Flower-Filled Florida Bookstore Wedding: Ali + Max

floral staircase

Let’s start this totally gorgeous feature with a little bit of background on the cute bride + groom. Ali is a prima ballerina for the Houston Ballet (amaze!), and Max is the owner of Catalina Coffee Shop and Amaya Roasting Company in Texas. They decided on an intimate destination wedding in Florida, at Tampa’s own Oxford Exchange – a restaurant, coffee shop and bookstore all in one space, modeled after the architecture of the shops + clubs in England.

When it came to the design, their individual personalities shined through in the setting, which was clearly the perfect atmosphere for their soiree. Styled with cascading staircase florals, the incredible design work of Botanica International Design Studio, and dreamy decor elements reminiscent of A Mid Summers Night Dream, we just can’t help but feel like a couple of hopeless romantics as we delve into the gorge images captured by Papered Heart Photography

bridal details

kate spade glitter heels

whimsical garden bouquet

pup with bow tie

Oxford Exchange Wedding

Seriously this space is so amazing. We totally dig that A + M held their ceremony in the beautiful bookstore.

Oxford Exchange Wedding

Oxford Exchange Wedding

Oxford Exchange Wedding

Oxford Exchange Wedding

Major love for Ali’s sweet, cascading bouquet!

Oxford Exchange Wedding

whimsical garden bouquet

Oxford Exchange Wedding

BHLDN wedding dress

The detailing on that BHLDN dress only added to the sense of romance…

Oxford Exchange Wedding

Oxford Exchange Wedding

vine covered walls

menu and chocolate bar favor

Guests found their way to the table by way of a yummy Mast Brothers chocolate bar; a favor which doubled as their escort card! Aside from loving that detail, we’re all about the punchy floral centerpieces and intimate feel to the courtyard where dinner was held.

tapered candles

dahlia centerpiece

floral covered staircase

vine covered staircase

macarons

Why can’t every staircase be covered with wandering vines + beautiful florals?

floral covered staircase

vine covered staircase dessert bar

Because they create the PERFECT vignette for highlighting pretty cakes! These stunning creations are by Chocolate Pi :)

white cake with flower topper

chocolate cake with flower topper

Oxford Exchange Wedding

Ali + Max threw a truly beautiful wedding from afar. Goes to show that it can totally be done! They were surrounded by family and friends who traveled from all over the world to celebrate with them at their intimate wedding + from the looks of it, it just couldn’t have been any better!

Congrats to the newlyweds!

photography: Papered Heart Photography // venue: Oxford Exchange Tampa, Florida // dress: BHLDN // florals: Botanica International Design Studio // cake: Chocolate Pi // hair + makeup: JCON Salon

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Springtime Wedding Inspiration at Stable Cafe in San Francisco

Stable Cafe San Francisco

As y’all know, we are pretty in love with unique venues. If you missed our list of The 26 Coolest Wedding Venues in the US, be sure to check that out soon! Stable Cafe in San Francisco, California is another great place to say I Do and we love how the team behind today’s editorial beautifully styled the space to give us all a real look at how it can be done! Lauren from Ryder Sloan Events teamed up with Lila BJersey TomatoesThe Cheese School + Maisons Marques & Domaines to stage a setting with springtime details and a fresh color palette. We love how the beauty of this truly unique space comes across perfectly in these images by Edyta Szyszlo.

Stable Cafe San Francisco

Stable Cafe San Francisco

From LaurenStable Cafe is located in the heart of the vibrant Mission neighborhood of SF. It has both indoor and outdoor options for weddings and can host around 100 guests. The actual cafe is available as an add-on option and they can even provide a barista throughout the evening for a true cafe experience, especially fun once the cake is cut! For the showcase event, guests were welcomed in the cafe with a bubbles bar, big green branches along the staircase, a rustic cowhide rug, and marquee heart lighting.

wooden marquee heart

Stable Cafe San Francisco

plants

succulent wall

Running alongside the building is a rustic courtyard maintained by florist Lila B. It’s full of mature trees, succulent gardened walls, and an ever-changing mix of floral installations.

airplant display

Stable Cafe San Francisco

floral straws

Stable Cafe San Francisco

We love the fresh feel to the tablescape. Amber + green are a gorgeous color combo that you just don’t see very often!

cocktail foods

succulent centerpiece

amber colored goblets

Stable Cafe San Francisco

Stable Cafe San Francisco

Stable Cafe San Francisco

Fellow cheese lovers, you’re going to crazy (like we did) over the cake below!

cheese cake

A few closing words from Lauren, We love Stable Cafe because it lends to a more intimate feel for a wedding. And although it clearly reads as “Northern California,” as you walk through the space, parts of it feel like you’ve wandered into a secret European garden.

Thanks, team, for sharing! Are any SF couples tying the knot at Stable Cafe?

photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography // event coordinator + styling: Ryder Sloan Events // venue: Stable Cafe San Francisco, California // catering: Jersey Tomatoes and The Cheese School // bar: Maisons Marques & Domaines // florals: Lila B // lash bar: Marisa Perel and Katie Nash Beauty // vintage place settings: Frances Lane Rentals // lighting: Got Light // linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // vintage furniture rentals: Pieces by Violet // paper goods: Lilikoi Design // rentals: Hartmann Studios

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Gemvara Stone Reset + $1000 Giveaway!

Reset your stone with Gemvara

Show of hands: Who has a jewelry box filled with things (including diamond, gemstone, or other quality pieces) that you just won’t wear for one reason or another? Whether it be a handed down heirloom or something gifted or bought yourself years ago, it’s usually the setting that can throw a great piece off-kilter and discourage you from showing it off. Enter our friends at Gemvara, who have just added a new service that will (seriously) change the way you look at your jewelry box!

Reset by Gemvara

Gemvara, the leading provider of customizable fine jewelry, is now offering diamond + gemstone resetting online, through a simple platform where you can securely send in a gemstone or diamond to be reset into a new piece. Intriguing, yes? A quick look at the simple process is demonstrated above. Read on for more deets + some great before and after photos of gorgeous stones + gems that have been given a new life by being reset with Gemvara.

Reset Your Stone with Gemvara

Reset Your Stone with Gemvara

With an increase in the demand for resetting heirloom stones (data shows that 30% of engaged or married couples used or considered using a family stone), Stone Reset is the first platform of its kind that preserves a gemstone’s legacy using a system built for the modern shopper.

Stone Reset from Gemvara

Win $100 towards your stone reset

And we kinda can’t believe the good news we are about to share! Gemvara is offering $1,000 toward a stone reset for one lucky GWS reader! That’s big, you guys :) All you need to do is fill out the form below and tell us what jewelry of yours you’d like to have reset, and include a link to a product on Gemvara’s website that you’d like to see your new piece look like.

We’ll select a winner randomly and update this post with the winner. The giveaway ends on Monday, February 16th. We’ll announce the winner here on Friday February 20th, 2015.

Thanks for your interest in our sweepstakes. The entry period is now closed.

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