This Couple Surprised Their Guests With a Music Festival Wedding!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

This couple went ALL out for their big day…or big weekend, we should say! Sara and Jacob decided to have a family-only ceremony a few days before their three-day music festival, called “Coopfest”! Sara is the owner of OneLove Photography (who we’ve featured quite a few times here on GWS!) and was gracious enough to want to share her wedding with us first! The theme was floral, bold and playful. One thing you should know about Sara is she’s a BIG-time prankster, so of course, one of their celebration days was on April Fool’s!

“We pranked all of our guests with a welcome bag with a note that we’d be flying everyone on a helicopter to a new location for our event… on a yacht! NOPE. Fooled ya!! Haha! Everyone was living in suspense all night for when the next prank was going to drop – it was cracking Sara up to keep everyone nervous all day.”

This is possibly one of the most unique wedding celebrations we’ve seen… (cue the music festival, donkey appearance, and fun filled pinata!!) …and we just know you guys are going to love it. Let’s take a look at this couple’s exciting wedding weekend captured by photographer Katch Silva!

CoopFest 2022

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Stationery
Surprise Music Festival Wedding Stationery

Guests were greeted with the cutest custom totes filled with all the music festival essentials! Water, candy, a “festival” itinerary…and a hangover kit! How cute!

“Instead of a basic Welcome Bag with a Schedule Of Events, we designed a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ program for the weekend with a myriad of activities to experience in Petaluma.”

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Bride

This handcrafted bridal gown was custom made by Rebecca Schoneveld and looks absolutely beautiful!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

The bride’s flower petal shoes from Diane Hassal were custom designed with Diane, the designer herself!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Groom Suit

Saying ‘I Do’

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

The most beautiful ceremony full of gorgeous florals by Mae’s Flowers Sonoma!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

Sara loves playful and wild fashion and wore several incredible dresses throughout the weekend – two were even custom designs! Just wait until you see the last one of the night which is a fusion between a mermaid and flamenco dancer… so wild!

Jacob had all of his outfits custom tailored by Al at Al’s Attire. Fun fact: Al grew up in the Mission District with Carlos Santana, and tailors Santana’s outfits….very cool with the musical theme coming through even in the couple’s outfits!

Let the Festival Begin!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Reception Entrance

The start of a great weekend is about to commence! Guests had a fun set of rules to follow and a great lineup of music!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

Personally, we are big fans of rule #2!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding
Surprise Music Festival Wedding

“We both are passionate about music, and love creating interactive experiences for our friends. We love playing games with our friends, hosting sushi parties, and Iron Chef cooking competitions. So, for our big wedding weekend, we knew that we wanted to keep our event far from traditional. No bridesmaids or groomsmen, just dancing and having fun with our friends.”

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

We love all the personal touches Sara and Jacob sprinkled throughout! Like these fun custom temporary tattoos by Lili Mandril!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Live Band

“We surprised all of our guests with a music festival in Petaluma! We told our guests to come and be ready for surprise appearances from a number of bands all day – from 12pm-1am!”

Surprise Music Festival Wedding
Surprise Music Festival Wedding Donkey

The couple are huge animal lovers, so they chose a venue which is a non-profit dedicated to improving children’s lives through their interaction with animals and nature. They even brought in a sweet donkey to join the party and celebrate during the event, carrying a basket of champagne to share with their guests.

Surprise Music Festival Wedding
Surprise Music Festival Wedding

The couple told guests to “Bring the razzle-dazzle” and dress in colorful and wild attire! We love a creative guest attire request!

The Colorful Celebration

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Cocktail Napkins

The cutest cocktail napkins with fun facts about the couple is a fun personal touch!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding
Surprise Music Festival Wedding

We curated the food to be similar to a music festival with food stations. We love food and beverage pairings so we’ve paired every bite with a suggested drink to maximize the experience.” So creative!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Bar
Surprise Music Festival Wedding Bar

An Outfit Change! …Think Pink!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Bride

We said there’d be color! The second custom dress the bride rocked was custom made by Rebecca Bunker which she paired with the cutest ‘wifey’ hair pin by Stella and Ruby!

Looking for fun hair accessories to spruce up your bridal look? GWS has all your hair needs covered!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Pink Dress
Surprise Music Festival Wedding

We LOVE a bridal boot moment! These sequin beauties are from a Momo x Free People collaboration!

Let There Be Cake

Surprise Music Festival Wedding
Surprise Music Festival Wedding Pinata
Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

One of our favorite memories from Coopfest was cracking open the GIANT cake-shaped piñata in front of our friends. Who needs a cake cutting these days? Bor-ing!! I filled the pinata with $2 bills and lotto tickets. Everyone went nuts.

Surprise Music Festival Wedding
Surprise Music Festival Wedding

One of our guests said ‘Sara, I feel like your brain exploded and we’re all living inside of it! This is SO FUN!!!'”

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Live Band

“We hid each band in different locations of the property, and after one band finished playing, a door would open to surprise our guests with a new band playing in another location! This seamless timing of musical transitions was genius management from Brianna and the team at Reed and James Events. High Fives!”

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Surprise Music Festival Wedding Dance Floor

“One of Sara’s close friends is the lead singer for a well known 80’s cover band called Tainted Love so we knew we had to have them play for us among other bands. Each band we hired is a part of our story (we love Chicago, so we hired a band that we met in SF that specializes in Chicago Blues; our favorite local bar in SJ has one of the best R&B and hip hop bands in the Bay, Alliance, who will be playing for us as well).”

Surprise Music Festival Wedding Live Fire Show
Surprise Music Festival Wedding Live Fire Show

Just when we thought the couple was out of surprises…they brought out a fire dancer for all their guests!

Mr. & Mrs. Cooper

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

This gorgeous black and pink dress is from For Love and Lemons!

Surprise Music Festival Wedding

A huge congratulations to Sara and Jacob on your wedding of a lifetime! We wish you endless happiness!

Post Divider Line

photography: Katch Silva // venue name: Private Estate, Petaluma, Sonoma County, CA, USA // event design: Reed and James Events // planning: Reed and James Events // florals: Mae Flowers // wedding dress: Brides on Hartz // wedding dress boutique: Brides on Hartz // hairpiece: Colette & Co // bride's ring: Joe Escobar Jewelry // getting ready robes: BHLDN // hair stylist: Elizabeth Chang // makeup artist: Elizabeth Chang // groom attire: Al's Attire and Paul Fredrick // groom's shoes: Al's Attire // groom's ring: Joe Escobar Jewelry // handmade details: (Banners on Donkey) Brianna at Reed and James Events // catering: Girl and the Fig // desserts: Girl and the Fig // tabletop rentals: Encore Event Rentals // furniture rentals: Encore Event Rentals // linen rentals: BBJ La Tavola // specialty rentals: Little Burro Events // music: DJ: Wayne Noel // lighting: Twiling Design // Bluegrass Trio: Tony Glaser, Erik Yates and Anton Patzner // Chicago Blues Band: MT & The Wolves // 80's Cover Band @taintedloveband: Tainted Love // Hip-hop Band: The Illiance // signage: Blushtype

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