A Wedding Among the Redwoods: Laina + Jeremy

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Laina + Jeremy grew up in the Santa Cruz Mountains so they knew they had to get married underneath the redwoods. In fact, they were actually high school sweethearts who remained friends, but reconnected as a couple and got married 11 years later! Love that. :) They pictured their entire wedding outside with redwoods and lots of candles + cafe lights. And lucky for them, one of Laina’s best friends parents offered their beautiful home as their venue! Jeremy then worked for months to transform a bumpy redwood grove into a beautiful flat ceremony venue in the middle of a forest. Their wedding was full of handmade details – including lots of paper flowers, the ribbon backdrop and more – and felt like a beautiful backyard party which is exactly what they imagined.

Thanks to Sun and Life Photography for the photos and congrats to Laina + Jeremy!

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paper flower bouquet

paper flower bouquet

peach bridesmaids

paper flower bouquet

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Processional: Only Exception – Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: Feel So Close – Calvin Harris

First Dance: Free – Zach Brown Band

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

It is really hard to pick just one favorite memory of the day, the whole wedding was so memorable. Writing and reciting our own vows to one another for the first time during the ceremony, walking down the aisle and seeing the faces of all our favorite people with tears in their eyes, having friends and family who came from as far as Australia, China, Hawaii and Wisconsin was amazing! And last but not least, the massive dance party and people saying to me the next day "that was the most fun we've ever had at a wedding!" really made all the hard work pay off. It was a day we will never forget. I wish we could do it every month! ; )

bride and groom

bride and groom

blue tables

blue and red


One of my favorite details of our wedding is that my dad made 200 gorgeous white vases for the centerpieces and for our guests to take home as a gift. My mom, with a little help from friends made over 200 paper roses to put in the vases.

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My advice for future planners would be to pool your resources! We were working with a small budget so we had to get creative and utilize the people in our lives based on their talents, abilities, connections, etc. Then we delegated jobs to friends and family who could help. We feel so lucky to have so many talented people in our lives that helped us achieve our vision for the wedding.

The day goes by SO fast. Be present and take time to look around and enjoy it. Let everything go on the day of the event, at this point whatever happens will be great because you worked so hard to get to there. Look each other in the eye during the ceremony, speak slowly and take deep breaths. Eat dinner, dance a lot, and smile! because everyone who is there to celebrate with you all love you so much and have been a part of the journey that has led you to the person you are today!

photography: Sun and Life Photography // venue: Private Residence, Santa Cruz Mountains, California // centerpiece vases: Stan Welsh Ceramics // wedding dress: Sarah Seven // hairpieces: Twigs & Honey // shoes: Mix No. 6 (for pictures) & Seychelles- Point of No Return (for dancing) // hair + makeup: Holly Ashley @ Studio 3, Sacramento // groom suit: Men’s Warehouse & the Tie Bar // invitations + paper goods: Envelopments, designed and assembled by Bride // catering: Hector Quiroz Catering // cookie bar: Pacific Cookie Company // music: Santa Cruz DJ Company, Trevor Williams

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySun and Life Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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California Backyard Wedding: Matt + Paul

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For Matt + Paul, it was important that their day felt very personal – and more like an elegant party than a commitment ceremony. I love that they handed out flasks after the ceremony for the walk from the church to house – along with colorful parasols. How fun! And speaking of fun, just love their bow ties + converse sneakers! :) They also choose to skip the traditional first dance and cake cutting in favor of spending more time with their guests. Thanks so much to Caroline Tran for the photos, LVL Events for the lovely event design and congrats to Matt + Paul!

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bow tie

bow tie

house

chapel


Our pre-church music was a playlist created by us both that contained our favorite songs (suitable for such an event) and was timed to reach a crescendo as we entered the chapel. Our vows were a surprise to each other yet very specifically intimate – we knew we represented the other well by the laughs we each got at the joke lines (why do vows have to be JUST serious when we’re all combos of serious and silly in our day-to-day lives?). I (Paul) really wanted a retro recessional (and NOT the wedding march), so we opted for a portable turntable playing Love’s Theme. 

parisols

Well, after the vows themselves, seeing the house transformed into such a lovely gathering space. Matt’s aunt has commented that, for her, the most memorable moment was when they were waiting in the church after family photos and it was pretty quiet and then, suddenly the back church doors opened and the sun streamed in and a parade of the colored parasols and folks in suits and dresses and bow ties and plaid shorts sauntered in with a palpable energy of excitement and merriment. Unfortunately, we missed seeing that.

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record

backyard wedding

orange florals

wooden table numbers

backyard wedding

wedding food

Start as early as possible, but don’t get tied down to your initial wants – it’ll all change up to the minute it's over.

photography: Caroline Tran // venue: Little Brown Church Studio City, California and The Ethel House // event design + planning: Courtney Caplin Cotter of LVL Events // rentals: LA Party Rentals and Classic Party Rentals // floral design: Meghan Fickling // shoes: Custom Converse sneakers, color coordinated to our suits // groom attire: Brooks Brothers (suits, bowties and shirts) // invitations + paper goods: Paper Source // catering: Elements, Onil Chibas // cake: Susie Cakes // music: Morganne Picard

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Runaway: A Pop Up Wedding

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Torn between having a lovingly hand-crafted dream wedding, and saving some cash and (and sanity!) by eloping with your sweetheart? Thanks to some of the raddest artists in the wedding world (including Sitting in a TreeRad + In LoveYeah! RentalsPitbulls and PosiesBloem HillA MIHO experience, and The Hostess Haven), you can now have both!

Here is how it works: A steller group of wedding artists are offering a pop up wedding venue in place of running away to vegas or city hall

They provide: a hand crafted and styled venue, celebratory cocktails and pre ceremony apps, a mini bouquet, photography coverage of your ceremony & a portrait session, a private wedding ceremony with officiant, live music, and downloadable announcements so you can tell everyone what it is you crazy kids have gone and done.

You bring: yourself and your fiance, a marriage license (vow renewals and same sex unions welcome!), up to 12 of your favorite witnesses, some killer style, and all the love you got.

Love the inspiration board below? Then this just might be for you! More info at Runaway: A Pop Up Wedding or ask them questions at hello@runawaypopup.com

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