This wedding is seriously straight out of the pages of a vintage chic fairy tale romance. I’m seriously dying over how sweet it is that the bride had her bouquet made to look just like the one her grand-grandmother carried down the aisle, based on an old photograph. And no fairytale would be complete without gorgeous images and we’ve got Evynn LeValley Photography to thank for these beauties! Click here for even more.
From the bride… When Alex and I began planning our wedding, we wanted to have a party that would be worth the travel time. Alex is from Surrey, UK, and I am from Carmel Valley, CA, so we had people flying in from all over the place. We wanted a quick but personalized civil ceremony, lots of food, lots of beer and wine, and great music. We chose the venue, Los Laureles Lodge, a historic stagecoach stop and “rusticating” spot for two reasons: the ceremony site (under an enormous oak tree with church pews), and the on-site bar. Very. Important.
Alex and I wrote the ceremony with excerpts from Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Philip Larkin, and Catullus. My dad and I walked down the aisle to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” covered by the Yale cello group Low Strung. For the flowers, we wanted a “just picked” feel with lisianthus, sweet pea, maiden hair fern, and garden roses. The bouquets were based on a photo of my great-grandmother’s wedding bouquet. Alex and I collected all the assorted vessels and bottles for the centerpieces over a period of about 18 months. At the tables, we had a different picture frame with a cut-out number pasted onto scrapbook paper in vintage prints. Alex created all of the table numbers, which took hours using an X-ACTO knife and cutting board! For the reception, we let the natural landscape and surrounding views do all the decorating for us. My mom, aunt, mother-in-law, and I created all the name tags for the seating and all the escort cards. We pilfered my grandmother’s garage for old picture frames, which served as the escort card displays. The bridesmaids wore B2 by Jasmine Bridal in misty pink, which we had shortened to just above knee-length. My mom and I designed the necklaces and bracelets they wore and my mom made them herself.
We had a big party in the Los Laureles Saloon the night before the wedding. Mainly, it was another excuse to spend time with all the people who had traveled so far to join us. The people who attended the wedding really made the day feel exquisitely intimate. Alex’s best man, Mark, and his wife Jen came with their five-month-old baby Noah, and were tremendous troopers, traveling from England to spend four days with us. My maid of honor, Hayley, traveled from Missoula, MT, and immediately jumped into the spirit of the occasion — we are proud that on our wedding license we have signatures from such disparate locations as Bristol, UK and Montana, USA. After meeting completely randomly in a pub in Inverness, Scotland, and after four years of international courtship, Alex and I are pleased that the wedding day confirmed our commitment to each other and to our families and friends.
Photographer: Evynn LeValley Photography / Celebrant: Denise Adkins / Wedding Dress: Watters via Epiphany Bridal Boutique / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Florist: Rose Hip Floral Design (831-293-8045) / Hair: Shannon Crow of Artisans Salon / Makeup: Ashley Krotje, bride’s friend / Venue: Los Laureles Lodge / Bridesmaid Dresses: B2 by Jasmine Bridal / Table Numbers + Escort Card Displays: DIY by bride and groom / Bridesmaid Jewelry: DIY by bride and her motherWatters is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.