A handcrafted wedding in the Marin Headlands: Jenn + Eric

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If there’s any reason for us to love Mondays, it’s because we get to share a bundle of new weddings with you! All you Northern Cali brides out there looking for a venue, this next one is quite the gem. Just a hop, skip, and jump past the Golden Gate Bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts and you’re instantly transported to a naturally picturesque scene, perfect for a wedding. That’s what Jenn + Eric, two passionate architects, had in mind when they were planning their artistically beautiful wedding. We instantly fell in love with them. They’re that couple that will pull an all-nighter just to finish the details of their Ms. Pac-Man & Blinky costumes for Halloween, so it was without a doubt, when it came to their wedding they would put as much heart and thought into every detail.

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

As part of our wedding invitation suite, we included a little manila tag with a note “Send a wish for love & life.” Little did our guests know when they returned their message with the RSVP that their wishes and blessings would be transformed into the mobile that would hang above our heads on our wedding day. This was an excerpt from our wedding ceremony itself, spoken by Eric’s dad, who came out of pastoral retirement so he could marry us: “The mobile which you stand beneath, is composed of our individual wishes, and our collective hope, for your happiness in life and love. Friends, this mobile of wishes, like their relationship and many previous projects, is a joint creation – making something together.”

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

Their favors (Moleskine notebook, pencil, & tea towel) couldn’t have suited them better, considering an architect can never have enough notebooks to sketch in. To personalize them, they hand stamped and xylol transferred a special message onto each Moleskine and placed engraved golf pencils at the tables for everyone to grab. As an additional piece to the dinner table, Jenn + Eric fabric gocco printed tea towels in lieu of napkins for everyone to take home with them.

handcrafted outdoor wedding

The combination of homegrown flowers from her mom’s garden & SF Flower Mart, plus the eye of close friend Liz (mastermind behind one of our favorite floral/design studios, The Nouveau Romantics), took Jenn’s initial “pick some wildflowers from the side of the road” vision to a whole other magical level.

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

handcrafted outdoor wedding

From day one, we knew that we were going to resort to the iPad and our home music list. This was one cost that we were not willing to splurge on, and since day one of our relationship we were always creating a “Soundtrack of the Day” so how hard could it be right? We were very lucky to find an audio/visual rental place that explained everything and included a DIY setup guide. Needless to say we were making the playlist(s) almost to the day of. We needed a playlist for the pre-ceremony, one for the ceremony, another for the cocktail hour, dinner music, and dancing of course! It was a lot of work, but so incredibly worth it. A couple of our favorite photos are of me going over to the iPad and fast forwarding a song or two.

Instead of the traditional Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dances, they opted for a Friends and Family dance to “Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

Listen to it here:

handcrafted outdoor wedding

A little fact about these two that you might find motivating – Part of their wedding journey included packing up their Brooklyn apartment of 5 years and making the move back home to California. “It was the cross country move, combined with wedding planning & quitting our jobs that really spurred us on to tackle a lot of the DIY projects and gathering of materials very early on.”

See, handling a zillion things while also trying to plan a wedding can be done! Congrats Jenn + Eric!

Photography: Christina Richards /Venue – Headlands Center for the Arts / Bride’s Dress – J.Crew Sample Sale / Bride’s Shoes – Seychelles / Groom’s Suit – J.Crew / Bridesmaid Dresses – Anthropologie / Groomsmen Suits – Express / Wedding Party Ties – Cyberoptix / Gocco Machine & Supplies – printaddictjapan & Gocco Shop on Etsy / Paper Supplies – Paper Presentation / Table Numbers – 30 one / Hair & Makeup – Triple Twist / Florist – The Nouveau Romantics / Catering – Katie Powers Catering / Sound System Rental – Avista Rentals

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Stacy {Advantage Bridal} on Aug 8, 2011

What fabulous pictures! Love the mobile idea and the song "Home" for friends and family to dance to (Thanks for sharing audio file). Pretty, yet understated. Adore the gorgeous flower bouquets! All those little touches add up to one memorable day, congrats!

Taylor {The Proposal Enthusiast} on Aug 8, 2011

There is something so cute about this couple in their glasses. I love it.

Ridgely's Radar on Aug 8, 2011

What a beautiful wedding! Love the flower bouquets!

Rafaela on Aug 8, 2011

Hi, I'm brazilian and I love this blog! I'd like to ask inspirations for weddings at night. Thank you! :)

Lisa on Aug 8, 2011

Love their wedding song very much. Lisa x

Elsie J on Aug 8, 2011

love the bridesmaids dresses!

Kate on Aug 9, 2011

How chic! really love their wedding, i'm a geek and really want to have a wedding like this!

Katie on Aug 9, 2011

Love this wedding and the song is awesome! Any idea where the notebooks or tea towels are from? I love that their favors are something that guests will actually use but want to look at costs for my own wedding!

Alicia on Aug 10, 2011

It's so great to see a bride in glasses! I was recently talking to my boyfriend about how I will have to learn to put in contacts if we get married. He looked genuinely upset and said he thinks I am beautiful in my glasses and thought we would both be wearing them at our ceremony. I suppose I would much rather feel like myself than deal with uncomfortable and foreign objects in my eyes all day/night. Nice to see how adorable it can be!

Sara on Aug 15, 2011

I am IN LOVE with this wedding! I am very inspired by the manila tag asking the guests to return a message to them and using it as their canopy decoration! And "Home" is one of my favorite songs! just loooovely!

jenny on Sep 22, 2011

yes, can i get more information about the tea towel favor too? love the idea!

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