Big Bear picnic wedding: Laura + Dustin

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A picturesque outdoor venue in the forest, vintage soda pop, and an endless supply of pies…sounds like a great way to spend a weekend. It’s also undoubtedly, a perfect way to celebrate a wedding. Especially when you’ve got Hollin Brodeur photographing and styling it. Laura + Dustin’s 120 guest wedding in Big Bear was executed within a budget of 15k, and as charming as could be. All the bits & pieces, plus a cute little French Bulldog, make this wedding a real treat to share with y’all!

Laura’s pretty little Mod Cloth cardigan, paired with that vintage dress she scored at The Way We Wore in LA, has us in full pouty-face mode. 1) The cardigan is no longer available, 2) What are the odds of us finding that gorgeous dress? That Twigs & Honey blush headpiece though? We so want (and it’s available)!

Notice that cutesy little deer Dustin is wearing? It’s a stuffed felt deer Hollin made by painting a few white dots by the tail, and using twigs as antlers.

Two of their closest friends played the acoustic version of Hysteric by Yeah Yeah Yeahs as Lauren walked down the aisle. Listen to it here:

For the ceremony decorations, Hollin drew inspiration from a Japanese art exhibit at the Getty Museum (10+ years ago). She remembered the walkways being lined with large lanterns attached to poles with 2 streaming ribbons flowing down and loved the idea of incorporating it into L + D’s ceremony.

We all know who’s the cutest of the bunch…

Check out their moving picture shot by Hollin’s husband, Eric Whedbee:

Congratulations you two!

Photography: Hollin Brodeur / Videographer: Eric Whedbee / Venue: Gold Mountain Manor / Rentals: Twin Bear Party Rentals / Caterers: Get The Burger, Ikes Rockin Dogs, Sweet Basil Bistro / Flowers: The Little Green House Florist / Desserts: Makenzi Hoff, of Kenzi’s Classics / Old fashion sodas: Galcos in LA / Cake Toppers: Handy Maiden / Bride’s dress: vintage from The Way We Wore in LA / Shoes: Anthropologie / Headpiece: Twigs & Honey / Cardigan: Mod Cloth / Bridesmaids dresses: handmade / Groom’s suit: Ben Sherman / Shirt: J.Crew Factory / Tie: handmade / Groomsmen: J.Crew Factory

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Rebecca Dreiling on Oct 12, 2011

Oh wow, I love their wedding. The video is amazing! They look so happy together.

jean on Oct 12, 2011

So wonderful - love this wedding! i am trying to plan a similar wedding but am having a hard time doing it under 20k- could you give us your budget breakdown or tips/tricks to doing something like this for 15.. thanks!

myra :: twigs & honey on Oct 12, 2011


Susanna Grace on Oct 12, 2011

This give me a lot of inspiration for my wedding. I actually came across this other photographers website that shoots kinda like that vintage look. I hope this helps your ideas!! It's -Susanna

Georgie on Oct 12, 2011

The pictures are beautiful. It was a perfect day, the weather, the colors you chose, everything was perfect. I loved the picnic! May both of you continue to love and adore each other for life. Love you,Georgie

kuessdiebraut on Oct 13, 2011

we love the mood, the colors and the cakes :-)

Ashley, Indie Atlantic Films on Oct 14, 2011

This is sooooo fun! I love the groom's boutineer!!

Emma on Oct 14, 2011

so many pretty details!! i just love the bunting photo backdrop and the tree round centrepieces :)

Lindsay on Oct 27, 2011

Hey I know some of the people at this wedding!! craziness!! love it, and its super sweet and adorable.

Arie on Nov 14, 2011

Where was this venue? I am not familiar with the area, but am looking for a low key venue in Big Bear!

Emma on Dec 25, 2011

Oh my goodness! This is beautiful! I want to walk down the aisle to 'Hysteric' by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Struggling on what the bridesmaids will walk down too. Any help?

Amanda on Feb 7, 2012

Absolutely charming wedding. And I love Laura's wedding band, any idea where she might have gotten it?

Jessica on Feb 4, 2013

Laura and Dustin Congrats! I am also having my wedding in Big Bear this year and wanted to know if you were happy with Twin Bear Party Rentals for your wedding? You can email me a THANK YOU!!

Jen on May 22, 2013

Congratulations, Laura and Dustin! I LOVE your balloons - the colors are beautiful. Where did you buy them, and what colors did you get? If you are able to let me know, please email me at jenireland50 at gmail dot com. Thank you!

Meghan on Jul 14, 2013

Found this lovely gem while researching my 2014 wedding in Big Bear! Did the ceremony take place at Gold Mountain Manor too, or just the reception? I love the balloons by the lake! Thanks! Meghan

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