This Santa Cruz wedding shot by Meg Perotti brings in a jolt of energy for this cloudy afternoon. With an army of bright colors as their palette, and Coastside Couture Planning at hand, this wedding sets the tone for a gorgeous yet zen intimate affair in the woods. They were married at Buddhist retreat as their venue to boot!

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Woodsy Santa Cruz Wedding
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From Cate: We wanted our ceremony to feel like a celebration of life, with a little magic mixed in. The “fairy ring” of redwoods brought the magic, the flowers, bright colors, and people brought the life. Especially the kids, hilarious. We had 8 or 9 flower children (one had be in her Mom’s lap, but she still counts). We wanted a woodsy, non-urban setting, but fun venues for the rest of the parties. Santa Cruz, CA has a fun relaxed vibe and is beautiful. All the kids had fun at the boardwalk and the grownups explored the coastline. The Dream Inn was really cute throwback to the era of woody’s and highwaisted swim trunks. It fit with our style b/c it was pretty and comfortable while maintaining a playful atmosphere. Pema Osel Ling speaks for itself.

It was at a Buddhist retreat, so the color orange was a big inspiration. That was the base that we kept coming back to, but, as my niece puts it: “my favorite color is rainbow.” So…

We encouraged everybody to wear whatever made them feel happy and come for a good time. No worrying about impressing anybody or meeting expectations.

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t worry too much about it. Pick out a few details you really care about and take care of those. The day of will be perfect no matter what goes “wrong.” If at the end of it all you’re married to the person you love, it was a success. Having an awesome wedding planner helps a lot – ask her about do-it-yourself projects. She brought a lot of ideas to life that I didn’t have time to do. Also, I requested the DJ play a certain song without checking that he’d got the right one. It was not the right one, but it didn’t matter.

Wedding Songs:

First dance: “3 Rounds and a Sound”- Blind Pilot

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Santa Cruz, CA):

Venue: Pema Osel Ling Retreat Center / Photographer: Meg Perotti / Wedding Design and Planning: Karissa Paxton of Coastside Couture / Florist: Laughin’ Gal Floral / Wedding dress: Adele Wescheler / Wedding veil: her mother’s from 1971 / Caterer: Pema Osel Ling / Wedding Cake: Edith Meyer / Ceremony Music: Francois & Rodrigo / Wedding invitations: Barclay Papers printing in Austin, TX / Rentals: Alexis Party Rental