There are so many, many things that I adore about this lovely Galiano Island affair by Jarusha Brown Photography, I am not even sure where to begin. The charming DIY details, the fabulous rustic location, the sweet as can be paper goods by Fort Design Co.… Seriously, does it get any better than this? And don’t even get me started on the uber-adorable bride and groom, who went on their very first date at the age of fifteen and whose love just jumps right off the computer screen. How cute are they?!? Click here for more.
From the Bride… Joel and I have a pretty sweet love story – we met in high school when we were about fifteen, dated for all of the eleventh grade, then stayed really great friends from then on. Ten years (Almost to the day!) of when we first started dating, we decided it was about time to try this dating thing again. I kind of always knew that Joel was the boy I was going to marry… I just had to convince him that I was the girl. It wasn’t that hard, and 14 years after our first date we were married!
Since I’ve been basically obsessed with weddings since I was little (making my younger sister Courtney be my pretend groom, dressing up dolls, piggy banks, and anything else we could find to pretend they were getting married), I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to settle on anything when the time actually came. I had so many different ideas! When my family and I started going to Bodega Ridge years ago (the owner, Jesse and his girlfriend, Chris are like family), I knew immediately I wanted to get married there one day. It became my inspiration for a relaxed, FUN, outdoors, vintage-y wedding, which helped to narrow things down a bit.
For the next year and a bit, my family, best friend, Joel’s mom, and I crafted and collected our little hearts out! It was without a doubt the funnest year of my life – all thanks to my amazing, supportive, super positive, and always eager friends, family, and my (luckily) very patient groom.
Since we wanted to really spend time with our guests at the wedding, we kept it small (no more than could fit in the six cabins at Bodega) and invited everyone to join us there for the whole weekend. With everyone staying in the same place it really gave people a chance to just relax, have some drinks, play games, and visit. We went to Bodega a few days early to decorate and set everything up – thanks to the help of my tireless family. When most of the guests arrived on Friday, we were able to hang out, relax, and have a super fun welcome BBQ.
On the big day, after setting up the final details and decorations, we headed to our cabins to get ready for the big moment! I thought I would feel nervous, not be able to stop crying, or possibly faint…but all I felt was relaxed, happy, and so excited to finally marry my dream boy. The wedding itself was so fun and relaxed – just how we wanted it. During the ceremony, our niece and nephew did a reading from “I Like You” by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, and our dear friend Mark – who we had asked to do a reading or something – wrote and performed a wedding rap! It was surprising and amazingly hilarious – I think the JP was in shock! The rest of the day went as wonderfully as the ceremony – full of fun, surprising moments (like my bridesmaids turning our “Love story” into a Mad lib for part of their speech!), big laughs, and a whole lotta love!
We had a year (plus) to craft, craft away – and we took full advantage! The majority of the wedding was DIY including all the decor elements, favors, welcome baskets, hangover kits, signs, fans, table numbers, photo booth, wine, drink jars, guest book, pinatas, and much more! Various items were also found at vintage shops and garage sales. I would highly recommend having three crazy and talented sisters, one amazing best friend, the most supportive and loving parents, and an extremely patient groom when planning a DIY wedding – it will be the funnest time ever! Three words that sum up our big day: Best. Day. Ever.
Wedding Photography: Jarusha Brown Photography / Wedding Ceremony + Reception Location: Bodega Ridge / Rings: Tiffany & Co. / Wedding Dress: Christos via Blush Bridal / Groom’s Suit: Modernized Tailors / Pocket Square: Hanky via Grandfather of the Bride / Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz / Groom’s Shoes: Frye / Jewelry: Etsy / Flowers: Trincomali Farms / Pie Buffet: Mook Sutton / Catering: Mook Sutton of The Dirty Apron / Make-up: Jessica Anderson / Hair: DIY / Musician: iPod / Wedding Invitations: Jamie Anderson of Fort Design Co. / Décor: DIY / Wedding Favors: DIY (Homemade Jams)