This California wedding shot by Raya Carlisle is the sweetest of sweets. Stephanie and Amato, together with her daughter and close family and friends had a wedding filled with love and laughter. The handmade and DIY decor details simply reflected the couple’s thoughtfulness to their loved ones. I am specially loving the texture of the flowers and materials chosen such as the burlap used to wrap the boutonnière and the lace doilies seen throughout the decor. Thank you Steph for sharing your wedding with us!

Grant Park Ventura California Wedding Photos by Raya Carlisle Photography
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From the bride, Stephanie:

Intimate and light-hearted, our wedding day was an absolute family affair! My mother walked me down the aisle and my father officiated our wedding. Amato’s father closed the ceremony with a prayer over us and sang at the reception, where my daughter’s energetic and comical godfather was the master of ceremonies.

I’ve always loved vintage and handmade decor, so I tried to incorporate as much into our day as possible. We put heirloom jewelry on my bouquet, flooded the church with sola shell flowers, and gave away vintage hankies as favors. In lieu of the traditional guestbook, we had guests thumbprint “leaves” on a tree that now hangs in our house. Also, we did without a unity candle and, instead, wrote each other love letters that we placed inside a vintage wine box. It’s stored in our wine cellar with a bottle that will be at its peak in 30 years, and we can hardly wait to read our love letters on March 20, 2040! Our guests said goodbye to us with paper doilie cones filled with eco-friendly confetti and we followed Raya up to Grant Park in Ventura, California for pictures.

Wedding Vendors (Ventura, California):

Venue: Ventura Vineyard Church / Photographer: Raya Carlisle/ Day of Coordination: Holly Lomelino (hollylomelino [at] me [dot] com) / Flowers: Shell’s Petals / Cake Topper: GraceFallen on Etsy / Mini Flags: Pammaro on Etsy / Stationery: DIY by Gartner Studios / Decor: DIY (powered by save-on-crafts.com, thrift stores, and lots of inspiration!) / Hair and Makeup: Crystal at Salon Elite (805-339-9220) / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, purchased at Camarillo Bridal / Jewelry: Zales (Bride) and Titanium Kay (Groom) / Veil: Bel Aire Bridal / Hairpiece: Starz Selection on Etsy / Shoe Clips: b.Poetic on Etsy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Group / Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse / Flower Girls’ Dresses: David’s Bridal
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Photographer Raya Carlisle lives in Southern California but travels worldwide.

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Comments (14):

  • yooo on November 26, 2010

    Thanks, everyone! We had so much fun putting it all together. Jessica, the parasol is from Thailand. It was a gift from a friend ages ago, so I’m not sure where exactly in Thailand it was purchased.
  • smriti on May 21, 2010

    i love everything bout this wedding...the vintage cake toppers, the umbrella, the brides shoes, the modern veil, the family tree, the mason jars...oh i love all of it <3 <3
  • Amanda on May 13, 2010

    Where did the bride get those shoes? I love that color.
  • Stephanie on May 12, 2010

    Thanks, everyone! We had so much fun putting it all together. Jessica, the parasol is from Thailand. It was a gift from a friend ages ago, so I'm not sure where exactly in Thailand it was purchased. Hope that helps. :/
  • Krysi on May 12, 2010

    Love it!
  • Peacock Invitations on May 12, 2010

    TOTALLY love this! Gorgeous!
  • Jessica on May 11, 2010

    Where is that gorgeous yellow umbrella from?
  • Lizzie on May 11, 2010

    This is great...I love the rich color scheme they chose.
  • Kelly @ Notable Inspiration on May 11, 2010

    Gotta love those mason jars!!
  • Album Boutique Team on May 11, 2010

    Beautiful!! I love all the yellow and the parasol. And the cake toppers with the rings is a great picture :) Congratulations!
  • Sara on May 11, 2010

    OMG the hanging mason jar candle holders are adorable!! so creative! the bride looks beautiful too!!
  • Stephanie on May 11, 2010

    Her shoes are lovely and the family tree is precious.
  • Rebecca Gregory from Temple Gregory on May 11, 2010

    Gorgeous! Love the finger print family tree :)
  • postcards and pretties on May 11, 2010

    love it all especially those hanging mason jars with the lace & burlap

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