San Francisco nautical wedding reception decor

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Right now there’s a pier in San Francisco (not Pier 51) sitting lonely that was recently graced by the hands of Rosemary Events and Sillapere, the planning & design team behind many show-stopping Bay Area weddings. The idea behind the shoot was borne of the nautical feel and chilled fog that sweeps over San Francisco’s Marina District. Needless to say the vibrant orange Dahlias, heart-shaped stones and shades of blue in this tablescape bring more romance to a city already full of lovers. If we didn’t tell you this was photographed by Jose Villa, we’re sure you would have figured it out after the first stunning image.  To see more head to newsstands today to pick up the latest issue of San Francisco Brides Magazine!

san francisco nautical inspiration shoot

san francisco nautical inspiration shoot

san francisco nautical inspiration shoot

The table is set with classic Match Pewter Tableware and Sugahara glasses. Custom papers designed by Pancake & Franks pair perfectly with the gunmetal linen napkin and provide just the right balance of classic and edgy. The sweet finish to the setting is the charming heart paperweight accented with rope and bittersweet… a thoughtful takeaway gift for each guest. The whole look is finished with linen stripe armchairs and side chairs in grey and natural linen from H.D. Buttercup.

san francisco nautical inspiration shoot

In order to create a soft and neutral backdrop for the dramatic sculptural piece of driftwood at the center of the table, they started with a natural table linen and a gorgeous Brahms Mount overlay. Imitating textures under the sea, they tucked Dusty Miller and vibrant orange Dahlias in the driftwood as if were organically growing there.

san francisco nautical inspiration shoot

san francisco nautical inspiration shoot

Simple elegance at its finest!

Photo shoot for San Francisco Brides Magazine / Photography: Jose Villa / Planning & Design: Rosemary Events and Sillapere / Custom Paper Goods: Pancake & Franks / Dining Chairs – H.D. Buttercup / Match Pewter Tableware: Columbine, Corte Madera, CA / Table Overlay, Vintage Napkins, and Metal Hearts: Summer House Mill Valley / Sugahara Glassware: Dandelion / Props: Artefact Design & Salvage / Party Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Specialty Linen: La Tavola Fine Linens

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Emme Wynn on Dec 15, 2011

I love this! Just when I was looking for an inspiration for a Nautical shoot in Annapolis, this comes up! I love the muted color palette, and Jose's work is always so inspiring...

Ed Osborn on Dec 15, 2011


Matt on Dec 15, 2011

Awesome style! I love this shoot and nautical style :)

Michaela @ Hey Look on Dec 15, 2011

This is AMAZING! The color scheme, the details! I'm loving the furniture, the fabrics and textures. This entire setting is perfect. And that driftwood centerpiece is gorgeous. I've been searching the beaches here, but the baltic sea doesn't seem to be rough enough to create such pieces.

Shanna Magnuson on Dec 15, 2011

wow the color scheme is beautiful, and the edit is gorgeous and is completely perfect! the soft look looks great

Cheri (Woodsy Weddings) on Dec 16, 2011

So soft and lovely! I love how the palette ties in perfectly with the stunning location.

Sarti on Dec 16, 2011

Simple, elegant and yet quite effective. I really like the stylish chairs which make the perfect contrast to rustic and raw feeling of the pier

jennifer on Dec 16, 2011

good job rosemary and nicole! :)

kurt on Dec 16, 2011

Finally something different than the rustic. Very cool. Could it be that design is moving into the more artistic / minimalist style?

kate on Dec 16, 2011

wow...striking. Some great talents here. love the contrasting colors so much.

annmargaret on Dec 16, 2011

I wasn't a fan of orange before. Then I saw this :)

Megan Romanelli on Dec 16, 2011

That blue bird cage has found itself (in a very hard part to reach) in my heart. Perfect on too many levels. Thanks for sharing!

Jacquelyn on Dec 16, 2011

I love this shoot - amazing cool color palette!

Rosemary Hattenbach on Dec 16, 2011

Thank you 100 Layer Cake for the beautiful feature. We so appreciate it and all the kind words. We had so much fun creating this shoot and working with Jose who is the sweetest person and makes everything look so dreamy! Be sure to check out the new SF Brides Mag for more of his gorgeous photos!

maria on Dec 17, 2011

jose does it again: stunning! this made me so nostaglic for my sf days. ah...

Judy on Dec 19, 2011

Really super decor!!!! Special and unique!!! I always love your pics and your post!!!!!Wonderful!!:D

Ann on Dec 19, 2011

It is so nice to see a non-vintage wedding once in awhile. Seems like that is all that is out there anymore. This is beautiful!

Megan @ Beach Bride 101 on Mar 11, 2012

WOW this is truly amazing! Absolutely perfect ... from the little details oozing elegance to the stunning centerpiece ... This gets full marks in my books :)

Karen at Tyckled Tales on Jan 25, 2013

I LOVE this. I am born and raised in San Francisco. The city is so beautiful, and this is such a unique and amazing way to incorporate the beauty of San Francisco into someone's very special day. Amazing that they pulled this off!!! Woud love to learn how many hoops they had to jump through. Awesome, stunning idea.

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