A Handmade Garden Wedding: Hallie + Luke

bride and groom

Hallie + Luke attended 21 weddings in the last 3 years (wow!), so once they became engaged they already knew exactly what type of wedding they wanted. They really just wanted to throw a big bash that their family + friends would have a blast at with the theme “True Love is a Big Deal”. Planning started at a quick pace for them as they had the venue – The Dana-Powers House – and date picked within 24 hours. Hallie is a graphic designer, so she knew she wanted to create a lot of the elements herself, but made sure to hire a planner (Alana from Love Me Simple) to handle the little details and set up for the day. Big thanks also to Cameron Ingalls for all the photos + congrats to Hallie + Luke!

silhouettes bride and groom

pink and red wedding ideas

pink and red wedding ideas

pink and red wedding ideas

pink and red bridesmaids dresses

pink and red bouquet

flower girls in lace dresses

wedding programs

Love the wooden sign they hung above the ceremony space with their motto – True Love is a Big Deal – that Luke’s Papa made.

true love is a big deal wooden sign

backyard wedding ceremony

true love is a big deal sign for ceremony

bridal party

bride and groom portraits

bride and groom portraits

bride with drink

From Hallie, We were fortunate to have the help of our family and friends who made so many details for the day: Luke’s Papa crafted a large wooden sign to hang over the gazebo, my Grandpa made our money tree out of manzanita branches, numerous aunts grandmothers and mothers made pies for our desserts, and my mom made an incredible topiary out of succulents for our escort cards. Everything was a big hit the day of the wedding, people most enjoyed the fabric flower corsages and boutonnieres we provided, the lounge area for our reception and our custom printed pint glass favors with cotton candy.

guest book table

reception decor with pool balls

reception decor with pool balls

backyard wedding

wedding cake with flags

pink flowers

thank you favors

Although in the end I think everyone’s favorite detail came long before the wedding, when we sent out our save the dates with an underwater engagement photo. The day was beautiful and went as smoothly as any wedding could go.

photographer: Cameron Ingalls // venue: The Dana-Powers House // event planner: Love Me Simple // floral designer: April Flowers // hair stylist: The Bladerunner Salon // caterer: Pacific Harvest Catering // dj: Goodbeat Productions // invitations + paper goods: Bride

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  1. I got married at the Dana Powers House and it was spectacular. Judy is the best!

  2. Hi Jen
    after 21 weddings i think i would have a pretty good idea on the do’s and don’ts. Joking aside this is a fantastic wedding very creative, you can tell the bride is very talented.

  3. super cute venue. love that silhouette frame.

  4. There isn’t one thing I don’t LOVE about this wedding :)

  5. Gotta love Alana she’s my fave ;)

  6. I get giddy every time one of my weddings is featured on GWS. LOVE the way you blog Jen! Thank you…. for reals.

  7. Such a cute couple! Love the “true love is a big deal” sign. Too great!

  8. Gorgeous wedding! I love the bride’s dress – where is it from?

  9. I love her dress, too!

  10. wow!! i am in love with those flowers. and that dress couldn’t be more perfect for her. what a lovely event!

  11. that sign is fantastic! what a lovely day

  12. What a beautiful wedding!! I’m having an outdoor wedding in June this year in Canada and I’m just wondering did this bride and groom have a back up plan for shade or rain over their dining area? We just don’t really know what to do, to book or not to book a tent that is the question. If not does anyone have any suggestions. We really don’t want the added expense and we just love the open feel. Many thanks. b

  13. Stunning wedding! Love all the details, really makes the day unique :)

  14. Great photography, like the tilt shift focus effect, nicely done.

  15. Absolutely insanely beautiful!!! I’m obsessed with that bouquet! And if my work didn’t block pinterest, I’d be pinning the whole thing right now! There’s always after work :)

  16. Love the flower girl dresses! Where are they from???

  17. So pretty! And I love the bridal party look. good for them :)

  18. And holy cow!!! Their engagement shoot? Brilliant. what a creative idea.

  19. Beautiful! I “pinned” your center pieces :) and where are your flower girl dresses from?

  20. That sign is identical to the one that was used in this wedding last year: http://jonaspeterson.com/wedding/wedding-nick-surya-basalt-colorado/
    i wonder if that couple decided to sell it, or sell the pattern for it to be cut by someone else?

  21. I was wondering the exact same thing as Sarah A. That Colorado wedding is an all time favorite of mine. I’d love to buy the pattern if it’s available.

  22. Love her dress too! Where is it from?!

  23. Gorgeous and beautiful wedding!A romantic wedding is absolutely beautiful memory every newlyweds would keep in whole lives.Best wishes!

  24. Hallie and Luke were a joy along with their families. A darling wedding. We loved being a part of their incredible day. Thank you too Green wedding shoes for doing what you do. We love being noticed!

  25. Lovely! I am also curious about the dress! SO perfect!

  26. What about the dress!! Haha glad I’m not the only one :)




  28. Does anyone know where the two light pink bridesmaids dresses are from?

  29. Hi everyone, thank you so much for all of the lovely comments!

    Thanks Stacy for posting about the girl’s dresses, I couldn’t remember exactly where you got them. My dress is Ramona Keveza 831, and I got it at preownedweddingdresses.com (such a good deal).

    @Sarah and everyone else who asked about the sign: I had seen that wedding on blogs in the past and filed away a photo of the sign. I traced the photo and then blew it up to the size we wanted. The sign was awesome and it now hangs over our bed.

  30. Oh, and one of the light pink dresses is from H&M and the other is from some small boutique store (the one with all the layers).

  31. Love all the little flowery accents. Beautiful images.

  32. I am pretty sure that this wedding has some of the most gorgeous flowers I have ever seen! And the colors and venue were pretty amazing as well! Congrats to the pretty couple! Such a special ceremony!!



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