I’m one of those lucky ladies who happened to know within weeks that my love was “the one.” So an eight-month whirlwind courtship? I love it. Especially when it’s the story behind one seriously adorable duo who tackled their rustic California shindig all the way from London… and did so with the help of Helios Images, Karen Huckleberry Designs + amazing family and friends. See all of the pretty here.
From the Bride… Our beautiful wedding was an intimate affair shared with our family and closest of friends, many which traveled oversees from eight different countries. The day was full of laughter and love and was absolutely magical against such a rustic backdrop.
My husband and I met five years ago while travelling through Thailand and after a whirlwind long-distance romance were engaged in eight months. I moved to London to live with James back in 2010 so always new that I wanted our wedding to be back home in California. After touring numerous venues in the Bay Area, James and I ended up falling in love with Picchetti Winery, a small family run winery in my own hometown of Cupertino. The grounds were beautiful and provided the natural and rustic vibe we wanted our wedding to have. With the help of my amazing mother and other family and friends I was able to plan the whole wedding oversees in London. There were plenty of handmade items from the printed menus, hand-written favour boxes, table numbers which displayed both James and I at that particular age, and wedding favor keychains made from Picchetti Winery corks created by one of my gracious bridesmaids. I made my own wooden signs to point guests in the direction of the winery as well as our tree guestbook which had all of our guest “leafing their fingerprints.”
I wanted the decorations to be colorful and cheerful with a lot of textures so decided to go with different shades of berries and plums. The ceremony took place outside in front of an old barn, ombre flower petals down the aisle and a beautiful olive and eucalyptus leaf arch made by Huckleberry Karen Designs. Coming from a musical family, I had both my brothers playing the guitar during the ceremony which added to the personal touch. There were deers, chickens and a peacock running around the grounds during the ceremony and made it seem like a true fairytale! For the reception we moved indoors to the wine tasting room where we feasted on Seafood and Chorizo Paella which was an absolutely amazing pairing with Picchetti Winery’s beautiful wines.
We were both stunned by how our wedding day came out as perfect as we always had imagined it and so thankful for having so many amazing family and friends that we were able to share it with.
Photography: Helios Images | Floral Design: Petite Petal | Wedding Dress: Kobus Dippenaar | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: PSRT | Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Lowry | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Bridal Hair Piece: BHLDN | Bridal Shoes: Burberry | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Picchetti Winery | Reception Dress: Jenny Packham