We hope you are enjoying this jam-packed day of wedding goodness. Around here, we majorly adore so many different types of weddings that it takes a day full of them to really quench our thirst. Up next is a positively adorable, smile inducing wedding photographed by AGAiMAGES. There is nothing like the coast of California to get the party started and paired with a fun-filled DIY fete, well it’s a match made in wedding heaven if you ask us. Besides, who can resist a little one in a floral crown? Not I. See every last stinkin cute detail in the gallery.
From the Bride…
When Jesse and I got engaged, we knew we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of our personalities and what is most important to us. I grew up on Mendocino, a tiny town nestled on the dramatic Northern California coastline. My parents still live in the house that my father built and that I was born in, so my family has very deep roots there. Throughout our relationship, Jesse and I spent a lot of time visiting Mendocino, including some important milestones in our lives, like when he proposed one stormy December day on the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Given how meaningful Mendocino is to us, it only made sense for our wedding to be there. From the venues to the ceremony to the food and the music, everything was completely homespun and a true community event. We had our ceremony at gardens that were owned by my parents for years and where they were married. A bridge in the gardens was made as a gift for my father by one of his dearest friends who has since passed away. The bridge was featured on all of our invites and designs and was also an integral part of our ceremony. I designed our invitations and Jesse and I personally printed them on a family friend’s 120 year-old letterpress machine. The Rabbi who married us is one of Jesse’s oldest and dearest friends. They went to summer camp together and lived in Israel together for a year after high school. Our ceremony was hand crafted with the help of our rabbi to reflect the Jewish traditions, but also reflect our personalities and incorporate many of our closest family and friends.
The reception was at the Caspar Community Center, the historic schoolhouse in a tiny town just north of Mendocino and just half a mile from our ceremony venue. For the cocktail hour we had appetizers, cocktails and lawn games outside. We had a wood fire pizza oven on display, cranking out three different flatbreads we designed to represent the three places that we have special connections to – Italy, Israel and California. The décor was vintage wine country, with burlap, vintage mason jars, and chalkboards throughout. The dining room was set with three long farm tables, adorned with mismatched vintage china, blue vintage mason jar centerpieces, and wine bottle table numbers. The food was served family style and we opted for a variety of local pies with local ice cream instead of the traditional wedding cake. Jesse is a chef, so he personally designed the menu. We made an effort for everything to be locally and sustainably sourced, getting all of our food products from local and organic sources. The wine was made by us, our family and our friends; and the beer was from a local brewery. I even opted for a one-of-a-kind dress, hand made locally by a designer who I met.
We danced the night away with three different types of music, first a traditional set of klezmer music including the hora (chair dance), then a set of bluegrass music and finally a DJ to play everyone’s favorites late into the night. It was a magical day and it meant so much more to us because so many of our friends and family contributed to it in some way. We feel truly blessed to have such incredible and talented friends and family!”