Hello Web-loves!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday blessed with lots of love, family, laughter and renewal. Lord knows I needed it! :)
I can't believe it has been over a month since my last post. I think that is a record here. So much has been going on with my sister's wedding, Thanksgiving and Christmas, family in from out of town and dealing with both of my sisters moving! With our own move just two months ago, I am basically a professional mover now. ;)
I have a ton of weddings and projects in queue, but thought I would start off with a lovely sunshine-y wedding from this past summer! I think it is the perfect antidote for the endless rain we have been dealing with lately. Not that I don't like the rain! I actually LOVE rain - the sound, the smell of the wet asphalt, the way everything looks so fresh the day after a good shower. But it can become a bit tedious for those of us who live in Southern California since we are so accustomed to beaches, sun and surf. :)
I also chose to share this wedding now because it has some details that I think are actually perfect for winter get-togethers! A smore's bar and favor boxes worked well for this June wedding with our outdoor fire pit and cozy lounge area. But I think they could work just as well for a winter holiday get together by the fireplace. What do you think?
Sharon and Jerry were one of the first clients to book So Happi Together services and they will always hold a very special place in my heart. They were married in June 2010 at the Temecula Creek Inn where we managed to fight wind and heat and come out with one of the most beautiful weddings ever! I actually knew Jerry through some friends in high school so the wedding day was extra fun because it was a reunion with many of my high school buddies (who comprised at least half of Jerry's groomsmen!). I did not meet Sharon until our very first consultation, but was smitten from the first minute. She is beautiful inside and out and a complete delight to work with! Sharon wanted her wedding day to have a feminine rustic feel that was not too stuffy because having fun with their guests was a main priority, and I think this was definitely achieved! :) When a wedding reception ends and the bride and groom, bridal party and friends go back to the hotel to finish celebrating the night away - you know you did something right. Sharon and Jerry were the ultimate hosts and the love for them and their union was overflowing that night. Despite the rain outside, revisiting their special day through these images as I put together this post make me feel warm and fuzzy all over. Hope they warm your heart as well!
Sharon's gown was a gorgeous Melissa Sweet creation purchased at a sample sale. She had it altered to fit and flatter her beautiful shape at Tomato Weddings!
Isn't she a gorgeous bride??! I love the detail of the bow on her gown.
And our dapper groom, Jerry. I love how happy he looks here as he gets ready to see his bride for the first time.
You know I love me a good and fluffy peony bouquet!
Above, we have the beautiful couple and below, the whole bridal party. The trees at this venue are simply awe-inspiring. Another example below!
Now on to some details! I love that her centerpieces were in galvanized tin buckets and each guest was given a s'mores "kit" as a favor. Each package held graham crackers, chocolates and marshmallows. Skewers were provided with each escort "card".
I made their bride and groom chair signs and other signage for their wedding day in order to create a cohesive look.
Sharon made the escort "cards" by placing tags on s'mores skewers, which we then placed into rustic wooden trays filled with moss. I brought some of my own items, such as this bird cage and apothecary jars for her s'mores station. I love when a bride and I have a similar aesthetic and I can "re-purpose" items from my own collection for her special day!
And finally, a shot of the outdoor evening celebration by the Stone Lodge. Once again, love those trees!