Crafty California wedding: Ilana + Mark

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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

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@PerfectBridal on Oct 18, 2012

Crafty California wedding: Ilana + Mark: Illana + Mark had been together for ten years before getting hitched. L...

Chocolate Fountains - Clayton on Oct 18, 2012

Lovely pics... very whimsical :) Congrats oxox

@clubwedd on Oct 18, 2012

Illana + Mark had been together for ten years before getting hitched. Like together, together. So in order to ha...

@FCWeddings on Oct 18, 2012

Loving this colorful California wedding! The ferris wheel backdrop is just so much fun! #wedding

Brandon on Oct 18, 2012

Love the image of the groom kissing the bride on the cheek. Those leading lines are awesome!

@helenChupp on Oct 18, 2012

Crafty California wedding: Ilana + Mark

Sandra (Simply Peachy) on Oct 18, 2012

I love this! So whimsical! Absolutely adoring the couple's style!

@ko_design on Oct 18, 2012

Dear friends @ilanasaul and @marksaul's crafty wedding featured today on @100layercake #love

@MrCaballeroCrtv on Oct 18, 2012

my flowers and event set-up were featured today on @100LayerCake shot by the always amazing @lovemesailor thanks guys!!

The Southern Stylist on Oct 18, 2012

This is fabulous! Love the color scheme, textures, and over all fancy free theme!

@SmartBride on Oct 18, 2012

love the favors! RT @100layercake: Succulent favors, terrarium centerpieces, & pretty florals by @MrCaballeroCrtv:

samantha on Oct 18, 2012

Am I the only who realized the groom was on Grey's Anatomy? lol lovely wedding!

@MarkSaul on Oct 18, 2012

Thanks to @100LayerCake for the post on what is probably the biggest art project my wife and I have ever done together.

Betsy on Oct 18, 2012

Loved the wedding rings set into the center of the book. Especially since I believe it was a copy of the bride's favorite tome crafted by her groom.

sierra on Oct 18, 2012

Were are the bridesmaid dresses from? Love the tan scalloped one!

@TimDuncanEvents on Oct 19, 2012

What a fun whimsical #realwedding: #whimsicalwedding

@im_simplypeachy on Oct 19, 2012

LOVE their style RT @100layercake Not sure how the groom made these centerpieces, but they sure are neat @lovemesailor:

Ilana on Oct 19, 2012

@sierra The tan scalloped one was from J. Crew. All of the bridesmaids chose their own dresses though!

Nicole on Oct 19, 2012

Heirloom rocks!

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

So many details to love! amazing pictures and beautiful wedding!!

Christina on Oct 21, 2012

Where is the bunting from? It's beautiful!

color me carla on Oct 23, 2012

Gorgeous! Love the invitations :)

Ilana on Oct 29, 2012

@Christina We made all the bunting ourselves!

Weddings by Grace and Mona Hawaii on May 18, 2013

From a wedding planner's perspective, one of the aspects of this wedding that stand out the most is just how cohesive the aesthetic is. Everything about it - the flags under the tent, the books, the nostalgic ferris wheel, etc. all makes sense! Even the non-fussy and "just-picked" feel of the bouquets lend a certain care-free feel to the decor. Congratulations, Ilana and Mark, not only on tying the knot, but also on a job well done with designing your wedding!

Glen Gerson on Jan 16, 2014

I still remember this wedding at Calamigos Ranch, wow i finally got the pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing these photos. If anyone wants to check the wedding venue, check the link

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