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Colorful Keys Creek Wedding

Whimsical Weddings

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This California wedding from photographer Clayton Austin is one of those that just stops me right in my tracks — and I’m inclined to think it’ll do the same for you! Add together some blue thistle, sequins, and some tissue paper and metallic tassel garlands, and you have a surefire winner! Oh, and imagine our surprise when we took a closer look at the bridesmaids’ dresses and saw that the pattern was flamingos, for no other reason than the fact that Austin calls Sarah “his flamingo”!

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From the bride, Sarah: Austin and I wanted to throw a party that was different than any wedding we’d been to. We just wanted everyone to have fun and feel relaxed. Austin has more rustic taste, while I like glitz and glam, so we wanted to mix both of our styles together. So we found a rustic setting, and finished it up with glam elements like sequin tablecloths and gold silverware.


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Our color scheme was orange, pink and gold. This started because I asked Austin early on what colors we should do, and he said “if I had to pick one color that describes us as a couple, it would be… orange” because its out of the norm and different. Like us :)


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We did the save the dates and invitations, my mom and sisters made the signs, my sisters and I made the gift boxes (photo strip holders), and I made the tulle poufs that went on top of the mini cupcakes.


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Have fun! It’s easy to get stressed and sweat the small stuff, but at the end of the day, it’s about you and your husband starting your lives together. And it’s a celebration! Just enjoy, and have fun together during the engagement. Our wedding planner kept reminding us of that, and we had so much fun planning and just being engaged. Austin and I both have very hectic schedules, but we picked activities to do together that play on our strengths- for instance Austin and I made our save the dates and invitations. He has a graphic design background so it was fun for him!


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “God Gave Me You” sung by Collin Elliott
Recessional: “Home Sweet Home,” Lady of the Sunshine, sung by Collin Elliott
Introduction: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “They Bring Me To You,” Joshua Radin sung by Collin Elliott
Father/Daughter Dance: “stealing Cinderella,” Chuck Wicks

Wedding Location: Valley Center, CA / Wedding Photographer: Clayton Austin / Wedding Venue: Keys Creek Lavender Farm / Event Design: Krysten Tien of Couture Events San Diego / Wedding Flowers: Blush Botanicals / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Cascade” / Wedding Veil: Bride’s mother’s / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu via Nordstrom / Makeup: Chantall of Faces of California / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Paul and Joe / Groom’s Shirt: John Varvatos / Groom’s Pants: Vince / Wedding Music and DJ: Collin Elliott of Still Listening Productions / Wedding Caterer: Bare Back Grill / Desserts: Hey There, Cupcake! / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom / Videographer: Austin Hendrix Productions

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Flamingo Florida Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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When we say a wedding gown can set the tone for a wedding, we truly mean it. This next bride’s uncle designed her wedding gown, right down to the Anna Sui embroidery he discovered eight years prior and held onto for just such an occasion. Bailey and Zain incorporated whimsy and personal flair into their vintage garden wedding, reflected in the numerous flamingo accents throughout the reception. Special thanks to photographer Chad Cress for sending this wedding our way!

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From the photographer, Chad: The venue was absolutely beautiful with the modern architecture, clean lines, and wooden walkways framed by lush palms and the Floridian jungle. Bailey’s personal DIY decor touches were everywhere to be found and totally reflected this couple’s personality. Pink flamingo accents, hanging paper lanterns, a mandatory hat dress code, and a beautiful handmade chandelier were a few touches that really personalized this wedding.

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One of my favorite pieces of this wedding was Bailey’s dress. The dress, designed by Bailey’s Uncle James (a Jacksonville-based designer), is a 1951-inspired garden length gown in layers of point de espirit, brightly embroidered silk organza, and peau de soie, with contrast trimmed petticoats. Did you get that? If that’s not cool enough, the vintage Anna Sui floral embroidery was found in New York about eight years ago and kept by James with Bailey in mind.

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Wedding vendors (New Smyrna Beach, Florida):

Reception Venue: Atlantic Center for the Arts / Wedding Photographer: Chad Cress / Wedding dress: James Mountain Designs / Bridesmaid dresses: Lela Rose