This is one of those weddings that is just plain cool. A cool couple (seriously way cooler than I will ever be), a cool approach to design, a super cool style. But to be honest, it wasn’t the cool factor, which translates to insanely gorgeous factor, that totally got me. It was the photographs. I had SUCH a hard time choosing from the 217 images that Sean Flanigan sent our way because each and every image was special and could totally capture my attention for hours. So although I hope that you’ll spend some time devouring this wedding story, I also hope that you’ll carve out a cup of coffee or two for the gallery. It’s just that good.

mill valley wedding sean flanigan

mill valley wedding sean flanigan

mill valley wedding sean flanigan

mill valley wedding sean flanigan

mill valley wedding sean flanigan

mill valley wedding sean flanigan

mill valley wedding sean flanigan

and the aaaaaah-mazingly lovely film by Lovespun Films

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Once we found our hidden estate in Milly Valley, the wedding’s style seemed to fall into place. I am incredibly lucky to have a talented husband who was able to turn all my ideas into reality. He created our wedding logo and incorporated it into all aspects of our wedding from our invitation suite he created to our desserts, everything was branded with our love! We have custom made pine boxes engraved with our logo for our centerpieces- I couldn’t have loved these more, and they are great storage boxes for everyone who took one home. Keeping with our keys in our logo, we bought lots of vintage keys off ebay and tied catalog tags stamped with our logo tied with twin as our escort cards. I also tied keys around glass bottles that were on the tables for water and around terrariums I made from apothecary jars and succulents. My husband and I made all the paper goods from ideas for wedding blogs. In lieu of a guest book we had a photo wall my husband made with a tripod set up with instructions to leave a note on the chalkboard then snap away. We had a traditional Persian ceremony. I love the idea that I got married the same way my sister, mother, and grandmother did. As tradition, I had four of my closest friends holding fabric over our heads while married women came up during the ceremony and ground sugar over our heads to pass sweetness on to us.

The day wasn’t possible without our sweet as can be friends and family. To keep things personal and keep down cost, we turned to friends when we could. We borrowed what we could and celebrated our friends’ talents to have them be a part of our special day and create a personal wedding. Our table runners were made by a friend my sister created our ceremony set up,my mother-in-law sewed pennants for us, our menu was written out by another friend, our dj was our friend, our set up and clean up crew were our friends/family. And all those AMAZING dessert, yeah our friends made them (100% vegan!)! What we couldn’t do we outsourced to some beyond amazing vendors. When it comes to throwing at party at this scale, you’re going to be spending some cash, so why not use that money to support people in your community, that are awesome and you want to support. Number one for me was the pictures, if you feel that way too, splurge if you need to, cause its SO worth it. And work with people you like. You have to see them on your wedding day, spend moments of your special day you have been planning for so long- you want awesome people around you. We were so lucky to have that. Our photographer was so much fun, it is so important you find someone you mesh with. For all the planning and details, I was relaxed on the flowers. I knew when I picked studio choo, it was going to be amazing, so I told the ladies what I liked, and gave them free reign, and I was happy beyond words.

While it was hard blending traditional family views with our non-traditional tastes, I am happy to made the effort to blend the two. It may not have been a traditional perfect wedding (we had no wedding cake cutting!), it was our perfect wedding.

Photographer: Sean Flanigan / Video: Love Spun Films / Flowers: Studio Choo / Grooms suit: top shop / Grooms shoes: zu boutique / Brides Dress: Yolanda Couture via Glamor Closet / Brides shoes: Badgley Miska via rue la la / Catering: Fork Full of Earth / Bartenders: Bartenders Unlimited / Make-up and hair: Tasha Delancy / Veil: En-Veil