I have a major thing for details. Details are what make something unique, meaningful, and in my mind, that is what makes something beautiful. For my own wedding, every detail had a sentimental value to it which is what made each one so special to me. Everything from flea market shopping with Brandon for random decorative items, spending quality time with my mom while crafting up some signage, to ladies nights with my besties to craft favors and place cards. Each detail had it’s own story and memory associated with it which gave a whole new level of meaning to our special day. My main goal with every aspect of planning our wedding was to not stress about anything and to enjoy every single step of the way because it was something that only happens once. If something seemed remotely stressful, or I wasn’t 100% crazy about it, then I simply didn’t do it. One of my favorite sayings these days, which I really live my life by is: “If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.”
After booking our venue, Deer Park Villa, everything kind of fell into place decor-wise (read more from my first wedding post here). The venue had so much natural beauty already, settled in the middle of the redwoods, that I didn’t want the decor to be over the top (plus I had a budget to stay within). I wanted the feel to be intimate, relaxed and magical – kind of like a really freaking awesome backyard summer dinner party with all of your favorite people in the world…which is exactly what it ended up being. Having established the feeling I was going for upfront really helped with every single decor and vendor decision I made – if they didn’t fall under one of my three words (intimate, relaxed, magical) then it was an easy “no.” I apply this concept to EVERY single design project I do too whether in my own home, a rehab project or a client project – not just my wedding.
The color palette was literally stemmed from a salad that I make a lot during the summer with lots of green veggies and berries that I like eating in one of my tan ceramic bowls with brass flatware…if we are really getting specific. When people asked me what my color palette was, I just told them “summer berry salad” like they should know exactly what I’m talking about. My bridesmaids probably wanted to kill me and you probably think I’m really weird. All I am saying here is that if you are a bride struggling to come up with a cohesive color palette, think a little outside of the box and reflect on the things in your everyday life that make you happy and that you find beautiful. What combinations are you naturally drawn to when you get dressed in the morning? What images do you double tap to “like” the most on Instagram? What colors are carried out through your home?
So, if you find yourself having some difficulty coming up with “theme” or general aesthetic, here’s a recap of a few of my tips:
- Determine what you want the overall feeling to be for your special day. Pick 3 words that describe that feeling. Write down those words somewhere where you will not forget them and where you can be easily reminded of them. Use them to guide you.
- Take a look around you – at the natural environment, in your closet, at your home, on your Instagram feed – what trends do you see? What do you naturally gravitate towards? What gives you goosebumps of happiness?
- Once you book a venue, make a list of the elements you love most about it and be sure your decor highlights those features and doesn’t take away from them.
- Don’t stress about having things be perfect because they won’t be. Have fun, get weird, let your true personalities shine through because that’s what this is all about.
And now part two of our wedding photos with all of my favorite details from the day. Again, in case you missed part one of our wedding photos with all the lovey dovey stuff, check out my post here. I’ve included my full list of INSANELY AMAZING vendors below as well as references to some of the DIY projects I did and sources/information for specific decor items. Feel free to comment below or shoot me an email if you have any questions!
Another big thank you to all of our amazing wedding vendors. Here’s a list of everyone involved and some additional sources/explanations for decorative elements.
SIGNAGE + PLACE CARDS + GUESTBOOK + CORNHOLE
Program sign: Made by me + my mom – painted a large piece of wood with chalkboard paint, designed and formatted in photoshop and printed to scale, used transfer paper to trace all letters then went over with liquid chalk pen.
“Choose a seat print” – The cream colored piece that the sign is pinned to is a vintage mini-headboard found at a flea market.
Cocktail Menu: Made by me – Ordered wood slice from Amazon, painted with chalkboard paint and use liquid chalk pen to write. The dinner chalkboard menu was provided by Fogcutter because they are THAT awesome.
“Libations” + “Treats” signs: You can customize to say whatever you want.
Place cards: I used watercolors to paint on all of the ferns and had one of my bridesmaids write the names in gold paint pen. The branch easels were a DIY that my mom threw together and the gold frames were found by me at a flea market.
Cornhole: Made by my mom. She is one crafty lady.
VINTAGE “LOUNGE” FURNITURE
One True Love Vintage
“Let love grow” bags of seeds: Made by me + some of my bridesmaids. “Let love grow” customizable stamp found here, trough basket is a vintage flea market find, adorable child to pass out favors was also key.
CATERING + FLORALS + RENTAL COORDINATION + GENERAL AWESOMENESS
Fogcutter SF – used Classic Party Rentals for farm tables, all linens, and all dinnerware.
Ferns from Fogcutter SF. Eclectic mix of glass votives were collected by me from a number of thrift shops, ordered from amazon and some were purchased from Ikea. Probably the easiest table centerpieces ever and very budget friendly. Plus the candlelight at night was kind of insane. Insane in the most magical way possible.
CAKE + CUPCAKES
Sift Dessert Bar
Harvey’s Donuts – They literally bring their donut maker and make hot, fresh mini donuts in front of your eyes. With all the topping options you could ever want.
PHOTO BOOTH BUS
The Booth Bus
Shannon Rosan Wedding Photography
HAIR + MAKEUP
Kelly Jones Hair + Makeup
DAY-OF/MONTH OF COORDINATOR