Today’s wedding from Braedon Flynn is just… beyond. Beyond chic, beyond gorgeous, and beyond creative. Bride Alexandra Works began planning her wedding with fiancé Anthony, only to find “the wedding was starting to plan us instead of vice versa” — so they shifted their vision to something more befitting of their personalities, and ended up with the incredible wedding you see here. Don’t miss the end-of-day video from The Cana Family!
From the bride, Alexandra: Finding the venue was the toughest decision for us, but thankfully we decided destination wedding was the way to go. We wanted our special day to be more of an experience for guests rather than a one day event. We originally started planning our LA wedding when we realized the wedding was starting to plan us instead of vice versa. I grew up vacationing in Mammoth Mountain and Anthony and I started going a few times a year whether it be during the winter to snowboard, cozy up next to a fire and play scrabble, or fish, hike or golf in the spring/summer months. We love being outdoors, escaping the hustle and bustle of our LA lifestyle and really appreciating what mother earth has to offer. Mammoth Lakes could not have been a better fit for us and our nature loving, outdoors-y crew. Some guests skied and snowboarded while others hiked by the lake or hung out poolside.
Having studied visual communications and graphic design, I was fortunate enough to be able to print everything off my Epson printer – couldn’t live without it. I am a huge nerd for paper goods and hand crafts, and was so excited with how our invites really captured my style. From day one of planning, I knew I wanted to incorporate burlap, white tones and precious metals into our overall theme. I envisioned what one calls a ‘rustic chic’ vibe… natural yet glamorous. My mom so graciously sewed vintage lace onto the borders of the burlap table runners (these are for sale!).
It was important for me to provide guests with easy access to water (I drink a ton), so I made the table numbers into bottle labels. I loved how the vintage prayer cards turned out – I bought these cards at Michaels and put stickers on the back – super easy! One of the most fun DIY projects was picking out 200 different vintage hankies with girlfriends at a swap meet. Not to worry we had them dry cleaned! They turned out to be beautiful once pressed with our wedding monogram embroidered on each hankie. Guests were excited to receive a welcome/thank you crate with some snacks and goodies along with a weekend itinerary. We can’t tell you how many people were so grateful they had a snack on hand once arriving after long travel.
I still cannot believe it SNOWED! Mammoth weather is always unpredictable, but it was 80 degrees the week before in the high sierras. Waking up to snow falling on the big day was pretty spiritually moving, not to mention insanely gorgeous. It was majestic. It doesn’t get better than repeating our vows to one another in front of our closest friends, family and God. That moment will forever make my heart melt and knees go weak. Best decision hands down – hiring our talented photographer and videographers. They outdid themselves and we have the proof for life. Just thinking about the Cana Family’s wedding preview being played at the reception gives me the chills.
We still get a kick out of our Jenga guest book (each guest wrote whatever their heart desired on a wooden block). Etsy! We’ve played almost every week since the wedding and it’s so fun to read guests’ hilarious creativity. I absolutely loved our cake! I knew I wanted something a little out of the box with more of a homemade feel – Sue Ebersold blew our guests away with yumminess! We loved our big wooden farm tables and benches with no linens. This made our burlap runners, garland, peonies and eclectic plates by http://casadeperrin.com/ to really come together beautifully. Our DJ Kacey Campbell really knows how to get a crowd going. Another great decision was to invite all guests to dance before dinner had begun. This got the entire party on their feet literally jumping with excitement. We are quite an intense dance crew, but we’d recommend kicking off your reception with a few top dance songs to get the mood flowing.
Wedding Location: Mammoth, CA / Wedding Photographer: Braedon Flynn / Wedding Venue: Convict Lake Resort / Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza / Hair and Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy / Wedding Veil: Anthropologie / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “All Dressed Up” / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s Suit: Tazio / Groom’s Shoes: Stacy Adams / Groom’s Tie: Antonio Ricci / Event Design: Bride, Alexandra Works / Event Planner: Katherine Webb and Meghan Schinderle of Intertwined Events, Sandra Di Domizio of Green Fox Events / Wedding Flowers: Patricia of Red Lily Floral Design / Wedding Caterer: Convict Lake Catering / Welcome Crates: Anything Goes Catering / Wedding Cake: Sue Ebersold of The Breakfast Club / DJ: Kacey Campbell of Vox Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride, Alexandra Works / Videographers: The Cana Family and Nic Stauber