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Happy Friday eve, Cakelets! Today’s inspiration shoot comes to you from an amazing group of talent from the Bay Area. Amanda of One True Love Vintage Rentals was kind enough to share the inside scoop on the inspiration, theme and execution behind this shoot (don’t you always wonder how the pros come up with these shoots?). Prepare to be inspired!

Laurel, Leigh, Molly and I began with a simple theme that we wanted to incorporate throughout the details of the day: Growth — of love, of nature, of pleasure and passion. This is reflected primarily in our location choice.  Running Rabbit Ranch is a small, private, well-manicured winery in Sonoma, but instead of shooting amidst the rigidity of the vines and buildings, we selected the raw, untouched portions of the property, overgrown with wild grasses and trees.

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

The guest “book” table is nod to elementary school: an interactive paper link chain, which guests “grow” as they write notes of congratulations and add their links. Laurel selected brightly colored paper in a variety of shades, sizes and weights (including vellum, which glowed in the sunlight) to add depth to the station — one of our favorites!

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

Keeping costs down for a small wedding was an important consideration for us, so we baked and frosted our own cake a couple days ahead of time — and it was funfetti!  A simple flower adornment was all it needed.

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

We also carried the theme to our favors — individual basil, zinnia, and sage seedlings, grown in biodegradable pots to make for easy planting once guests return home. These were sown weeks ahead of time, requiring only occasional watering — a great timesaver. Loving these individual potted favors? We are too! Super cute + a great way to stay green.

Whimsical outdoor wedding

Whimsical outdoor wedding inspiration

We simply adore this shoot. The dark-stained wood table blends in perfectly with the landscape (great for any outdoor reception), and allows the peonies to really pop. We can’t wait to see what these pros are scheming for their next shoot!

Photography: Molly Feit – MEF Photography / Vintage Rentals: Amanda Reapsummer, One True Love Vintage Rentals / Planning and Design: Laurel Anderson, Esla Events / Flowers: Leigh Okies, Leigh Okies Design / Hair and Makeup: Betten Chaston / Rentals: Hartmann Rentals / Venue: Running Rabbit Ranch

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jillian on Jun 16, 2011

love this shoot! so sweet. the flowers are darling. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

Kamie on Jun 16, 2011

So adorably cute! I love the links of love!!

anne on Jun 16, 2011

Love this! And those links are really a good idea. Might have to steal it for my wedding!

Rhiannon {Hey Gorgeous} on Jun 16, 2011

This is beautiful!! So proud of you guys :) Looks amazing!! xo

jessa on Jun 16, 2011

be still my heart... love this. bookmarked.

The Perfect Palette on Jun 16, 2011

So creative. Loving all the sweet details. xo, chrissy.

kaity on Jun 16, 2011

grey + yellow = YES!

Molly | MEF Photography on Jun 16, 2011

Thank you so much for this feature! We had such a wonderful time putting this shoot together and it's so gratifying to see it here with these unbelievably kind comments! We can't wait to bring our next ideas to fruition! Thanks again!

jenn {bow tie & bustle} on Jun 16, 2011

LOVE the guest book table and antique ladders...super cute touches! the color combos are fab too!

Shaunna Nygren on Jun 16, 2011

Beautiful light! Love the planted favor idea.

belledujour on Jun 16, 2011

what font did you guys use for the little flags? I love it!

Laurel on Jun 16, 2011

It's a really fun font called "Strangelove." I had to play around with the width and kearning to get it to fit well on the flags, but it's an fantastic font! I was first introduced to it by (the amazing) Hello! Lucky team.

Alex Thompson on Jun 16, 2011

This is the most beautiful idea! I wouldn't have the heart to take it down! Ever!

Jasmine on Jun 16, 2011

I love the little potted basil,

Jasmine on Jun 16, 2011

I love the little potted basil, it's cute and practical!

Renee Armour on Jun 16, 2011

Gorgeous! Cake table is my fave, haven't seen that setup before!

Beth on Jun 16, 2011

Wow, I absolutely love these pictures! You should really look into watermarking them, so someone doesnt steal them all!

vencanice on Jun 17, 2011

Absolutely adorable pictures. Excellent ideas, wedding table is perfect

Daisy on Jun 17, 2011

I don't see any Peonies...but fabulous photo shoot!

yellow Sky Actions on Jun 18, 2011

Love it! My cup of tea! :)

lindsey on Jun 19, 2011

I love it! The herb sprig place settings are so cute and classy and I love the homemade cake. The whole design feels very intimate- perfect for a small, personal celebration.

beccaU on Jun 19, 2011

absolutely amazing, one of the best color palettes ive seen thus far!! i want all these yellow accessories to be featured in my future wedding :) vintage rentals is such an innovative idea and i'll be using it for sure!!

Tara on Jun 19, 2011

The colors are so incredible in this, particularly the pops of yellow everywhere! And the table (desk/vanity/whatever) with the cake is beautiful! Well done! Love all of it!

Ellen on Jun 19, 2011

This photoshoot, and the whole concept behind the wedding, are both so beautiful! I love the little plants for the guests.

Brenna on Jun 19, 2011

This is just so charming.

Jacquelyn on Jun 19, 2011

Love the links!

Lauren on Jun 19, 2011

What a gorgeous shoot! I love the links idea and the great attention to detail!

Margaret on Jun 19, 2011

Beautiful, that poppy bouquet is going straight into my inspiration folder

bridal girl on Jun 19, 2011

This really is a great inspiration! From the wedding centerpieces to the wedding theme itself! They are perfect!

Therese on Jun 20, 2011

This is too gorgeous for words! Such great inspiration. Those links are truly unique, and a great way to incorporate design + function.

Leah on Jun 22, 2011

Prettiest bouquet I've ever seen! The details in the shoot are amazing. I love the mini potted herbs.

brittney on Jun 22, 2011

love it! where is your dress from (the white lace top with yellow bottom)---want it!

Betten Chaston on Jun 30, 2011

Exquisite!!! Soo beautiful! It was such a pleasure being part of your shoot! Thank you all, Betten

Laurel on Jun 30, 2011

Brittney, I believe Julie (the model) got all of her clothes from Forever 21. So not only cute, but they should be super reasonable!

Diannr on Jul 12, 2011

Love these photo's, so intimate and thoughtful. I love the idea of planting a herb as a parting gift. Great post! So much to consider. Thanks, Dianne

Mandy So on Aug 2, 2011


Alexis on Aug 7, 2011

I love the thyme with the little flags on them on each table setting! Where can I find these flags?

Laurel on Aug 11, 2011

Hi Alexis—Please just contact me directly at and I can provide you a quote. Thanks!

ales on Sep 13, 2011

waw that's so romantic :) i like it

Mitchell on Oct 16, 2011

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