Intimate Pismo Beach wedding: Joel + Morgan

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Cameron Ingalls sent us this super cute, dual-location wedding he shot a few months ago. The first part, the actual ceremony, took place in Pismo Beach on a amazing cliff above the ocean and fog. The second part, the fun part, was a big party for the couple’s friends back home in Oklahoma City. We have a peek of both to show you guys. Both venues are pretty rad.


But let’s start with the way that Joel proposed:

He turned a vintage book into a hiding place for the ring (with the help of his friend Jerrod Smith). And he wrote her a song, that he recorded and played for her while she read the lyrics in little booklet he made with a typewriter and yarn. Then when she opened the book and saw the box and figured out what was going on, Joel got down on one knee and proposed.

Cana Video shot a little engagement video (with the song included) of the two of them that you can see here.





Morgan didn’t want the focus of their ceremony to be totally on her, so she and Joel chose to see each other before the wedding and drive to the park together.


Their California reception was super low key (because the big party was coming up in three weeks is Oklahoma). They asked a friend whose home was down the street from the park if they could have their reception at his house. Because Joel grew up in Brazil and they were going there for their honeymoon too, they had his mom and a few friends cook up a traditional Brazilian dinner. It was mellow and very low budget, but they got to spend a lot of time talking to their nearest and dearest and had the best time.


Then after the honeymoon they threw a big dance party feast for their friends and family as a thank you for being part of their lives. How amazing is the building?


For catering, they kept everything local: food, cupcakes + cookies, beer, coffee bar and music. Their photog, Cameron, played a slideshow of their actual wedding day throughout the night so guests at the party were able to enjoy the wedding ceremony too. Plus they showed the wedding video Cana Video had made, which their guests really loved.


Congrats, Morgan and Joel! We so appreciate your take on an intimate ceremony, followed by a big fun party.

San Luis Obispo vendors

Photography: Cameron Ingalls / Videography: Cana Video / Flower: April Flowers / Invitations: 805 collective / Make-up: Kimi Holland / Hair stylist: Jenna Frank / Dress: J.Crew / Cardigan: J.Crew / Morgan’s shoes: Shoe Gypsy / Joel’s shoes: Ben Sherman / Joel’s tie: Original Penguin / Suit: Banana Republic

Oklahoma City Vendors

Venue: Oklahoma City Farmers Market / Catering: Seasons Catering / Specialty coffee bar: Cafe Evoke / Beer: Coop Ale Works / Cupcakes & cookies: Cuppies & Joe / DJ: DJ C.C. Lark

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Laura on May 20, 2010

Beautiful pics! Any idea where that dress is from? It's gorgeous!!

Nicole on May 20, 2010

I LOVE THAT DRESS! I wonder where she got it.

F @ on May 20, 2010

AMAZING! I absolutely adore the engagement...and the their love & intimacy is glowing through these photos. Makes me want to do it all over again : ) We posted two entries on "perfect moments" and I must say, the first photo really qualifies for a perfect moment. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay on May 20, 2010

I am amazed at how considered each choice of this union and celebration was- what a thoughtful couple. Their ceremony on the cliff, in the fog... epic! Cameron did a great job with the photos, the feel is so consistent and natural. Thanks for starting my day out wonderfully!

Kyndal Jackson on May 20, 2010

I just love that first photo under the big tree! Amazing!

Joel on May 20, 2010

thanks for the fun post!! for those asking about morgan's wedding dress, it was j.crew. she never went to try any wedding dresses on, just ordered that one online... :) much love. joel + morgan

Courtney on May 20, 2010


Fleur Inc on May 20, 2010

I love this! And love her cardigan! And the ceremony and the fiddle, and it all!

Elizabeth @ Dapper Paper on May 20, 2010

wow! what a lovely engagement! and the wedding? Oh my! Love the location, her dress, that color of sweater?! stunning and fresh!

MarilynsKeepsakes on May 20, 2010

Loving how the guests sat in a circle for the ceremony. So intimate and special :)

queta on May 20, 2010

I love the dress with the cardigan. Beautiful wedding.

Album Boutique Team on May 20, 2010

How amazing is this entire wedding, starting with the engagement!! The cliff-side pictures are stunning. Thanks for sharing and congratulations to Joel and Morgan!

Lara on May 20, 2010

love that dress! it is SO flattering when you try it on, too. i would have snatched it up in a second but i'm getting married in november. any ideas on who makes those adorable shoes??

jen wheat on May 20, 2010

They has so many terrific touches! The vintage book for the proposal could be my favorite part. And I now need to purchase a cardigan just like the one she is wearing. Love the J.Crew gown!

Rachel on May 20, 2010

Yay! This is exactly what I'm doing...tiny beach wedding (just us) and then a big party when we get back. Lovely!

Christina Song on May 20, 2010

sighhh the dress is amazing!! i've always seen it on JCREW's website, but it's even greater seeing it like this. the book idea is just too goood. congrats to joel and morgan :)

jessica on May 20, 2010

love this wedding! can you tell me where you got the cardigan from? i have been looking for one in that exact color!

Joel on May 20, 2010

hey jessica, here's a link to j.crew's jackie cardigan: the color was "burnished olive".

April on May 20, 2010

I am wearing the same wedding dress for my wedding in October and I cannot wait !

Candice on May 20, 2010

Lovely wedding and party! Congratulations to Joel and Morgan. Since I am Brazilian, I was wondering what kind of food was served at the Brazilian dinner! Thanks!

Shyla on May 20, 2010

Wedding is beautiful. I love the dress, but what I would love to know is who makes those shoes. LOVE THEM.

Joel on May 20, 2010

hey candice, it was feijoada... :) we had pudim de leite & pave de chocolate for dessert.

Joel on May 20, 2010

hey shyla, if you click on the link in the vendors by morgan's shoes, it'll show you the brand (jeffrey campbell) and the style

Phoebe on May 20, 2010

Beautiful wedding! I love all the intimacy of their wedding and the little personal touches that they incorporated. And what a creative way to propose, nice job! :)

The Paris Party and Wedding Planner on May 20, 2010

The vintage book engagement idea is adorable. It's great to see men who can think of these small details! Love, the Paris party and wedding planner xo

Katie C. on May 20, 2010

Aw! They are doing the same thing we're doing this Oct! Intimate wedding in my parents' backyard and then big dessert/cocktail party for all of our friends a couple nights later. So fun to see others doing this too :) Loving that there are no real "rules" to wedding bliss now...

Danielle on May 20, 2010

What a beautiful wedding! Every deatail is just simply beautiful. I love the dress and wonder Morgan would you consider selling it?

Susan on May 21, 2010

There is not one part of this wedding that I don't love - I sure hope that if my man ever gets down on one knee he puts as much thought and effort into his proposal as Joel clearly did.

Mary Ellen Kubo on May 21, 2010

Wonderful how the photographer is able to capture the moment and reflect the mood!

Mary Ellen Kubo on May 21, 2010

The lighting in the dining room really caught my eye! Everything I have seen wants me to see more of these pictures which tell a timeless story in such a beautiful way!

Hi-Fi Weddings on May 21, 2010

oh wow these are breathtaking!!

Candice on May 21, 2010

Joel, feijoada is the best! I just had a party for my boyfriend a couple of weeks ago to celebrate his master's degree and we had a lovely feijoada, with brigadeiro cake as dessert!

Newly Domesticated on May 21, 2010

Her dress looks so cute with that cardigan! And it was good to see it on someone other than the model in J.Crew's catalog; I daresay this bride wears it better!

Martha Mejia on May 21, 2010

Omg. I live in Oklahoma City and always drive by that building! I'm getting married in October and this post provides me with some great links! Thank you!

joanna goddard on May 23, 2010

the location looks SO beautiful!!!

Lori on May 24, 2010

It's all romantic and lovely - from the engagement to the wedding to the celebration.

Liz on May 24, 2010

where did you get that fantastic cupcake stand? from the caterer? and otherwise, beautfully sweet wedding!

Joel on May 24, 2010

Hey Candice, We rented it from Cuppies & Joe... It was great.

Joel on May 24, 2010

Whoops. Liz. :)

Janice Carnevale on May 25, 2010

Not often you see a 1970s Buick Riviera in a modern photo. I have one myself, a burgundy 73, although it is in desperate need of restoration. Thanks for including the car! I love it!

Dawn Spinella on May 25, 2010

BEAUTIFUL with all caps! The images are classic and lovely. The event looks absolutely perfect. Makes me want to shoot, shoot, shoot. Thanks for sharing!

Michele on May 25, 2010

That cupcake stand is AH-Maziing!! Any idea if it was homemade or came from the baker?

Cheska on May 28, 2010

she looks amazing in that j.crew dress and her cardigan is the perfect complement. i really liked the ceiling decor they had for the reception. lovely!

Desirable Weddings on May 31, 2010

Wow, the way Joel proposed brought tears to my eyes. What a sweetheart. What a unique and gorgeous way of getting married. Joel and Morgan will have wonderful memories from this fantastic day. Her dress was just gorgeous, yet simple and elegant. Her flowers were so pretty. This wedding had a beautiful feel to it.

Paula @ Dream Wedding Italy on Jun 16, 2010

Wow, beat THAT for a romantic proposal! After that I was expecting one beautiful wedding, and I have to say I wasn't disappointed... I aodre the way they draped the lights in the hall

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Elaina on Aug 11, 2015

I love where they got married under that tree in Pismo. Where is that exactly?

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