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California fall wedding: Allison + Jon

November 1, 2012
quirky wedding invitation

How can you not giggle at that save the date? Love a couple that can poke fun of their teenage self and have a great wedding at the same time. These two had the perfect fall-like wedding in Lake Arrowhead fitting to share on this chilly 1st of November morning. With an already gorgeous backdrop, they added touches of natural elements throughout – blocks of wood as escort card holders, hanging moss balls, and custom flowers made of wood. We’ve never seen anything like it, but it’s such a great touch.

rustic floral wedding invitation suite "Maldives" by Melissa Sweet wedding dress "Maldives" by Melissa Sweet wedding dress Jcrew Colorblock necklace and beaded change purse jade necklace and lose chignon boat engraved wedding band rustic woods fall wedding forest bridge wedding portraits fall foliage bouquets

Allison’s very textural bouquet recipe: cotton, basil, euctalyptus, succulents, hydrangea, and some awesome custom wood flowers.

rustic cabin bridal party photo fabric altar dressing and floral wreathe tented garden wedding mauve bridesmaid dresses hanging moss balls and rustic altar design rounded florals wood block escort cards and wild flower centerpieces guest photo booth and scrapbook "Nom Nom" buffet sign planter box floral centerpieces smores table and skewers outdoor first dance smores graham crackers and fire pit twinkle light garlands

Every bride has different expectations, family situations, resources, and what-not, so I don’t know if I can offer any universal advice. But I can say from my experience, the following tidbits were helpful.
There is always another vendor available for your wedding date whether it is 2 years before or 2 weeks before the big day
* Don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself caring about the “tablescape” even if you are a seriously chill person.
* Actively recognize and thank people for their contributions – things can get hectic, but taking the time to recognize your amazing family and friends for their efforts goes a long way. Nobody wants to be thought of as “ungrateful” on their wedding day.

Great advice Allison!

Photography: Sarah Morrison at Hazelwood Photo / Venue: Pine Rose / Catering: Grayston Catering / Bouquet + boutonnieres: Carly Cylinder of FlourLA / Make-up + Hair: Kacee Geoffroy / All other florals: Bride’s mom / DJ & Photobooth: Chad Hobart at Arrowhead DJ / Cake: Portos / Other desserts: Bride’s aunts / Placecards Calligrapher: Bride’s aunt / Officiant: Mike Young, bride’s brother / Save-the-date: Kimberly Stewart at Stewart Design Studios / Custom stamps: Zazzle / Bride’s dress: “Maldives” by Melissa Sweet from Priscilla of Boston (Purchased at 90% off!) / Necklace: JCrew / Shoes: Seychelles / Groom’s suit: Ted Baker / Bridesmaids dresses: Tart / Flower girl dresses: Us Angels