The best thing about having an at-home wedding, besides no venue staff kicking you out at 10pm, is that each and every one is completely unique and personal.  This lovely mediterranean-style wedding by Stephen Pappas is overflowing with creative design and romantic beauty.  I love the gorgeous soft, sunset hues and the elegant, mediterranean details and, of course, the adorably sweet couple at the center of it all.  See everything in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…Lucas and I met through some of our mutual friends on a ski weekend in Sandy, UT. It was 1 month before I was scheduled to leave for a study abroad program in Spain. We started emailing and calling from that weekend on, right through the 3 months I was abroad. We started dating while I was abroad, and we planned to see each other as soon as I came home. When we saw each other again, we were in love!

Fast Forward 2 years.. After we got engaged, I started thinking about a theme for a wedding. I decided on a bit of Spanish flare, due to the fact that Lucas and I got to know each other better while I was living in Spain, and that his family was of Spanish decent, and live in New Mexico. My mother is the queen of DIY and so, the planning began. My parents also have a Mediterranean style home. They had an area in the front yard that they had been wanting to make useful, so they decided to fix it up in time for the wedding. The venue was set! I was so excited to be getting married at home.

I wanted to get married in the late afternoon and then have a little later dinner, like we did in Spain. We purchased bulb lighting and strung them across the patio. I wanted a neutral backdrop for pictures, so my Mom suggested curtains. We went to Home Depot and bought the largest painter’s drop-cloths we could find, and then stapled them to the pergola, and tied them back with some tassels my mom had from some curtains. I got the idea of the luminaries from the Christmas I had spent in New Mexico with Lucas’ family. I saw a Martha Stewart Pattern to make them, and so I painted paper doilies, cut them, and glued them to the inside of the white lunch bags. We used them around the border of the patio in the evening. For the candle on a bottle, we used old Peligrino bottles, and bought white candles and used wax from burnt out candles to make them drip.

Wedding Photography: Stephen Pappas / Second Shooter: Kurt Boomer / Bolero: Sew Elegant Custom Design & Dressmaking / Flowers: Costco / Event Planning: Lauren Rohs / Rentals: A Better Party Rentals / Bride’ Shoes: Seychelle’s / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal