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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Comments (20):

  • alex on May 14, 2015

    good
  • Deloris on December 23, 2014

    I love how simple this wedding is. Yet, there are so many small details that make it so colorful and lively! So relaxing and intimate!! I want a wedding like this!!! Love the bridesmaids dresses! Adorable!
  • Deloris on December 23, 2014

    I hope you will always be happy
  • Sellers on November 6, 2014

    Wow Super nice wedding from the stunning and beautiful bride to the venue and concept and the elegant style everything is perfect for your big day.
  • msdress on March 23, 2014

    The cake looks so delicious!
  • angela walker on November 23, 2013

    Where do i find that bridesmaid dress.. I LOVE IT!!! any assistance would be great ange xxx
  • Anokay on May 22, 2013

    Super nice wedding from the stunning and beautiful bride to the venue and concept and the elegant style everything is perfect for your big day.
  • A Day in May Design on October 28, 2012

    Love the colors of those flowers!
  • Chocolate Fountain Hire - Hot Chocolates on October 24, 2012

    Love the colours in this one.. real vibrant and simple. Well done guys oxox
  • Amanda on October 23, 2012

    Floral arrangements look amazing and the chevron runner is to die for! This is so well put together, Couture Events and the vendors did a great job!
  • landybridal on October 23, 2012

    Wow,the cake seems so delicious,and the bride is so beautiful.It is really a great wedding,everyone seem so happy!
  • Lime on October 23, 2012

    I love the groom's wedding shoes....It's Red!!!! so Stunning!!!!
  • morgan on October 23, 2012

    I love the chevron sequin looking tablecloths. Where are they from?
  • Krystel {Couture Events} on October 23, 2012

    We are so honored to be featured on Ruffled ! This was such an incredible wedding to style and coordinate. The bride, Sarah, was so much fun to work with- she is very creative and wanted a bright and fun wedding, we were able to make this wedding exactly that! Every moment was AMAZING! Their handmade DIY details made it that much more special- be it by the groom, bride, or family- everyone got creative to make this wedding a complete masterpiece! XOXO
  • Krystel {Couture Events} on October 23, 2012

    @Chelsey- The linens are from la tavola- http://linens.latavolalinen.com/ and the flatware is from Raphaels Party Rentals!
  • Nic.Roc. on October 23, 2012

    I love how simple this wedding is. Yet, there are so many small details that make it so colorful and lively! So relaxing and intimate!! I want a wedding like this!!! Love the bridesmaids dresses! Adorable!
  • Cheri {Woodsy Weddings} on October 23, 2012

    Even the girls' shoes are flamingo pink...I love it! They did a beautiful job of blending rustic with glam.
  • Mary | Ottawa Wedding Photographer on October 23, 2012

    Love the floral arrangements and those parasols! great details.
  • Chelsey on October 23, 2012

    Beautiful! My fiance is from Valley Center! Where did you find the tablecloth cloth and flatware from?
  • Debi Sementelli on October 23, 2012

    Sooo many great details...the great colors, the flamingo on the tie, the chevron table cloth ( burlap?) the menu wrapped around the napkin, the parasols and her gorgeous dress!

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