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TILT wedding fair caters to creative Oakland brides and grooms

on September 27, 2011

From the doorway, it looked like your average wedding fair. Invitations and stationary were displayed on white-clothed tables, bowls of dip and crostini were passed around on trays and a mixologist served up pale pink cocktails for each guest.

But if you took a few steps in, you would have noticed the details.  The invitations and stationary were decorated with bird feathers, swatches of burlap and old lace or antique postcards. The appetizers were vegetarian. The drinks had sprigs of rosemary floating in them. You would have also soon noticed the re-styled vintage wedding gowns, slightly punk rock medallion necklaces and crystal geode rings. You would have gawked at the blue-frosted cake and admired the succulent flower bouquets. This was TILT—a contemporary wedding fair catering to, as the event’s website put it, “the creative, alternative-thinking bride or groom.”

On Sunday, 20 local businesses exhibited their products and services at TILT, which was held at the downtown Swarm Gallery. Click on the video above to see what was on offer at the wedding fair.

Text by Jessie Schiewe.


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