Big Sur Wedding with DIY Details
April 3, 2014
DestinationBeach WeddingsSummer Weddings
"By choosing not to get hung up on fussy embellishments, it allowed for the focus to be on what really matters...amazing friends and family and the incredible nature around us." I'm not sure that it gets any better than that. Other than to layer on photos from Chadwick & Jenica Gantes for Studio Castillero that capture that sentiment to a T. So much more right here!
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From the bride...For the design of our wedding, the setting alone was so dramatic, with so much natural beauty to take in, so I wanted everything else to be super simple and minimal in order to balance everything out. A nice tent, some wood tables, really basic table settings, some red-orange dahlias, and that was pretty much it. By choosing not to get hung up on fussy embellishments, it allowed for the focus to be on what really matters.... amazing friends and family, and the incredible nature around us.

Also, the wedding itself was such a solid group effort. My husband's Dad and Aunt bought and arranged the flowers, my friend did my hair, I did my own make up, I designed all of the printed material, my husband cut the little wood blocks for our table numbers, our friend DJ'd, our other friends brought up the fire pit they keep in their backyard, we even made our own wedding bands at a jewelry workshop in San Francisco. We didn't really "outsource" anything other than the catering, rentals, and photography. Keeping everything within our network made the entire event so much more personalized and unique to us and who we are as a couple.

My favorite moment was the instant after the ceremony. I'm not going to lie--I was a nervous wreck the week leading up to the wedding, completely overwhelmed and not a big fan of being the center of attention--so the second the ceremony ended, I felt like I could finally breathe and relax and enjoy myself, enjoy being married, and sort of let go. It was an incredible feeling.