Photos by:

Braedon Photography

Today’s wedding is a camping lover’s dream, full of lush greenery, rustic wooden elements, and an intimate celebration that just about knocks our socks off. Kristen and Christian’s wedding is brimming over with so much love and joy that we’ve had just about the most difficult time ever narrowing down these images for you, due in no small part to the wonderful work of Braedon Photography.

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

From the bride, Kristen: We envisioned our wedding as a larger version of what we love to do most, which is camp along the coast with friends and family. That included an outdoor ceremony, dinner, dancing, and camping all in one place, and avoiding the curfew and late-night drive home that often occur at weddings. This seemed like a tall order at first, but pretty early in our venue search we discovered OVY Camp + Event Center which was pretty much the perfect spot for what we imagined! The camp has a redwood grove, outdoor amphitheater, main hall with a stone fireplace and exposed rafters, fire pits, and tiny log cabins.

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

bridesmaids portrait - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

bouquet with greenery - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay
Flower recipe: I left almost all the decision making to our super intuitive and tasteful florist, Lover Bee Botany. My few suggestions included eucalyptus, ranunculus and scabiosa, so those were all there, and she added lots of other green-and-white magic with green-centered anemones, ferns, and some wild grasses. She was a genius with the whole thing.

ring bearers - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

flower girls with flower crowns - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

wedding ceremony - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

ceremony recessional - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

wedding portraits - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

We also felt it was important to keep the whole thing true to who we are, so rather than outsource planning we did it ourselves, and recruited a bunch of our (very talented) friends for everything from bartending and DJ-ing to helping with decor, playing music, and being our day-of coordinator. It all ended up being that much more fun, and we wouldn’t trade that decision for anything else. Inspired by the landscape and campout, we created a woodsy feel using lots of greenery, raw-edged wood, white linens and candles, crocheted and plaid blankets, and baskets full of sparklers and s’mores sticks. We kept most things simple, including the color scheme (it was all neutrals and greens) and dishware, and put more energy into the lighting, amphitheater ceremony backdrop, and leafy florals.

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

wedding portraits - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

escort cards with herbs - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

rustic table number - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

reception decor - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

One favorite element was our wedding-night camp setup: we found this awesome Sibley yurt tent, and our friends and family helped us do it up with bedding, lights, flowers, and even our own tiny bottle of Limoncello. I also enjoyed some of the smaller details: the leather sandals I made for myself, “Camp Morabito” sugar cookies our coordinator baked as a surprise, and the canoe cake topper we found on Etsy. For the reception, we made a botanical seating chart using a big wooden frame we made, tiny clothespins, and foraged rosemary sprigs, and made all the signage ourselves. I also made about a million of these paper clay barnacles with the help of my endlessly patient and helpful friends. They were clustered along the long dinner tables with glass tea lights, leafy table runners and simple painted wooden table numbers. My mom and her friends also made hand-knitted cowls for all my bridesmaids, Christian’s grandma and aunt did up the bathrooms with candles and sweet decorations, another grandmother made their family-recipe Limoncello to serve with dessert, and my sister infused all the alcohol that was served in the cocktails—all of which was incredibly special!

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

painted table number - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

rustic reception tables - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? We tried hard to keep the whole process fun and personal. Involving friends and family in so many ways definitely made that happen, and Christian reminded me at stressful moments that it should be fun! Also, while it’s great to have a vision, remember to sometimes be surprised by the way things often come together; unexpected moments can be the most memorable, and if something doesn’t perfectly it’s usually not important anyway. Focus on the fun and friendship!

cheesecake desserts - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

cheesecakes - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

camping wedding at Half Moon Bay - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

first dance - photo by Braedon Photography http://ruffledblog.com/camping-wedding-at-half-moon-bay

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “I Want You to be My Love,” Over the Rhine
Recessional: “Not Fire Not Ice,” Ben Harper
First Dance: “Painting by Chagall,” The Weepies

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Braedon Photography

Event Design

Hook Fish Co, bride and groom

Setup and Design

Aleksandra Zee, Kenya Stabler

Florist

Lover Bee Botany

Venue

OVY Camp & Event Center

Wedding Skirt

Gossamer

Wedding Shoes

Scoutmade Leather Goods

Bridal Party Hairpieces and Flower Girl Crowns

Jackie Graham

Groom's Attire

J.Crew

Catering

Cooking For Friends

Dessert

Zanze's Cheesecake

Ceremony Music

Sea Knight

Cocktail Hour Music

Step Forward Lads

DJ

Mr. Lucho

Wedding Invitations

Designed by bride, with help from Amelia Nardinelli

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