Eclectic Backyard Wedding: Star + Duncan – Part 1

bride and groom old truck

Today’s wedding is full of so many sweet handcrafted details and a fun, eclectric color palette. I’m totally in love with their style + sweet ceremony in the woods. I think Star explains it best, so I’ll let her talk about her day! :)

The moment we got engaged we knew we wanted a small wedding. However, that was going to be challenging for us as we both have such large families! We decided to meet in the middle with a private ceremony in the  Los Angeles National forest with our immediate family and closest friends and then we would continue the celebration at my grandparents house with a larger reception. Both of us are artistic and knew we wanted to do a lot of the details ourselves. I started crocheting tiny hearts and making fabric flowers. At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I knew they would be great for something! We spent many weekends at flea markets gathering vintage doilies that we could stamp for our private ceremony invites. There were many label stamping, utensil tying, pie baking and streamer making parties. A lot of the fun was having our friends and family come together to help create everything. Fortunately for us, our family is extremely eclectic and has collected some awesome furniture, stoves, bathtubs and small knick-knacks. We didn’t need to rent anything! Remember those crocheted hearts I was talking about? We used them for the family boutonnieres and as streamers along with doilies and twine. I spent a day hunting for old frames that my dad later converted into chalk board signs and one of my bridesmaids did all the calligraphy. She’s crazy talented!  We really didn’t have any color scheme or over all plan, we just made things we loved and hoped for the best!

Star + Duncan are photographers, so photography was super important to them and they knew they wanted to have Picotte Weddings photograph their wedding.  From Star, “Suthi’s work is beautiful, timeless and just plain awesome!!” I couldn’t agree more! Thanks so much Suthi for letting me share your gorgeous photos today!

teal bunting wedding invitations

red blue green bouquet


groom getting ready

groom getting ready

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

BHLDN heels

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

blue and red bouquets

bride and groom

bridesmaids in mis matched dresses

bridal party

Since the ceremony location was a surprise, the guests were shuttled in a baby blue vintage school bus. They all gathered under the oak trees for a short + intimate ceremony. Star walked down the aisle to their friend playing Rose of My Heart by Johnny Cash.

outdoor woodsy ceremony

outdoor woodsy ceremony

outdoor woodsy ceremony

outdoor woodsy ceremony

outdoor woodsy ceremony

When the ceremony was over, they exited to their friend’s rendition of Big Rock Candy Mountain. Then all the guests piled in the bus and went to the reception where they joined the rest of their friends + family for a wonderful Mexican feast and danced the night away. Stay tuned for part two with their reception + lots of sweet crafted details! :)

photography: Picotte Weddings // florist + styling: Peony & Plum // wedding coordinator: Events by Heather Ham // hair + makeup: Fiore Beauty // venue: Private Residence // furniture: Collected from Friends and Family // mini pies + desserts: Homemade by the Bride & Bridesmaids // printables, garlands, signage & crochet hearts: Handmade by the Bride // chocolate mustaches: The Frosted Petticoat // bride’s dress: BHLDN // bride’s shoes: Seychelles // taco cart: Friend of the Family // ceremony music + first dance:  A friend, Kyle Logan // groom’s shoes: Flea Market Find // groom’s jacket, jeans + shirt: H&M, Levi’s & Urban Outfitters //

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  1. I love the secret reception location idea! Nothing ruins a vintage serene setting more than a Hummer H2 with 24inch rims parked in the grass. Love this!

  2. wow love the location, it’s quite unique and unexpected, love his socks! Love her natural look, it’s just beautiful. Something to remember :)

  3. This wedding was by far one of the most unique and fun weddings I have had the pleasure of helping with. Star and I had worked together on a few projects & weddings and I was humbled that she asked me to be her planner on the day of. It was an absolutely personal wedding that said “Star & Duncan”. It was so “them”. Star, love you lots and thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!!!

  4. This is such a unique wedding! The bright color scheme adds so much fun while the handcrafted details provide that down to earth feel! Every element within this wedding is absolutely beautiful!

  5. We feel so lucky that our chocolates were a part of this deliciously delightful wedding! Doesn’t event planner Heather Ham & Picotte Photography do an amazing job?!

  6. lovely wedding, her shoes were amazing, very intimate and sweet ceremony! congrats!

  7. Where in L.A. was the ceremony held? I also want to have my ceremony in the woods with the reception at my future FIL’s house. However all the pretty locations I’ve found so far are too far of a walk from the parking area for my grandparents. I actually live right by Montrose so the location in this wedding looks like it could be perfect! Any help would be great.

  8. I am blushing from all of your sweet comments!

  9. This wedding makes my heart hurt a little. When I say our families are huge, I mean HUGE. I wanted a backyard wedding so bad, but it was not to happen. Oh well. There is still mad awesome happening.

    This one, though – the colors, the shoes, the trees, the decor – it is perfection. Every detail. These two are so sweet together, too.

  10. i love every single thing about this wedding! awesome awesome awesome!


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