Garden Wedding by James Moes Photography
November 21, 2011
United States
Garden Weddings

This is totally my dream wedding, hands down. Not only is it super romantic and full of soft colors and sweet DIY details, but this cute couple decided to nix the idea of a cake and had, get this, a cake made out of three huge and delicious wheels of cheese. I think I just died and went to cheese heaven! James Moes Photography captured the overall gorgeousness of this garden fete beautifully, including the florals which were loving crafted by the bride's mom. Click here for even more!










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From the Bride...It rained for the whole week leading up to our wedding.  Although our original plan was to get married on the lawn, once we saw that there was no end to the rain in sight, we made our contingency plans and were ready to hold the ceremony under the tent.  To our surprise, the rain cleared up two hours before the wedding and all of our emergency planning went out the window.  I already felt so lucky to be marrying my best friend but the sunshine was just icing on the cake.

I have always been obsessed with the romantic feel of the French and English countryside, so when we found our venue we knew that I knew that it was perfect to style with muted colors to complement the lush greens all around the gardens.  My mom is a florist and she completely blew us away with her designs.   We let her know our overall vision of a soft, romantic feel but let her have creative control.  She ended up everything from the beautiful tablescapes, to the flower garlands (which were an emergency last-minute design because we were expecting to have our ceremony under the tent), and put together the perfect accent pieces, such as the hanging jars and metal wheelbarrow of sweet peas.  We could not have been happier with the flowers.

We felt so lucky that all of our loved ones would be traveling from near and far to share our special day with us so we decided that what was important was to make it very personal and to spoil them with our favorite eats and treats.  We had long tables to encourage the feeling of community.  We’re Bay Area natives so RoliRoti, a San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers' Market staple (famous for his porchetta sandwiches), was our first and only choice.  Being huge cheese lovers, we optioned out of the traditional wedding cake in lieu of a "cake" consisting of three cheese wheels, and also included  whole Belgian chocolate slabs, Parisian macaroons, and a port infused Stilton in our dessert spread.  We had a cigar and scotch tasting bar for our guests to enjoy.

I love crafting and styling so this was my first full on wedding styling project.  I worked with my sister and friends to make everything ourselves, and whenever possible, we tried to support small indie and Etsy vendors.  From the beginning stages of putting a vision together to the day of the wedding prep and execution, our family and friends were there there for us and helped us pull it all together.  This was a true labor of love and we could not have done it without them.

Wedding Photography: James Moes Photography / Second + Third Shootes: Nirav Patel + Isaiah Beiser / Floral Design: Flowers by Ivy / Wedding Design: HelloBoos Event Styling / Wedding Dress: Custom Julie Ireland Dress Making / Wedding Signage/Graphics: September Press / Bridesmaid Dresses: River of Romansk / Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen's Suits: Tommy Hilfiger / Caterers: RoliRotiLa Boulange / Cheeses: Cheese Plus / Bow Ties: Xoelle / Flower Sash + Clips: bpoetic / DJ: Marky Enriquez / Wood Signs: TRUECONNECTION / Flower Girl's Dress: Annie Girl Couture Creations / Photobooth Props: Little Retreats / Bridesmaid Necklace: Elephantine / Cuff Links: QA Create / Personalized Hangers: Katherine Marie Design / Day-of Coordinator: Kiera Ilusorio / Make-up: Anh Thu Pham