Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I can think of no better way to mark the occasion than with this stunning red and gold styled shoot at one of my favorite Bay Area venues, from three (three!) of our brilliant Select vendors. With design by Shannon Leahy, flowers by Max Gill, and photography by Josh Gruetzmacher, you will definitely want to check out the gallery for every last detail.

From Shannon LeahyThe inspiration for this photo shoot comes from the fabric, toile. Toile du Jouy (named after a French town) originated in 18th century Ireland and traditionally was used for window treatments and upholstery. In many ways toile has come to represent stuffy, outdated design and I wanted to find a way to take a relic of the past and update it in a fresh and modern way.

Of course, the photographs from Josh Gruetzmacher who found the space and spearheaded the shoot take it all to the next level. The crisp, classic look of his film in this light and bright space bring everything to life and let us all step into the fantasy of what it must have been like to sail across the ocean in a 22-carat gilded saloon.

Many of the traditional toiles are made in blue-and-white but for our shoot at the golden hued China Cabin we thought bringing in warm tones of yellow and cream would blend with the gold beautifully and set a perfect backdrop for Max Gill‘s dramatic red and burgundy toned flowers.

The China Cabin is a historical location in Tiburon, just right over the Bay from San Francisco. The walls are gilded in 22-karat gold in this space which was once an elegant social saloon of the PS China. The ship was originally built in New York City in 1866 and was one of the four sister ships the United States Postal Service ordered to carry mail and passengers from California to Asia. The China Cabin, now docked permanently in the Bay Area was the officers stateroom.

We really wanted to carry the toile through from beginning to end and so we incorporated a toile ribbon on the bride’s bouquet, a custom tabletop runner of yellow toile, a welcome box made we made for out of town guests made of toile and accented with glittering, over-the-top gifts that would set the tone for an evening in the China Cabin.

The toile carried through to the paper products and invitations by Mira Aster as well. We adore the unique place cards she came up with that are made from gilded edged paper to look like a ribbon fluttering in the breeze, perfect for a wedding on an ocean liner.

For this shoot, I found the perfect gowns from local San Francisco designer Trish Lee. The main dress for the shoot is called The Lady. We love the supremely elegant and refined look of this gown and can imagine a Bride who adores the traditions of the past but still wants a fresh and updated look slipping into this gorgeous gown. According to Trish Lee, The Lady was inspired by the poise and spirit of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aunt San Suu Kyi and is a tribute to the designers Burmese heritage. We can think of no better dress for a 19th-century ship that sailed between Asia and the United States.

We imagined a second look for this Bride in the dress Joni also from Trish Lee. According to the designer this dress epitomizes that certain “je ne sais quoi” the elusory “it” factor. The fluttering capelet over the shoulder gives an effortless bohemian effect and to us, symbolizes the China Cabin’s final home in the free-spirited Bay Area. (See the second look in the gallery!)

Julie Morgan styled our Bride perfectly with an elegant and refined Downton Abbey look for the first dress and a more sultry, whimsical look for the second dress complete with a crowning head wreath by Max Gill.

We were so excited to use San Francisco’s own Frances Lane for the vintage tabletop rentals which really elevate the tabletop. Accents like the settee and vintage cake stand from One True Love vintage complete the story of romance rooted in tradition. The deep burgundy and fig tones of the floral arrangements, bouquets and boutonnieres from Max Gill add richness and contrast to this glittering gilded yellow and gold tablescape.

To complete the entire look the toile coated cake by Sweet On Cake is the crown on top of the jewel box. Inspired by the architecture of the space, Amber from Sweet on Cake created a real masterpiece.

SEE THE FULL GALLERY FOR TONS MORE RED AND GOLD VALENTINE’S DAY WEDDING INSPIRATION.

Photographer: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: China Cabin in Tiburon, California / Event Planner, Designer: Shannon Leahy Events / Floral Designer: Max Gill / Dress: Trish Lee / Hair, Makeup: Julie Morgan / Shoes: Valentino / Stationery: Mira Aster / Rentals: Hartmann Studios, Frances Lane, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Cake: Sweet On Cake / Hotel Welcome Gift: Shannon Leahy Events

Josh Gruetzmacher, Max Gill, and Shannon Leahy Events are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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  • Gold and Red Valentine Wedding Inspiration

    10 February 2014
  • 26 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Faux Weddings, Inspired Ideas
    1. Lauren

      This is exquisite. That gold toile is just beyond, isn’t it?

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    2. Julie Morgan

      Amazing day on the China Cabin floating ballroom doing the hair and makeup for this Vintage inspired Bridal shoot.
      Working with the best of the best:
      Josh Gruetzmacher : Brilliant photographer ( So nice too! )
      Shannon Leahy Events: Perfection!
      Max Gil : Just beautiful florals and decor
      And our Beautiful Bride, Chauncey..
      Thank you, Snippet & Ink beautiful story!
      xo,
      Julie Morgan

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    3. Romantic Gold Wedding Inspiration

      […] It was great getting to work with some of my favorite wedding professionals to produce this shoot. It started with the China Cabin in Tiburon, an intimate event space with beautiful 22k gold leaf detailing throughout the interior. Shannon Leahy was inspired to explore a different- old meets new- design based on China Cabin. Lots of rich gold and yellow toile flowed into all areas of this concept. Shannon pulled a custom linen, gold flatware and gilded plates (from Frances Lane), gold candelabras and chairs. Anne from Mira Aster created a stunning paper suite with the toile fabric sewn to the printed paper with gold thread and a folded-book style invite. Lauren from Sweet on Cake brought the toile and the architectural detailing into a custom wedding cake for us. San Francisco bridal designer, Trish Lee, let us use her brand new 2014 gowns. My favorite florist, Max Gill, made rich burgundy arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres and the floral crown. It was really fun getting to see this concept come together and I hope people might find some inspiration for their wedding as well.  To top it all off, this shoot was featured on Snippet and Ink today! […]

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    5. Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady

      Is there anything lovelier than textured gold? It’s so gorgeous with that rich burgundy!

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    6. Erin | Elizabeth Anne Designs

      Be still my heart—absolutely stunning!

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    7. Amy/Bride Chic

      One of the prettiest shoots I’ve ever laid eyes on. Bravo to this very talented group of vendors!

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    8. Erika {Borrowed & Bleu}

      I love the deep, rich reds in this!

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    9. Jacquelyn

      This is amazing!

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    26. Tre

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