Dreamy Northern California Farm Wedding: Nelly + Michael

barn wedding

Nelly + Michael’s gorgeous Nor Cal farm wedding is truly the stuff of dreams! It was rustic and beach-y with the most perfect coastal views, and every little detail was such a beautiful reflection of the two of them. These guys fell in love over multiple summers of fishing up in Alaska, so that part of their lives really became the base for their wedding design + ideas. They made all of the decorations together, hand-painted their wedding invitations – and even caught the salmon they served for dinner! Talk about making every detail thoughtful + personal. We’re dying to hear more about how they tied Alaska into their celebration, so we’ll let Nelly take it from here:

The inspiration for our color palette came from a camping trip in central Alaska in the fall. I saw such beautiful natural tones of dark red wild cranberries, gold autumn leaves, blueberries and green moss that I wanted to interweave into our fall wedding. This woodland autumn theme also carried into the little wool mushrooms I hand felted for the table centerpieces, inspired by the colorful mushrooms found in the woods in Alaska. I wanted our wedding to have an organic, natural and simple style that reflected our story and the adventures we have been on together. We also wanted our wedding to have a relaxed feel with delicious local food and good music.

Big thanks to Kate Harrison for sharing these stunning images of Nelly + Michael’s day with us!

greenery invitation


rustic bouquet with ribbon


lace dress

The bridesmaids were decked out in the most ethereal gold Anthropologie frocks!

bridesmaids belt

rustic bride


ceremony sign

Processional: Acoustic music preformed by The North Pacific String Band

Recessional: Caravans – Van Morrison

First Dance: Fishin in the Dark – The North Pacific String Band




Our most memorable moment of the day was the ceremony. We held the ceremony up in a eucalyptus grove above the farm fields. It was so peaceful and serene with a view of the ocean that made it a very special spot. Michael’s good friend performed the ceremony making it a personal, intimate, and beautiful moment.




wedding party



flower crown

Garlands, lanterns + whimsical bunting? Yes, yes + yes. We love it!

bride in barn

seating chart

rustic reception


custom jam favors

glass dome centerpiece



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vintage camera


This vintage hutch, filled with cakes by Gayle’s Bakery, really could not be sweeter!


doll cake toppers

bride and groom

rustic wedding

bride and groom

Enjoy the moments you get to be with all of the people that came to celebrate with you. One of the best parts I enjoyed about our wedding is that we designed it around the weekend, not just the day. We had so many people coming from far away we wanted to enjoy as much time with them as we could. The night before the wedding, we had a meet and greet party that gave us more time to be with all of our guests.

photography: Kate Harrison // venue: Green Oaks Farm and Retreat Center Pescadero, California // event planner: Bride and Cera Singley Events // floral design: Bride with local farmer’s market flowers //  wedding dress: Epiphany Bridal // shoes: Pikolinos // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie // hair: Julianna Dixon // make up: Nikol Elaine // groom suit: J.Crew // paper goods: designed by the Bride // catering: Roli Roti, Central Coast Catering // cake: Gayle’s Bakery // music: North Pacific String Band // cake topper: Concarta

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  1. absolutely love the details in this wedding! thank you so much for sharing!

    The New Mrs. Hamilton

  2. Those gold bridesmaids dresses are fabulous!! And I think that may be the most sweetly decorated rustic altar I’ve seen yet.

  3. Adore the bunting !!! and the oysters look divine..

  4. Loving everything about this beautiful wedding. Gorgeous, golden happiness!

  5. Yippeee! Oh how I love Nelly + Michael. Their celebration was so special. Thank you for the feature!

  6. What a gorgeous wedding! We are honored that we were a part of such an organic and green wedding! Congratulations, again, to Nelly & Michael! What an amazing couple!

  7. How absolutely charming and romantic. I am looking at having my wedding here as well. Curious if you stayed in the yurt over the weekend.


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