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Classic Glamour at The Fairmont San Francisco

If classic, understated glamour is your jam, you might want to brew another cup of coffee and feast your eyes on this loveliness SMPers. I personally blame my obsession with this gallery on the Bride’s dress. That gorgeeeous custom Pronovias dress. Isn’t it a dream? It sets the stage for each timeless detail that follows. Lyndsay Undseth Photography sits behind every darling moment right here in the gallery.


From the beautiful Bride…Chad and I are college sweethearts and having lived in California since I moved from the east coast for school, he thoughtfully proposed in my home city of Boston. We decided to be married in San Francisco where we currently live, and chose April as it is the month of our dating anniversary. My mom is originally from the Bay Area and I had dreamed of being married in the iconic Grace Cathedral where she was confirmed as a teenager. Chad and I wanted our wedding to be classic with a simple elegance that would stand the test of time, and the Fairmont across the street was perfect for the reception with its traditional glamour and rich San Francisco history. We had guests travel from 15 different states, so we were thrilled that they could stay on Nob Hill and easily walk to both venues!

I planned and designed our big day myself with the help of my incredible mom but without a planner, so you can imagine the hours I spent scouring the internet for inspiration and vendors during our 16 month engagement! We didn’t have a theme or even “wedding colors” per se… I just made sure the printed and décor items were any combination of cream, taupe, white, gold and/or silver and let everything coordinate rather than match perfectly. I chose long chiffon dresses in pewter for the bridesmaids and they carried pale pink and white bouquets. For the reception, we added a bolder pink to the mostly white flowers for a pop of color. Because the Gold Room was so ornate already, we were careful to keep the décor understated rather than opulent.

One of my favorite parts of the planning process was designing my dress with the delightful alterations team at Novella Bridal. I knew I wanted to look traditional with a modern twist (whatever that meant!!) and have always loved the idea of long sleeves on brides, but did not want to look old or outdated. Many years ago before weddings were even remotely on my radar, I stumbled across a picture online of a stunningly simple one of a kind dress made in Italy. I remember thinking it was the most beautiful wedding dress I had ever seen. So I found that picture again and used it as my inspiration. I ordered the Pronovias “Dalia” dress and completely transformed the top (for a mere fraction of the price of other dresses I considered!). I am a less is more kind of girl and the final result was exactly the classically traditional yet modern look I was going for.

Deciding who would document our big day was not easy, but hiring Lyndsay Undseth Photography and Luke Goodman Cinematography proved to be two of the best decisions we made. They were so calm, kind and unobtrusive, and captured all of the candid moments of joy with ease. They are truly incredible artists and we are thrilled to be able to relive it all through their beautiful work. All of our vendors went above and beyond to make sure the day was flawless and stress free, and we are so thankful!! Our wedding day was incredible and having everyone we love most in one room was the most amazing feeling. I will never forget how I felt walking down the aisle toward the love of my life surrounded and supported by our amazing families and friends.

Photography: Lyndsay Undseth Photography | Cinematography: Luke Goodman Cinematography | Floral Design: Ornamento | Cake: Inticing Creations | Invitations: William Arthur | Ceremony: Grace Cathedral | Reception Venue: Fairmont San Francisco | Rings: Design Jeweler | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff Style 769 In Pewter | Catering: Fairmont San Francisco | Hair And Makeup: Fresh Face Makeup | DJ: Four Leaf Entertainment | Bride’s Bracelet: Custom Design By Groom Via Design Jeweler | Bride’s Dress: Custom Pronovias Via Novella Bridal | Bride’s Earrings: DeScenza Diamonds | Bride’s Garter: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes : Vince Camuto “Anisha Pump” | Chivairi Chairs: Miranda St. John Party Rentals | Day Of Coordination: Ornamento | Groomsmen Tuxedos: Vera Wang Via Men’s Warehouse | Groom’s Cuff Links: Tiffany & Co. | Groom’s Tuxedo: Calvin Klein Via Men’s Wearhouse | Late Night Snack: Harvey’s Gourmet Mini Donuts | Veil: Novella Bridal

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Summer Day Engagement Shoot in Presidio Park

Sometimes it’s the simplest setting that lets a couple’s true love shine, like this whimsical engagement captured in San Francisco’s Presidio Park by Janae Shields Photography. The combination of huge smiles, a few personal touches, and San Francisco’s gorgeous landscape make for an e-sesh that’ll be cherished for years. More right here!

From Janae ShieldsThis wonderful couple is getting married in Northern California in October. Their beautiful engagement shoot took place on a chilly summer day in San Francisco’s Presidio Park.

Photography: Janae Shields Photography | Engagement Shoot: Presidio Park

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Weddings Unveiled

As the days begin to shorten and the temps start to drop, it can only mean one thing: fall weddings are upon us! California brides, get ready to gather tons of inspiration at the Weddings Unveiled event from 11am until 2pm on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. This free bridal + wedding fair will get you on your way to planning your dream wedding!

This incredible free event (yes, free!) will help couples get a head start on their planning to-do list! All held in a beautiful setting filled with amazing inspiration, Weddings Unveiled will feature live music, a couture bridal fashion show by Bridal Galleria as well as 40+ top wedding professionals! This show is basically a one-stop-shop, where couples can check out incredible gowns, caterers, florists, invitations, music and even honeymoon destinations! Be sure to mark your calendars for September 14, my dears.

Not only will there be tons of amazing vendors, but there will also be giveaways, raffle prizes (such as 2 VIVO fascinators and a Motives gift bag) and special discounts, including 10% off invitations at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy! For more information on the event, check out the Weddings Unveiled Facebook Page, and to RSVP, head over here!

Accessories & Shoes: A Shine & Co | Accessories & Shoes: Sallumeh Boutique | Accessories & Shoes: VIVO Masks | Accessories & Shoes: LOFT | Bridal Gowns & Bridal Party Gowns: Bridal Galleria | Bridal Gowns & Bridal Party Gowns: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering & Desserts: Osha Thai | Event Services & Entertainment: Cassy Rose Events | Event Services & Entertainment: Brassworks Music | Event Services & Entertainment: The E Team DJs | Fine Jewelry: Ritz Jewelers | Flowers & Décor: Zard Apuya Art | Flowers & Décor: Susan Zaring Design | Flowers & Décor: Amadeus Flowers | Health & Beauty: The Bar Method | Health & Beauty: Thrive Juicery | Health & Beauty: L'Occitane En Provence | Health & Beauty: Wheel House | Health & Beauty: Active Sports Clubs | Health & Beauty: Alifa Wong Beauty & Bridal | Health & Beauty: Motives Cosmetics | Invitations & Calligraphy: Papyrus | Invitations & Calligraphy: Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy | Photography / Videography: Artistry Cinema | Photography / Videography: Meghan Mehan Photography | Photography / Videography: Mark William Photography | Photography / Videography: Snap Pea Photo Booths | Photography / Videography: Erika Jones Photography | Photography / Videography: Clane Gessel Photography | Registries & Specialty Gifts: San Francisco Gift Baskets | Registries & Specialty Gifts: Macy's | Registries & Specialty Gifts: Edwards Everything Travel | Registries & Specialty Gifts: Kristen Dorsey Designs | Tuxedos & Formalwear Rentals: Jos. A. Bank | Tuxedos & Formalwear Rentals: Black Tie Tuxedos & Couture Menswear | Venues, Rentals & Transportation: The Palace Hotel | Venues, Rentals & Transportation: Mandarin Oriental San Francisco | Venues, Rentals & Transportation: Greystone Hotels | Venues, Rentals & Transportation: Lone Star Limousine | Venues, Rentals & Transportation: Abbey Party Rentals | Wedding Publications: Here Comes The Guide | Wedding Publications: San Francisco Magazine