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It's not often that I receive real wedding submissions from the brides themselves, so I get super excited whenever I do get the opportunity to feature one! Today's bride, Haylee is allowing me the opportunity to share some highlights from her and her new husband, Joe's, rustic outdoor wedding shot by Photographer David Gaston.
With the romantic scent of lavender in the air, Haylee and Joe were married on April 10th at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Orange County (which is a beyond-fabulous wedding venue, by the way). The bride and her three bridesmaids all carried bouquets with white and purple roses, calla lilies, hydrangeas and gardenias, also decorated with soft white feathers. The intimate wedding ceremony was held outside on the grass lawn at the golf club, with 50 of the couple's closest friends and family in attendance and a small bridal party of four. The ceremony altar was decorated with large moss letters in the couple's initials, one of the many DIY projects that made this wedding truly special. The white garden chairs lining the ceremony aisle were swagged with sheer purple fabric, along with hanging glass mason jars that were filled with lavender that had been carefully dried by Haylee's mom and aunt for weeks leading up to the big day.
A cocktail hour and dinner reception soon followed the ceremony, where guests enjoyed a rustic feast of BBQ porkchops, scalloped potatoes and organic green beans. The beautiful three tier wedding cake by Savoie's Fare was made up of layers of chocolate with creme brule filling, almond cake with raspberry filling and pistachio cake with lemon filling. That freaking adorable custom owls cake topper was made by Skunkboy Creatures on Etsy. Each of the tables at the reception were decorated with purple linens and rustic centerpieces consisting of vintage glass mason jars and dried lavender, designed and assembled by the bride and helpful members of her family and wedding party. Haylee also made all of the wedding favors herself, working off of this Paper Dahlia How-To courtesy of Martha Stewart, which were filled with flower bulbs.
After the wedding, Haylee and Joe took what can only be described as an amazing, life-changing-sort-of-adventure hiking trip in Peru, where they spent time in the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco. "The beauty of Peru is truly humbling," said Haylee. Now, having planned the wedding of her dreams, Haylee offers the following advice to other brides in the midst of wedding planning:
Don't sweat the small stuff. Your wedding is NO reflection on how your marriage is going to be; you are not doomed if it rains, if you get roses instead or orchids, if you tear your veil...It's not important. You get to marry the love of your life and the wedding is a day to celebrate that with your closest friends and family. That's all it should be.. a celebration.
Best advice I ever received was to pick three things that are important to you on that day and to try not to stress about the other stuff. I wanted a great dinner, my closest family and an outdoor rustic setting. The rest just fell into place.
Oh and one last bit of advice... Accept help when offered! You don't have to be superwoman, plan it all and do it all yourself. People like to help and want to help, so let them.
An Intimate and Rustic Lavender Wedding - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: David Gaston Photography
Caterer: Strawberry Farms Golf Club
Floral Designer: Katie McCormick of KM Floral Design
Cake Designer: Savoie's Fare
Cake Topper: Skunkboy Creatures
Equipment Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Officiant: Reverend Michael