Today’s styled shoot is everything I love about weddings. The most gorgeous woodland setting, stunning...
Happy Monday everyone, I do hope you had a good bank holiday weekend? How was your VE Day celebration? Ours was lovely. I had the best bank holiday I have had for a long time. Totally relaxed, nothing to do apart from enjoy the amazing sunshine and spend time with my little family, perfect! As we enter our 8th week in lockdown here in the UK, I have an amazing wedding to start the week. I just love everything about this California wedding. Devyn and Connor are the cutest couple, Devyn’s Rue de Seine gown is just stunning. Her flower crown and bouquet set the tone for the rest of the ‘Boho industrial meets Boho chill’ decor. I adore the whole bridesmaids look, the table flowers, the venue and the location. It’s all a Boho dream of a wedding. Big thanks to Alba Turnbull Photography for the beautiful photos.
Devyn and Connor were married on 12th October 2019 at La Cuesta Ranch, San Luis Obispo in California’s Central Coast region. ‘We wanted to get married at La Questa Ranch because it was the venue that was most our style and we could see the style of the wedding taking place there! We wanted something woodsy/earthy with a vintage feel and boho vibe. Connor’s older sister and brother in law got married there too so it was nice to keep the venue in the family. We invited 330 and had a head count of around 250-275 on the wedding day. We were engaged for about 14 months and used 12 of them to prepare.’
How they met
Connor and I have been together for three years. We met in college at the University Recreation Center were we both worked.
Connor proposed to me at the same place he asked me out, at the top of the hills overlooking the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge. On July 8, 2018 while visiting my family in Tiburon, CA. Connor insisted we do the hike we did when we first got together. After much convincing, I decided to join them on the hike. At the top he proposed and much to my surprise, he had his sister in the bushes prepared to record it all! Once we headed back to my parents’ house there was a huge surprise party of all our family and friends.
How did you allocate your budget?
We knew the food, drink and music were going to be the most important to us, so we spent the most of our budget there. We really love hosting, so this was what we put most of our energies into.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
We splurged on our dessert which was ice cream from Ampersand, our favourite ice cream shop in Fresno, Ca. We saved significantly on alcohol since I work in the industry and was able to get a discount.
How did you choose your photographer?
Alba was actually a recommendation from Connor’s oldest sister. She is a wedding videographer, so she really knows the best in the business. She suggested Alba and we fell in love with her moody aesthetic and the way she tells a story through her images.
Dress by Rue de Seine, and boots were from Zara. All other accessories were handed down to me by my grandmother.
The suit and bridesmaids
Suit was custom from Men’s Warehouse, and bridesmaid dresses were Show me your Mumu
Theme or colour scheme
Our theme was on the side of Boho industrial, we wanted boho chill and a laid-back atmosphere with gold accents. Our colour scheme was earthy tones and neutrals with a pop of maroon.
I asked for mainly greenery and any kind of foliage. Our florist did incredibly well with hues of maroon and cream flowers, pampas grass and feathers.
Decoration wise we used a lot of what we had and what we could rent from Avenue Twelve. They helped bring our vision to life.
Our catering was Ribline out of San Luis Obsispo. We had BBQ chicken, tri tip, Cesar salad, brown sugar and honey corn bread, mac and cheese, and for appetizers we ate pulled pork sliders and caprese kebabs.
Since the Ice cream was our main dessert, we had a cake just for ceremonial cake cutting purposes. We had a geometric shaped cake with a chocolate layer and a vanilla layer.
We used a family friend DJ- Ome. She played Spanish music for our cocktail hour, classics of rock and Motown during dinner and top hits during the reception. There was something for everyone.
Who supplied the stationery?
We went with Minted for out minimal-style invites and Artifact Uprising for our save the dates.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to an all-inclusive Sandals resort in Saint Lucia!
I made the seating charts and all the signage, and my husband made our photo booth and the arch we got married under.
Biggest highlight was getting to marry the man of my dreams and my best friend while having all my friends and family there to witness our new journey.
Advice for other couples
Your wedding day is going to be the happiest day of your life. Don’t let the decorations or food or invites distract from what is really important. It’s easy to let it all overwhelm you but if you remember your wedding’s true purpose it will be a night you will never forget.
My biggest surprise of the day was how fast the day flew by. Everyone always tells you your wedding goes quick but, wow, there are complete sections that are such a blur. I tried to just take it all in because it was over before I knew it. Thank goodness we have beautiful photos and video to remember it and all its beautiful details!
I am a destination wedding and lifestyle photographer based in London capturing unscripted, genuine, nostalgia-filled moments. Originally from California, I love warm, soft tones in my images. My shooting style is non-intrusive, emotive, and intimate.The photographs that come out from each session are correspondent to every couples’ personalities. I focus on connection, the in between moments, and vulnerability. I give guidance when needed and capture timeless images that will feel as true to you today and twenty years from now. On a day where photographs are the only thing left, make the moments last forever.