Is it just me or do coral peonies never ever get old? The second I spot those suckers I’m totally done for and I have a feeling I’m not the only one. These florals by Oak and the Owl have Team Coral Peony written all over them. A blanket of pretty blooms, green foliage and classic details. The kind that also never grow old as seen through the lens of Lane Dittoe. Have a look here for so much more.
From the Groom: We wanted a DIY wedding because both of us are creative souls: Carol is a wedding photographer, Carolly Photography, and I am a fiction writer. We had a very particular (and admittedly abstruse) vision for our wedding: we were attracted to the romanticism of Victorian gardens, but also desired the glamour of art deco ornamentation. The seed for this ambition was planted by the engagement ring itself, a custom piece that exemplifies an antique deco design but is set with an 1800s European-cut diamond.
The subtle marriage of the two aesthetics can be seen throughout the details of the wedding: soft tones, herringbone, and floral arrangements were complemented with brilliant golds, chevrons, and pure lines. The theme extended to the juxtaposition of Carol’s dress, a delicate and classically English design by Claire Pettibone, and my tuxedo, a bold but smartly modernized cut from Indochino. The escort cards were adorned with gold and ceramic animal miniatures that evoked at once the lavishness of the deco ethos and the fascination of Victorian curios and pictorial dictionaries. In addition to the animal miniatures, we chose the fox, a personal favorite, as a couple’s motif throughout our details: it served as the dual emblem on the back of our program, a pair of figurines for our sweetheart table, and cuff links for my shirt.
Our DIY approach was most evident in the stationery: Carol designed the invitations, programs, and menus from scratch, hand-painted the floral logo and accents, and wrote all the calligraphy herself. Likewise, many of the decorative details of the day were personally handmade, including the cake topper and the Mr. and Mrs. sweetheart signs; the rest were either self-curated or supplied by our wonderful florist Oak and the Owl.
All told, we spent a few hundred hours on wedding planning and preparation, which far exceeded our expectations. Thankfully, the outcome far exceeded our expectations, too. We wanted a DIY wedding to represent our creativity and passion, but also wanted to ensure that each detail had a purpose in attracting and entertaining our guests. Our greatest satisfaction lies in knowing that our wedding has become a cherished memory not only for us but also for all our family and friends.
Photography: Lane Dittoe | Florist: Oak and the Owl | Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals | Linens: La Tavola | Caterer: Lorraine Lim Catering | Coordinator: Lilly Tokuyama | DJ: Jack Hou, TMMPRO | Makeup + Hair: Theresa Huang Makeup & Hair Design | Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone | Bride’s Veil: Esther Wu, friend of the bride | Bride’s Jewelry: BHLDN + Anthropologie | Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth | Groom’s Tuxedo: Indochino