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Woodsy Winter Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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!

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

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.

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter wedding

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.

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

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.

DIY outdoor winter wedding

DIY outdoor winter weddingDIY outdoor winter wedding

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!

DIY outdoor winter wedding

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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

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Lace and Honey Wedding

Garden Weddings

When you combine a backyard reception with design details galore, the outcome is often something both homey and unique. Yuvi and Nick’s wedding reminds me of the importance of the little things… the lace boutonnieres, the honeycomb photobooth, the hand-dyed lace for honey jar favors… and I’m made aware again of how these little things compose a love story with notes of both creativity and tenderness. We take the time to craft these details because we want to, because there’s rarely an opportunity in life when all the tiny pieces say so much about two people. And of course, it helps to have talent like Braedon Flynn Photography and Jesi Haack behind you!

honey and lace vintage wedding
From the bride, Yuvi. Choosing the church for our ceremony was easy. We chose St Paul the Apostle for our ceremony because it was one that my husband and I have attended weekly for the past few years. Initially, we were looking for outdoor venues, however there were few that met our expectations. We bought our home knowing that it would be a great location to hold our reception. What better place to have our wedding along with our loved ones than at our own home.

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When we met with our wedding planner, Jesi Haack, she brainstormed with us ideas for our theme. We told her that we would like to incorporate Honey Bee’s in the wedding since that is the name of our street and mentioned to her that my favorite color is yellow and that we would like a vintage feeling. She tied it up and came up with the concept of “Honey and Lace”. As soon as she said it, we loved it.
honey and lace vintage weddinghoney and lace vintage wedding

honey and lace vintage weddinghoney and lace vintage wedding

honey and lace vintage weddinghoney and lace vintage wedding
I made the corsages, lace flowers for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom as well as the grandmothers. I also made the lace flower boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party. My husband and I assembled the wedding favors which consisted of small honey jars covered with lace, we dyed the white lace with tea to give it a vintage look. We wired the tea light vases so that they could hang from the trees as well as ran fish wire through the balsa wood flowers to hang.
honey and lace vintage weddinghoney and lace vintage wedding

honey and lace vintage weddinghoney and lace vintage wedding

Nick and I decided that we wanted to implement my Bolivian heritage in the wedding. We took a lesson to learn the “Cueca” which is a traditional courting dance that is danced using handkerchiefs. At the reception Nick and I decided that we were not going to do it because we had not practiced, but our families were encouraging us to do it anyway. Initially we were nervous, but half way through the dance all of our guests used the handkerchiefs that were given out as favors and began to cheer us on by waving them in the air. It was breathtaking for us to see all of our guests participating and showing us their love.
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We loved our wedding planner, Jesi Haack. Her creativity made our wedding really come alive. We loved the café lights that were strung over the receptions. We loved the way the hundreds of tea lights glittered throughout the night. We loved our vintage inspired lounge area and the honeycomb photo booth. We absolutely loved the way the whole wedding came together.
honey and lace vintage wedding

honey and lace vintage wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Southern California):

Ceremony Venue: St Paul the Apostle Church / Reception venue: Bride and Groom’s home / Wedding Planner & Design: Jesi Haack / Photographer: Braedon Flynn / Videographer: Nicholas A. Bowser – Crafthouse Productions / DJ: DJ Josh Bliss (no website) / Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Ortiz / Flowers: Mai Hoang of Bunch Studio / Invitations: Kelli Murray / Catering: Simply Elegant / Ceremony Dress: San Patrick / Reception Dress: In Style by Jose Flores

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Vintage City Hall Wedding

Vintage Weddings

We’re smitten with this city hall wedding captured by Jerry Yoon Photography. Although they married by themselves in San Francisco, the bride made sure to have a gorgeous vintage wedding dress that reflected her obviously stunning style. Their portraits and their day are sweet, simple, unique and utterly classic. Congratulations, you two!

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

vintage san francisco city hall wedding

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