We absolutely love featuring weddings like this one in sunny California from the overly talented team of JL Photografia. We love all weddings here at the Little Black Book, but when a bride and groom work so hard to create a wedding that just feels right, we go more than a little crazy. The bride planned, designed, and created much of this affair herself, and for that, we are thoroughly impressed. You’ll love this well thought out, warm, personal day as much as we do, I’m sure of it. When you’re ready for more, visit JL’s blog.

From JL Photografia … Leigh is a graphic designer and Pablo is an architect. They are both very talented so it was not surprising to learn that all the graphics, decor, invitations, and floral arrangements were made by Leigh with some help from Pablo, of course. Their second date was at an apple orchard so the apples had a lot of significance. All the succulents used were grown in their own backyard. With the help of the fabulous people at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and their family and friends, everything came together wonderfully.

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Pablo and I met on the corner of 2nd and 4th in New York City, September 18th – a perfect New York fall day. For two years prior a mutual friend had been badgering us to meet, but both a bit wary of blind dates, we kept finding excuses to blow off our persistent friend. Thankfully, Pablo caved first. He called and suggested we meet for a cup of coffee.

Fast forward to our wedding. We had been to the Headlands Center for the Arts to visit a friend, who was in residence there, and fell in love with the space. It’s rustic austere “left-alone-ness” is breathtaking. The Center is comprised of two old officer’s barracks, built at the turn of the century and lovingly restored by the artists that came to reside in the program. We were lucky enough to have a meal that night prepared by Katie Powers and also fell in love with her food. Katie is the exclusive chef for events at the Headlands and she really does do a perfect job of it.

If I were to define a theme or an inspiration for our wedding, I would say the simple elegance of the space had the most direct influence on us. It was raw and authentic and unadorned which I think describes our love well. The ceremony was also influenced by simple beauty (save our army of five flower girls… too many eager and cute little girls to choose from). Family and friends performed readings and songs and our officiant and good friend Dan Bellm, spoke beautifully and simply about our love and history.

What more can I say that Lisa and Janet of JL Photografia have not perfectly captured? It was such a beautiful day. I know everybody says this but there really was something magical about it… it was 75 degrees and sunny (unheard of that time of year). All of our family and friends were together in one place, and we had the chance to express our vows in front of all those we cared about in such a beautiful and intimate way. My only regret is that we can’t somehow live that day over and over again.

Venue: Headlands Center for the Arts / Catering: Katie Powers Catering / Photography: JL Photografia / Floral Design: Leigh Okies Events / Event Planning & Design: Leigh Okies Events / Invitation Design: Leigh Okies Events / Cake & Desserts: Thorough Bread and Pastry / Wedding Gown: David Fielden / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Anthropologie / Groom’s Suit: Isaia