If you’re looking for a European-esque wedding venue, then look no further than California’s Filoli gardens. California wedding vendors have whisked us away to Italy with picturesque views, elegant details with an old world vibe designed and photographed by Sarahi Hadden Photography. In the prettiest pastel shades, Le Bloomerie creates a half covered rose arch for the ceremony and then uses buttery yellow roses on the reception table to let the blue taper candles and menu cards POP!
From the photographer + designer, Sarahi Hadden Photography: Nestled in Woodside, California, the lush grounds of Filoli gardens brought our Tuscan vision to life. Filoli was built in the 1920’s and eventually donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It has became a botanical haven for California horticulture. In just the last two years, it has now become the perfect wedding venue.
During our venue walkthrough, we felt as though we had left California and had been whisked away to the Tuscan countryside. At each turn there we were met with perfect little alcoves to admire the picturesque views. To complement the lovely earthy tones and enchanting gardens, we chose a romantic pastel color palette, embracing the rich hues of antique yellows, delicate pinks, soft creams, and hints of blue.
For our ceremony vignette, we featured one of Filoli’s most iconic spaces: the stately brick Garden House. Keeping the design unique and effortless, Melissa from Le Bloomerie created an elegant rose-covered half arch. Choosing to use Honey Dijon and Koko Loko from our color palette, she brought together the earthy and romantic colors with creamy yellow Romantic Antike Roses, Golden Mustard Roses, Light Apricot Crocous Roses, and Italian Ruscus Greenery. The autumn leaves softly danced around our bride and groom as the sunlit Santa Cruz Mountains created the perfect backdrop for our ceremony.
Susan from Bohemia Ranch Events styled the reception table-scape with elegant place settings and dusty blue accents, which draws the eye up to the beautiful centerpieces by Le Bloomerie as the focus of the table. We chose rustic elements for the reception vignette, pairing wooden cross backed chairs and a wooden farm table with luxurious textiles from Party Crush Studio. Susan provided the glamorous antique brass candle holders and vintage goblet glassware. The addition of berries gave our design a little extra touch of Tuscany. Our final touch was to place a dusty blue suede menu card at each setting, which contrasted beautifully against the earthy tones of the table-scape.
The bride meandered gracefully through the gardens in a stunning Wtoo by Watters chic ivory gown. The floral lace pattern cascaded into a delicate tulle. The look was both soft and feminine, yet still formal. Our hair stylist, Shea from Shea Styles, gave our bride an elaborate side braid that was accented with an intricate hair piece from A Bit of Love. The bride wore long, dangly earrings that added a subtle sparkle to the overall look. The groom was dressed in a chic classic Italian slim black tuxedo from Generation Tux.
This gorgeous California wedding at Filoli gardens whisked us away with it’s European vibes and and pastel hues perfect for the upcoming seasons. If you’re still looking for your perfect wedding venue, here’s our guide to get you started!
Photographer + Design: Sarahi Hadden Photography
Film Lab: PhotoVision
Luxury Vintage Rentals + Styling: Bohemia Ranch Events
Florist: Le Bloomerie
Stationery: Cara Couture Invitations
Hair Stylist: Shea Styles
Makeup Artist: Olivia Garvin
Ribbons, Runners + Napkins: Party Crush Studio
Baker: Emma Cakery
Models: Brianna Flanagan & Joshua Flanagan
Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Hair Piece + Earrings: A Bit of Love Wedding
Engagement Rings: Gem Breakfast
Custom Styling Mat: Lindale Studios
Wedding Dress Boutique: Brides on Hartz
Wedding Dress Designer: Wtoo Watters
Groom’s Suit: Generation Tux
Tabletops + Chairs: Williams Party Rentals
Dinner Plates: Anthropologie
Ring Box: The Mrs Box