Industrial Chic Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Around our neck of the woods, it sometimes feels like we’ve seen it all — which makes it that much more exciting when something falls into our inbox that we haven’t seen before. That’s exactly what we found in this wedding from Kate Harrison, where newlyweds Melissa and Stephen married in an antique store, Big Daddy’s Antiques. With its phenomenal built-in decor and unique nature, we hope to see this trend sweeping the nation soon!

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From the bride, Melissa: Stephen and I wanted our wedding to feel like an intimate gathering, reflecting our culture and traditions, as well as our personalities and the city we call home. While we planned a traditional wedding ceremony, we wanted our reception to be playful and quirky. We wanted to mimic the feel of Big Sur, where we got engaged. We used natural wood tones, moss greens and ocean blues.


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Stephen’s mom went to the San Francisco Flower Mart to to pick out all the flowers. My mom and my two aunts helped her put simple, elegant bouquets together. My bouquet was tied with my grandmother’s rosary, so I had it with me during the whole ceremony, and my sister’s bouquet was made of tulips, her favorite flower. My aunt used the same types of flowers as the bouquets to make simple arrangements in mason jars for the reception. For the reception, Stephen spent the morning of the wedding hand-picking the rosemary for the tables from our yard. To tie in the feel of Big Sur, we also knew we wanted to have succulents. Over the course of months, my aunt collected teacups from around the city and planted cuttings from her own succulent garden in the cups. Those succulents served as place cards as well as favors for our guests.


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It was really important to us that we incorporate my culture into the wedding, as it was now part of Stephen’s culture, too. He and the groomsmen wore the Filipino barong Tagalog, which is a traditional white wedding shirt. It was really special for me to have Stephen honor that side of my heritage – not to mention I thought he looked so handsome in his barong!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Delegate to people you trust, be it family and friends or a wedding planner. We enlisted family to help with the details that interested them, and trusted a day-of wedding coordinator to help us tie together all of the details seamlessly. In fact, we enjoyed working with our day-of coordinator so much that I’d recommend carving that cost out of your budget when you start planning, and DIY what you can to cut costs elsewhere. Also, always make sure one of you has the keys to your apartment! We got home with our last piece of cake and a bottle of champagne only to realize that neither of us had our keys. We weren’t going to bother our landlord, so we had to call my sister who had been out with the other bridesmaids. While in retrospect, waiting for my sister while wrapped in Stephen’s arms and looking out at the stars was a beautiful and memorable end to the evening, having our keys with us might have been smart!


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From the photographer, Kate Harrison: Melissa & Stephen were married in San Francisco with their reception at Big Daddy’s Antiques. Big Daddy’s is heavenly and full of well-edited pieces big & small. The reception took place among their found items– they even incorporated their amazing tables & chairs. I love this place. Melissa & Stephen each walked to the church for their ceremony & used Uber to get to their reception. Very SF. :)

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “Only Love,” Ben Howard
Father/Daughter Dance: “Isn’t She Lovely,” Stevie Wonder
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: San Francisco, CA / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Ceremony Venue: St. Philip the Apostle / Reception Venue: Big Daddy’s Antiques / Event Design: Downey Street Events / Wedding Flowers: San Francisco Flower Market and The Bud Stop / Wedding Dress: Saison Blanche “4098” via Paris Connection / Reception Dress: Adrianna Papell / Wedding Veil: Bridals & More, Jacksonville FL / Wedding Shoes: Miss Me? / Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shirts: Traditional Filipino barong Tagalog / Groom and Groomsmen’s Pants: Banana Republic / Groom and Groomsmen’s Shoes: Banana Republic / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Bride’s cousin / Wedding Cake Pops: Sweet Lauren Cakes / Donuts: Dynamo Donut / DJ: DJ Goyo / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Wedding Invitation Design: Ashley Schofield / Invitation Printing: Babylon Burning Silkscreening



12 comments
  1. Amy ? Fly Away Bride

    What a great wedding, unique and elegant! Very urban chic. We love it :)

  2. Michele Westrick (Lovely Notes)

    Absolutely love the eclectic mix. An antique shop is such a fun and unique venue. Love the idea!

  3. Danielle Capito Photography

    One of the most unique reception venues I’ve ever seen!! I’m OBSESSED with antiques and antique shopping, so this wedding is really amazing to me!!

  4. Kate Harrison

    Thank you for this BEAUTIFUL feature! I loove this wedding!

  5. Courtney @ Sweetchic

    Oh my goodness..this venue is unreal. Wow.

  6. photographers in Pensacola, Florida

    Very unique and different. The couple’s style and concept is somehting Ive nver seen.
    Defeintly magazine ready

  7. Gina Basin

    What a cool fire place it just goes with the venue.
    The bar is cute too.

  8. Stephanie - LoveintheD

    This is beautiful! My husband loves antique stores — but usually the ones we go to are jam packed with stuff so I couldn’t even imagine having a wedding in one! But this couple did an amazing job – I love that everything is antique, including the reception chairs!

  9. Weddings by Grace and Mona Hawaii

    Unexpected. Unique. Unforgettable. The collection of details came together beautifully in this wedding! As a wedding planner, I can truly appreciate how nicely the pieces of the decor fit together, from the mismatched chairs to the burlap-like drapes, every detail seemed to work together so naturally. (If only we had such a fantastic venue here in Hawaii!) Great choice on bridesmaids dresses, too! What a lovely wedding. Congratulations, Melissa and Stephen!

  10. daniela

    Love the venue!! And i love how the decor is not matchy-matchy yet it all comes together perfectly! beautiful!

  11. wilhelmina

    very elegant wedding ………. antiquity at its best!

  12. Megan Hayes

    Wow, so beautiful! How to cool to have your wedding in an antique store! LOVE!

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