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When my husband and I got engaged it seemed pretty obvious that we’d get married at my parents’ house, an avocado farm in Carpinteria, CA.  It was April and we wanted a fall wedding, so we decided to just go for it and plan it all in 6 months–I knew more time would only mean more obsessing!  I also really wanted everything to have a hand-made feel and come out of the talents of our community–we are lucky to know so many creative, wonderful people, so we enlisted them all to make the wedding as homegrown as possible.

I’m a wedding photographer myself, so photography was of huge importance; Nancy was my first and only choice.  She led me to Emily, my new friend and dream dress creator.  I’d found an old lace dress at a vintage show, and she reworked it entirely, making a hand-dyed ombre slip to go underneath and putting in panels and sleeves made of tulle from my husband’s grandmother’s veil.  She also dyed an old silk bedcoat I had lying around to match the dress. The invitations were based on a watercolor I did–the guys at Aardvark letterpress worked with me to create a custom two-ink press so that the colors would bleed like watercolors!  I asked my mom, an incredible florist, to do the flowers.

I wanted the tablescapes to feel wild and blowsy, like a fairyland.  For centerpieces, she gathered my husband’s family silver and planted it with succulents, then filled in with smaller flower arrangements, pomegranates, baby apples, and acacia branches from one of her trees.  I cut napkins out of sari fabric and used painters’ dropclothes as tableclothes.  For escort cards, I used cut-up watercolors I’d painted; table numbers were old house address numbers I found on Etsy.

It was an intensely emotional, magical day and Nancy’s photos capture the spirit of the thing so beautifully.  Thank you for letting me share it!

Photography: Nancy Neil // Videography: Tyler Rumph // Florist: Monica Fishman (minxy47(at)aol.com) // Day of Coordinator: Hallie Slade / La Boheme Events // Invitations: Aardvark Letterpress // Dress: Emily Harteau(emilyharteau@gmail.com) // Suit: InterMilan // Catering: Animal Restaurant


Comments (37)

Lacie Hansen | Reply

i love the color and the romance, what a beautiful wedding!!!

Casey | Reply

That dress! oh my, it is gorgeous

Tricia | Reply

A magical moment to be sure.

Tricia | Reply

The images capture the magic of this day.

Jes - Life According to Jes | Reply

Precious. Love the country feel.

Kelly Oshiro | Reply

love it! Nancy’s work is always so dreamy!

Jeanette | Reply

I always love watercolor accents on weddings. This bride did it justice and Nancy Neil is one of my all time favorites so this is just perfection.

Jessica Williams | Reply

SO romantic and gorgeous!

Steven Conway | Reply

Beautiful colours here. Very nice!

Sue | Reply

LOVE the invitation! So pretty!

Ciara | Reply

Insanely beautiful and really unique ideas, the colour combinations are so fresh and vibrant but still dreamy and ethereal!

jillian nicole | Reply

Everything about this wedding is just breathtaking! Right down to those gorgeous, gold booties! Seriously swooning over here!

Lauren | Reply

So beautiful. It looks like a secret garden. I love all of the details! We were thinking of using canvas drop cloths as well but haven’t found them without several seams.

Rebecca Fishman | Reply

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments… And thanks Emily for featuring it!

bridal girl | Reply

I love the garden photos. They are really cool in the eyes. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

Jacqui | Reply

I love this ‘eclectic’ wedding. When weddings have themes, they often don’t feel real to me because the palettes and all else end up too simplified. This one is personal, elegant, rich, and so beautiful. Thanks!

Hallie | Reply

gorgeous photos, nancy! and thank you to emily for your feature. rebecca – you + thomas look stunning! :)

Michael | Reply

Absolutely beautiful.

Brooke Avishay | Reply

Great work, Hallie! :) What an amazing job an absolutely beautiful bride!

Nicolle Jacobs | Reply

Lovely couple and beautiful wedding! Hallie is always wonderful to work with…

Tara | Reply

Love everything about it, especially those booties.

Bryan | Reply

beautiful dress even more special knowing the story behind it, i love all the little details and the photography is stunning.

Alex | Reply

Amazing photos… What a beautiful wedding

Lin and Jeff | Reply

Fantastic pictures of a most beautiful wedding…what a beautiful bride

Jackie Vintage Bridal | Reply

The most amazingly delicate touch of colour – stunning!

Lynne Moses | Reply

Oh Rebecca! These photos are so gorgeous. You created the most beautiful, personal, connected event, and Nancy captured images that mirror the effects that memory adds to events. Thank you so much for sharing.

Victoria | Reply

This wedding speaks to me. So beautiful, fresh and unique. Wish I could have been there to witness it in person. Love every beautiful detail and that community was involved in bringing it all together so lovingly and beautifully.

Bettina | Reply

I love those tulle sleeves! And those golden booties! Where are they from? Did you also make them yourself?

Mark | Reply

Just one word: WOW!

Holly Cromer [Photographer Blacksburg, VA] | Reply

I love everything about this wedding… Especially the watercolor details, they are perfection!

Cheap Wedding Photography | Reply

I love the colour and tone of all the photographs. Vintage and vibrant. I have tried on several occasions to edit photographs with a watercolour tone. Yet often lose vibrancy or skin tones.

Margo martindle | Reply

Those are the most perfectly beautiful wedding pictures I’ve ever seen! Best wishes and prayers!!! Margo

Aerien | Reply

Where did you source the sari fabric for the napkins? I would love to do something similar but don’t know where to look. Thanks!

Rebecca Fishman | Reply

Aerien, I found the sari fabrics at Govinda’s, a store in Los Angeles (off Venice Blvd in Culver City) that has beautiful Indian imports. Thanks everyone for the kind words!

Jewel | Reply

What a creative wedding, beautiful couple, stunning bouquet…can anyone tell me what flowers the bride’s mother used in Rebecca’s bouquet?

rebecca fishman | Reply

@Jewel, the flowers in the bouquet were thistle, eucalyptus, protea, hydrangea, amaranth, dahlia, and some reedy grasses.

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