DIY Wedding with California Charm, II
November 2, 2009
United States

Someone once told me that creativity translates. And I've used that exact phrase so many times since starting Style Me Pretty. I see photographers that are incredibly talented at event design, florist that are amazing photographers, stationery artists that are accomplished stylists. It's fascinating to see how creativity can be executed in a million different ways, all centered around the artist's unique perspective.

Well such is the case with today's featured affair. Emily, the gorgeous bride, is the founder of Frenchie and adorable line of paper goods and accessories over on etsy. Her sense of style is so charming, filled with personality and flair...and it translates beautifully from invitation design to planning her own perfect wedding.

southern california wedding

photography by the amazing Cameron Ingalls

From the beautiful bride, Emily...

We adored the quaint and historic white church on the was a sweet and perfectly intimate setting for our personal ceremony.  The reception was a great contrast to the vintage church.  It was held at a festive Mexican Restaurant on the water's edge, overlooking the San Francisco skyline, and really set the tone for the party!I love to craft and create, and I desperately wanted my wedding to reflect my passion for handmade.  My vision evolved over our long(ish) engagement, and the key to not getting overwhelmed with all of the inspiration out there (blogs, wedding mags, etsy, etc.) was to keep online photo albums of all my ideas.  I would add things that I loved, and would weekly or monthly go through everything I had collected and edit.  Sometimes a few months would go by and I would notice my taste was starting to move in a different direction...and I was totally OK with that!  In the end, I paired my ideas down to the things that I loved the most and diligently worked on executing those.

southern california wedding

photography by the amazing Cameron Ingalls

We love simple, and I believe less is more, so I focused my creative energy on the elements that were important to me: the candy bar, the wish jar, the tablescapes, the pillows on the benches, the handmade wreaths, etc.  With the help of some extremely talented friends, my wedding was crafted together with lots of love and care, and the result was simply perfect.  Paper rosettes, vintage seam binding ribbon flowing in the wind, mercury glass, framed was vintage + modern with a handmade twist.  Simple, playful, layered with lots of textures and materials, and most importantly warm & welcoming.  I wanted our guests to feel like they could relax and feel at home...which was why both our venues and our decor were playful, comfortable, and not over-the-top.  Plus, the breathtaking view of San Francisco from the restaurant and church was an amazing focal point (and FREE) and became the inspiration for the invitations and website.

southern california wedding

photography by the amazing Cameron Ingalls

All the printed material was designed and created by myself and my business partner and bridesmaid, Allegra.  We started Frenchie & Flea earlier this year, and are constantly striving to inspire and be inspired by all of the creative women in the etsy/blog/wedding world.  The designs from my wedding are in our etsy shop now!  Etsy was a HUGE resource.  I purchased vintage seam binding ribbon, vintage hankies, the bridesmaid lockets, the flower girl tutus and shoes, and plenty of crafting supplies from etsy vendors.  I loved being able to utilize and support the wonderful artisans and crafters out there...I think it added such personality and thoughtful touches to our overall look!

My dear family friend (who's more like an aunt) Bobbie did all the gorgeous flowers.  She was my sounding board for all of my creative ideas and whims, and the creations she made for my special day were unbelievably perfect. The hair accessories were created by my bridesmaid Amanda.

After going through the wedding process, I would love to encourage all the brides-to-be out there to stay true to their hearts as they plan their special day.  I love that traditional rules are being thrown out the window these days, and that brides feel like they can do (or do without) the things that are actually important to THEM.  If you want to be married by a friend, do it.  If you want to throw the wedding cake out the window and serve ice cream sandwiches, do it.  You get the idea.....old-school traditions that mean nothing are OUT and being true to your own unique ideals and style are IN, and I LOVE IT!  Thank you to all the blogs (ahem Style Me Pretty) for providing constant inspiration and encouragement for brides to trust their vision and be authentic in their wedding style.

Here is the complete list of vendors:

Photography: Cameron Ingalls - We could not have dreamed of images as gorgeous as his.  He was a HUGE hit at our wedding and we cannot thank him enough for capturing our day so perfectly!

Videography: Josh Morris of Rain Studios - Their production talent, all shot in high-def, was beyond my wildest imagination!  I feel like I can relive the emotion and experience of my wedding day forever!

Photo Booth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. (

Ceremony Location: Old St. Hilary's in Tiburon, CA

Reception Location: Guaymas Mexican Restaurant in Tiburon, CA

Flowers: Bobbie McCasland - a dear family friend that has the biggest heart and the most fabulous creative style!

Invitations, Programs, Etc. - Frenchie & Flea (my etsy shop/design company)

Bride's Dress: Coan Couture

Bride's Shoes: Seychelles

Bride's Sweater: Target

Bride's Necklace: Anthropologie

Bride's Hair Accessory & Corsage /Bridesmaid's Hair Accessories: Untamed Petals

Bride's MakeUp: Kristin Bachtold

Groom's Suit: Ted Baker

Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie

Flower Girl Tutus: Chicky Poo

Flower Girl Shoes: Small Beans ()

Music: Guitarist David Snellbacher () & Designer DJ's of San Francisco

Wedding Day Coordinators: Susan Schlageter & Julie Lazarewicz

Pumpkins: Poetic Pumpkins