Handmade California Wedding: Dani + Dominic

bride and groom

Now that we’ve shared Dani + Dominic’s gorgeous engagement photos, it’s time to share their wedding! I love that Dani + Dom made almost everything for their day. Dani is wearing one of my most favorite dresses from BHLDN and her bridesmaids all wore gorgeous dresses from Free People. They did everything very untraditional including calling everyone a week before and changing the time of their wedding! The two of them love going on road trips and because of their many nights on the open roads, “Free” by Zach Brown Band became their anthem and first dance song.

Thanks so much to Closer to Love for the photos and congrats to Dani + Dom!

purple bouquet



BHLDN dress

BHLDN dress

BHLDN dress

ceremony sign

Processional: Stuck On You – Meiko

Recessional: All You Need is Love – the Beatles

First Dance: Free – Zach Brown Band





It was all so perfect! I don't know if I have a single favorite part...I really loved our reading of vows.

penguin ring bearer

bridal party



bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

yarn wrapped vases



butterfly mobile

How did Dominic propose?
We were on a road trip and it was a few days before my birthday. We were in St. Louis and the last day there we went to the zoo. Dominic and I are huge lovers of penguins because they mate for life, and in St. Louis, you can pay to do a backstage tour with penguins! So basically we met real live penguins, and he popped the question! Just me, him, our 2 penguin friends and Meg the trainer (but she walked away). haha. It was perfect and sweet.

penguin favors

just married

penguin cake toppers

first dance

Be yourself and don't plan your wedding to please your guests, plan it to please yourselves and you'll see how happy that makes everyone else.

photography: Closer to Love // venue: The Newland Barn Huntington Beach, California // event design: Bride and Groom crafted almost everything, antique displays from Timeless Love Events // day of coordinator: Ashley Garrett // wedding dress + hairpiece: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // groom suit: pants & shirt from GAP,  shoes from Converse // invitations + paper goods: Groom // catering: Panache // cake: Bride’s Godmother

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  1. Courtney @ Sweetchic on:

    I love the “Our Forever Begins Here” Sign. So lovely. And how cute are those little penguin cake toppers?!

  2. Beautiful wedding!! Love the penguin details.

  3. They look like MODELS!! Do beautiful, and they sound like super real genuine people. Thanks!

  4. I love Dani!!! I am so incredibly happy for them!!! Congratulations! :)

  5. So young and in love. Awesome.
    I enjoyed the unusual flower arrangements and vases

  6. The “our forever begins here” sign is fantastic!

  7. So lovely to see a bride making the boho look completely her own and rocking it, what a gorgeous couple and beautiful day!

  8. the couple is absolutely stunning!

  9. The stunning pictures absolutely tell us that how gorgeous the wedding is.

  10. I remember seeing their engagement shoot. These two are so cute. Love her dress and how non-traditional this wedding is. Congrats!

  11. Yes! Love these all :) I’m getting married in June and I have a blush dress and gold glittery flats! I’m in LOVE with them <3

  12. Love when couples completely run with their own theme. Awesome images and the aisle signage is so sweet!

  13. I love how you made majority of the things you had for your wedding! I also love how unique your wedding is because I can tell that it truly was specially designed just for the two of you! Congrats!


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