Industrial, Garden-Inspired Birthday Party

Pier 48 birthday dinner

Today we’re sharing something a bit out of the ordinary – not a wedding, but a 50th birthday party! When we saw all the gorgeous ways Alison Events + Brown Paper Design infused the space at Pier 48 (in San Francisco) with a lush-garden-meets-industrial-warehouse vibe, we knew we had to share this celebration with you! Juxtaposition is so important when creating a beautiful, detailed setting and attempting to tell a story through your design. These ladies definitely knocked it out of the park…Edyta Szyszlo’s gorgeous photos from the night prove that + then some!

Pier 48 birthday dinner

organic birthday dinner

metal chair and plants

artichoke decor

metal bucket wall

Every corner of the party was thoughtfully designed with amazingly styled vignettes. We’re totally feeling those wild greenery arrangements, aren’t you?

metal pig

vintage furniture

organic green dinner

black and white dinner menu

black and white dinner menu

green goblets

And the tablescape stayed right on theme with verdant centerpieces + clean-lined, industrial decor.

industrial table

industrial table

organic green florals

green goblets

industrial table and chairs

garland chandelier

Major love for that giant living chandelier!

organic potted plant tablescape

organic potted plant tablescape

log vase

industrial dinner party

organic potted plant tablescape

green goblets

Pier 48 birthday dinner

There you have it! Proof that inspiration can come from any type of event. A big thanks to EdytaAlison, Danielle of Brown Paper Design and the rest of the team below for giving us a peek into this pretty party today!

photography: Edyta Szyszlo // venue: Pier 48 San Francisco, California // planning + design: Alison Events // florals, production, lighting + rentals: Danielle Rowe of Brown Paper Design // vision: Alison EventsBrown Paper Design // dj: Josh Dukes of Boutique Entertainment  // music: Natasha Miller of Entire Productions // catering: Componere // cake: Perfect Endings // lighting: Got Light // rentals: Hartmann Studios and Classic Party Rentals // valet: Soiree Valet Parking Service, Inc. // photobooth: Tomfoolery SF // invites + menus: Pitbulls & Posies // calligraphy: Anne Robin

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Sunset Rooftop Wedding in New York: Imogen + Reuben

New York rooftop wedding

Happy Friday, friends! We’re prettttty excited about today’s gorgeous NYC wedding, which felt like just the thing to wind down this lovely week on a high note. Half the guests from this celebration flew in from Australia to witness Imogen, an aussie girl, and Reuben, an american boy, get married at sunset on a rooftop overlooking the Hudson River. Imogen looked like a modern-bohemian goddess (we just made that up, but we think it’s going to soon be a thing) in her stunning Johanna Johnson gown + headpiece and the mix of city and nature represented in the wedding setting was a perfect reflection of these two adventurous souls. What do you say we hear a bit more about their inspiration before checking out the gorge photos Bayly & Moore captured of the day…

Our inspiration for our wedding day was our love of nature, vintage and New York. We met and fell in love in Manhattan and got engaged at a cabin in the woods, so an urban loft with a rooftop garden overlooking Manhattan felt like a good mix of city and nature. From the moment we met we’ve always loved doing camping trips together and searching for old things at little antique stores along the way. So that inspired us to make our reception feel like an intimate candlelit dinner party in the woods which we did through using lots of moss, branches and wild florals and we also brought in old books and vintage mason jars from our home that we’ve collected on those trips.

New York rooftop wedding

Johanna Johnson wedding dress

Did we nail her description with “modern-bohemian goddess” or what?!

Johanna Johnson wedding dress

Johanna Johnson wedding dress

MK by Melissa Kritsotakis dresses

And Imogen tells us, The inspiration behind the bridesmaids dresses was sort of ‘maidens of the forest’ with whimsical flowing material, flower crowns and loose bouquets.

Johanna Johnson veil

ceremony programs

New York rooftop wedding

Processional: Grow Old with Me – Tom Odell (Acoustic Version)

Recessional: Litty Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

First Dance: Nothing Can Change this Love – Sam Cooke

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

New York rooftop wedding

rooftop wedding party

cocktails on the roof

New York rooftop wedding

What a seriously dreamy shot!

New York rooftop wedding

New York wedding

My favorite moment was when Reuben and I got to have time alone together after our ceremony, walking through the cobble stone streets of New York as the sunset. It was so surreal and exciting to realize you are married and are going to spend the rest of your life with your favorite person. It was extra special to us as it was also a moment for us to say goodbye to New York. We were leaving the next day to fulfill our dream of traveling around the world for a year, so it was a nice moment for us to get excited about not only the amazing night ahead but also all the adventures to come.

New York wedding

New York wedding

cocktail band

pink peonies

calligraphy escort cards

christmas crackers

We used an Australian Christmas tradition of crackers for our table settings, which guests could pull open with the person next to them to reveal the menu, paper hats, wearable candy & fortune fish which was a great ice breaker for all the out-of-towners. For our favors we gave out our two favorite things (bacon and coffee beans) covered in our third favorite thing (chocolate) which were from a candy store in Reuben’s hometown in Pennsylvania.

christmas crackers

pink peonies

wood slice table numbers

pink cake

See even more in I + R’s sweet wedding video by Grimace Films:

Try to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on the little details like addressing envelopes, table name cards, making programs etc. If you can order it all online or ask your bridesmaids to help it will make things so much more relaxing for you. We are so glad that we used 'Appycouple' to create our own wedding app and website. It was very easy to set up and our guests loved having all the info on their phone. Repurposing decorations throughout the day is a great way to reduce costs. Our florist/day-of-coordinator helped repurpose the down the aisle floral bouquets for the reception tables and our ceremony arch became decorations inside. Make sure you get some time after the ceremony with just you two. We did our couple photos during the cocktail hour and it was so nice to have that time to each other before the party really kicks off. After all, the day is about you two.

photography: Bayly & Moore // venue: Studio 450 New York, New York // event design + planning: Imogen Hower (Bride) // florals + day of coordination: Lindsay Rae Designs // wedding dress + hairpieces: Johanna Johnson in New York // shoes: Ivanka Trump – Bloomingdales // bridesmaid dresses: MK by Melissa Kritsotakis // hair + makeup: Face the Day NY // groom suit: The Ludlow Shop from J.Crew // videography: Grimace Films // invitations + paper goods: Designed by Aaron Saxton & printed by Paper Presentation in New York // catering: Michael Stuart NY // cake: Magnolia Bakery // music: Ainslie Street Vibes // dj: Friend from Australia

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Our Current Favorite Pieces From Gorjana

Gorjana Jewelry

One of the things we always look for when checking out a bride’s style is how she accessorized + what type of jewelry she decided to go with. Maybe we’re just accessory addicts, but we really do think that it’s all in the details – and the perfect necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings can really pull together your whole look. One of our go-tos for finding the best jewelry for a special occasion – or everyday – is Gorjana. Gorjana is a socially conscious lifestyle company that makes fashionable, high quality accessories for women and men. Born from the design and business ambition of husband and wife, Gorjana + Jason Griffin Reidel, whose bi-coastal residencies have fused a West Coast lifestyle inspiration with the sophistication and polish of East Coast trends into each design and collection, simple everyday pieces are the heart of their collections – perfect also for the bride who lives for layering + feminine, delicate jewelry. We especially love that it is perfect for your special day and then to wear everyday after!

Today, we’re sharing some of our current faves from Gorjana that would be perfect for just about any occasion – holiday parties, weddings, bridesmaids gifts or just everyday wear!

Jewelry from Gorjana

1. Vine Necklace // 2. Diamond Chloe Studs // 3. Carina Midi Ring Set // 4. Mila Necklace // 5. Laurel Bangle // 6. Diamond G Ring Set // 7. Taner Charm Bracelet

Gorjana Jewelry

8. Leda Studs // 9. Taner Bar Small Necklace // 10. Mika Mini Plate Necklace // 11. Taner Wrapped Cuff // 12. Shimmer Marquee Ring // 13. Marin Disc Cuff // 14. Stackable Rings // 15. Mika Cutout Drop Earrings // 16. Shimmer Disc Ring to Midi Connector

One of our favorite ways to wear Gorjana pieces is by layering the necklaces, rings or bracelets. We also love that they share lots of their favorite ways to layer pieces on their site…

Gorjana jewelry

 

 Such pretty pieces, right?! Which ones are your fave?

See more of Gorjana’s beautiful layering pieces on their website.

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