One of my favorite things about today's featured wedding are the gorgeous photos of the bride and groom. There's something so warm and romantic about Michelle Johnson's photos of Matt and Nicole, and the adorable couple just seems to glow with happiness! All of their innate charm seems to permeate throughout their wedding day, set up at the San Moritz Lodge in the mountains in Southern California this past April.
Nicole and Matt's big day began first thing in the morning, as both sides of the wedding party took their time getting ready over champagne mimosas with close friends and family. Once ready, the happy couple shared an intimate first look with their photographer, Michelle standing nearby to snap some beautiful photos of the special moment. Shortly after, the ceremony began outside by Lake Gregory in the warm early afternoon. Because of the rustic setting in the mountains, Nicole chose not to have any traditional wedding flowers, opting for more natural greenery including eucalyptus, succulents and wildflowers instead. Nicole began her walk down the aisle by walking through a beautifully decorated door entryway, with mason jars and wildflowers lining the rest of the aisle. The bride and groom chose a unique ceremony ritual, sealing up their favorite bottle of wine in a wooden box to later open together on a special anniversary years from now.
Guests transitioned from the ceremony to the cocktail hour, to the indoor reception with the help of some charming wooden signs, all made by the bride's mom. For the table centerpieces, Nicole handpainted charming little birdhouses, which were set on top of flat pieces of wood, rented from a girl who had her wedding right before them. The dessert and gift tables were designed using old furniture, suitcases, birdcages, headboards, and screens, all pulled from the thrift store, and every piece of lace belonged to the bride's grandmother or an old friend of the family. Guests left in the early evening with s'mores wedding favors, Nicole and Matt's favorite camping treat!
Charming, Rustic Wedding in the Mountains - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Michelle Johnson Photography
Caterer: Janet Zimmerman Catering
Venue: San Moritz Lodge
Photo Booth Equipment: Vintage Vault
Floral Designer: Flowers by Sherri
Hair and Makeup Artist: Prive Beauty Group
Entertainment: The Teryn Carter Band
Cake Designer: Mierelle Bergstrand
Wedding Dress: Champagne ENZOANI
Bridal Accessories: Leopard print flats by Libby Edelman, garter and headpiece by Krumpet Designs
Bridesmaids Attire: Handmade dresses by Jean Knolden at Inland Pacific Ballet and floral headpieces by Krumpet Designs
Save the Dates: Sunshine and Ravioli