Laid-Back San Francisco Engagement Photos: Jackie + David

San Francisco engagement

Jackie + David had been friends for years before their relationship was taken to the next level as they got to know each other better. And during a stealthily planned ‘faux weekend getaway’, David proposed to Jackie atop a beautiful cliff overlooking the ocean.  Since they met + live in San Francisco, they knew it would be the perfect backdrop for their engagement photos, so they trekked around the city with Josh Elliott, hitting all of their favorite scenic spots, including the viewpoint where David proposed. I just love the idea of returning to your proposal location for your engagement photos! :) And if you love a good proposal story like I do, you definitely won’t want to miss Jackie + David’s at the very end of the post!

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

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San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

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San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

San Francisco engagement

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San Francisco engagement


And here’s their sweet proposal story:

Jackie + David went to college together and hung out in similar circles for many years. It wasn’t until they both graduated and started their first real jobs that they found themselves with free time on their hands and began talking on G-chat for hours on end! Jackie was super surprised to learn that a guy she once wrote off as shy was instead thoughtful + hilarious. The two began to plan small coffee and lunch dates and soon David realized he + Jackie were meant to be and he wanted to spend his life with her! In hopes of genuinely surprising Jackie with a proposal, David planned a ‘faux weekend getaway’. After stopping for breakfast at their favorite local diner, they were off across the Golden Gate Bridge. David told Jackie he wanted to stop off at a view point along the way. The two of them made their way down to the very end of the viewpoint where David only got through about a quarter of the speech he had prepared, but it all ended with Jackie saying YES! They hopped back in the car + David let Jackie in on where they were really going – Tomales Bay for oysters, champagne and a romantic weekend celebrating together!

Thanks again to Josh Elliott for sharing these lovely photos with us, and big congrats to Jackie + David!

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20′s-Inspired Art Deco Wedding: Kara + Chris

20's inspired wedding

Kara + Chris’ 20′s-style art deco wedding pulls inspiration from so many amazing + iconic aspects of the era – like speakeasies + The Great Gatsby! They were able to modernize the atmosphere + give the day a fun, personal twist by not making it too costume-y + incorporating some playful, whimsical details like their “censored” first kiss + glam, mismatched table linens. And I love that they included F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes throughout, as well as lots + lots of pretty candlelight! Along with their talented team of vendors, Kara + Chris were able to craft such a gorgeous day!

Thanks so much to Dixie Pixel for the stunning photography and, of course, big congrats to the newlyweds!

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20s inspired wedding rings


Kara is wearing one of my most favorite gowns, Eden by Jenny Packham. I can’t think of a more fitting dress!

20s inspired bouquet

gold lace napkin

20s bridesmaids


LOVE that Kara’s ladies all wore a “Gatsby-style” dress of their choice…so fun!

20s bridesmaids dresses

20s groomsmen

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20s ceremony

20s ceremony

When my husband was so nervous at the altar he was unable to remember the words he needed to repeat so I had to help him. It was so sweet because I have never seen him nervous!

20s ceremony

20s wedding party

20s bride and groom

20s wedding bouquet

chalkboard signage

chalkboard signage

20s details

candlesticks in bottles


The floral + even design by Whimsical Gatherings is truly stunning. Majorly loving the use of feathers throughout the arrangements + the deep red peonies are just breathtaking…

feather centerpieces

feather centerpieces

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Make a list of what's the most important to you and do not stress over the rest. At the start, we prioritized what meant the most to us, and this was photography and decorations. Because we didn't want to worry about every little detail, we hired trusted vendors.

photography: Dixie Pixel // venue: The Foundry on the Fair Site Knoxville, Tennessee // event design + florals: Whimsical Gatherings // event planner: Heather Lynn of Simplicity Event Planners // wedding dress: Jenny Packham // hairpieces: Etsy // shoes: Seychelles ‘I Do’ Pump // bridesmaid dresses: Various // bride’s hair: Priscilla Brown of Salon Visage // bridesmaid’s hair: Salon Visage // make-up: Raymie Alsobrooks of FACE Artists // groom’s suit: Black by Vera Wang // invitations: Tanya Williams // paper goods: Shayne Ivy (Table Cards) // catering: The Foundry on the Fair Site // cake: Donna Vandy // music: Pale Root (Band), Deena Robbins // table linens: Table Five

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Styling Your Bridesmaids Along with Their Bouquets

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Today’s fashion + beauty feature, conceptualized + photographed by Apryl Ann, is all about your bridesmaids! Stylist Lindsey Zamora wanted to show brides-to-be how fun bridesmaid fashion can be, while keeping it modern + fresh by coordinating their look with some super pretty blooms! Using a fun variety of dresses as inspiration for the floral design, the talented team at Bows and Arrows created beautiful bouquets that mimicked the dresses’ design + feel.

First up is a marbleized watercolor look, perfect for a whimsical outdoor wedding! Pair a fun, floral number with a wild, pastel, garden-style bouquet tied with a neutral-hued ribbon. Keep the look simple by adding minimal accessories; perhaps studs or a few bangles that fit with your color palette.

watercolor bridesmaid dress

watercolor bridesmaid dress

watercolor bridesmaid dress

watercolor bridesmaid dress


Love this look as much as we do? We found a few similar dresses that we think would make perfect bridesmaid’s dresses!

watercolor bridesmaids dresses


Shop the Look Watercolor (clockwise starting top left) one // two // three // four

Headed somewhere tropical? A coral + peach frock would pair perfectly with a tropical inspired bouquet, filled with brightly-hued peonies + dahlias.

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pink peony bouquet

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shop the look peach and coral dresses


Shop the Look Coral & Blush (clockwise starting top left) one // two // three // four

A yellow silk dress with a sophisticated silhouette would be perfect for a modern wedding! To keep the look clean, go for a solid bouquet wrapped with a simple bow.

yellow bridesmaid dress

yellow bridesmaid dress

yellow bridesmaid dress

yellow bridesmaid dress

shop the look yellow dresses


Shop the Look Yellow (clockwise starting top left) one // two // three // four

Want to go graphic? Dress your ‘maids in fun prints! A polka dot dress works well with a solid bouquet – just wrap a printed ribbon around your bouquet to complete the intentionally mismatched look.

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dotted dress

peony bouquet

peony bouquet

shop the look polka dot dresses


Shop the Look Polka Dots (clockwise starting top left) one // two // three // four

A sweet white lace dress, paired with a bundle of delicate baby’s breath, works well for a romantic-style wedding. Keep the accessories minimal for a softer look, or use them to add a fun pop of color for a more playful vibe!

white eyelet dress

white eyelet dress

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shop the look white lace dresses


Shop the Look White Lace (clockwise starting top left) one // two // three // four

Thank you so much to the following creatives for sharing this lovely (and informative!) feature with us today! How many of you are now you inspired to style your bridesmaids with fun coordinating bouquets?!

concept + photography: Apryl Ann // creative direction + Styling: Lindsey Zamora // floral design: Bows and Arrows // hair + makeup: Beauty & the Blush // models: Evan and Regan with Kim Dawson Agency // dresses: polka dot dress: ASOS; yellow dress: ASOS; white lace dress: Jay Godfrey; floral dress: Alice + Olivia; orange/blush dress: Ted Baker // accessories: Dilliard’s + Urban Outfitters

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