California dreaming shoot

Categories   Wedding Inspiration

The stereotype that Californians are laid back, go to the beach a lot, and have palm tree views, definitely has some truth to it. It’s a lifestyle that photographer, Swoon by Katie & event designers, Beau & Arrow find themselves most enamored with when they see it pop up in weddings – that effortlessly chic and playful West Coast vibe that makes California weddings so dreamy. That’s what inspired this summery, sun-kissed inspiration shoot. Gourmet popsicles, bright florals, pink skateboards and all!

pitbulls & posies designed wedding invitation suite

Using washed pastels, Pitbulls & Posies created dreamy paper elements such as the round menus that fit perfectly into each plate describing all of the yummy California inspired cuisine.

vibrant floral arrangements and dinnerware

vibrant floral arrangements and dinnerware

bridesmaids heart-shaped sunglasses

custom-printed skateboard wedding accessories

vibrant bouquets

We’re loving how those florals pop against their neutral, laid back looks.

casual khaki and pastel groomsmen fashion

california-themed wedding

heart-shaped bridesmaid sunglasses

vibrant bridal bouquet

casual group photos

orange boutonniere

stone cold fox wedding dress

california-themed wedding

vibrant wedding accents

colorful dessert table

The cake table houses a smaller cake for the cake cutting, but tons of freshly baked donut holes that are the perfect treat for the laidback couple and their guests! Specialty gourmet popsicles are adorned with tags that read “you make me melt like a popsicle on the 4th of July” and “ice-dream” for a humorous detail. Custom popsicles are such a cute way to bring your wedding colors into the treats.

viva pops gourmet popsicles

Thanks to all the talent involved!

Photography: Swoon by Katie / Design & Styling: Beau & Arrow Events / Florist: Root 75 / Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon / Paper Elements: Pitbulls & Posies / Table top china & flatware: Casa de Perrin / Tables, chairs, & cake plates: Moss Vintage / Cake & Donuts: VG Donuts & Bakery / Gourmet Popsicles: Viva Pops / Make-up: Brides by Brittany / Hair: Hair by Jillian Rae / Bride’s Attire: Stone Cold Fox / Ties: Speak Louder on Etsy

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Caribbean Wedding events on Jul 9, 2012

This wedding is ever-so-sweet! Loving the pastel colors on the guy's attire! Love the pose with the guys and the bouquets....too cute! The sunglasses and skateboards bring so much fun and life. The cake with the fruit slices...total Californina dreamin!

Anni on Jul 9, 2012

Beautiful work in the details! That dessert table is especially amazing.

Lynne on Jul 9, 2012

I love the "California Dreamin" theme for a wedding. It would be perfect for a beach wedding. The colors are vibrant and fun. The flowers are so gorgeous! I'm loving all the little details too! So thought-out and fun! This would be a wedding I would want to go to!!!

Little Borrowed Dress on Jul 9, 2012

This might just be one of our favorite wedding shoots! The flowers, the skateboards, the dresses, ahhhh just LOVE all of the amazing colors! Everyone looks like they are having such a blast which makes this especially perfect.

Kate on Jul 9, 2012

This wedding has so much of what so many seem to be missing: a great spirit of fun.

Brittany {Brides By Brittany} on Jul 9, 2012

Thank-you so much for featuring us with this shoot! We loved dolling up the models with glowing sun-kissed skin and a bright pop of lip color for a fun, California glam look!

mes bijoux on Jul 9, 2012

what a super fun and cute wedding (what it is very difficult to find at the same time). It is so beautiful that seems a commercial. Are you sure that the couple got married? kisses from Barcelona!

Darci Bryan on Jul 9, 2012

Amazing colors and fun accents. California is a great backdrop for this type of wedding.

Jen K on Jul 9, 2012

This is such a gorgeous shoot!!! All of the beautiful pops of colors and the water color details just make me smile. I think I see a California destination wedding in my future.

Katie on Jul 9, 2012

Yay!!! Thanks so much for the feature ladies!!! Loved everything about this shoot and feel so lucky that I got to capture it! =)

Sara on Jul 9, 2012

In love with the beyond gorgeous florals- the bride's bouquet...wow! Love how everything is bright and happy but not overdone. All of the little details would be perfect for a laid back summer wedding!

Mickey Lynn Jewelry on Jul 9, 2012

I love the bright colors and the laid back feel...

Lauren Brady on Jul 9, 2012

Big hearts all around! LOVE!

Kristin Hubbard on Jul 9, 2012

This is so fun, young, and bright! The skateboards add the perfect personal touch as do the lollipops, which scream it's summer! The bright colors pop so well against the other neutral tones.

Katie | Invitations by Ajalon on Jul 9, 2012

I saw these photos before I saw the title, and was just hope hope hoping that this was a real wedding and not an inspiration shoot.....it's absolutely PERFECT for chic California couples. <3

Jacquelyn {Jacquelyn Jackson Photography} on Jul 9, 2012

This inspiration shoot is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Fave I've seen in awhile.

Wedding Gown Diary on Jul 9, 2012

Beautiful shots, beautiful colors, relaxed setting love it!

Dorsie Farrar on Jul 10, 2012

Such fresh new ideas, beautiful flowers , so natural looking, and of course stunningly beautiful bride

Bella Eventi by Olivia George on Jul 11, 2012

LOVE the pops of colour and absolutely LOVE the invitations. Can't remember the last time I saw wedding invitations that looked romantic and modern...

Cydney Morris on Jul 12, 2012

The SCF dress looks amazing! Perfect for a wedding xxx

suzanne on Jul 31, 2012

such talent. Ladies you killed it! Katherine the florals are the stuff dreams are made of. The paper is so sweet and I love it all head to toe. Great job =) xoxo Suzanne

Feruza on Aug 20, 2012

I LOVE the wedding dress, the one with sleeves! It's just gorgeous!

Caitlin on Sep 17, 2012

I would love to know where the jewlery in this shoot came from. I'd like to have something like it for my wedding in October : )

Futuremrswallner on Jan 13, 2013

Love everything! Where o where are they sunglasses from? I want to give them away as fasvors at our wedding! Cute :)

jenna on Feb 3, 2013

Gorgeous! Where is the 3/4 sleeve ivory wedding dress from? Love it as well as the jewelry with it.

Mandy Henry on Apr 6, 2013

As a California Girl born and Raised, then transplanted to the Midwest, I' head over heels in love with this!!!!

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