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Define Your Style for the Big Day… and Beyond

Not all wedding events are created equal and when it comes to a bridal show that will totally help define your style for the Big Day and beyond, Gump’s Expect Everything Event is IT. Think tasty cocktails + treats, an entire world of stunning inspo from some of the Bay Area’s most amazing wedding talents and everything you’ll ever need to create that registry of your dreams. All happening on Sunday, March 26th from 11 am – 1 pm, this one is most definitely a must-see.

Whether you consider yourself a little bit classic, totally contemporary, all kinds of boho or something else entirely, attending Gump’s Expect Everything Event is so, so important. I mean, where else can you chat with the Bay Area’s finest vendors, soak in beautifully styled tables AND use that style direction to create a registry that will live long after your wedding day is over? It’s an event unlike any other and it’s chock-full of experts that will help define your celebration AND your life as a newlywed.

Ready to attend Gump’s Expect Everything Event and really dive into creating that day you’ve always dreamed of, plus get some much-needed help with your registry? Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 26th from 11 am – 1 pm and click here to purchase your tickets. (Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door.)  From the amazing vendors to the endless inspiration, you’ll be totally set.

Image 1: Photography: Joel Serrato + Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design + Event Planning & Design: Laurie Arons Special Events | Image 2: Photography: Sylvie Gil | Image 3: Photography: Kate Webber Photography + Reception Catering: Taste Catering & Event Planning | Image 4: Photography: Joel Serrato + Event Planning & Design: Laurie Arons Special Events + Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Image 5: Photography: Jose Villa Photography + Event Planning & Design: Laurie Arons Special Events + Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design + Cake: Perfect Endings | Image 6: Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography + Wedding Dress: Marina Morrison

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A Cliffside Ceremony That Will Take Your Breath Away

The wedding vision? An elopement set high upon a cliff with the ocean waves crashing below. And if that alone isn’t enough to hook you, the photos from Michele Beckwith certainly will. With Bella Notte Events by their side, Amanda and Chad planned a destination elopement on the California coast and brought in vendors like Skyla Arts Makeup & Hair to make sure their special day went off without a hitch. Spoiler alert: it totally did.

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From Michele Beckwith PhotographyDuring out first phone call, the bride Amanda described her vision of getting married on a cliff above the ocean. I couldn’t have been more excited and want to capture their intimate wedding!

The couple was coming in from Texas just for their elopement and I knew I wanted to help them make sure it was something really special by being their eyes. Despite being 35 weeks pregnant at the time I was determine to find an epic location and spent an afternoon searching for the perfect spot. Luckily my assistant and I stumbled upon this rocky location that had sweeping ocean views. We took loads of videos and send them to the bride. They arrived into town a few days later and visited the location. They loved it and instantly knew it was the exact place they had envisioned saying their vows!

Even though Amanda wasn’t having a large wedding with all her friends and family, she took meticulous care in choosing her details. Together with her planner, they made sure everything was arranged beforehand so the day went smoothly. Amanda also took great care in choosing her details that she brought with her. From her BHLDN dress, to their handwritten vows, the family heirlooms she wore, to the Tag Heuer watch she gifted Chad after slipping into her gown.

We knew the location on the cliff would be windy, so Amanda chose to do a classic updo to make sure she could keep here eyes clearly focused on Chad’s. The floral designer incorporated pampas grass into the ceremony circle to mimic the movement of the waves down below. Amanda even called up Ginny Au from Frou Frou Chic about sending her the most perfect shade of blush silk ribbon that would blow in the wind on her bouquet.

Since this was a destination wedding for the couple, their family was not able to attend. As a surprise, Amanda’s family had Thomas Hughes video fly a drone over the scene. The couple’s faces when they found out that their family had made the secret arrangement was priceless! Now they have a lovely short film that really captures the awesomeness of the cliffside location.

After the couple said their vows and watched the sunset during the portrait time, they hoped into a hired car and had an intimate dinner for two in San Francisco.

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Photography: Michele Beckwith Photography | Videography: Thomas Hughes Films | Event Planning: Bella Notte Events | Floral Design: Angella Floral Arts | Dress: BHLDN | Hair and Makeup: Skyla Arts Makeup & Hair | Officiant : Minister Maggie | Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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3 Reasons To Consider Having a Rehearsal Dinner

There’s quite a bit that goes into planning a wedding day itself. And then, you have to consider all of the events leading up to your Big Day, including the last hurrah—the rehearsal dinner. If you’re on the edge like I was, we’ve got Nancy Liu Chin joining us today with three very good reasons to do one, including a bit of tablescape candy thanks to Bright Event RentalsLa Tavola and Three Little Words. Head to The Vault for the full gallery captured by Kevin Chin!

Wedding Weekend First Impression

More and more couples are choosing the rehearsal and its subsequent dinner as a time to spend quality time with those important out of town guests and introducing families members to each other. Whether you’ve given any thought to your rehearsal dinner or not, it’s become a crucial part of the whole wedding experience (proving often a rehearsal dinner is a kick off point to a weekend filled with wedding activities). And like the wedding, the rehearsal dinner is an opportunity to set a tone.

It’s an Ice Breaker

Perhaps you’ve decided on a formal sit-down reception for your wedding, in contrast a rehearsal dinner could take on a more relaxed and fun atmosphere. A boisterous restaurant, bowling alley or perhaps a pizza parlor might be your thing when looking for a place that all your guests can attend. Perhaps that relaxed atmosphere is more suitable for roasts than your formal wedding reception. Give your intimate family and friends free reign at the rehearsal to go for it. The mic’s theirs. Plus, you’ll will free up mic time during the wedding reception.

Intimate Time with Family

For others, the rehearsal dinner is a family affair. It’s maybe the first time both families have met and thus a quiet family rehearsal dinner is more to your taste. For me personally, I’m more the family affair and this inspired shoot is just that. An iconic San Francisco restaurant, Crystal Jade, was picked for this inspired rehearsal dinner shoot featuring a long medium wood king’s table, custom Asian inspired chairs, bright and pastel floral in gold containers, open gold lanterns, gold accented china and glassware, and simple blush paper goods to compliment the restaurant’s airy decor.

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Photography: Kevin Chin | Floral and Event Design: Nancy Liu Chin | Invitations: Three Little Words | Reception Venue: Crystal Jade | Makeup: Maria Chang, Professional Makeup Artistry | Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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