A Modern Industrial Wedding at Stable Cafe in San Francisco, California

Lauren Sloan, 30, and Taylor Wakefield, 39 met while living in NYC and dated there for a few years before moving to San Francisco. Taylor, director of

Lauren Sloan, 30, and Taylor Wakefield, 39 met while living in NYC and dated there for a few years before moving to San Francisco. Taylor, director of business operations at Rackspace, proposed to Lauren, owner and event coordinator at Ryder Sloan Events, one night at home. He presented her with a box of new champagne flutes, saying that he hoped they'd be toasting their engagement that night. After Lauren said yes, they walked over to nearby restaurant, Saison, for a celebratory 18 course meal. "We would eventually marry in that same space -- now called The Stable Cafe -- eight months later. Small world!" says Lauren. Since Lauren owns her own wedding event company, she was an old pro at planning. Her inspiration was her love of blue and white ginger jars, which became the basis of her color palette: blue and white with golden accents and neutral linens. Ginger jars -- and their intricate floral patterns -- were seen everywhere throughout the day. They marked the entrance to the ceremony aisle, were placed decoratively on reception tables and were even mimicked in the blue and white wedding cake. The juxtaposition of the antique-inspired ginger jars with the overwhelmingly organic, industrial space of the restaurant wedding venue ended up being the perfect mix of vintage and modern aesthetics.

"We chose Stable Cafe because it happens to be one block from our house. I can even see the back of it from our dining room window, right where Taylor proposed!" says Lauren. "It's such a gem, with multiple spaces to use, and industrial feeling cafe, and amazing garden courtyard and two indoor spaces as well as a massive fireplace. We knew it was the perfect reflection of us."
"I was an art major in college and I've always loved to sketch and use fun lettering, so it came naturally to me to design our invitations and save-the-dates," says Lauren.
Chalkboard Welcome Sign
Since Lauren has always had a soft-spot for blue hydrangea, that became the starting point for her romantic bouquet. Her florist added white anemones, plumosa ferns and large rose blooms and found a pale blue velvet ribbon to wrap the stems.

"As a wedding coordinator myself, I found pinning down a specific theme or color fairly difficult. There were so many directions I could take it! My love for blue and white ginger jars has remained pretty consistent through my life and I knew I wanted to incorporate them," says Lauren.

Lauren and Taylor were married in the garden courtyard of The Stable Cafe, which is full of succulent walls, vines and trees. "Somehow they were already blooming gorgeous white flowers in February!" Lauren says. Candle-lit lanterns lined the aisle along with soft floral arrangements in giant, blue and white ginger jars.
Outdoor Cocktail Hour
Industrial Indoor Reception Space
Garland-Decorated Industrial Staircase
Rustic Green Table Name Arrangements
Heart-Shaped Dessert Favor
Blue and White Lollypops
Ever since Lauren tasted croquembouche at the first wedding she ever attended, she knew she would have it at her own event.
Lauren and Taylor's salted caramel wedding cake mimicked the blue and white ginger jar pattern and was topped with a gold painted banner with their last name from Etsy.
Lauren bought ginger jars from One Kings Lane and gold hammered vases from Anthropologie to mix into the dinner table decor.
While everyone ate dinner indoors, the courtyard was flipped for dancing and vintage sofas and chairs were added so guests could relax. "We even lit a firepit for warmth and had a 'Spike your Own' hot chocolate and coffee station with flasks of Bailey's and Kahlua," says Lauren.
Taylor wore a custom Ermengegildo Zegna tuxedo with classic Ferragamo shoes. "I gifted him with a black bow tie, a black and white polka dot pocket square, cufflinks and Green Bay Packers socks to wear. I've quickly learned that the way to Taylor's heart is appreciating his favorite team!" says Lauren.