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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.

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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 |

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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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Oakland Photo Shoot from A & B Creative + Erich McVey Photography

Sometimes my job is hard. I know, I know – you probably think I’m being overly dramatic, but when I get a group of images from Erich McVey Photography as gorgeous as these with styling by A & B Creative so perfect I want to recreate it in my own life – it’s hard to do it all justice. Impossible really. So I’ll leave you with this gallery – it’s so lovely you might find yourself clicking through it over and over as you discover layer after layer of understated elegance – and trust me, you won’t be alone. See so much more here!

From A & B CreativeThe very first design element to this shoot was the location. Living in Oakland, I am always in awe of what gorgeous little hideaways there are, and how different it is from what people generally associate the area with. San Francisco so often gets all of the bay area wedding glory, but it’s my favorite city in the east bay and I wanted couples to fall in love with it as much as I have!

Lake Merritt, often referred to as “The Jewel of Oakland,” is the perfect location for an Oakland wedding because it has everything: old world European charm, gorgeous city views, amazing food and best of all — the getaway transportation is a gondola! The styling and design for the shoot was inspired by what makes the area so amazing: European meets Oakland charm.

The design and styling is an Oakland love story: a sweetheart table featuring locally-bottled wine, local flowers and the same intertwining of old world Europe with California vintage. This wedding begins at Lake Chalet with a ceremony on the dock overlooking gorgeous Lake Merritt right in the heart of Oakland. The serene city view is the perfect backdrop for a modern, city-dwelling couple. Walking around the lake, there are gorgeous, Spanish-style columns, pergolas and fountains, making for the perfect juxtaposition against the tall, modern office buildings. The couple ends their perfect day by riding off in their very own private gondola.

Photography: Erich McVey Photography / Photo Shoot Venue + Catering: Lake Chalet in Oakland, California / Styling + Design: Rebekah Carey McNall of A & B Creative / Floral Design: Gorgeous and Green / Cake: The Whole Cake / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Mignonne Decor / Wedding Dress: The Limited / Bride’s Bolero: Anthropologie / Bride’s Getaway Outfit: Vintage / Bride’s “Mrs.” Necklace: Kate Spade / Makeup: Nikol Elaine Artistry / Groom’s Attire: Vintage / Model Bride: Paige Ricks / Model Groom: Ian Simmons