This editorial was most intriguing, not to mention so beautiful! Floral designers Sebesta Design, Kate Farley Design, and Cottage Flowers know how harrowing it can be when choosing the right person for the job to create the blooms for a wedding. To lend out a helping hand to couples in the process of selecting, these mavens of floral-making created a pretend set of criteria based on a faux couple’s color palette and style. From there, they let their imaginations run amok and the end results photographed by Redfield Photography turned into a dazzling editorial and the creations are nothing short of bliss!
I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.
As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.
As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.
There’s something about weddings with an exotic flair that makes my heart pitter-patter. This wedding, sent to us by Christa Rose of Floral Designs by Christa Rose is no different: hand-crafted boxes of succulents, bouquets of almost every color in the rainbow, and plentiful details alluding to the couple’s heritage. Plus, that venue? Sign me up for the next plane, please…
From Christa Rose of Floral Designs by Christa Rose:
Their wedding and reception took place at Casa Romantica, a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival estate overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in San Clemente, CA. The ceremony was out on the bluff with a long stretch of ocean and sunny skies as a backdrop. They had mariachis to serenade them down the aisle and into the reception – how awesome is that!
When Carmen first came to me, she knew her venue but didn’t quite know which direction to go in. As soon as she told me she liked succulents, the ball started rolling. She and her fiancé found unfinished planters boxes from IKEA and stained them a dark wood color to go with the beams and style of the Casa. The boxes were just perfect for succulents! I decided that it was more sustainable to plant the succulents rather than use cut stems for the centerpieces. This way, guests could take home the centerpieces and enjoy their beauty even after the wedding. I hosted a planting party and had a few of Carmen’s friends and family over to help with the centerpieces (wine was involved!). It was so much fun to get everyone involved in a hands-on project and even teach them some new things.
Carmen and I had discussed flowers and decor for the ceremony but decided to leave it as it was since the natural setting was already breathtaking. Carmen had the best attitude and was so easy to work with – she told me a bit of her style and let me run with it. I always get excited when brides let me do this because I can create something that is a little unexpected. I loved the boutonnieres – they were made up of succulents, craspedia (aka billy balls) and a single rose. I wrapped them all with burlap and tied them with raffia. They were the perfect complement to the rest of the wedding flowers.
From the bride, Carmen: Most of our inspiration for our wedding day was from Casa Romantica. We knew as soon as we walked in that this was the perfect venue for us! The Spanish feel it had and all the beautiful gardens, but most of all the VIEW… it was amazing. We really wanted to keep it simple with the decor and make it “us”. I knew as soon as I was engaged that I wanted to incorporate succulents as my centerpieces and our first DIY project was to make our centerpieces. We purchased planter wood boxes from IKEA and Elmer stained ALL the boxes. Our floral designer, Christa Rose, really helped put my vision together and did an amazing job with all the arrangements. I was sooo in LOVE with my bouquet. I couldn’t have done most of our DIY projects without our friends and family. My brother is an AMAZING artist and he created our guest sign in tree, for guest to “leaf us a note” when they entered the venue. He made a painting of “Dia de los muertos” for us as a present and we displayed it at our wedding. My sister purchased all the jaritos from Mexico and we used them as favors for guest to take home and had a Day of the Dead groom and bride by our cake. Other DIY projects we did were our escort cards, moss letter initials, table numbers and chalkboard menus.
I fell in love with my bracelet; I had been drooling over it online and finally had the guts to just purchase it from JCrew. I knew I wanted to wear flats, so I went with Steve Madden gold flats. My sister (MOH) gave me the flower that I wore in my hair which was from Mexico! Elmer is a die hard Dodger fan, so i thought he would love it for me to wear a Dodger garter that I purchased from Etsy.
My most memorable moment was our first look. We decided we wanted to see each other before the ceremony. Best decision ever… I was so nervous and as soon as I saw Elmer all my nerves went away. It was intimate and I also never thought that he would get teary eyed.
Advice for brides planning: I think the most important thing is to have fun with the planning process and relax! It doesn’t have to be so stressful. Hire a coordinator! I really think if I didn’t have a coordinator everything wouldn’t have run as smoothly as it did.
Wedding Vendors (San Clemente, CA):
Venue: Casa Romantica / Floral Designer: Floral Designs by Christa Rose / Wedding planner: In the Now Weddings / Wedding Photographer: Aaron Shintaku / Wedding Dress: Marisol / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Caterer: Iva Lees / Wedding Cake and Cookies: Groom’s Parents / DJ: Elegance Elegancia / Hair and Make-up: Beauty and the Beach / Bridesmaids’ dresses: J. Crew / Bridesmaids’ shoes: Steve Madden / Wedding Invitations and paper goods: Etsy & Paper Source
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Katie and Landon’s wedding is DIY heaven. She designed everything herself, and came up with an all around sweet and effortless look throughout the entire wedding day. I love the mix of fabric patterns – specially the groomsmen’s orange striped shirts. This cheery color palette will leave you longing for hot summer days! Thanks to Yasmin Khajavi for sending over this gem of a wedding.
Katie said: I wanted our wedding to be foremost about family, but to also be a really fun and comfortable atmosphere. I also wanted to do most of the decorating on my own, rather than hiring out, to give the day a more “homey” or handmade feel. I wanted soft colors, lots of fabrics, paper, and a good deal of storytelling (Landon and I were both journalism majors in college). I tried to combine the colors, fabrics and words to create fun decorations that our guests would remember.
We were married in the front yard of my parents home in Happy Valley, Oregon. I’ve always wanted to have an outdoor wedding, so when my parents moved 4 years ago into a home with 1.5 acres of land surrounding, I knew that was the spot. Having our wedding at home was not only meaningful, but very, very convenient. We didn’t have to transport any food or decorations, which made for a fairly simple setup and teardown process.
In terms of DIY projects, there were a lot! One side of our programs had the ceremony order and wedding party, and the other told the story of how Landon and I met and fell in love. I also did a bigger version of our “story” and had it set up during the reception. It was fun little detail that I think our guests enjoyed.
I wanted to stay away from the typical “2 wedding colors”-look, so I used different shades of gray, yellow, tangerine and a peachy pink as the focus for most of the decorations and flowers. The table flowers were all different colors, and I loved how organic and natural they looked.
One of my favorite details was incorporating our parents and grandparents’ wedding photos. I suspended them above the guest book table with painted dowels and ribbon.
My mom made dozens of batches of jam for our favors, and I painted the shelf they sat on. We went to Vermont for our honeymoon, which is why “Vermont Cotton Co.” was perfect on the shelf, which my sister found.
The guest book table had two typewriters that guests could use to type little notes to Landon and I! One of the typewriters belonged to my great aunt, who used it to type birthday letters to my siblings and I when we were younger. The other was given to me as a graduation present from my grandparents. It belonged to my great grandfather, and was made in 1925! I took them to a local typewriter shop before the wedding to have them checked out and to get the ink replaced. I printed a little “L&K” monogram on standard printer paper to use in the typewriters.
We served strawberry shortcakes instead of traditional wedding cake, which tasted delicious and looked beautiful! My mom, again, made the shortcakes and had a very able kitchen staff to execute the plating of them during the reception!
The story of the table flowers is one of my favorites from the entire planning process. My mother-in-law works at the local Curves and posted a flyer on the bulletin board asking women to drop off any cut flowers from their yards they were willing to donate on her porch. When she came home that night, her porch was overflowing with all different types of GORGEOUS flowers! Landon’s aunts and uncles arranged the flowers in glass jars, which were each painted with a table number and used as the centerpiece on each table.
My mom made the table runners and napkins (275 napkins!) as well as all the pennant flags, which my sister and I assembled.
Katie’s advice: Don’t be afraid to let go of traditions if you have ideas for making your day more meaningful. I’ve never liked the flower/garter toss at weddings, so I scrapped it altogether. Instead, I presented my bouquet to my grandma during the reception, which turned out to be a much more meaningful than the traditional flower toss. I also don’t like most wedding cakes and I really wanted to get fun with dessert. Strawberry shortcakes allowed us to bake and prepare them on our own (saving money) while also giving guests something different than any traditional wedding cake!
You can also see her equally adorable DIY wedding invitations here.
Wedding Vendors (Happy Valley, OR):
Photographer: Yasmin Khajavi / Dress: Bride’s mother, fabric from Mill End Store / Bride’s shoes: Gap /Bridesmaid dresses: Loft / Bridesmaid shoes: DSW / Bride and Bridesmaids’ earrings: Noon Designs / Bridesmaid necklaces: made by bride using ECAB tutorial / Groom’s suit: Overstock / Groomsmen’s attire: Old Navy / Groomsmen’s ties: Solid Color Neckties / Groomsmen’s shoes: Converse
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