Rustic Chic Fall Wedding at Holly Farm
February 25, 2015
California
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This adorable couple named each reception table after a relationship milestone from first date to first furry friend. I not only love the creativity behind this, but can't help but fondly reminisce about my own moments and I have a feeling the guests at this rustic wedding did the same, making this shabby chic celebration even sweeter. See all these details and more snapped by onelove photography right this way!
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From The Bride... Stephen is Chinese, born in Boston and grew up in an all Jewish neighborhood. I'm Jewish, born in Russia, went to Jewish day school and love Chinese food. Needless to say we love and appreciate each other's cultures. It was important to us to bring both our cultures together in a very "Chewish" (Chinese/Jewish) celebration. Being surrounded by all of our closest family and friends and sharing these magic details with them was what made the celebration so special to us.

We really went the route of DIY for the most part. Where we could we had our guests help us. On our invites we asked that our guests help us decorate with love by sending us a photo from their own wedding. We then spent months buying vintage frames and used the beautiful photos from family and friends to fill the space with love. We made chalkboard banners, collected vintage plates, vintage tea cups, gold candelabras and even custom table numbers. Rather than using numbers we used significant "firsts" in our lives - First Date, First Kiss, First Vacation. etc. Each table number had a picture and story on the back to accompany it. We used the vintage tea cups and made candles out of them to tell guests which table they were at. On each chair during the ceremony we left small glassine bags filled with paper hearts in memory of Stephen's brother who passed. We asked guests to throw their hearts up to the sky in loving memory. Each piece of decor was symbolic and meaningful to us.

There were so many amazing moments, saying "I Do", reading our vows, doing a first touch... but watching Stephen's mom and my almost 90 year old Grandma dance the night away is definitely pretty high up there as highlights. We also loved doing our first dance. It was such a treat to surprise my parents and our guests.