California backyard wedding: Robin + Dave
Cheers to Robin + Dave for snagging their photographer via our Vendor Request list. We’re always jazzed to hear when couples and photographers find each other through it. And Fondly Forever was the perfect match for R + D’s small, simple and relaxed hometown wedding in Lone Pine, California. With a view of the Sierras you kinda don’t need much decor, but Robin, as obsessed with Pinterest as she is, couldn’t help herself from sneaking in a few pretty DIY details.
Instead of a veil I wanted to wear a flower crown, something my mom had done at her wedding in 1970. Karen looked at my inspiration and created the perfect curly willow crown with scattered clusters of blooms.
Robin’s sweet bouquet recipe: astilbe, scabiosa, spray roses, feverfew, bridal blush, and sweet peas.
I took the sage, blush, and butter colors of the desert and the lavender blues of the mountains as the palate, and with my amazingly talented floral designer friend Karen Amit we planned the beautiful flowers.
We wanted to keep the cost low and to have a real homemade feel to everything, so we figured we could do most everything ourselves except the food and photography! We hung the lights, decorated, made itunes playlists for dancing, borrowed and set up the tables and chairs, all with lots of help from family and friends of course!
My advice would be to plan those extra events! We had everyone at the rehearsal/welcome dinner, and did a pancake breakfast up in the mountains the day after. And even though it’s more to plan on that long list of wedding planning, it’s worth it! It was all such precious time together, even casual things like pizza the night the first people started getting to town and just friends and family hanging out at my parents house, helping set up and clean up, it was so fun! Enjoy that time, let it distract you from the last minute stresses, it’s ok if a few things don’t get done.
Cheers, Robin + Dave!
Photography: Fondly Forever / Cake: Alabama Hills Cafe / Bride’s dress: J.Crew / Shoes: Seychelles / Groom’s suit: John Varvatos / Shoes: vintage / Fox and hare cake topper: MelaboWed / Guestbook: Ampersandink / Wedding rings: custom by Chris Timberlake / Flowers: Karen Amit Floral Design / Catering: Greg McMillan