Photos by:

Mirelle Carmichael

Now that the excitement of Eclipse 2017 has died down, we thought we’d share this sweet pick-me-up to get Tuesday kicked off right! Maria and Brian’s California wedding was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of our own personal faves for creative ideas. Bride Maria set to work planning it all, bringing in The Little Branch to create lush floral arrangements and Mirelle Carmichael to photograph every detail and happy moment. Congratulations, newlyweds!

Magical Midsummer Night's Dream Wedding - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

From the bride, Maria: Our story is one of an English woman and an American filmmaker who fell in love. Given our creative backgrounds, it was important to have a wedding that truly represented us. I planned/designed the entire wedding from our home in London and DIYed everything from my own bridal crown, the invitations (using real walnut veneer and gold embossing powder!), building the seating chart from old pallets and painting/printing every sign and quote around the venue (including the menu and the calligraphy for all of the food labels!). The tables were named after different movie couples with facts about the relevant movie in small glass bottles on each table to act as ice breakers.

wedding invitations with wood elements - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

romantic Vera Wang wedding gowns - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

wooden wedding invitations - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

rustic wedding ring boxes - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

wedding first looks - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

romantic wedding portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

simple white boutonnieres - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

groomsmen in blue suits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

romantic garden wedding bouquets - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

bridal party portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

light pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

sweet flower girls - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

orchard wedding portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

wedding sign ideas - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

wedding guest books - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

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garden wedding ceremonies - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

wedding ceremony vows - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

garden wedding ceremony kisses - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

As the wedding took place on Easter, the groomsmen hid 100 colourful Easter eggs around the venue. Pictures were taken with smoke bombs, fairy berries adorned the trees and giant jumbo games featured during the reception. Together Brian and I designed our wedding cake which was based on the changing seasons (the bottom tier lush with florals represented Spring/Summer, the middle tier adorned with Autumn leaves and the a frosted top tier with no two snowflakes alike). Our custom cocktails (Pimms and the All American Mule) represented our home countries and further touches such as the hand engraved ring box with the quote “Across the Ocean” referenced our international love.

wedding toasts - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

wedding photography with smoke bombs - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

romantic wedding party portraits - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

framed seating charts - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

romantic garden backyard weddings - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

movie themed weddings - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

garden wedding receptions - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

place settings with agate slices - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

romantic sweetheart table ideas - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

classic wedding tables - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

romantic garden wedding inspiration - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

agate slice place cards - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

sweetheart table kiss - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

wedding cake tables - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

multi patterned wedding cakes - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

magical weddings - photo by Mirelle Carmichael https://ruffledblog.com/magical-midsummer-nights-dream-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography: Mirelle Carmichael
Planning and DIY Elements: The Bride (Maria Firenzi)
Floral Design: The Little Branch
Venue: Hartley Botanica
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Hair: KC Williams, Mauro Hair Studio
Makeup: Kelly Zhang Studio
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige and Dessy
Flower Girl Dresses: Dollcake Vintage
Wedding Cake and Desserts: M Cakes Sweets
DJ: Ryan Girgis, DJ Tempoe
Videography: Light Up Video

1 comments
  • Maria del Carmen

    Thank you so much for the feature @ruffledblog :)