I love to see weddings that are all about the fun. Weddings where the couple really infuses their true personalities into the day…not the personality that they think they should have. Not the personality that they saw in a magazine. Their real, honest style that defines who they are as a couple, who they are as individuals.
Thank you so much to the adorable bride and groom for letting us share in this awesome celebration. And to Choco Studios for capturing the day to perfection.
A few more last details…
A “woodland masquerade” took place post reception when the wedding guests descended into the wooded volleyball court with masks while the unique 20- piece marching band was leading the way. The grand finale of the evening was the appearance of the Extra Action marching band, in which Jeff is the snare drummer. The Extra Action marching band provided some amazing entertainment into the night.
This group of performers was simply surreal as there were close to 20 people playing everything from wind instruments to a variety of percussion orchestrated together with dancers, all marching from the house to a field on the property. It was pitch black outside by this time but that didn’t stop us from getting some fun shots of the act.
We are featuring the most adorable, charming, completely lovely wedding today…one that will definitely go down as a new favorite. With DIY centerpieces and perfect succulents, a bride that is absolutely, positively lovely and a style that is all together inviting…this wedding is SO SMP.
Photographed by Choco Studio, I love, love, love this day.
Here are a few details about the venue itself…
Located on 43 acres in beautiful Mill Valley, California, the Ralston White Retreat was designed by one of San Francisco’s most prolific architects, Willis Polk. The Retreat is a sixteen-bedroom mansion that was originally acquired as a wedding present by the owner to his wife. He named their home the “Garden of Allah” after a popular novel at the time.
The 14,000 square foot home has three stories, a number of balconies with spectacular views and beautiful furnishings throughout. The heart-shaped lawn and beautiful grounds invite you to enjoy the elegance of your surroundings. There are several walking paths on the property as well as nearby trails that lead to the top of Mt. Tamalpais.
Jenny and Jeff decorated the interior of this historic mansion with a large dose of character. They added details and rearranged all the vintage furniture in the house until it became perfect for the wedding.
So much more to come!
I am madly in love with today’s bride. She seems so spunky, so completely whimsical. Plus, she is ROCKING the cutest short wedding dress I have ever seen and manages to look not only adorable, but also completely elegant. Photographed by Choco Studio, this wedding is ALL about the charm.
Here are few details from the fabulous photographers…
Jenny’s vintage inspired dress was made by a custom tailor shop in San Francisco. The head piece was just jaw-dropping and it was hard to believe that she made it herself.
The centerpieces were hand-made and so unique and original. The succulents were bought in bulk and carefully planted by Jenny and her friends. Various fun containers with succulents were put throughout the house and created a consistent style of decorations. All the antique vases, porcelain cups and glasses came from second-hand stores.
Guests were encouraged to dress up and bring their own masks to the wedding. There was also a special area with dozens of masks set up for the guests to wear at night. The motif of carnival masks and succulents was also on their invitations.