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Elegant San Francisco Clift Hotel Wedding

The perfect mix of elegant and intimate, this San Francisco wedding at the Clift Hotel is sophisticated yet sweet. With beautiful all white florals from Erica Rose Design, perfectly edited details by And Something Blue and stunning photography from Vivian Chen Photography - this gallery simply shouldn’t be missed


From the Bride…The vision for the wedding was something chic and sophisticated, yet intimate. Chris and I met and live in San Francisco, so we wanted the wedding to in the city, in a venue that was indoor, but special. When we saw the Spanish Suite of the Clift Hotel, it almost felt as if it were custom made for our wedding. Between the warm redwood, the sparkling chandeliers and the Philippe Starck chair covers, it was absolutely gorgeous. The fact that it opened onto a tented patio that overlooked the lights of downtown San Francisco made it truly perfect.

We thought the best way to complement this beautiful space was with simple all-white flowers. The baby’s breath garland on the mantle was a highlight–dramatic, yet soft and lacy. We also added personal touches throughout the wedding, such as my late grandmother’s handkerchiefs for “happy tears”, signature cocktails, and personalized menus. One of my best friends is an artist and graphic designer, so we were lucky enough to have her do all the signage and invitations. The room felt so elegant, and yet so warm, which is exactly what we wanted for our 65 guests.

My favorite moment of the night was just looking at Chris’ face while we were getting married–it was actually glowing. It really hit me then how lucky I was to be marrying this man! We worked thoughtfully on customizing the ceremony with our officiant, and it was so special and just felt so right for us. It was truly a magical night.

Photography: Vivian Chen Photography | Cinematography: Bruce Moody | Event Planning: Lisa McNichol of And Something Blue | Florist: Erica Rose Design | Flowers: Erica Rose Design | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Cake: Cake Coquette | Invitations: Deanne Williamson | Ceremony Location: Spanish Suite in the Clift Hotel | Reception Location: Spanish Suite in the Clift Hotel | Shoes: BHLDN | Hair and Make up: Flower & Gold | Bracelet & Headpiece: Jenny Packham | Hotel: Clift Hotel | Tuxedo: Paul Smith | Wedding Rings: Barneys New York

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San Francisco City Hall Elopement

This elopement is so up my alley. Gorgeous light, stunning images from This Love Of Yours Photography  and the San Francisco City Hall setting the scene – it really doesn’t get any better. And then I read the Bride’s description and realized I loved it even more, because it just proves that even when your big day doesn’t go exactly as planned, the result is pretty darn fabulous. See even more here

City Hall

From The Bride…Igor is from Spain and I am from Oregon. We met in Madrid the year I was living abroad. We were language exchange partners and fell in love! Long story short, we have been living in San Francisco for 4 years and he proposed on a spontaneous trip to Crater Lake, Oregon over Labor Day (on the rim of the crater!).

After much thought, we decided to elope at City Hall on October 31st. We planned our small intimate wedding with my immediate family at City Hall in 2 months and it turned out to be better than ever. My dad got certified to marry us and Igor’s parents and sister were broadcasted in through a live Skype session from their home in Spain.

Oh and the details! You will melt at the sight of my oh so ethereal Badgley Mischka silk chiffon dress against the soft renaissance architecture of San Francisco City Hall. Igor’s grey J.Crew Ludlow suit, the DIY bouquets (we made the day before the wedding with special thanks to our talented friend and fellow designer Michelle Pentz), DIY boutonnieres for each member of my family, my sisters the bridesmaids in J.Crew misty rose dresses and gold shoes, DIY terrarium place markers (from the Hello!Lucky Handmade Weddings book), Grandparent’s china and linens from their wedding and great grandpa’s glassware all beautifully styled by my wonderful Auntie Shelley and talented friend Lisa Feldman of Lisa Feldman Design, DIY gold sparkle monogram (from Paper Source and perfectly crafted by our dear friend and fellow DIY aficionado Lia Lafreniere), and our first look with Igor riding up on the Vespa.

I debated whether or not to throw in this story but it totally made our day have a little twist so I will tell you… And you are probably wondering why one of our wedding photos is taken with a couple of police officers.

We were outside taking photos and doing our thing with the wedding paparazzi, when I turned around to the sound of some people yelling and pointing at us. We looked behind us and my purse was gone! I left it sitting in Igor’s helmet behind us and someone ran by and grabbed it. We didn’t see who it was or anything. I was in shock. My passport, ID, credit card and iPhone were swept away. A group of French tourists came up to us and tried to explain what had happened. I didn’t know what they were saying at all since I don’t speak any French, but Igor was able to decipher a bit since he speaks a little. Igor thought to run across the street to the steps of City Hall where a protest was going on. There were a few police officers there. He quickly ran back to me and took me over to the police officers who then asked me for my apple ID and password. I typed it in and within seconds we saw a little red dot moving along the screen of the GPS. Since my phone was on, they were able to track it! I was able to get everything back, and we got a photo with the police officers. They arrested the woman who had stolen my precious belongings and asked if I wanted to press charges. I told them I did not want to press charges since we got everything back and the lady was notably less fortunate than us. We are so happy that everything got resolved as it renewed our belief in happy endings.

Every member of my family had a role in the planning of our big day and our friends helped with the DIY details. Everything, including Igor’s toast that made me cry tears of joy, the ‘Moves Like Jagger’ dance he did at our reception (as seen in the video), and the feeling of family and togetherness couldn’t have been more perfect.

Photography: This Love Of Yours Photography | Videography: Flora + Fauna | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Bride's Shoes: Nina | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair & Makeup: Jessica Saltzer | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Event Planning, Styling & Design: Shayna Brown (The Bride) | Wedding Venue: San Francisco City Hall

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Alexandra Grecco + A Discount + A Giveaway!

Since voicing my obsession with Alexandra Grecco sweet-as-can-be skirts, I’ve been dreaming up a time + place where I can wear my very own tulle number! Offering heirloom-quality pieces that are timeless with a hint of nostalgia, I’m loving them for everything from engagement photos + bridal brunches to bridesmaid attire!

Since releasing her first collection in 2010, brides have been falling head-over-heels for this collection that is inspired by designs of the past. Made in New York’s garment district, the high-quality, six-layer tulle skirts are fully lined and layered for a perfect fit and have a gorgeous silk waistband! Available in two lengths (24″ and 30″), in sizes 00-12 and in a gorgeous selection of colors, Alexandra Grecco’s skirts are about as pretty as they come.

Just for our lovely readers, Alexandra Grecco‘s offering 20% off any quantity with code TWENTY. Offer valid until September 12, 2014. 


The Prize: A lucky reader will win a gorgeous tulle skirt from Alexandra Grecco! (value $188)

To Enter: Comment on this post with how and where you’d wear your very own Alexandra Grecco tulle skirt!

To Win: One winner will be selected at random and announced on the main page WIUP on Friday, September 12, 2014.

Terms & Conditions:  See them all right here. Good luck my dears! xoxo

Photo Credits: Ivory Tulle Skirt Couple : KT Merry | Ivory Tulle Skirt Photo: Atlantic Pacific