This wedding is a vision. A vision of loveliness, yes, but also a vision this lovely Bride dreamt up and made reality. Allowing us to soak in every last beautiful detail through the gorgeous images from Summer & Boyd. It’s the result of hours and hours spent working on decorations along with family and friends, and you can see the labor of love most definitely paid off with just one look at this gorgeous gallery.
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From the Bride…Our goal for the wedding was to make it fun, elegant and casual all at the same time. I have always loved to be creative and make things on my own. While on my journey of searching for a venue, I found that many places were very strict about decorations and limiting with the use of their linens, tables and decorations. I had an idea in my head of the look I wanted and none of the venues I went to were the right place for me to create what I had envisioned. Then, one afternoon, my fiance and I went for a walk in the open space (Sugarloaf Open Space) behind my parent’s house in Walnut Creek, just as we had done many times over the past ten years. As soon as we started walking through the walnut orchard, I realized this was the perfect venue for us and that I could be creative as I wanted to – I could turn this beautiful outdoor space into my dream wedding!
I also knew it might be risky, since a wedding had never been done in this area before. But once I got permission from the ranger who lives on the land, my imagination went wild. I wanted it to be a casual outdoor wedding that was elegant, romantic and comfortable. I started with the ceremony and got to work making the decorations. I wanted flowers hanging from the large oak tree we would be married under. So my mom and I (and many friends) got right to work making 1300 fabric flowers. They were gorgeous and exactly what I imagined. We hung them on clear fishing string. It was the perfect touch of white and elegance for the backdrop.
Our wedding was a refection of everyone around us, as many people helped me create the wedding of my dreams. My mother made homemade berry jam for the favors. My best friend and bridesmaid helped make my invitations, design chalkboard signs, and decorative labels. And a family friend made cobbler instead of cake for every guest. On the day of the wedding it was amazing to see everything come together. I felt the wedding had the perfect amount of elegance and rustic charm. I used a mixture of picnic tables that were already in the open space and large tables. We covered the picnic tables in lace I bought and the benches with seat covers my mother made. My husband and I really planned this wedding on a budget and we think it added more character to our wedding by changing things to help save money. We had pre-plated appetizers on every table to cut costs on food and chose to use small bud vases on every table instead of large centerpieces. We hired a delicious food truck that made organic fire-roasted pizzas. We also had a popcorn station and s’mores bar for the guests to eat all night.
My husband and I feel like this wedding really was the wedding of our dreams. It was a place for our family and friends to come eat, dance and enjoy themselves outside in a walnut orchard that was meaningful to us. I loved every project I did for the wedding and my husband and I will always look back on this day as a truly magical and special memory.
Wedding Photography: Summer & Boyd | Wedding Venue: Sugar Loaf Open Space in Walnut Creek, California | Event Planning: Sugar Rush Events | Floral Design: The Flower House | Caterer: Pizza Politana | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals
As I type this, a few tears have found their way down my cheek. I’m not ashamed to admit it. It happened the first time I watched this moving film by Seaglass Cinema and it happened the second time too. And the third. This beautiful film just holds every thing I love about seeing weddings unfold day in day out, and why I know I’ll never get tired of my job. It’s a film you’ll want to watch a couple times, but be sure to have a tissue or two nearby for those runaway tears of wedding-loving happiness…
From Seaglass Cinema… If ever there was a unique spin on the classic fairytale of a wedding, Becky and David’s was it. Their creativity, their goofball humor, and their love for each other melded into a beautiful, non-traditional celebration. The setting: a working cattle ranch nestled in the hills of Mount Diablo (complete with emu, cows and horses). The reception: food stations, lounge seating, a photo booth and more. From the Chipotle burritos to the handmade signs all around the wedding, every detail was chosen based on what was meaningful to them.
Wedding Photography: Jerry + Ingrid of Jerry Yoon Photography / Wedding Venue: Diablo Ranch in Walnut Creek, California / Wedding Planning + Coordination: Tiffany Kwong + Sara Fong / Wedding Cinematography: Seaglass Cinema / Film Music: “Growing Up” by Monsters Calling Home (Courtesy of the Artist) / Catering: Yvonne Thompson / DJ: Tim Hwang / Design Consultants: Kelsey Premo Jones + Brett Randall Jones / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji / Hair: Blow Dry Bar / Makeup: Lynn Park
Vintage purse carrying bridesmaids…genius. Just plop some wild flowers in and voila, instant bouquet magic. This wedding is full of little DIY details like that, crafted by friends and family that all together make for a vibrant , heart-felt affair. The kind that we could blab on and on about and probably will. I just know those bridesmaid purses are going to be the topic of conversation around the SMP water cooler. Shannen Natasha Photography captured so many lovely moments. See them all right here.
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From the Bride… Thinking about our wedding still brings tears to my eyes because of how humbled I am by our family and friends’ labor of love throughout the process. When Chad and I saw the Equestrian Center, we knew it would be a perfect location because it was the blank canvas we wanted … even though a wedding had never happened there before. My dad made our altar out of a 100-year-old water tower from the pasture. My mama sewed her heart out and made our invite “envelopes” as well as the table numbers. Chad’s mom baked hundreds of her famous oatmeal cookies for the guests because they are our absolute favorite. One of my favorite details was the bridesmaids clutches we all designed together the day before the wedding. We went to the flower market near San Francisco and bought all the florals; I scoured Etsy for months finding the perfect vintage, leather-tooled purses with the idea to use them as our “bouquets,” and they turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. (We even used the florals to make the boys’ boutonnieres as well.) We had so many personal details, from hand-selecting the songs our live band played, to the casual and homey feel we wanted our guests to experience as if we had just invited everyone over for a BBQ, to our vibrant color palette that we still aren’t sick of. Our wedding was so US. We stayed true to ourselves and what was most important to us, and that means more than anything.
Wedding Photography: Shannen Natasha Photography / Wedding Venue: Equestrian Center of Walnut Creek in Walnut Creek, California / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride + Bridesmaids / Day-Of Coordination: Jennifer Tipton Designs / Ceremony Altar: DIY by the Bride’s Father / Catering: Lisa Miller of Epicurean Delights / Wedding Cake + Apple Pies: Annalisa Lung of Nine by Thirteen / Oatmeal Cookies: DIY by the Groom’s Mother / Wedding Invitations, Fans, Menus + Thank You’s: Kayla Adams / Wedding Invitation Envelopes: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals / Bride’s Hairpiece: Etsy / Bride’s Jewelry: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew, BHLDN, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Ivy & Aster / Bridesmaids’ Lace Necklaces + Earrings: Etsy / Bridesmaids’ Purses: Vintage / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Etsy / Groomsmen’s Ties: DIY by a Family Friend / Tie Clips: Etsy
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