22 Jan

Colorful Bay Area wedding: Christine + Fred

categories Real Weddings

Amy Kuschel wedding dress

It’s always fun to see the wedding of high school sweethearts, isn’t it? Well, Christine + Fred aren’t that couple. In fact, they’ve got those couples beat. They met in kindergarten (awe)! So yeah, their wedding was kind of a big deal for all their friends and family (and pup, Miles), that have been dying to see them tie the knot. As Creative Director of the new social marketplace, Luvocracy + one of the most followed pinners on Pinterest, you can just imagine how much fun she had planning her wedding. It included elements of everything they love. From their family dogs to their Latin culture. It was the perfect love story captured beautifully by Feather & Stone Photography.

Kate Spade necklace and Cat Bird wedding rings

Miles the dog

That’s Miles, their handsome little pup with the cutest little underbite. You better believe he was in the wedding… and wearing a tuxedo!

Amy Kuschel ruffled wedding dress

Kate Spade gold necklace

dog and bride portraits

Kate Spade gold sparkle bow wedding heels

Love a gal in gold sparkly Kate Spade heels!

the first look

groom's pink bow tie and miniature yellow rose boutonniere

Amy Kuschel belted ruffle wedding dress

chunky coral bridesmaid necklaces

Sweet Peas, Dahlias, Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Dusty Miller and Geraniums

The bridesmaid bouquets weren’t as grand as Christine’s, but just as pretty with Sweet Peas, Dahlias, Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Dusty Miller and Geraniums.

beige groom's suit and blue groomsmen suits

Ranunculus, Peonies, Freesia, Dahlias, Poppy Pods, Brunia, and smoke

Christine wanted a ton of color and lots of texture in her bridal bouquet, and her floral designer, Kiana Underwood of Tulipina really pulled it off by creating a bouquet with Ranunculus, Peonies, Freesia, Dahlias, Poppy Pods, Brunia, and smoke (the fuzzy stuff).

rose petal lined aisle for an outdoor wedding ceremony

Bay Area outdoor wedding ceremony

My husband and I grew up together, so we’ve been listening to music together for a long time. We’re big fans of 90’s R&B (the kind of music we slow-danced to at the many high school dances we went to together), so we had a couple of friends play an acoustic guitar version “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo at the start of the ceremony while our wedding party was coming down the aisle. They then transitioned into “Just Like Heaven” by the Cure when it was my turn to walk down. It truly was just like heaven! At the end of the ceremony, we all walked out to “Today” by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Amy Kuschel ruffled wedding dress

dog designed escort cards

Bay Area outdoor wedding

mariachi band

picnic-style reception tables and colorful paper lanterns

framed dog picture table numbers and colorful florals

My husband and I both come from a family of serious dog lovers. Between us, we have 15 dogs in our family! Each table was named after one of our family dogs and the place cards had their photos along with a little dog quote for a bit of pooch personality.

colorful wild flowers and silver bottle vases

bow tie and heart accents

vibrant yellow and red flowers and lemons

sweet pastries and chalkboard menu sign

Mmm, a pan dulce dessert table (and mariachi, of course) is the sweetest way to bring in some Latin culture.

fruit branch arrangement

wedding poster for guests to sign

I used lyrics from one of our favorite songs (Mint Car by The Cure) to create a personal poster that we were excited to hang in our home after the wedding.

flower-designed wedding cake

paper lantern lighting

colorful paper lantern lighting

Ban.do pink feather hair piece

Christine’s bit of wedding day advice:

Step away from everything with your groom for at least 15 minutes at some point on your wedding day. Take in that moment, look at each other, and privately celebrate the fact that you’re about to start the rest of your lives together. They may just be the best 15 minutes of your day.

Congratulations Christine + Fred!

Photography: Feather and Stone / Venue: Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate in Oakland / Floral Designer: Tulipina / Caterer: Wild Thyme Catering / DJ: Mel Corpus / Tables and Chairs: Zephyr Tents / Bride’s Dress: Amy Kuschel / Bride’s and Grooms Wedding Rings: Cat Bird / Brides Shoes and Jewelry: Kate Spade / Reception Dress: Bebe / Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan at Nordstrom / Bridesmaids Necklaces: Bauble Bar / Hair Accessories: ban.do / Groom’s Bow Tie and Groomsmen’s Ties: General Knot / Dog Tuxedo Vest: Poochie Heaven

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  1. I love love love the big necklaces and the heart sparklers….and i love that the bride wore her hair down…I wish more of my brides would:) XO

  2. Lots of colorful details in the Bay Area wedding of @milestostyle, one of our fave gals to follow on @Pinterest http://t.co/aPhMbD8p

  3. Love the bright necklaces on the bridesmaids! And of course the sweet pup!


  4. What a wonderful wedding! You’re a lovely couple! The bride dress is amazing!

  5. Colorful Bay Area wedding: Christine + Fred: It’s always fun to see the wedding of high school sweethearts, isn’… http://t.co/zczaSM84

  6. Hanging lanterns set the mood and add some color to this #realwedding! http://t.co/bs9eclqS

  7. What an absolutely lovely wedding! Everything was just beautiful!!

  8. Oh, I’ve been waiting to see this one!! Absolutely amazing, totally beautiful, drop-dead dreamy… What a gorgeous wedding Christine & incredibly lovely work Feather & Stone!

  9. Stunning, stunning pictures!! This wedding is absolutely gorgeous! Loving the colours, DIY touches, dress and flowers. Venue is perfect! :)

    COngrats guys xoxo

  10. Luvocracy Creative Director @milestostyle had the most beautiful wedding. Ever. Check it out on @100LayerCake http://t.co/dcCwxKtd

  11. The work of Feather and Stone Photography is just amazing. A beautiful wedding captured so well, LOVE the portraits with the dog!

  12. Colorful Bay Area wedding: Christine + Fred http://t.co/NklFSmDk

  13. Make your dog part of the wedding nuptials? Yes or No? Cheesy or Cute? Discuss amongst yourselves… http://t.co/DsUqpMzb

  14. Awesome images! I especially love the “first look” images!

  15. How amazing is the floral cake in today’s wedding? You’ve got to see the rest of the wedding! So cute. http://t.co/aPhMbD8p

  16. Who did the cake design? It’s absolutely stunning!

  17. I love the multi-colored lanterns! Lovely wedding! Congrats Christine and Fred! :)

  18. Colorful Bay Area wedding: Spectacular floral cake & bouquet ideas! Take a look & get inspired http://t.co/NPBAkvl2 via @100LayerCake

  19. The colors and the creative details and the way they featured their love for doggies…makes this wedding a stand-out!

  20. This bride is stunning. I love the blindfold shots!

  21. Thank you lovely ladies for the beautiful feature, we’re so greatful! We adored working with these 2 and Miles turned out to be the sweeter little poser.

  22. Give me those tables please…. =)

  23. Great pics! I can’t get past the groom’s terrible style. I mean the suit is at least a size too big and to not even have the pants hemmed correctly is unforgivable. Looks like this is common with most weddings on this blog- over styled and pretty on the surface but missing on many key details. Give me men styled like men in suits that fit in classic colors: you’re getting married for petes sake, why not a bespoke or made to measure suit?

  24. I’m photographing a wedding at this venue in September 2013 and seeing these pictures from it makes me so excited!! Such a beautiful wedding and the photographer did an amazing job!!!

  25. This wedding is so beautiful! Love all the details! Gorgeous bride!

  26. I love everything about this wedding! The dress, the detail on the dress, the dog, the groom, the blind folds, the flowers, the lights, the cake EVERYTHING. Fabulous!

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