I love seeing intimate weddings grace our inbox, because they often feel like a breath of fresh air in an ever-growing industry. Samantha and Aaron’s wedding hosted only 15 guests, which allowed them to focus on the details closest to their hearts – which were all captured wonderfully by Steve Cowell Photo. We’re particularly smitten with the “L-O-V-E” backdrop for the ceremony, which was custom made by none other than the groom’s brother!

Encinitas Beach Wedding - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

From the bride, Samantha: I envisioned a laid back, vintage, beach feeling for our wedding. I also wanted something intimate since it was a small wedding with close family. Our colors were peach, aqua, coral, and teal. Beach. Very intimate. Sunset. We had Vigilucci’s which is a high end Italian restaurant that is local to the San Diego north county area. Steak, pasta, and vegetables were on the menu and they served the meal for us at a really reasonable cost and it was delicious!

grooms boutonniere - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

groom getting ready - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

wedding rings - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

Love wedding signs - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

paper lanterns - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

peach wedding bouquet - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding
Flower recipe: Roses, baby’s breath, dahlias. The groom had a cockscomb boutonniere.

wedding processionals - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

first kiss - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

wall of succulents - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I didn’t do much planning as my family pretty much took care of the details. I will say keeping a positive attitude and keeping it small was the best decision I ever made.

bride and groom - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

beach wedding inspiration - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

beach wedding receptions - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

beach wedding decor - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

backyard Encinitas wedding - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

backyard Encinitas wedding - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

whimsical wedding reception - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

backyard Encinitas wedding - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

beach inspired weddings - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

backyard Encinitas wedding - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

ombre wedding cake - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

cake cutting - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

wedding cake cutting - photo by Steve Cowell Photo https://ruffledblog.com/backyard-encinitas-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Sweet Thing,” Van Morrison
Recessional: “Moth’s Wings,” Passion Pit

Wedding Location: Encinitas, CA / Photographer: Steve Cowell Photo / Flowers: Bride’s Sister-in-Law / Venue: Private Residence / Caterer: Vigilucci’s

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