Galentine's Day Soirée

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Valentine's Day Soirée | MontgomeryFestphoto by Lanny | Lanny Nguyen Photography

As Leslie Knope puts it, Galentine's Day is 'only the best day of the year!' It's ladies celebratin' ladies. I'm inclined to agree, Leslie, it should be a national holiday. Add a French flair and a gathering of gorgeous gals to that and you'll have my last Saturday evening, Galentine's Day Soirée.Under the dimmed lights and amidst the loveliest scent of fresh flowers, we donned our heels and clinked our glasses. Our party dresses speckled the room with a color palette that rivaled the floral stems decorating the venue. We caught up with old friends and made some new ones. It was hard to choose my favorite snaps from the party as every single one of them has me swooning over the memory of the evening. I hope you enjoy this glimpse as it's brimming with inspiration for your own lovely soirée!Valentine's Day Soirée | MontgomeryFestThe event was held at Ampersand floral shop. Full stop. Ampersand, be still my heart. This vintage garage-turned-shabby-chic-painted flower shop sits right in the heart of the Mission, the funkiest neighborhood in San Francisco. Benjamin and Emerson opened their labor of love in the summer of 2014. The boys are total dream boats and if every love filled the room as abounding as theirs does, we'd all be humming a love song. The white-washed walls and the signature turquoise door held background to the only decor needed - their pretty, pretty stems. The contrast of colors created a perfect scene for the girly gathering.

Ampersand80 Albion StreetSan Francisco

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DIY Champagne Bar ingredients:

Champagne (may substitute Prosecco, Cava, etc. if not a soirée)

Juices // pomegranate, pineapple coconut, orange, etc.

Flavorings // simple syrup, chambord, etc.

Fresh berries

Sparkly stirrers

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I'll let Nancy sum it up for you.. 

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My outfit deets :: dress | necklace

With the Champagne flowing and the tune of girls night in the background (you can find the cliff notes version here), it was the dreamiest of evenings. 

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! xxo. 

All photos by Lanny Nguyen Photography

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San Francisco canvas bag // All-natural yoga mat spray // Letterpress card // Geometric planter // Gold foiled lips print // Arrow necklace // Watercolor print & greeting card // Canvas bucket // Hand-painted wooden utensils // Wall decals // Heart ornaments // Chocolate tea // Chocolates // Temp Tattoos // Candies

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