The artistic vibes are strong with newlywed couple Annie + Luke. Luke is a drummer in several different punk bands. Annie is a jewelry designer and, since finding a calling while creating many elements of her own wedding day, a wedding event designer and florist now, too! (Check out her Sonoma County-based event & floral design company, Two Darlings Creative.)
The two live on a gorgeous 3-acre farm property in Northern California that once belonged to Annie’s grandparents. “Without a doubt, we knew we wanted to get married on our property, honoring the nature and wildlife that surrounds us,” the couple says. So, with a rustic, ethereal, outdoor vision, Annie took on the roles of planner, event designer, AND florist for their big day and set out to DIY almost every detail of the ceremony and reception.
Mother Nature must have known Annie + Luke were making her a big part of their celebration because the weather was beautiful. Photographer Phil Chester was there to catch every delicate, thoughtful detail of this sunny wedding day!
We’re digging the the old-world feel of these pale pink and off-white invitations by The Knot.
Annie went for a sheer-bodice, plunge-neck tulle and lace gown from Willowby by Watters. We are so in love with the dreamy, romantic, a-line silhouette. And those delicate beaded lace earrings that bride Annie (you may know her as Annie M. Jewelry) designed HERSELF are perfection with the lace details of her dress.
A first look with your bridesmaids always leads to the sweetest photos.
These gorgeous embroidered bridesmaid dresses are by Needle & Thread. Take a look at our favorite rose gold bridesmaid dresses and our list of the best blush wedding dresses if you feel like you might also need some pinks in your bridal party palette.
Annie’s here to remind every DIY-loving bride that you can’t do everything. While Annie did the florals for most of the wedding, her beautiful dusty pink bouquet was the work of by Feather Flower Farm.
Annie + Luke made this welcome sign out of a vintage picture frame. Peep the pink flowers spilling out of the vintage dresser drawer—one of Annie’s favorite floral touches.
Another fun DIY detail? These paper cones made of recycled sheet music holding dried flower petal confetti to toss at the end of the ceremony!
“My intention was to keep the ceremony space simple,” says Annie, “with rustic benches, muted bohemian rugs, and a stunning old window frame that we created into an arch-like backdrop.”
Our Musical Choices
Processional: Original acoustic guitar song by the groom.
Recessional: "Come and Get Your Love" by Redbone
First Dance: "True Love Will Find You In The End" by Daniel Johnston (covered by Headless Heroes)
Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding
Annie - "Walking down the aisle with my dad as Luke played guitar to me, surrounded by all our loved ones!"
Luke - "Seeing Annie for the first time - most beautiful sight I’ve ever seen."
We love Annie’s cathedral-length veil. Simple at the top, beautiful lace along the bottom. The best of both worlds, veil-wise! Take a peek at our favorite veils for every bridal style for more inspo.
Annie + Luke pushed their vintage Mercedes into the middle of their field so they’d have the perfect spot for portraits!
Luke’s all-black suit by StudioSuits brought in some of his punk rock flair. Also, how great are Annie’s suede lace-up ankle boots?? Love the outdoorsy edge they added to her delicate lace gown. Grab this similar pair if you’re digging them too!!
“My favorite lounge area was the antique brass bed that we set up under our oak tree,” says Annie. “We covered the bed in layers of lace and added romantic florals. I wanted this to feel ethereal and magical, and I think we achieved just that! The bed acted as a lounge and photo area for our guests during cocktail hour, while we were taking our photos as newlyweds!”
“We had a year and a half to plan, and in that time we collected what seemed like a million treasures,” says Annie of their whimsical, DIY, cottage core reception. “I love the mismatched aesthetic and knew I wanted our tables to look like an elegant vintage dream. We painted 60 worn-out chairs in pretty pastel shades and re-upholstered cushions with fabric from Luke’s Grandma.”
“My mom, aunt, mother-in-law, and I thrifted stacks of beautiful antique dishes, teacups, and glasses.”
“I created floral sage bundles with dried roses and lavender for our favors. We hand-wrapped them with velvet ribbon and attached name tags so everyone could find their seat. These created such a lovely finishing touch to our tables, and ended up being one of our most cherished details of the day!“
The shabby-chic vintage-dresser-turned-bar was another favorite element. Thrifting and repurposing so many parts of the day is great way to keep the environmental impact of your wedding low. Check out some other ideas for planning an eco-friendly wedding.
Annie filled the shelves with vintage glassware. Dried orange wedges and sprigs of lavender helped set the stage for their signature Paloma cocktail.
This glorious wedding cake covered in fresh floweres was the work of Criminal Baking Co.
You better believe punk rocker Luke was on the drums!!
Our Advice To Those Planning Now
Work together and prioritize what truly inspires you!
A final thought from the bride: “It is the most surreal and beautiful feeling to be standing across from the love of your life, surrounded by all your friends and family, saying I do – and then to follow that with dancing, festivities, and celebration, it’s truly unlike anything else.”
We love that planning her own wedding led Annie to unlock her passion for wedding florals and to create Two Darlings Creative. What a beautiful, rustic, rock and roll day!! Congratulations, Annie + Luke! All the best from GWS!
photography: Phil Chester // venue name: couples home, Sebastopol, CA, USA // event design: Two Darlings Creative // planning: Bride / Two Darlings Creative // florals: Two Darlings // wedding dress: Willowby by Watters // bridesmaid dresses: Needle & Thread // groom attire: StudioSuits // paper goods: the knot // handmade details: sage bundle favors by Annie M. // catering: Hurias // cake: Criminal Baking // music: Swingin' Utters // officiant: Melissa Rose // bride + bridesmaid earrings: Annie M. Jewelry // bridal bouquet + table centerpieces: Feather Flower Farm