Castle House Garden Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

From time to time I can’t put my finger on exactly why I love a wedding – all I know for sure is that the couple just nailed it. Amelia and Lucian, who wanted a handfasting ceremony surrounded by redwoods and a dance party under the stars, are a prime example of such a couple. Who better to capture the wedding day than Rog of EPLove?

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From the bride, Amelia: Lucian and I both envisioned an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by our family and friends. I knew I wanted a bouquet of lush garden roses, and a dance party under the stars. Lucian’s top priorities included exchanging our vows within a circle of redwoods, and enjoying delicious, local food.

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rustic wedding invitations - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

leafy wedding bouquets - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/
Bouquet recipe: My bouquet was a cascade style bouquet consisting of sustainable grown garden roses, white spider mums and various ferns. My bouquet evoked the romance and nostalgia of a time long ago. The mums were a heartfelt inclusion to remember my grandmother’s favorite flower, the fragrant garden roses included are the epitome of romance, and completed with a long cascade of velvet and silk ribbons, it was the perfect compliment to my gown.

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jeweled wedding crowns - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

bride getting ready - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

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grooms with tattoos - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

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groom after ceremony - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

hand fasting ceremonies - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

newlyweds first kiss - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

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Our wedding was romantic, elegant, rustic, and organic. We incorporated various vintage elements including the antique silver and milk glass vases that were used for floral arrangements. Castle House provided the perfect venue for our wedding! We searched high and low for the right venue, one that was not only rustic, but elegant also, and castle house really delivered. We were able to have the ceremony of our dreams surrounded by a magical ring of old growth redwoods, and the party of a lifetime out on the fabulous cobblestone courtyard.

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outdoor wedding receptions - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

floral wedding receptions - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

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vanilla wedding cakes - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

wedding chair decorations - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Focus on traditions that are meaningful to you, and skip the rest. Incorporate your friends, family, and community. We decided against having a wedding party, and instead invited all of our friends and family to participate freely however they desired. My dear friend from high school officiated. She wrote the most beautiful ceremony, and it fit us completely. Another friend DJd’d and the music was absolutely perfect! The whole wedding felt like a collective labor of love, and it made the day all the more magical.

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newlyweds first dances - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/

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newlyweds cake cutting - photo by EP Love - view more http://ruffledblog.com/castle-house-garden-wedding/


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
First Dance: “A Man Needs a Woman,” James Carr
Parent/Daughter Dance: “Teach Your Children Well,” CSNY
Lucian’s mother led a traditional Balkan folk dance.

Wedding Location: Bonny Doon, CA / Photographer: EPLove / Venue and Flowers: Tessa’s Garden at Castle House Garden / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Hair: Melissa Marie / Caterer: Feel Good Foods / Wedding Cake: Buttercup Cakes / Wedding Invitations: A Printable Press

9 comments
  1. Leon Bailey

    Love the real homely feel of the wedding. Great job by EPLove! :)

  2. sneha

    unusual wedding, unusual photos. Lover them a lot. Thanx for sharing.

  3. Carolyn

    where is that beautiful bridal headpiece from? anyone know?

  4. Amanda - Amanda Douglas Events

    Oh this wedding looks like it was a serious amount of fun! I love all the greenery…and the bridal head piece, wow, that was beautiful!

  5. Fotograf S?upsk

    It looks so great! uncommon wedding!

  6. Annika Schippers

    Does anyone know where I might find this headpiece? I absolutely love it!

  7. Melissa

    headpiece is by Maria Elena out of Miami.

  8. Arrethi

    Haley – Just to clarify in Islam, men are not soepuspd to have any physical contact with women who are not their wives or family members. Clearly lifting my friend’s dress to put on a garter would cause problems with that principle. My wedding was the first American/Christian wedding she had ever been to, so she did not know what to expect when she caught the bouquet. When she found out, she asked me to tell the guy to put it on her arm. Being respectful, he did just as she asked. She wasn’t pissed at all. As a matter of fact she thought it was really funny and was more surprised and shy than anything because she hadn’t known what to expect. It was a good time though and a fun memory for her. On another note, thanks for the amazing pictures Kyle!! You captured our beautiful, emotional wedding day just as we felt it. We love you!!!

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