Alisa + Kyle wanted their wedding day to be an eclectic mix of Africa, adventure and 1920s French advertisements – love those combos! :) They decided that their napkins would be made from fabric they collected in Uganda and built the rest of the details around that. Their wedding day goal was to have the wedding a reflection of their relationship + values and wanted the day to feel relaxed yet meaningful + intimate for them and their guests. I would say from viewing the photos, that it was a big success! Thanks so much to Tyler Branch Photo for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Alisa + Kyle!
Isn’t Alisa’s dress stunning? She bought a vintage dress on ebay and her mother remade it into the gorgeous dress she is wearing. Amazing!
Alisa: The best part of getting married was the part where we actually got married! Our ceremony was absolutely perfect. Walking down the aisle and seeing everyone's happy faces. Seeing Kyle cry and smile and cry some more. Saying our vows and meaning every word. Committing our lives together. Becoming husband and wife! Being showered in lavender on our walk back down the aisle and not being able to stop smiling. It was my favorite! Breaking open our pinata and seeing how surprised our friends and family were was also pretty great. :)
Kyle: Basically what Alisa said and it was also nice to spend time with my groomsmen (my two best friends and my brother), talking about our relationships while enjoying some of the beer I brewed for the wedding. I loved seeing Alisa before the day started when the whole wedding party ate breakfast prepared by Alisa's sister at the Treehouse. I thought it would help calm me down, but I was still a weepy baby for our first look and when I saw her walk down the aisle.
Processional: Neighborhood 1 – Arcade Fire, Track 3 – Sigur Ros (bride)
Recessional: I Feel it All – Feist and Postcards from Italy – Beirut
First Dance: Wonderwall – Ryan Adams
Thrift stores are your friends. I made a photo inventory of all the things I thrifted and crafted which helped me keep track of what I had and let me share ideas easily with friends and vendors.
And their sweet wedding film by Aqua Vivus Productions!
Narrow down your vision: you can't include everything! Start early and pace yourself. Make lists and prioritize your projects. Find vendors that you click with and that understand your vision. Have a mom that can sew :) and amazingly sweet, creative friends. Hire a day-of-coordinator so you can fully enjoy your wedding day! The day of, take little moments to absorb everything around you and to recognize the significance of the day and the commitment you made. In the end, you really won't care if you finished all the projects you had hoped or if everything went as planned - the day will be perfect because you married the person you love!
photography: Tyler Branch Photo // venue: The Fallbrook Treehouse in Fallbrook, California // event planner: Just Wright Events // floral design: Gaye Boyer // wedding dress: vintage from ebay, remade by bride’s mother // hairpieces: Handmade by Sara Kim // shoes: Nora Lozza // hair: Meschelle Eagerton // groom suit: Indochino // cinematography: Aqua Vivus Productions // invitations + paper goods: Bride and Chase Keller // catering: MIHO Gastrotruck // cake: The Frisky Whisk Bakery // music: Jared Conrad
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