With just three months to plan their wedding, Elijah and Alison pulled together an army of friends and family to pull together a totally handmade soiree at the bride’s family vacation home in the California mountains. They even turned the house’s garage into a stunning dining room, topped off with one of the most gorgeous collections of colorful vintage glass I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t it look so cozy? Be sure to check out their day-after session in the gallery! Captured by We Heart Photography.

handmade woodsy wedding

From the bride, Alison: I had three things in mind when planning our wedding: simple, custom, and DIY. We evaluated almost every aspect of a traditional wedding, and then did something else. We decided we would be married in my childhood vacation spot, Shaver Lake, California. The ceremony took place at the Shaver Lake Chapel and the reception at my parents’ cabin. This move set the tone for a cozy and super homey evening.

handmade woodsy wedding

vintage glass wedding tables

Somewhere along the line of planning, the colors became less and less important which gave us a lot of freedom in decision making. My mom made all of our napkins for the evening, using only yards of fabric and scissors. We had sweet sayings placed throughout the house. These large cardboard letters were painted and decorated by my mom.

handmade woodsy wedding

handmade woodsy wedding
We had a fantastic team of family and friends who kept their eye out for vintage finds such as beautiful antique furniture and old bottles. One of the few details I had planned ahead was the use of eclectic bottles and jars for flowers. They looked so beautiful at the front of the chapel on an old distressed green chest.
handmade woodsy wedding

handmade woodsy wedding

handmade woodsy wedding
I am a cake baker and I wanted to design something outside of the norm, since I work with cakes so much. So several of our family members helped us achieve this by baking a special cake of their own, it was so special while offering quests alot of variety.

handmade woodsy wedding
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you are blessed to have great people in your life who are willing to help, use their creative talents (whatever they may be) and make your wedding day less stressful while giving them the opportunity to be a part of it.

handmade woodsy wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Shaver Lake, CA):

Wedding Ceremony Location: Shaver Lake Chapel / Wedding Reception Location: Bride’s parent’ vacation home / Wedding planner: Travis Butler of Travisti Designs & Co. and Michelle Maxwell of IvyCrest Designs / Florist: Ivy Crest Designs / Wedding Photographer: We Heart Photography / Wedding Dress: altered from Davids Bridal model (no longer available) / Wedding Veil: DIY / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie / Caterer: Love & Garlic / Wedding Cakes: Compilation baked by family and friends / Wedding invitations: Ello There


Comments (8):

  • Cheri {Woodsy Weddings} on March 6, 2013

    So many incredible details for a wedding pulled together in such a short time! I especially love the cozy colors and handmade details!
  • Nicole on March 27, 2011

    Wow wow wow! I absolutely love everything about this gorgeous wedding! Nicely done. Might have to steal some ideas...
  • Lauren on January 12, 2011

    The bride, Alison, is my cousin. This wedding was amazing! So simple and personal and special! They did a great job. Hands down, the coolest wedding I've ever attended.
  • Christin Willis @ We Heart Photography on January 11, 2011

    WOOHOO!!! This feature is so beautiful and absolutely unique. This wedding was an incredible one to shoot!! Thanks Ruffled Blog! :)
  • Amanda Thorson on January 11, 2011

    this is the kind of wedding that I wish I could have been a guest at...so personal, but with great style!
  • lizzie [love your way] on January 11, 2011

    holy details! their wedding is completely beautiful...i love that warm vibe and the photography is stunning...
  • Sweet Little Thrills on January 11, 2011

    This would be exactly how I would do a woodsy wedding! The handmade aspects are to die for. The scenery, dress, and photography... wow!
  • gertie on January 11, 2011

    Simply gorgeous! I love all the vintage glass. I have blue Mason jars tucked away for our upcoming wedding and can't wait to use them!


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