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Crafty California wedding: Ilana + Mark

October 18, 2012
hand-painted and custom designed wedding invites

Ilana + Mark had been together for ten years before getting hitched. Like together, together. So in order to have a wedding that was an extension of their joint aesthetic – a very crafty and creative kind that loves decorating their home together – they used a mix of flea market finds, Anthropologie splurges, and their own crafty creations (invitations, folded books, pennant flags, fabric bunting, matching cake topper, terrarium centerpieces, and succulent escort cards). Yeah, these two got crafty.

Calamigos Ranch Malibu wedding portraits silver jewelry and nail accents and Sarah Seven wedding dress Peonies, cabbage roses, succulents, scabiosa pods, and pink veronica bouquet

Ilana’s bouquet recipe: peonies, cabbage roses, succulents, scabiosa pods, and pink veronica

turquoise groom's bow tie romantic garden wedding portrait Bettye Muller heels from BHLDN ferris wheel wedding party portraits merry-go-round wedding portrait book encased wedding bands handmade pennant flags and delicate floral chair accents shades of pink bridesmaid dresses Calamigos Ranch Malibu wedding Calamigos Ranch Malibu wedding mini succulent escort cards Heirloom appetizers and pennant flags Petrojvic Blasting Company band handmade bunting garlands cut-out books and terrarium centerpieces cut-out book art and terrarium centerpieces "I'm Having Fun Now" book cut-out by Novel Brand vintage book centerpieces and wild flowers ruffled pink cake and bunting topper handmade bunting garlands lit up ferris wheel portrait

I think that the most memorable moment for both of us was hearing the vows we had written for each other. Mark and I are both writers, so I guess you could say that our vows were our shared magnum opus. Over the course of the few weeks before the wedding, we went back and forth as to whether or not we would read them to each each other before our wedding day, but ultimately decided to let them be a surprise. We were both nervous, but it ended up being a wonderful decision. We laughed as we each recounted our 10-year history as a couple, and cried happy tears as we related our hopes and dreams for our future together. It was really a beautiful moment.

Cheers Ilana + Mark!

Photography: Love Me Sailor / Event planner: Bookend Events (the bride’s very own event company with her cousin) / Venue: Calamigos Ranch Malibu / Catering: Heirloom LA / Bakery: Sara J Pastries & Cakes / Floral designer: Mr. Caballero Creative / Band: Petrojvic Blasting Company / Folded books: Novel Brand (The groom’s Etsy shop) / Invitations design + typeface design: Mark Saul (groom) / Officiant: dear friend Sean Kearney co-officiated with a cantor / Hair: Sabrina Silvers of Bree Salon / Makeup: Jessica Rinsky / Bride’s dress: Sarah Seven / Shoes: Bettye Muller heels from BHLDN for the ceremony; Chanel ballet flats for dancing / Bride’s bracelet and earrings: Kate Spade / Groom’s suit: Ben Sherman / Bowties: Forage and Pierpont Hicks