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Industrial Chic Wedding Inspiration + WIUP

As we bid adieu to another week of lovely, it only seems natural to feast our eyes on one VERY pretty shoot. With industrial style whimsy plus “Love in Bloom” chalk art I want to call my own, the gallery of Ariel Cordero‘s captures is the only way to top off your Friday. And better yet? This week’s winners are just a scroll away! xoxo


Hawthorn Flower Studio was inspired by the bride who is drawn to an industrial style but doesn’t want to sacrifice whimsy or romance. She wants a contemporary setting that is also warm and inviting for her guests. Most of all, she wants her wedding to be fresh, elegant, and fun. This delicate balance between seemingly contrasting styles inspired us to design an industrial romance shoot with two styles that we found to be simply harmonious with one another.

At the heart of the shoot was the venue: the Oakland Museum of California. Within the Museum is Oak Street Plaza, which is highlighted by a soaring, floor-to-sky blackboard wall–an active, public art space. Love poems and declarations emerge alongside affirmations of all kind. The wall was designed with a grid of hooks so that patrons can hang and rearrange white lounge chairs, ottomans and side tables provided by the Museum. People can be seen sitting, drawing and moving all in the same space. We loved how this bold, modern space could feel so warm and inviting.

Hawthorn selected a vibrant color scheme that played with bold colors that would have impact without overpowering each other. The mint tablecloth complemented the Museums concrete setting and provided a neutral background for pops of emerald, poppy red, and chocolate brown. We used rich, soft florals (local tree peonies, stock, garden roses) against textural elements like dates, ferns and pitcher plants. Flowers were arranged into geometric and pyramid vases, which added an edge to elegant, gold-rimmed plating and metallic utensils. Gorgeous gold jewelry was adorned with fresh flowers, instantly upgrading traditional corsages. A loose bridal bouquet of buttery yellow and cream flowers completed the look.

The shoot wouldn’t be complete without collaboration with local artists, whose artistic and visual elements embellished the flowers. San Franciscan Connie Huang took to the blackboard and added an illustration to anchor the tablescape in the plaza. The ornate flourishes brought softness to the mid-century modern design of the building and served as the larger focal point for the shoot. Her choice of words and relaxed typography brought warmth and echoed messages left on the wall daily.

Another San Francisco artist, Bianca Levan, designed a custom paper-cut runner and then by hand carefully cut the images out of the paper using an X-ACTO knife. The runner was a dynamic gold color, which reflected on our votives, repurposed pipes that had been polished and cleaned. Bianca also designed and hand-cut menus for each place setting, with geometric designs inspired by the vases, which gradually evolved into flowers. We loved how the intricate runner and menus created a sense of intrigue, inviting guests to look at them again and again and again.

Photographer Ariel Cordero, an L.A. transplant, expertly captured the fresh and vibrant look. His experience shooting weddings up and down the state brought an expert eye to the shoot and rightly gave each photo a chance to display both an industrial and romantic look.

Our team hopes this shoot inspires brides to play with seemingly contrasting elements. We were deeply inspired and had a ton of fun playing with this gorgeous industrial romance look!

Photography: Ariel Cordero | Chalk Illustration: Connie Huang | Museum: Oakland Museum Of California | Paper Cut Art: Bianca Levan | Styling & Flowers: Hawthorn Flower Studio


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Williams-Sonoma’s Annual Dream Registry Sweepstakes
TWO sets of loungewear to TWO lucky SMPers from Duffield Lane
A set of flashcards from Learn to Speak Wedding
Two whimsical Treehouse Ceramics Animal Cups from Laura Cooke Ceramics
Bridesmaids dresses for your entire party
$350 credit from Minted

Don’t miss this week’s DISCOUNTS…

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For our Australia brides… Don’t forget to enter to win an engagement session at South Curl Curl beach from Poli Weddings

For our California brides… Discounts from Jonathan Young Weddings and Dr. Diaz and don’t forget to check out Houghton Bride’s Trunk Show.

For our Canada Brides…Discounts from Blush & GrayRenata De Thomasis and Christine Arnold Photography

For our Mid-Atlantic Brides… Enter to win a one night stay and two tickets to the Sanderling Resort Wedding Showcase!

For our Midwest brides… Discounts from reStyled Vintage Rentals and La Belle Fleur Events

For our New England Brides… A discount from Aster B. Flowers

For our Tri-State brides…Don’t forget to enter to win Photography + Videography Collection from NST Pictures and discounts from New MuseumFemina Photo + DesignNY Smile Specialists and HowAboutWe for Couples PLUS don’t miss Gabriella New York’s Winter Sample Sale!

And of course, this week’s lucky winners…

Congratulations Hannah V who won A Pave Diamond Disc Necklace from The Clay Pot! And a big congrats to Elizabeth Knauss; you have won your bridal party dressed by Brideside.

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Oakland, California Wedding

There may be snow dusted on the ground, but today m’dears, we’re transporting to warmer places. Oakland, California, to be specific. You see, miss Danielle Capito sent us one of the most darling summer weddings we’ve seen with pastel pretty bloomage by  Twigs Floral Studio. Get ready to swoon and have a looksy loo in the gallery for sooooo much more.

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From the Bride… I met Timmy during my freshman year of college in San Luis Obispo, despite growing up five minutes away from each other. We began dating soon after we met, and the last three years have led us on an unbelievable journey. We’ve shared countless journeys both together and apart, and I always knew that I wanted him to be the one I would journey with for the rest of my life.

Timmy proposed by setting up an inspiration shoot with Danielle that was Valentine’s Day themed. After we finished the first part of the shoot at the Valentine’s table, we went up onto a hill overlooking some of the beautiful farms and hills in Atascadero. It was an hour from sunset, and the light was absolutely stunning. Standing below a giant oak tree, Timmy reached for his pocket and got down on his knee. Through smiles, laughs, and sweet practiced words he asked me to marry him! I jumped into his arms and we enjoyed a brief celebration on the hill before we continued taking pictures. Looking back at the photos, I am so grateful that we were able to capture the true emotion of those few minutes after we became engaged. The joy is so authentic and precious, and you can see it in every shot!

Photographer: Danielle Capito Photography | Florist: Twigs Floral Studio | Wedding dress: Sarah Seven | Invitations: Bryn Hobson | Brides shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor | Caterer: Culinary Excellence | Makeup: Kristin Ambrose | Hair: Caris | Cake Topper: Ready Go Wedding Co.

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A Fun-Filled Staycation from Rebekah Carey McNall

Though we’re all about seeing the world at every given moment, sadly, we know that there are times when jetting off to an undisclosed location is simply not an option. So if you find yourself taking advantage of your very own city this year, you’ve come to the right place! Because with Rebekah’s help, we’ve got a day chock full of fun activities that you can do to make your staycation a memorable one. Captured by Kirsten Julia Photography there’s more from this fun-filled shoot in the gallery!

From Rebekah… I recently designed and styled this shoot to show how much fun you can have if you’re “stay-cationing.” I found a beautiful park in our neighborhood and set-up a day for two friends complete with picnic, lawn bowling, drinks, and croquet.

Vacations to tropical destinations, or historic European cobblestoned streets are incredible, they’re experiences everyone should have. But, if you find yourself “staycationing” this year, there really are amazing experiences to have that are quintessentially associated with vacation. Picnics in a park, lawn-bowing, toasting how fabulous you both are beneath a beautiful tree and laughing uproariously while you whack croquet balls around!

I took some of my favorite Pottery Barn pieces to style this fun shoot that embodies everything I love about vacations: fun in the sun, colorful attire, laughing with friends, good food and new experiences. We hope this shoot inspires you to look no further than your best friend and a park to have all the fun a vacation offers with none of the stress of travel!

And if you’re on the hunt for some picnic ideas, you’d better believe we’ve got you covered:
-Our Kate Spade inspired picnic is chock full of fun cheat-cuts (we won’t tell)
-A simple cocktail that will pair perfectly with the great outdoors
-Summer bruschetta: easy to pack, and can be assembled on site
-And finish it off with a french cherry clafoutis!

Photography: Kirsten Julia Photography | Cinematography: Twenty Twenty Studios | Make-Up Artist: Nikol Elaine Makeup Artistry | Model: Paige of STYLE Paige | Model: Courtney of Courtney Out Loud | Paper Product Design: Little Miss Press | Picnic basket, croquet set, bottle opener, drink stake, picnic p: Pottery Barn | Styling & Design: Rebekah Carey McNall, A & B Creative

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Oakland Wedding from Abi Q Photography

This wedding shot by Abi Q Photography is such a beautiful example of pairing down details to only the most beautiful, most bang for your buck. Take note brides to be: you don’t need to blanket your entire day in flowers. Instead? Try a show stopper like a floral blanket at the head table. It has that wow factor that can completely transform an event. And we’re kind of dying over it. Have a look at the gallery for more as well as the beautiful, beautiful film shot by Shakewell Studios below.


From Abi Q PhotographyEvan and Madeline were sealed in the Oakland temple, and had their reception at the stables that Madeline grew up riding at. It was gorgeous affair, and one of the most spectacular things was the floral blanket that covered the head table and draped onto the grass below. Madeline rode in to the reception on her horse ruby. It was an amazing event and I’m so glad I got to be apart of their beautiful love story.

Photography: Abi Q Photography | Sealing: Oakland Temple | Reception: Stables in Pleasonton, CA | Day of Coordination: Danielle Sommers with Fraiche Catering | Floral Design: Sandy Scott | Cinematography: Shakewell Studios | Catering: Fraiche Catering | Cakes: Jen’s Cakes | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau, custom via Alta Moda Bridal Boutique, Salt Lake City, Utah | Bridesmaid Dresses: Cache | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss |

Oakland, California Wedding from Viera Photographics

There are certain words that can stop me dead in my blogging tracks. The combo of Blush + Monique Lhuillier are a few of those words. Pale pink, sequined tulle. It definitely doesn’t get better than that. And when mixed with an elegant outdoor affair and images by Viera Photographics that capture all the love and blushing tulle alike, the gallery is just where you want to be.

From Viera PhotographicsCaitlin and Casper chose to get married in the cutest little church, over the hills and through the woods, on the Thomas Estate in Northern California, about an hour outside of Oakland. Their wedding day was classic, romantic, relaxed, and family based. Their color theme was beige and white, very neutral. During the reception, they were surrounded by rolling hills, grape vineyards, and even a few deer came by to say hello and give them their well wishes. A few DIY projects were the save the dates, invitations, flowers, the signature cocktail made by the groom, the decor, and a song playlist. 

Wedding Photography: Viera Photographics / Venue: The Thomas Estate in Pleasanton, CA / Music: The Tipsy House / Officiant: Anais Galvin Radonich / Catering: graffEats Guerrilla Dining / Wedding Cake: BeeHive Bake Shop / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier

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