California Handmade Wedding: Sandy + Jon

bride and groom

Sandy + Jon wanted their wedding day to be fun with tons of details that reflect the two of them. They love good food and that is where their inspiration came from – my kind of couple for sure! :) The big question for them was: what kind of food did they want to have at their wedding? Well, Jon always wanted to do a BBQ wedding with lots of other snacks + desserts so that is what they decided to do! They picked Phil’s BBQ (since it was a usual spot for them while they were dating) and the rest of the wedding unraveled from there! Sandy loves details also, so they included lots of sweet ones into their day such as the brown-bagged beers (what they drank on their first date), food booths (that Jon built himself!) and cute signs saying his and hers for all their food + activities. So fun! Congrats to Sandy + Jon and thanks to Sloan Photographers for the photos and to CCL Wedding for the planning + design!

yarn wrapped letters

cuff links

first look

There were two amazing moments for the both of us. Our first look was incredibly special. Seeing each other a few hours before we were husband and wife was priceless. Secondly, the same-day edit video by studio205 wrapped the entire day beautifully. Guests sat around us as we witnessed the entire day unfold on a screen. It made the wedding complete.

bride and groom


bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


lace umbrellas

outdoor wedding

flag wands

ribbon and bunting wall

ribbon and bunting wall

flower girl

bride walking down aisle



Processional: Before The Throne of God Above – Hymn

Recessional: He is Faithful – Torwalts

First Dance: You and Me – Penny and the Quarters


bride and groom

banner sign

chalkboard seating chart

wedding bag



outdoor reception

outdoor reception

vintage vases

banner sign

Aren’t the food booths Jon built so great! Great job Jon!! :)

lemonade stand



dessert bar


ice cream stand

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And their same day edit from Studio 205 Films!

Our wedding was the best day of our lives! Thank you to all our vendors, family, and friends for making the day so special for us. We are forever grateful.

Hire a coordinator. Better yet, hire my coordinator. Catherine was AMAZING. She made everything possible. I was often scared to do some of the DIY but she handled everything effortlessly. Meet and hire vendors you genuinely want to work with. This made everything so easy for us. We knew right away to hire Sloan Photographers because we felt like they were our good friends. We wanted to hang out with them all day! Also, HAVE FUN! Don't be so serious about the day. Relax and enjoy the entire process.

photography: Sloan Photographers // venue: Clarke’s Estate // event design +planning: CCL Weddings // floral design: Atelier Flower // wedding dress: Atelier by Dawn // shoes: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: Atelier by Dawn // hair + makeup: Nicole Deann // groom suit: Ben Sherman // cinematography: Studio 205 Films // invitations + paper goods: Ree Jae Chi // catering: Phil’s BBQ San Diego // cake: Friend of the Bride + Groom // music: Ross Creations

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  1. I think the light in the last picture is absolutly beautiful. Realy nice wedding, too

  2. love all their personal touches to the wedding. and yay for sloan photographers!

  3. So beautiful! Refreshing choice of colors

  4. I love the bridal bouquet, floral design and cake design! All other details are also beautiful.

  5. yay! Thank you for the beautiful feature! We are so incredible inspired by this couple and their love. Loved all the wonderful personal touches and details they added to their day! Congrats Sandy and Jon. xoxo

  6. any ideas where she got the grilled cheese bag made? i’m serving artisan grilled cheese at my wedding reception too and have been trying to figure out a sweet way to brand it…

  7. Love the wedding! Such perfect pallet of colors and such cute details!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

  8. Oh.. I love this blog! Our Civil Celebrant Louise Goodrem recommend we research for our wedding online… came across your site.. such a great resource.


  9. wonderful wedding! the details of “his & her’s is so creative and i love the corgi.

  10. Loved everything about this wedding. The video brought everything to life like you were watching a film. Incredible!


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