California, you complete me. Seriously, how is it that your gorgeous state is full of the most breathtaking places to say I do? And how is it that your couples are just beyond adorable? It’s true, and Brandon Wong Photography captured another perfect example of what I am referring to. A perfectly pretty winery wedding with unique details galore, proving yet again Cali knows how to throw a party! Click here for even more!
From the Bride…My wedding style was vintage, romantic, classy and detailed. I didn’t want my wedding to be generic (a wedding where you could simply switch out the bride and groom for another couple and not know the difference). I wanted my wedding day to be special, unique, and a day to celebrate our love for each other and God’s love for us. This ended up costing me (and my wonderful friends) hours upon hours of DIY work, but the result was better than I could have imagined. We put our bridal party to work: my husband & his groomsmen spent hours drilling holes in pennies and weaving them through wire just so I could spell cute things with them and my bridesmaids and I shared many late nights stitching table numbers onto felt, and tying twine onto mini spice jars.
We personalized each and every name card for our guests. We used scrabble letters, made our own fabric flowers, made pinwheels and used vintage buttons to make each guest’s name card unique. My dad’s scrabble pieces spelt out “hero” because of all of the sacrifices he has made for my family and my mom’s spelt out “pray” because of the prayers she has showered over me throughout my life.
Our colors were originally light grey, coral and yellow, but during the planning I felt so constrained to them and realized I wasn’t really a matchy-matchy person–so I just went with a mesh of colors that accented each other well. A bride should be able to do whatever she wants with her wedding! Our decor was DIY galore. We made our rounds at antique stores, collected mason jars, painted and baked a few of them so they would be blue, wrapped twine around coke bottles, made our own lanterns for centerpieces, sewed our own burlap runners & ring bearer pillow (with the help of my aunt), bought 10 lbs of paprika and put them into corked spice jars, hung polaroid pictures of us across wine barrels, hand stitched signs, and much much more. DIY can sometimes come off as cheap but I tried to make sure I didn’t go overboard and that everything stayed classy. All of our flowers were very organic, wild and soft-toned. Our florist did a beautiful job filling all our jars and making the bouquets looks elegant and classy.
I’ll never forget the moment when my husband and I glanced at each other right after we were pronounced husband and wife. We were both beaming and full of excitement and joy to be around all of our loved ones. It was such a feeling of accomplishment, as if we had just finished a long race together. But instead of finishing a race, I know that moment marked the beginning of our lives together as one. Our photographers caught the perfect shot of this moment, and I’ll treasure it forever.
I’ll never forget dancing the night away with all my crazy friends and family. I could have never imagined a wedding without a dance floor and I’m SO thankful none of my friends held back that night! It was a night to remember!
Wedding Photography: Brandon Wong Photography / Ceremony + Reception Location + Catering: Faulkner Winery / Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal / Bridal Alterations: Rose Anderson Sews Bridal / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew/ Wedding Videography: The Anthem Cinema / Event Planning: Tiffany Woon / Wedding Rehearsal + Prep Location: Faulkner Winery / Officiant: Pastor David Finch / Hair: Samone at Jeslin Salon & Boutique / Make-up: Stephanie Yu / Lighting, Dinner + Dancing Music: Just 4 Fun Entertainment / Floral Design: Exquisite Blooms / Wedding Cake: Sumi’s Oven / Photobooth: MeBo Photo / Programs, Favors, Name Cards, Table Numbers, Decorations: The BrideJ.Crew is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.