Crazy love can offen be found folded throughout the weddings we post. That’s a given. But love paired with details so beautifully executed they only add to all that magic swirling around a wedding day; that’s a bit harder to find. But this Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse has it all. It’s a one-stop shop full of elegant, rustic details crafted by family and friends and images by Steve Steinhardt that showcase a perfect day; even if things didn’t go exactly according to plan. See all the beauty unfold right here as well as in the film shot by The Cana Family below.
From the Bride…We decided to travel to one of our favorite places, the Santa Ynez Valley, to have our wedding for two reasons: First, there was no place in the world we’d rather be. The second? It was sure to be warm… especially in November when the weather is just starting to cool back home. Well, you wouldn’t know it from the pictures, but that wasn’t the case. Our wedding day was cold. Freezing, even. So much so that we had to move most of the party indoors, leaving the string lights and adorable vintage trailer we’d rented lonely outside. In fact, there were a lot of those details that didn’t go according to plan on our wedding day… but when I look back, there’s not one thing I would change.
Hearing my dad tell me how proud he was before he walked me down the aisle, seeing Mark’s face (and the tears coming down it) when I walked his way… shivering as we said our vows… and dancing the night away next to a warm fire with the best band on earth. From the sky full of stars, to each and every one of the amazing people that made the night happen, to my brand new husband who makes me feel like the luckiest girl on earth… my heart is so full of thanks. Nothing went according to plan, but what I didn’t know when I made those plans was that none of them would really matter… I married my best friend, and our day couldn’t have been more perfect.
I’m a policy analyst in DC and write and edit the blog A Thousand Threads and Mark works as a business development manager for a construction company in the small town where we live. We met almost six years ago, before we’d embarked on any of this. At the time, we were both working at the same restaurant in the DC suburbs. Above all, we wanted our day to be personal… more us than anything else. So we hired a food truck and an amazing band and had a small party with 30 of our closest friends and family. We planned it ourselves and included as many personal touches as we could. We chose the farmhouse partly because it was brought from the east coast to the west. Since I’m from Oregon and Mark is from Maryland, the east/west connection felt like it represented us both perfectly. I carried each of my late grandmothers’ rings tied to my bouquet, and we both wore bottle caps pinned to our clothes (a nod to our favorite movie, Up – Mark was an eagle scout, so we have so many reasons to love it). We gave everyone a welcome bag full of goodies from Oregon, Maryland, and California, and my aunt arranged our flowers with the help of my mother and a long time friend of the family. Everyone really came out to help and make our day amazing… I can’t say how thankful I am for all of them.
Photographer: Steve Steinhardt | Venue: Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse | Videographer: The Cana Family | Day of Coordinator: Cori Lassahn, Avante Events | Cakes + Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes | Catering: O Street Food Truck | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Lighting + Heating: Discount Party Rental | Calligraphy: Mara of Neither Snow | Hair+ Makeup: Mar with TEAM Hair and Makeup | Band: Moonsville Collective | Floral: DIY, with help from the bride’s aunt | Growlers: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. | Dress: Ivy & Aster | Shoes: Kate Spade | Headpiece: Twigs & Honey