor and his brother as best man. We held our reception just a few blocks away at a beautiful indoor winery with swooping lamps, Bluxome Street Winery, in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco.

My husband is a graphic designer and he designed the save the dates, programs and invitations and helped with most of the decor. All of our vendors were friends and helped out in many ways. After seeing and planning so many weddings we knew that we wanted good food, good wine and good music. We served our guests barbecue from Axis Cafe (brisket, sausage, creamed spinach,macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and corn muffins because I am originally from Texas), mexican cokes, and had local wine and beer (anchor steam and 21st amendment). For desserts we choose a variety of small desserts from one of our favorite bakeries Pretty Please Bake Shop. We served mini coconut cream pies, twinks, brownies, cookies, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and a small chocolate cake.

Our wedding favors were Sightglass coffee which is my favorite San Francisco coffee. Our guest sign in “book” was a Muni doll from Kid Robot which my husband collects. We also had one at each table as part of the centerpieces and included vintage books because I love to read. All of our decor was DIY and many things were purchased at antique shops and the Alameda Antique Fair. For our seating chart we had small tags with a note to each guest on the back because I love cards and notes. Our photographers were Paco and Betty who were actually my roommates for a couple of years and we LOVE their work. Our dj was a good friend who is a club dj (Madrone) and played all of our favorite tracks from the 80′s and 90′s. We included a soul train line during our reception and danced the night away.

Photography: Paco and Betty | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Ceremony: Aracely Restaurant | Reception: Bluxome Street Winery | Bride's Shoes: DSW | Catering: Axis Cafe And Gallery | DJ: Sonny Phono | Ceremony Music: The Valiant Sailors | Bouquet And Boutonnieres: Thrasher Events | Bride's Make Up: Sherena Mercer | Desserts: Pretty Please Bakeshop | Invitation Design: The Groom | Invitation Printing: A Maciel Printing SF | Wedding Planner (The Bride): Karina Paz Oshiro

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Intimate Cavallo Point Wedding

Oh, San Francisco… I pretty much love you.  You’re a seriously gorgeous place to say “I do” and when it’s an intimate day filled DIY details and one of the most breathtaking ceremony backdrops you’ve ever seen, I am putty in your hands for all eternity.  Case in point?  This beautiful Cavallo Point affair, which is everything I love about San Fran weddings captured by Simply Jessie Photography.  See it here.

From Simply Jessie Photography… Stefanie and Tony’s wedding day was relaxed, genuine and elegant in so many ways. They chose to have a small intimate wedding with only their nearest family and friends. Their guests enjoyed warm weather (a treat for the Bay Area!), views of the Golden Gate Bridge and a heartfelt celebration. Tony (the groom) is to be credited for the amazing dinner decor and design. The entire day was relaxed and truly a family affair.

Photography: Simply Jessie Photography | Flowers: SF Wholesale Flower Mart | Cake: Cavallo Point | Bride's Bouquet: DIY, Sister Of The Bride | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang "Diedre" | Cake Topper: DIY, Sister Of The Groom | Reception Decor & Florals: DIY, The Groom | Succulents: Sloat Garden Center | Venue: Cavallo Point

Swan Lake Inspired Bridal Shoot + WIUP

As we wrap up another week at SMP, we decided to go out with a bang. A jaw-droppingly gorgeous bridal shoot bang, that is. Inspired by the beauty of Swan Lake and brought to life by Coco Tran and Vo Floral Design, this gallery of images is just waiting to be devoured one by one. Oh, and in case that’s not enough we’ve got the week’s lucky winners down below. Happy Friday!

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From Coco Tran… Reminiscent of the Swan Lake’s lace & beaded bodice, this gorgeous gown Paolo Sebastian was the inspiration for this editorial. My vision was to create a ethereal, soft, and beautiful imagery that reflected the look of a Swan Lake ballerina. The colors of blush, beige, and blue along with the soft flowy tulle layers, and beautiful florals complemented each other very well.

Because the dress has a much softer look, I wanted to add a little bit of contrast and drama to the model’s eyes. The winged out dramatic eye makeup made the Swan Lake inspiration apparent. The location I chose was Sutro Bath in San Francisco. It was a calm and foggy day in San Francisco. The broken down brick architecture of the Sutro Baths was the perfect touch to add a little character and tie in the overall look of this editorial.

Photographer: Coco Tran | Wedding Gown: Nearly Newly Wed | Hair: Gabi Hairstylist | Florals: Vo Floral Design | Hair Adornment: Lacielle Roselle | Makeup : Olga Primatova | Model: Clara Dibartolo

ONGOING GIVEAWAYS

Free Fabric Swatch from Weddington Way
Honeymoon Funds from Traveler’s Joy
A free print sample from Whimsical Prints!
Doie Lounge robe
Catalina + either an OG or OMG bagfrom Lo & Sons

This week’s DISCOUNTS…

Postable
Squarespace
Abbey Malcolm Letterpress + Design
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For our California brides… Discounts from Evangeline Photography.

For our Midwest brides… A discount from reStyled Vintage Rentals.

For our Tri-State brides… Discounts from Femina Photo + DesignNY Smile Specialists and HowAboutWe for Couples PLUS don’t miss Gabriella New York’s Winter Sample Sale and the Brooklyn Wedding Expo!

And WINNERS…

Congratulations Angie you’ve won a set of flashcards from Learn to Speak Weddings

Big congrats Heather! You’ve won Four Amalia Tulip Goblets and one Amalia wine decanter from Juliska

Congrats Amanda Martens! You will be receiving a $500 credit towards bridesmaids dresses on Brideside.

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