Wedding Tips

Gatsby-esque Inspiration

Details, details, details. Oh and lots of delicious food.

Once the reception got started, Mollie and Matt’s stamp could be seen from every vantage point. The way they incorporate their Great Gatsby-esque theme was to infuse the day with gilded style.

The perfect pair welcomed their guests with a delicous bite of fruit.

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At each setting a menu with their brand.

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The reception flowers had a more vibrant hue- deep pink, purple and green.

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Guests were seated in multiple spaces throughout the mansion.

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One couldn’t forget that fall was in the air when stepping outside on the Grand Allee.

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Did I mention the food? Tables of Content did an outstanding job with presentation and taste. A few morsels from the cocktail hour.

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The Crane Estate itself offers inspiration and beauty at every turn. The grand staircase.

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Dinner is served.

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Even in darkness the house is a beauty.

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And time for dessert.

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For their favors, Mollie and Matt gave a donation to 3 charities and in honor of those, offered their guests a sweet treat in 3 different colors.

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Can’t forget the band. This party was a ton of fun. Mollie even mentioned that the funniest moment was, "The Maid of Honor having a dance off with the band’s lead singer." What a great crew!

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One last image before I go, I have to admit I can’t blame this young man one bit.

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Couldn’t have done it with out these pro’s:

Wedding planners: Megan Whithed from Linnea Tangorra Events
Church: St. Williams Church, Tewksbury
Reception venue: Ashley DiCarlo from The Crane Estate
Tent: Seacoast
Caterer: Tables of Content
Wedding cake: Jenny’s Cakes
Make-up artist: Dani Wagener
Hair: Derek Yuen and Aurora Salon and Spa
Wedding gown: Pronovias at L’Elite Bridal
Bridesmaids dresses: Vera Wang at L’Elite Bridal
Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen’s tuxedos: Classic Tuxedo
Bagpiper: Murray Hill Entertainment
Band: Unity Band
Floral designer: Tony from Paul Anthony Designs
Rolls Royce: Phyllis at Le Limo
Guest transportation: Black Tie Limo
Rental Furniture: Seacoast Tents

The best of the rest from Mollie and Matt’s wedding: engagement session, sneak preview, and the scoop.

Floral Artistry

This past September, I had the pleasure of working with Mimosa on a table top design they created for Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine. I arrived early to help determine the best spot for the table with regards to lighting. So I was able to watch Teresa Fung and her talented team work. Oh my! What a treat. They are such artists, only instead of painting with oils or watercolors, they paint in three dimentions with flowers and plants, with linens and tableware. As they were working, I observed and I documented; I was captivated.

Our story starts at Mistral Restaurant, the location for our shoot. Their very chic private events space and wine room was the backdrop for the table.

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Teresa had already prepped some of the floral before she arrived. In particular, the very time intensive work of attaching orchids to willow branches.

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Some pieces had to be assembled on site. I was fascinated by these clear gelatinous balls that are nearly clear when you add water.

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They allowed plants, such as these succulents, to appear as if they were floating in a glass vase.

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So creative, this design used glass candelabras as containers for floral.

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Teresa is very hands-on. She would look at the design from every angle and make adjustments to the flowers or the linens or the glassware, seeking perfection.

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Even the tiniest details were thought of. These miniature flowers were strung around tall vases.

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Pinks of all shades.

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Love the burgundy calla lily on the square plate. (Idea for Valentine’s Day?)

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Gorgeous. Gorgeous flowers.

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Even the linens had a floral feel. And Teresa had two options so that she could see how the whole look came together- one lavender and one this deeper fuchsia color.

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Another look as the pieces are coming together.

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Sometimes it just takes four hands to get the flowers to cooperate.

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And finally, everything is complete. Simply magical. Love the arch and how it frames the candles and softens the wall in the background.

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Romantic glassware.

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The vision. I couldn’t get over how beautiful this was. I know I would feel immensely special eating a meal at such a beautiful table.

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And ultimately published in Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine. Congrats to Teresa and the whole Mimosa team. Such an absolutely beautiful work of art!

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Many professionals contributed products and services to bring this look together. Special thanks to all those involved:
Venue: Mistral, Boston, MA
Table and Floral Design, Glassware: Mimosa Fresh Flower Design, Boston, MA
Linens: Wildflower Linen, Buena Park, CA
China, Flatware and Chairs: Rentals Unlimited, Stoughton, MA
Vases: Tommy Wholesale, Boston, MA

Thank you to all of our colleagues!

Flowers and Food with Flare

If you loved all the varied uses of pinks from Maren and Steve’s "Special Touches," just wait til you see their flowers. All of the texture and softness and beauty. Plus, I am adding a bonus to spark your appetite with some of my favorite food images.

Part 2- Flowers and Food

First the flowers, pinks perfect for a summer wedding.

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Loving the lushness of our bride’s bouquet. And check out our groom’s boutonniere.

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The walk down the aisle was just perfect with these flower baskets hanging from the seats.

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Sweet flower girl with her soft pink roses bouquet.

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They brought the pails from the ceremony to place on the cocktail hour tables.

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The dinner setting was just perfect. Some tables had tall centerpieces, some with petite centerpieces, all set off by the crystal chandeliers.

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One of the tall centerpieces. The use of greens and whites add depth to the arrangement.

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Along the fireplace, the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets were placed in glass vases tied with pink ribbons.

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And now for a few sweet, yummy morsels. Maren’s caterer- Blue Rocks Catering- was fantastic. The food both looked and tasted (what we were able to enjoy) amazing!

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Oh and her beautiful cake. A perfect combination of the food and the flowers!

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And one last favorite, which I think shows how perfectly her floral choices fit with the grounds of the Glen Manor House

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More thank you’s to their amazing team of experience professionals:

Ceremony and Reception Site: Katie Wilkinson from the Glen Manor House
Getting Ready location: Kate Jenkins of the Pelham Court Hotel
Caterer: Ingrid Martins of Blue Rocks Catering
Cake: Kate Repko from Cappuccino’s
Floral Design: Sayles Livingston of Sayles Livingston Flowers
DJ: Sidney Posey of DeeJays Etc.
Ceremony Musicians: Crystal Pascucci and Quartetto Vivo
Hair and Make-up: Wavelengths Salon & Spa
Wedding dress designer and salon: Simone Carvalli; Maria Spyridopolous of Sabella Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses and salon: Watters & Watters; Cheri Amor of Perfect Bridal
Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank
Groomsmen’s tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse & Tuxedo
Invitations, place cards, save the dates- aka the full design suite: Steve Reepmeyer

Want more? Check out their slideshow, PicFlick. Or on the blog, their engagement session, sneak preview, scoop and details: part 1.

Portsmouth in Pink

Maren and Steve pulled together one of those stylish weddings that most brides dream of. Their ceremony and reception were held in a fairytale estate with beautiful grounds. So here’s a little inspiration from their special day.

Part 1- The Special Touches

First off, pinks were the order of the day- from mauve to pastel- subtle shades and hues of luscious pink. More on the flowers in a later post (also pretty in pink).

The full compliment of paper products- invitation, save the dates, name cards and more.

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Bird cage for collecting cards.

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Escort table cards.

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Programs.

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Maren’s shoes with a hint of turquoise. This was a beautiful accent color to the pinks, and only used in two spots. Her something blue.

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Her purse also with turquoise. She added the little hummingbird pin, a nice touch of whimsy.

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Now check out their venue. The Glen Manor House is nothing short of stunning.

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Loving the period details throughout, reminiscent of a French country estate.

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The view of the ceremony lawn from the back patio, where the cocktail hour was held.

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The back patio. Maren and Steve bought all of the lounge furniture and pillows to ensure it would have just the feel they were going for.

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Twinkling in the evening.

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A beautiful celebration such as this simply can’t be pulled off without a team of experienced professionals. Special thanks to all:

Ceremony and Reception Site: Katie Wilkinson from the Glen Manor House
Getting Ready location: Kate Jenkins of the Pelham Court Hotel
Caterer: Ingrid Martins of Blue Rocks Catering
Cake: Kate Repko from Cappuccino’s
Floral Design: Sayles Livingston of Sayles Livingston Flowers
DJ: Sidney Posey of DeeJays Etc.
Ceremony Musicians: Crystal Pascucci and Quartetto Vivo
Hair and Make-up: Wavelengths Salon & Spa
Wedding dress designer and salon: Simone Carvalli; Maria Spyridopolous of Sabella Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses and salon: Watters & Watters; Cheri Amor of Perfect Bridal
Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank
Groomsmen’s tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse & Tuxedo
Invitations, place cards, save the dates- aka the full design suite: Steve Reepmeyer

Want more? Check out their slideshow, PicFlick. Or on the blog, their engagement session, sneak preview and scoop.

Win Signed David Tutera Book

We are so excited for the new season of David Tutera‘s My Fair Wedding, which aired Sunday night. We have had the pleasure of working with David and his team and they are fabulous in every way. Not only is David a complete visionary and trendsetter, he knows just what to say and how to say it. We are continually impressed by all that he brings to the table. He has a new a book of the My Fair Wedding series coming out next week (more on that to follow).

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If you want seriously useful and helpful advice in the meantime, check out The Big White Book of Weddings: A How-to Guide for the Savvy, Stylish Bride. In honor of the opening of the MFW season and in celebration of the new year, we thought it would be fun to give away one of these books. As it happens, the copy we have for one lucky winner is extra special as David even signed it. Very cool indeed!

So how can you win aforementioned signed copy of Mr. Tutera’s book? We have set up a special area on our facebook fanpage devoted to the contest. All you have to do is:

1- Become a fan of Allegro Photography on Facebook.

2- Leave a comment in the David Tutera MFW Celebration Gallery telling us which wedding in this gallery is your favorite.

Best of luck! and Happy New Year!

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Inspiration: a Party First and Foremost

A party that happens to be a wedding allows for all sorts of non-traditional elements and playful bits. Donna, along with her designer Jane from D’Lish Intimate Catering, pushed the boundaries at every turn.

Opening with my favorite of all the details from Donna and Jimmy’s wedding- the Cake. Konditor Meister definitely outdid themselves with this wild animal print cake. So so so fun!

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Taking a step back in time. The ketubah that Donna and Jimmy signed prior to their chuppah ceremony.

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On to cocktail hour, drinks galore and check out the awesome zebra print linen below.

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Multiple small glass containers held orchids in the lobby and cocktail space.

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Time for the reception. A peak from above, looking down onto the table arrangement. Loving the gold linens, which match the Chiavari chairs.

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The menu and place setting.

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The centerpiece, orchids in a clear vase. Candlelight completes the look.

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The head table had its own centerpiece arrangements. Love the peonies.

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And a look at the whole set up.

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Gotta give credit where credit is due. And the pros who helped make their event spectacular definitely deserve props. Inspiration provided by Donna and Jimmy’s Team:

Event designer: Jane Pofcher Goldman of D’Lish Intimate Catering
Getting Ready Venue: The Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Exchange Conference Center, Boston
Caterer: Legal Seafoods
Wedding Cake: Konditor Meister
Floral design: Winston Flowers
Chuppah Design: Jessica Erickson
Chuppah Rental: Tommy Wholesale Design
Linens: Rentals Unlimited 
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang
Invitations and Graphics: Jessica Erickson of J.L. Erickson Design

If you still want more, check out their e-session in Ashland, their sneak preview, their scoop and their slideshow.

Purple, Purple Everywhere!

For Courtney and Brian’s wedding at the Topsfield Commons, north of Boston, they chose to highlight a few of their favorite things. And because one of their favorite things is the color purple, I just had to focus their first inspiration entry on that vibrant and lovely color that popped up even before their wedding day to set the tone.

Violet, lavender, amethyst, mulberry, aubergine, mauve, eggplant, orchid, plum, wine, lilac…. All the shades in all sorts of arrangements.

First off the invitations, lovingly crafted by our bride and groom and sealed with their monogram.

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When the guests arrived at the Topsfield Commons, they once again saw the special touch.

Around the welcome table were arrangements of purple hydrangeas. The name cards had purple stamps on them and were tied with an amethyst ribbon.

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Once in the reception hall, the theme continued with beautiful origami papers in purple hues for the table numbers and additional centerpieces with purple hydrangea and calla lillies. Plus each guest received a chinese take-out box with treats inside, adorned with additional Japanese papers and purple ribbons.

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Of course the bride’s bouquet matched the theme… an arrangement of calla lillies.

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And the groomsmen’s boutonnieres….

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As well as the ring bearer’s boutonniere and the flower girls bouquets. And of course, the girls’ dresses in a rich amethyst.

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The cake was not only sweet, but also tied into the color palette.

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Playtime for the guests also allowed for the look to be consistant. Temporary tattoos for all the guests- an auberine elephant.

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Courtney with her fellow trapeze artist friends showing off their tattoos. Gotta love these ladies!

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Want to see more from Courtney and Brian, check out their Sneak Peek, Scoop and PicFlick.

Special credit to their team of pros:
Ceremony and Reception Venue and Catering: Kristi Martino from The Topsfield Commons
Gown Designer: Priscilla of Boston, special thanks to April Abbott
Bridesmaid Dresses: Baby Girl Boutique
Groom’s Tux: Frank’s Custom Tailoring
Groomsmen’s Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Cake: Mary Bandereck
Floral Designer: Annette Rinaldi
Ceremony musician: Christian Cundari
DJ: Greg from C-Zone Music
Hair styling: Shag

 

Bands and the Band

The sparkles and sounds of Amber and Tyler’s wedding fit together perfectly with the taste and scents from the food and floral. From top to bottom and with all five senses, Amber created a feeling of city elegance.

Tyler chose Amber’s engagement ring with help from Amber’s mom, who also happens to be a jeweler. When they were ready to select their wedding bands, her mom was happy to help the couple find a perfect match.

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Amber’s complete look- from head to toe- in style. Earrings, veil, hair, wedding dress, bouquet and rings… Beautiful.

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A closer look at her birdcage veil, styled with jewels and feathers, and her teardrop diamond earrings.

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After the ceremony, the veil was removed, but the feathered and jeweled comb for her hair stayed to add a sense of whimsy. Also check out Tyler’s distinguised black-tie tux with the singular white rose boutonniere.

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The sounds that filled the air that evening can only be attributed to Keith Johnson and the AM Radio. They kept the dancing going and the guests entertained.

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Actually Tyler also helped with the entertainment. He sang one special song just for Amber.

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Though he knew the song, he wasn’t taking any chances.

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I can’t think of anything more romantic. He even had a single red rose for his new wife. She rewarded him with a sweet kiss.

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With the nerves set aside, it was time to party. Dancing to the great band was no problem for our groom!

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And that completes the details from Amber and Tyler’s stunning wedding. If you would like to see the more from their wedding, I would recommend checking out their slideshow.

The pros involved in this wedding were amazing. Another round of thanks to:
Ceremony Venue: Borgia Room at The Westin St. Francis
Reception Venue: Alexandra’s at The Westin St. Francis
Hair: Antonio Cabral
Make-up: Aida Morano from Aida’s Custom Cosmetics
Gown Designer: Romona Keveza
Bridesmaid dresses: Siri
Groom’s tux: Canali
Groomsmen’s tuxes: Selix Rentals
Cake: Shinmin from I Dream of Cake
Floral Design: Jeffrey from J Floral Art
Band: Keith Johnson and AM Radio
Ceremony Musician: Amber’s stepfather, Carl Weimer
Invitations: William Arthur

Fashionable Floral

You’ve probably already noted that Amber and Tyler‘s wedding at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel above Union Square was all about city sophistication and classic style. She continued the look and theme with her floral design; limiting the type and color of flowers highlighted the texture and gave the whole look a cohesive feel.

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For her own bouquet, held here by her bridesmaid during the ceremony, she chose white orchids with yellow centers.

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Her bridesmaids’ bouquets were also a single flower type and color- all merlot calla lillies. They just feel like an flower for an evening event.

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Together the ladies looked great- white on white for the bride and deep red with chocolate brown for the bridesmaids.

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Corsages for the moms continued the look- deep red orchids.

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To add to the elegance of the ceremony in the Borgia Room, white candles of varying heights and types were places on the mantle over the fireplace. They were surrounded by garnet roses and greenery.

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For the reception table decor in Alexandra’s, multiple containers were used on each table. Each had a different single flower type in complimentary colors; all the containers were varing sizes. The monochromatic look came together in a sophisticated way.

Up close…

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From a distance…

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One of my favorite touches was this monogram. The bride and groom’s formal initials laid on a bed of flowers- roses, dahlias, lilies, orchids- with lights around the edges.

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Congrats to Jeffrey from J Floral Art for creating such a stunning look for Amber and Tyler.

Setting the Scene- Westin St. Francis Wedding

Sophistication. Elegance. Cosmopolitan. All words that describe Amber and Tyler’s chic San Francisco wedding at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square. Selecting the location was key to creating the feel they were looking for. The hotel’s history, decor and architecture all added to the beauty of their day.

The ceremony took place in this fabulous space, the Borgia Room. I am enchanted by the wood panelling and the gorgeous ceiling. The chandeliers are not too shabby either.

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I love the fireplace as the central focus point for the space and the wedding.

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Even the hallways are magnificent at the St. Francis Hotel. They made for an excellent portrait location on a day when going outdoors just wasn’t possible.

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As the guests made their way to the reception in Alexandra’s, they were treated to more elegant touches. The seat assignments were listed on this scroll.

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Each place setting had a special gift awaiting the guest.

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A Surf and Turf dinner soon arrived- quality to match any restaurant in San Francisco. And if you have tasted the food in San Francisco, you know that is truly high praise.

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Champagne toasts followed the meal.

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The reception space was gorgeous. I especially loved this mural behind the band, so beautifully lit.

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And for a greater sense of the room, from our bride and groom’s perspective.

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Through a doorway.

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From the band’s perspective.

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And the wedding dinner wouldn’t have been complete without a few tasty treats to cap off the day.

First a platter of desserts.

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And then this stunning cake- wrapped in white chocolate sheets and decorated with dark chocolate swirls and roses. Amazingly elegant.

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To add a sense of whimsy to the day, an adorable super hero cat groom’s cake.

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More details and inspiration from Amber and Tyler’s wedding to follow soon. If you would like to see more from their day now, check out their story and their slideshow.

The pros:
Ceremony Venue: Borgia Room at The Westin St. Francis
Reception Venue: Alexandra’s at The Westin St. Francis
Hair: Antonio Cabral
Make-up: Aida Morano from Aida’s Custom Cosmetics
Gown Designer: Romona Keveza
Bridesmaid dresses: Siri
Groom’s tux: Canali
Groomsmen’s tuxes: Selix Rentals
Cake: Shinmin from I Dream of Cake
Floral Design: Jeffrey from J Floral Art
Band: Keith Johnson and AM Radio
Ceremony Musician: Amber’s stepfather, Carl Weimer
Invitations: William Arthur

 

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