Featured Wedding: Blair & Ray @ The Loading Dock

blair & ray
august 15, 2015 @ the loading dock

the story

Ray and I had been dating about seven and a half months when we decided to visit his parents in CA,” says Blair. “It was still early in our relationship, but we both knew for months that ‘this was it.’ We were driving along the Pacific Coast Highway during a road trip to San Francisco and made a few stops along the way (wine tasting in Santa Barbara!). Ray was being strangely possessive and paranoid about keeping is backpack on him at all times. I’m a photographer and was intent on getting a shot of the sun setting along the cliffs. We were short on time, so Ray pulled over and I hopped out of the car with the sun seconds from setting. Ray came after me and apologized for almost missing the sunset, but suggested he had a way of ‘making up for it.’ It was there that he got on one knee and solidified what we both already knew: We would grow our lives together, and couldn’t wait for it to officially begin.”

wedding style

“I’m not a conventional bride, which was probably best exemplified when I told the florist, ‘I want nothing pretty. If you have to choose between pretty and weird, go with weird,'” says Blair. “I knew I wanted my wedding to be unique and not feel like more of the same. We chose Abigail Kirsch because we knew the food and professionalism would be outstanding, and we chose The Loading Dock because it is a fantastically raw yet beautiful space that gave us the novel feeling we were looking for. We loved that The Loading Dock is in a warehouse district and wanted to play that up. We brought in warehouse pallets, covered them in soft twinkly lights and paired them with a few antiques including a family heirloom picture frame for our guest seating chart and eclectic crackled glass bottles and votives for our center pieces. We also inadvertently created our centerpieces from vegetables to include kale and artichokes. No cookie-cutter arrangements here!”

favorite menu item

Bride & Groom: “The Blood Orange Margarita Granitas! Our guests went crazy for them and were talking about them well after the wedding.”

memorable moment

“Blair’s father is a wholesale fireworks distributor,” says Blair. “He, along with her brother, set a few fountain fireworks (legal!) off at the close of the wedding, but one went rouge and started shooting sparks into the crowd of our adored guests!”

what guests are saying

“The guests of our wedding have raved about the food, saying it was the best food they’ve ever had at a wedding,” says Blair. “They also described it as a party, as we got them on the dance floor ASAP and never let them leave.”


floral/event design: Flowers by Danielle | photography: UNIQUE LAPIN Photography | entertainment: 74 Events- DJ Con | bride’s wedding attire: Maggie Sottero | groom’s attire: Men’s Warehouse – Vera Wang