California Gold Rush Wedding: Jeorgea + Aaron

mountains

Jeorgea + Aaron exchanged their vows in the most gorgeous outdoor setting, surrounded by California’s Seirra Nevada mountain range. But they had more than just an epic location in their favor. The day was heartfelt, relaxed and a perfect reflection of the two of them. From their row boat recessional, to their gold-rush inspired handkerchief invites, to the late night dance party that lasted well into the morning, it’s clear that Jeorgea + Aaron weren’t afraid to do their own thing and celebrate their love in an environment that felt right to them!

From Jeorgea, When it came time to choose our location for the wedding, neither of us could think of a more beautiful place than Sardine Lake, just a couple of miles up the road from where Aaron grew up. We had so much fun with the gold rush history of the area and it became the flavor of our whole party!

Big thanks to the very talented Jonas Peterson for the stunning images and congratulations to Jeorgea + Aaron!

car in the grass

mountains

mountains

lake

custom bandera

bridal party

wedding guests

drinks in boat


Such a dreamy location for a wedding!

ceremony on dock

ceremony on dock

ceremony on dock

ceremony on dock

Aaron: The two of us rowing away from a dock (that friends had built for the occasion) out into the lake at the end of the ceremony. It was a beautiful afternoon, and it felt like a perfect end to our ceremony. My view as we pulled away was of Jeorgea looking so amazing in her gorgeous dress with all of our friends and family on the shore in the background.

Jeorgea: We splurged on hiring an 8-piece, spectacular band to play our 3rd venue of the evening - a cinematic late-night dance party! El Radio Fantastique from Pt. Reyes Station played a show above and beyond our wildest dreams. One of my favorite moments of the day was here, at the end of it all... in this 1920's lodge in the woods in the middle of nowhere. At the end of their several sets, they really got down and all of our favorite people were stomping the floor as each of the 8 players paraded through the audience.

ceremony exit in canoe

ceremony exit in canoe

ceremony exit in canoe

woodsy groomsmen

bouquet

birde and groom

birde and groom


Jeorgea wore a beautiful, gold Monique Lhuillier dress (which she paired with some killer steel-heeled boots) and carried a bouquet of loosely tied wildflowers. Love everything about her look!

gold wedding dress

birde and groom

birde and groom

birde and groom

birde and groom

birde and groom

birde and groom

reception

cocktail foods


Their reception was held in the garden of a local saloon. Guests sat on hay bales + mingled underneath the glow of string lights as they dined on seasonal fare. Sounds like a beautiful evening, doesn’t it?

reception

fuits

photo booth

heart engraved in wood

chandeliers

bride and groom

dancing

dancing

Best thing we did was hire the incredible Jonas Peterson to shoot the day and invest in a local day-of wedding coordinator, Klytia Dutton.

Also, follow your instincts! Take all advice with a grain of salt - I followed my own non-traditional instincts throughout the planning process - everyone understood my vision at the wedding, but not necessarily along the way.

Lastly, we needed a lot of extra help setting up for the wedding. Our moms and a couple of closest friends really made it all come together in the 2 days leading up the the wedding.

photography: Jonas Peterson // ceremony: Sardine Lake Sierra City, California // reception: Sorracco’s Saloon + Gardens – ron@sorraccos.com // accommodations: Elwell Lakes Lodge // interior, event + wardrobe stylist: Jeorgea Beck // event planner: Klytia Dutton // floral design: Jean at Fourth St Flowers in Berkeley, CA // wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier // shoes: Guidi steel-heeled boots, purchased at Maxfield in LA // hair + makeup: Shawn Burke // groom suit: Al’s Attire custom tailor in SF // paper goods: Julie at Addison Endpapers in Berkeley, CA // cake: Instead of cake, we opted for hand-made truffles with gold-leaf from Buckaroo Chocolates // music: Dinner Reception, The Emily Haltom Trio, Late Night Dance Party, El Radio Fantastique // printing for bandanas: Ellens Silkscreening

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Whimsical Bridal Fashion Ideas

whimsical rocks bridal shoot

For all of you couples looking for some non-traditional attire options for your big day, this gorgeous shoot, captured by Evelyn Eslava Photography, is sure to provide you with some great ideas! The lovely bride rocked a gorgeous, boho-inspired look made up of a skirt from Free People, an Urban Outfitters blouse, and neutral heels from Nordstrom. It’s not only a super romantic ensemble, but it’s totally unique and affordable. I, for one, am head over heels for it!

whimsical rocks bride

whimsical rocks bridal shoot


Erika Eddington Flowers put together the loveliest bouquet, in dreamy shades of blush + pink, for the shoot. And a piece of chunky vintage lace acted as a perfect, casual bouquet wrap.

pink whimsical rock bouquet

whimsical rocks bridal shoot


The groom wore a stylish suit from Nordstrom, paired with an Express tie + shoes by Wolverine 1000-Mile Boots.

whimsical rocks bridal shoot

whimsical rocks bridal shoot

whimsical rocks bride

whimsical boutonniere

whimsical rocks bridal shoot

whimsical rocks bridal shoot


So, what do you think? Would you go for a whimsical, unique look like this for your big day?!

whimsical rocks bridal shoot

groom

whimsical ring

whimsical rocks bridal shoot

whimsical rocks bridal shoot

clear umbrella

clear umbrella


Thank you so much to the talented Utah-based wedding artists below for sharing this lovely inspiration with us today!

photography: Evelyn Eslava Photography // venue: Salt Lake City, Utah // florals: Erika Eddington Flowers // hair + make up: Chelsea Vuksinick // models: Katherine and Jedidah // groom’s suit: Nordstrom //  groom’s shoes: Wolverine 1000-Mile Boots // groom’s tie: Express // bride’s skirt: Free People // bride’s blouse: Urban Outfitters // bride’s shoes: Nordstrom

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Winter Berry Farm Wedding: Em + Mick

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Em + Mick tied the knot at Montrose Berry Farm in Sutton Forest, Australia with a beautiful celebration that had a super lovely, secret garden type vibe. They incorporated lots of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces + meaningful design elements to make the day a fun representation of their journey together. And the perfect floral design by Jardine Botanic really helped take things to another level and add to the garden-like feel. I just love all of the gorgeous + unique elements integrated into the free-flowing bouquets and arrangements. Lots of prettiness to pin + share with your floral designer! :) Here’s a bit more about the day from Em:

Getting married is an extraordinary thing, and it was important to us to create a sense of the ethereal for our wedding, to transport our guests into a somewhat surreal setting. It helped us to break out of our everyday drudgery and symbolized that something out of the ordinary was about to happen: the commitment of two people to one another for life’s journey. We both wanted to incorporate some of our happiest memories into our day. For me it was the joy of an easter egg hunt. Nothing thrilled me more than finding treasure as a child, so we hid chocolates in the trees. For Mick it was listening to his father’s records. His whole family is connected by music, so we played fantastic records and danced all night.

Big thanks to Lara Hotz for the gorgeous photos + congratulations to Em + Mick on a beautiful day!

camera clutch

romantic red bouquet


Em wore some of my fave shoes to date: super fun, glittery Kate Spade heels!

sparkle bow heels

first look

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

romantic red bouquet


And how much do you love her sparkly pink gown by Rachel Gilbert (which she had customized by Heavenly Collections)?! If you’re looking for a similar look, consider the Rachel Gilbert Isadora Gown at BHLDN.

romantic red bouquet

mismatched ceremony chairs

aisle flowers

vintage ceremony decor

vintage doors

vintage car

vintage car


The layered vintage rugs + mismatched seating gave the ceremony setting such a playful, eclectic feel.

flower petals and rug aisle

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

Processional: Dear Prudence – The Beatles

Recessional: I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles

First Dance: Real Love – Regina Spektor

confetti exit

confetti

bride and groom

romantic fur wrap bride

romantic fur wrap bride


Em’s bouquet formula: peonies, garden roses, pieris japonica, artichoke, ivy + amaranthus.

romantic red bouquet

bride and groom

vintage crates

vintage crates

reception

romantic centerpieces

mismatched chairs

amber colored glasses

hanging chandelier

vintage decor

romantic reception

romantic reception

romantic reception

Standing in front of the people most beloved to us and declaring our love for each other was incredibly powerful, and a moment that we will always treasure. Seeing Mick fling his crutches into the crowd so that he could 'dance' with me made me (and our guests) laugh. I saved a letter from a dear friend who couldn't be with us to read as I was getting ready, so that she was with me in spirit. In all honesty, we were blessed with memorable moments from start to finish.

first dance

flower crown

reception in the trees

cake with peonies

reception in the trees

bistro lights

dancing

theatre drapery


And don’t miss Em + Nick’s sweet wedding video by High Tea Films!

Before the wedding people were telling us both not to stress. That is the worst advice for any future bride; it's just not possible! I would tell brides to ensure that the plan works without you. Try to make sure that the running of the day involves themselves as little as possible. There are so many incredible moments to savour on your wedding day. The last thing you want to be doing is worrying about the small details.

photography: Lara Hotz // venue: Montrose Berry Farm Sutton Forest, Australia // event design: She Designs // event planner: The bride and groom // floral design: Jardine Botanic Floral Styling // wedding dress: Rachel Gilbert customized by Heavenly Collections // hairpieces: Heavenly Collections // shoes + clutch: Kate Spade // bridesmaid dresses: Forever NewWarehouseCoast // hair: Annie Johnson // makeup: Powderpuff Makeup Artistry // groom suit: Ted Baker and R M Williams // videography: High Tea Films // paper goods: Starry Nights Paperie // catering: PB Catering // cake: Alison Lawson Cakes // music: We Play Records // rings: Erstwhile Jewelry and Meege Louise // cars: The Vintage Factory // celebrant: Sue Jackman // emcee: Justin Buckingham

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