Carrie was a DIY bride who chose to use lanterns for centerpieces and lighting through café lights hung overhead as most of the decor at her father’s home in Chatsworth, CA. Carrie and Andrew did decide, however, to hire a professional to do the personals (bouquets, corsages & boutonnieres). We were thrilled they came to us to help with those key pieces. All of the photographs were taken by Gabriel Boone Photography. Photos were taken at Orcutt Ranch and the home of Carrie’s father.
The bouquets were soft and ethereal in shades of peach, white and green. They had a fresh California feel with eucalyptus leaves and succulents, including the bride’s favorite: strings of pearls. We also incorporated peach Juliet garden roses, as well as soft white lisianthus, white and peach stock, and spray roses.
Carrie, being a DIY bride, opted for a less traditional look for her bridesmaids (all sisters of the bride or groom) and let each girl pick their own peach hued dress with matching accessories. Each of the bridesmaid’s bouquets was a similar look and feel to the bride’s.
The groom donning a J Crew suit sported a boutonniere of peach spray roses and eucalyptus wrapped in hemp twine. The look for the groomsmen, was similar to the ladies, in that each one got to pick their own outfit, with either a vest or suspenders. The boutonnieres for the groomsmen and the fathers were kept simple with succulents also wrapped in twine.
We asked Carrie what her favorite elements of the wedding day were; here’s her answer: “So difficult to choose! Highlights were: Singing at the top of our lungs with my sister in the car, “I can hear the bells” from Hairspray, to release some nervous energy. Definitely walking down the aisle, I surprised myself with how emotional it was! I also loved some of the unplanned moments, like hearing one of our favorite songs playing right when we were walking out for dinner– (the Bee Gee’s To Love Somebody). Towards the end of dinner (we had family-style thai food!) there were fireworks in the neighborhood– unrelated to us but it felt appropriately celebratory for how I was feeling in that moment. I was so glad that we skipped the traditional cake and went with donuts from our favorite local shop, Earl’s. Everybody could just grab one and get back to the dance floor. Our wedding dj also surprised us with a dance remix of one of my all-time favorite songs, Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al”. I remember Andrew and I were dancing barefoot in the grass to it and thinking that it doesn’t get any better than this. The advantage of having your wedding in your Dad’s backyard is that you don’t have an end-time! We left around 3:30am and our friends stayed and danced until 4am! Knowing that everyone enjoyed the night as much as we did was the icing on the cake!”