Have I ever mentioned that before Dale and I decided on a destination wedding, I was dead-set on having a Fall wedding? There were a few reasons for my determination...one of which was the weather. If you happen to live in Southern California like I do, then you know that the best weather of the year usually isn't in the spring or summertime. It's the early Fall. September and the beginning of October is my favorite time of year here in Los Angeles. Not too hot, rarely cold and lots of clear skies. It is, in my opinion, the most predictable and reliable time of year for great weather, and I always knew that I wanted an outdoor wedding. While I don't regret my own wedding for a second, I do wonder what our day would have been like if we had gotten married here in the Fall. It probably would have been a lot like today's wedding! Which is why I was so drawn to it, of course ;)
Last Fall, Erin and Andrew welcomed 140 guests to their warm, simply rustic Fall wedding held at a family friend's beautiful private residence near the beach. "Residence" is probably the wrong word though, in my opinion...more like "mansion"! I actually thought it was a hotel at first! The entire property and rustic Fall wedding was wonderfully captured by talented photographer Sia McDonald. Along with the expert guidance of Event Designer Jennifer Janzen of MAP Events, Erin made sure that each and every one of their guests "...felt like they were part of a special event from the moment they stepped onto the property." An exemplary bride in pretty much anyone's book, Erin embraced her love of design, and was extremely resourceful and detail-oriented throughout the planning process. She kept an eye out for inspirational pieces at garage sales and flea markets, while working with family and friends to make sure every single detail was just right. Erin wanted lots of family photos on display to celebrate both her and Andrew's pasts, and a photo booth to capture all of the memories from the day. Wooden lanterns filled with flowers lined the pathways, while the entire reception area was illuminated with lights strung from the surrounding trees.
Erin had a hefty list of DIY projects, too! All of the save the dates, wedding invitations, menus and seating cards were created by Erin and printed on recycled paper at the Greener Printer. As far as the wedding decor, DIY details included the mirrored seating chart, clear candleholder globes purchased from CB2 and filled with flowers for ceremony, the directional signpost and wooden table numbers (that Erin's father carved out of wood left in a neighbor's front yard), to name a few.
In my opinion, it's pretty much impossible not to admire the creative mix of flowers that made up the bride's and bridesmaids' bouquets, and reception centerpieces, arranged by Christine Cater. The wedding was decorated with a vibrant, unexpected mix of hydrangeas, dahlias, garden roses and ranunculus in a range of Fall jewel tones. A rather subtle addition of fresh fruit to the reception table centerpieces gave the outdoor dining area a warmer, slightly rustic look and feel. Guests were seated at long banquet style tables topped with olive green linens, placed in the front yard of the property. After dinner, dancing, cocktails and lots of cake soon followed in the backyard into the late evening.
After the wedding, Erin and Andrew traveled to Aruba for their honeymoon (if you can't tell, my voice is dripping with envy right now), which seems only fitting, as the couple first began dating while on a graduation trip to Australia, and were later engaged on a family trip to Hawaii!Let's hope that it's only the beginning of a long life of travels together :)
Simply Rustic, DIY Wedding - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Sia McDonald Photography
Event Planner: MAP Events, Jennifer Janzen
Floral Designer: Christine Cater
Reception Venue: Private Residence
Dress Store: Amy Kuschel
DJ: DNA Entertainment
Equipment Rentals: Hartmann Studios
Hair & Makeup Artist: sHe Artists
Caterer: Paradise Catering
Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale at Bella Bridesmaid San Francisco