In-Home and Bernal Heights San Francisco Engagement Shoot.
Intimate Winter Wedding at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, Los Angeles, CA.
Kate and Joe did something daring: they planned a wedding in their own backyard! Months were spent months planning, preparing, stringing lights and decorating the terraced backyard, turning it into the perfect intimate venue. You'd never know that dinner was served in what is usually a driveway!
Kate and Joe also involved their cats in the day, which is all it takes to steal my heart. After getting ready at their house we headed to the amphitheater at the UC Botanical Garden, a forested wonderland complete with intimate seating and towering trees. Friends and family performed the ceremony, starting off with a musician-lead processional onto the stage! The reception at their house involved amazing tacos, music by friends, and a porch dance party into the evening.
Ceremony: UC Botanical Garden Redwood Grove
Reception: Kate's house!
Kate's dress: Needle & Thread | Heels: Nina | Sandals: Dolce Vita
Joe's suit: Banana Republic | Tie: Brooks Brothers
Rings: Brilliant Earth
Bridesmaid Skirts: Jenny Yoo
DJ: Ivy Hill Entertainment
Florals: D'Jour Floral of Kensington
Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Rebecca Robles
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Kate & Joe's wedding had all of my favorite things: creative thoughtful touches, cats galore, their actual home as a venue, mismatched bridesmaid skirts, and a whole lot of belly laughs. As Kate said during dinner, "I can't believe you are all eating dinner in my parent's driveway!" And we can't forget the ceremony was at an amphitheater in the redwoods (across from a cactus greenhouse, no less!). Their friends & family were extremely involved in the planning & execution of this event, which really shone throughout the day. If you're looking to host your own wedding, this is certainly one to go by.
Leah and Ben love to be outdoors. You can always find them hiking or exploring somewhere -- Ben even proposed to Leah on a hike at Crater Lake! Their wedding was a total reflection of their outdoorsy side and their strong nature-driven aesthetic. Rocks and geodes were collected months in advance, jam favors were prepared at home, and a "La Croix rainbow" kept everyone hydrated on the hot day. The venue's neighbors even had some perfect hay bales to complete our rural photo adventure!
Most importantly, Leah and Ben's network of friends and family really brought the day together. From sign-making and table-decorating to a 16-person wedding party (plus kids!), the love was strong at this wedding. Through all of this, their relationship shone through, with perfect vows and constant side-glances. Their first year of marriage involves some grad school long-distance, but these two can conquer it without a hitch.
Venue & Florals: Jasper House Farm
Leah's Dress: Tadashi Shoji at | Shoes: Steve Madden
Ben's Suit: J Crew | Shoes: Nordstrom
Bridesmaids dresses: Azasie
Groomsmen suspenders: Suspender Store | Pants: JCPenney
Rings: Beaudet Jewelry
Flower Girl dresses: Zulily | Ring Bearer outfits: Old Navy
Stationery: Customized from Paper Dainty templates
Desserts: Market of Choice (cake) | Red Wagon Creamery (ice cream)
Catering: Party Downtown
Makeup: Lavish Boutique
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