This is a baby shower I photographed in the crafty Oakland home of Catherine Weis of Local Social. It was such a fun shoot for me & it got published on 100 Layer Cakelet!  Catherine and Terry hosted the party and made all the decor themselves for their friend Amelia. It turned out great & I so wanted to hang out with all the creative gals! I’m inspired to put more effort into my next house party.


•The Welcome garland was made by Terry, using this tutorial from Catherine’s site.

•Olive ice cubes for the bloody mary bar & beautiful flower ice cubes.

•Beautiful tarts came from La Farine, and flowers from the Oakland flower market.

•Catherine made her own seed bomb bags, dip-dyed pink fabrics & invitations.

I’m in love with this dining room wall, so vintage & Anthropologie. It reminds me of the last house I worked on where I removed 3 layers of wall paper underneath many layers of paint. Each layer brought me back to the 70′s, 60′s then 50′s.  I can’t wait to start refurbishing my Oakland house!

You don’t see much of Catherine’s painted floors here. It’s really neat, check it out here, featured on Design Sponge.


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Magpie & Rye is a boutique around the corner from where I live (Nopa,SF). I’ve loved this shop since the minute I peaked in it’s windows while walking around the neighborhood 3 years ago. What struck me was the space they created. This little gem belongs to Annabelle Rey. She’s drawn to raw materials & natural designs. To me her curated selection has a lot of personal touch and comes together in a way that feels like a well decorated home.

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Magpie & Rye was originally part of Prairie Collective, and shared the space with Studio Choo. Though you will no longer be able to get your flower arrangements there, it’s still the same beautiful little space with a unique collection of items. I love the one of a kind pottery, and they have a solid selection of cards/stationary & jewelry.

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While shooting the photos I chatted with Annabelle, who was working on some in house jewelry. I learned that she is originally from Santa Monica, and that she studied Fine Art, and also has a background in floral arrangement. She’s a lovely gal, and it was so nice to meet another local artist/small business owner.

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Angela + Farhad’s wedding was at Sanborn park in Saratoga. Their wedding was really sweet, and everyone was so loving. I am grateful to our mutal friend Lauren, who referred me. One of my favorite moments was when Angela surprised Farhad with a pocket watch with a photo of his mother inside. To help Farhad remember and feel that his mother was close on their wedding day. My other favorite moment was when Farhad surprised Angela by performing the song he wrote to prepose to her. They met at UC Berkeley, and the story goes that she was won over by his stellar lead drumming skills. However, the truth is she fell for him because of his humility, light-hearted nature & self-assuredness.

Their wedding was very unique & DIY. The color scheme was rainbow. The inspiration came from a trip they took to Nepal and India. To Angela the vibrant colors conveys joy and celebration. They had a Persian ceremony. And the backdrop was made from recycled Indian sari, and the pennants strung over the reception area is made from handmade Indonesian batik.

They made each other’s ring at Fitzgerland Jewelry Studio in NY when Angela was in grad school at Columbia. They turned out beautiful! The same day they made their rings they saw the old western swing band, they hired for their wedding called Brian Cloud Western Swing.

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Photo booth by FROM SF WITH LOVE!  Thank you to my husband Tim for running the booth & camping with me, he’s the best!

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