Industrial Vintage Rhode Island Wedding

I have a habit of buying fresh flowers when I need a little pick-me-up, but this florist’s arrangements for her own wedding had the same effect. Lush, but with a modern, edgy vibe, the floral design at this wedding is simply stunning. Check out all the gorgeous details (flowers included), captured by Erin McGinn in the gallery for some serious inspiration.




From Erin McGinnStephanie and Jay’s unique, handmade wedding at the Flowers by Semia Studio in the Steel Yard was perfect for their style! So many design details, it was a photographers dream.

From the beautiful BrideWe hesitated for months after the proposal to figure out what we wanted for our wedding.. did we want to elope? Did we want an intimate wedding at our favorite park and then a small restaurant reception? We knew we didn’t want a big wedding and we had a pretty tight budget. I just so happened to be working with Semia on some calligraphy projects when we basically both said out loud at the same time, “WHAT IF YOU HAD THE WEDDING HERE??!!?!” and that was it. The rest was easy.

Jay and I are sweet with a little roughness around the edges, which is exactly how I feel the venue space is. So as far as décor and theme, that was it! Sweet with a little roughness. When I designed the invites, I knew they had to be cool with pops of graphic pattern (with a little hint of glitz), and that’s basically how everything else transitioned into place. The décor had a feeling of vintage meets nature, using a variety of old found objects and fresh plants and floral. The space at FBS and the Steel Yard sets the perfect backdrop so there’s no point in trying to reinvent the wheel. The other important factor is that was fourth of July weekend, so I felt that light should play an important part in the décor. From strung globe cafe lights to tons of candles, to gold glitter here and there (it was even on my dress), to end of the night sparklers, and even a pearlized finish on our macaroons, everything reflected light.

Being a floral designer all these years, how do you pick what flowers you want to use? I couldn’t! So I started the design with light and planned on waiting until 3 days before the wedding to walk into the flower market in Boston and see what they had there to inspire me! What I ended up with were deep, almost black aubergines purples, soft grey tones and pops of dusty blue. Juxtaposing the florals with my favorite cactus and succulent plants, along with some glitter glassware, antique objects and geometric pattern was my ultimate dream come to life!

Photography: Erin McGinn | Floral Design: Stephanie Gallo Of Flowers By Semia | Wedding Dress: Fleur Wood | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Pappell | Catering: Emery’s Catering | Hair: Casey Bryan Of W Salon | Venue: The Steel Yard | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Desserts: Amanda Masson | Music: Jenn Kitten | Paper Design: Stephanie Gallo Designs | Rentals: Rentals Unlimited | Taco Truck: Mijos Tacos

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