California backyard wedding: Robin + Dave

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Lone Pine, CA desert wedding portraits

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.

J. Crew wedding dress

delicate floral headdress and Seychelles shoes

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.

green desert boutonniere

J. Crew wedding dress and delicate floral headpiece

astilbe, scabiosa, spray roses, feverfew, bridal blush, and sweet peas bouquet

Robin’s sweet bouquet recipe: astilbe, scabiosa, spray roses, feverfew, bridal blush, and sweet peas.

J. Crew wedding dress and John Varvatos groom's suit

pastel wedding florals

romantic desert wedding portraits

delicate floral headpiece

cactus wedding ring display

colorful chalkboard sign

wedding rings nest carrier

outdoor backyard wedding

guest parasols and fabric garland

chalkboard signs and parasol

tree hanging vase

row of flower vases and candle centerpieces

wild lavender

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.

rows of flower vases

covered jam guest gifts and a boat beverage cooler

twinkle light decor

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!

decorative jar label and delicate rose centerpiece

rustic tin can elements and bud vase

rabbit couple wedding cake topper

backyard wedding reception

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

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@WeddingReports on Oct 16, 2012

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Mark on Oct 16, 2012

What a beautiful wedding! The photography is artistic and captures the bride and groom and the setting in a remarkable way!

@fondlyforever on Oct 16, 2012

“@100LayerCake: This bride looks like such a cutie in her floral crown.” Thank you so much for the feature!!!

Chocolate Fountains - Clayton on Oct 16, 2012

Stunning, awesome & beautiful... love this! Congrats guys oxox

@wasootch on Oct 16, 2012

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Cheri {Woodsy Weddings} on Oct 16, 2012

What a sweet, intimate and crazy-gorgeous wedding! The flowers and desert-inspired colors are truly stunning.

Dublin on Oct 16, 2012

Such a stunning wedding and love the shoes, so pretty. The wedding rings are so unusual with the green strip - not sure what it is but loke the uniqueness of it.

Erin on Oct 16, 2012

i would like to know more about the wedding bands as well. Designer? Model name? thank you!

Jan on Oct 16, 2012

What an amazing event! The photography was creative and artisitc in capturing the mood and setting of the celebration.

Robin on Oct 16, 2012

The rings were by an artist on Etsy named Chris Timberlake. They were made by rolling thin layers of silver, gold, and rose gold in a process called Mokume Gane, this creates a wood grain effect. They were then inlayed with a layer of stone called crysoprase.

@Flowerona on Oct 17, 2012

Beautiful pastel wedding blooms by Karen Armitt via @100LayerCake

Danielle on Oct 17, 2012

Wow, what a beautiful wedding! And the photography, stunning. I'm so glad to be friends with a friend of the couple so that I could enjoy the latter :)

joy on Oct 17, 2012

What a gorgeous wedding! Thanks for sharing. May i ask where you got that beautiful flower girl dress? It is perfect :)

Christine on Oct 17, 2012

Awesome pics of a beautiful event.

ROSALYN BERTANZA on Oct 18, 2012


Cousins Antoinette & Bob on Oct 18, 2012

...graceful...splendid..awesome..lovely...beautiful...thoughtful..endearing...touching.. adorable..amazing..special...whimsical..spectacular..gorgeous..we just loved them...

Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third} on Oct 21, 2012

Amazing pictures!!! Love it! beautiful wedding!

Liz on Feb 7, 2013

Your wedding looks beautiful! Can I ask who made your dress? I'm in love with it!

Jeff Trindle on Dec 3, 2013

That is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Short but very precise info

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