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An enchanting DIY pink + gold Big Sur wedding in the clouds

May 11, 2023

If you dream of saying I Do amongst the natural beauty of the California coast, but not without a little fairytale glam in the mix, then Ivana and Matt’s wedding in Big Sur is sure to be one for your moodboard. Pink + gold decor and thoughtful details were planned and handmade by the bride, blending magically with the incredible florals by our vendor guide member Christine of Barefoot Floral. The team at Big Sur Weddings were behind the wedding’s coordination and venue, and Big Sur photographer Evynn LeValley captured each enchanting moment below:

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Ombré Wedding Invitations

Ivana hand-lettered the invitations, which were then letterpressed on triple-layered cotton paper. The edges of each invitation were painted ombré, from hot pink to Valencia orange. The silk ribbon wrapping the invitation was dyed ombré to match. The suite was mailed within a bright fuchsia envelope, addressed in white inked-calligraphy. The whole suite set the stage for a romantic, glam wedding with surprising ombré details and lots of pops of pink.

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The bride wore a gorgeous embellished Miraz Willinger wedding dress with handmade Emmy London shoes.

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Speaking of setting the stage… A standout moment of the day were the 100 pink ombré arranged from light to dark.

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Four signature cocktails, named after the couple’s two dogs and two cats, had little sugar wafers placed on the liquid’s surface with their faces illustrated on it. Too cute! The bar was rounded out with a selection of hand-picked wine from the bride’s favorite hometown wine shop, Bay Grape Oakland.

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The couple set out a calligraphed jar for guests to write notes they could later read at their one-year anniversary.

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Welcoming Guests

Two floral-adorned baby alpacas greeted guests on arrival. Waitstaff passed out glasses of champagne with tiny scoops of homemade strawberry sorbet, and Revival Ice Cream, an award winning creamery based in Monterey, served their famous Bee’s Knees, Chocolate Nuts n Fluff, and Lemon Peel flavors in miniature waffle cones, from a vintage flower cart.

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Reception Decor

The reception featured even more adorable DIY moments by our crafty calligrapher bride: Ivana hand-wrote every line item on the custom-cut acrylic menus, placed on alabaster pink chargers. The DIY seating charts were also handwritten on gold and glass frames. Inside the frames were pressed flowers and greenery to go with the coastal garden vibe. And how pretty are those strawflower placemats and hanging flower details?

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Once the sun set, guests hit the dance floor and photo booth, which was in a converted camper trailer. LED sunglasses, rings, and glow sticks were tossed out, and it turned into a full-on 2000s middle school rave!

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Congratulations, Ivana + Matt!

PS Planning to tie the knot in Big Sur? See another recent Big Sur wedding right here.

Photographer: Evynn LeValley | Coordinator-Design: Big Sur Weddings | Floral Design: Christine Cater of Barefoot Floral | Venue: Private Estate in Big Sur, CA | Beauty: Blush | Invitations: Typecase Industries | Photo Bus: bessy the foto bus | Video: Kindle Wood Filma | Reception Music: DNA | Ceremony Music: Kelly Productions | Caterer: Events by Classic | Ice Cream: Revival Ice Cream | Dessert: Edith Meyer | Rentals: Chic Event Rentals, Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals, & Bright Event Rentals | Linens: La Tavola-BBJ | Bartending: Pour Girl | Bathrooms: Luxury Mobile Restrooms | Rehearsal Dinner: Big Sur River Inn | Fur Baby-Sitter: Carmel Paw Spa | Bride’s Wedding Dress: Miraz Willinger | Shoes: Emmy London | Ring: Blue Nile | Groom’s Suit: Indochino | Guest Accommodations: Big Sur Lodge | Officiant: Ken Robins | Shuttle: AITS | Alpacas: Alpacas of El Dorado | Creative Details: Bride