Opting for a quick two month engagement, Sara and Daniel called on their inner crafting egos to pull together a charming California wedding in the bride’s sister’s yard. Their budget-friendly winter wedding brought together all kinds of skilled hands: the groom’s sister-in-law made all of those delicious desserts and styled the table, the groom himself made all of the boys’ boutonnieres and the wood details for the tables and a family friend created that awesome branding iron with the couple’s initials. Photographer Brady Puryear took full advantage of those amazingly moody winter skies to get some dramatic portraits of the bride and groom. Thanks for sending it over, Brady!
From the bride, Sara: We wanted to create the feel of being outdoors in the winter, with naked trees all around us. We wanted to keep the tables simple and clean with white tablecloths and woodsy centerpieces. We used alot of browns and greens in the decorations as well as in our wedding attire.
We looked around at a few different venues in Riverside, CA. But with only a few months to plan and most having limited timeframes we decided to get married in my sister’s backyard in Lake Elsinore, CA. We really wanted to have the ceremony and reception in the same place and keep our cost down.
The wood photo wall and wood centerpieces were cut and created by my husband. I branded the wood, and centerpieces were designed & arranged by a family friend, Sabrina. The food and dessert table were created and arranged by my husband’s sister, Karen.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Try and get as much done up front so that you have more time for the little details. Make sure you have a backup plan for weather conditions, and when things don’t go as planned…..don’t stress, you’re getting married to each other. At the end of the day, that’s what really matters!
Wedding Vendors (Lake Elsinore, CA):
Ceremony and reception location: Private residence / Tent Rental: Your Party Solutions / Florist: made by groom’s sister, Karen Weaver / Bridesmaid’s bouquets: Target / Boutonnieres: DIY by groom / Photographer: Brady Puryear / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Bride’s shoes: Target / Hair and Makeup: Sabrina Skinner of I Heart Hair / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Groom’s suit: Volcom / Groomsmen ties: Calvin Klein / Ceremony Musician: J.C. Obien / DJ: Youssef Saliba of Wax-on Deejays / Caterer: made and provided by family / Wedding Cake: Karen Weaver / Wedding invitations: DIY