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Mill Valley Wedding From Waterlily Pond

Karen and Carter were married this past June at The Outdoor Art Club in the heart of Mill Valley, CA. Natasha of Waterlily Pond worked with Karen to design a fresh, vibrant wedding filled to the brim with warmth and love and a spectacular feeling of joy!

cake by flour Chylde bakery

Karen is the vp of creative services at Williams Sonoma and is known in her circle of friends for her love of the color orange! It seems pretty safe to say that with those credentials, her wedding is going to be good!

Natasha ~ the terrific floral and event designer behind this affair said this of Karen & Carter’s wedding …

The style of the wedding was very organic and nature-inspired. For the ceremony we used rustic white birch sculptures with kiwi vines and an explosion of orange flowers. The aisle was defined with leaves instead of rose petals. We used many whimsical organic elements in the florals – berries, pods, grasses, persimmons, pomegranates and figs in centerpieces and arrangements. Karen’s bouquet was wrapped in bark-covered wire with a brooch made of a tiny pomegranate, and included orchids, monkey tails, chocolate cosmos and lots of different interesting grasses and greens.

And from the bride …

I’d sum up my style as “rustic elegance” – we focused on the natural charm of the setting, highlighting with summer’s most vibrant colors and flavors. We really wanted to keep everything very personal, inviting all our guests to a destination wedding in our own home town of Mill Valley… …tables were named for favorite destinations where Carter and I have explored the great outdoors….twigs, pinecones, and birch were all parts of local nature we wanted to bring inside…

I read a little bit about The Outdoor Art Club on their website. I thought what they said about themselves was super …

If you envision major decoration installations, lighting plans and other means to “transform” this space into something else, this site is NOT for you. The OAC is meant for people who appreciate the site’s rustic style and charm. For those this space can be a magical, memorable setting for your event.

We’ve featured Waterlily Pond’s gorgeous designs many times on SMP and each one just gets better! We thank Natasha for sharing one more with us!!

We also thank Jillian Kay Photography for providing these beautiful photos from the day … and our sincere congratulations to Karen and Carter!

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For more inspiration, take a look at a few fotos from Waterlily Pond’s portfolio

Autumn Romance, Organic Green, Crayola Chic, Orchids & Feathers, and Downtown Elegance

Sweet, Whimsical Wedding by Choco Studio, IV

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.

choco studio

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.

Sweet, Whimsical Wedding by Choco Studio, III

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.

choco studio

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.

choco studio

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!