We love outdoor weddings, and Jenny and Patrick’s California nuptials is no exception. Gazing through these (stunning!) images from Kate Weinstein, you can practically smell the fresh air and hear the gentle rustle of the wind through the leaves. That wonderful feeling you get from dining on a beautiful patio is the same that we feel at an outdoor wedding. Romance is intensified, the senses are heightened, and conversation between friends and loved ones flows freer. Don’t you wish you were a guest at this wedding?
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Hands-down, we think this might be one of the most beautiful wedding ceremonies we have ever seen. This amazingly long aisle, set in the middle of the woods, and lined with thousands of candles, is just absolutely perfect. Add to it a whimsical, overgrown garden feel at their reception, and the entire event is just filled with beautiful little moments and ideas to inspire you.
Alex and Trevor had some of the most beautiful details that we’ve seen , including their gorgeous ceremony location. Here they share their thoughts with us on why they chose an evening, candlelit ceremony:
“From the beginning, Trevor and I knew we wanted to do a candlelit ceremony. While we were scouting ceremony locations we realized it would be harder than we thought to find a place dark enough at 8:00 to hold a candlelit ceremony. We finally found a perfect spot but it did require a bit of walking (and a bit of creativity). We had guests arrive at 7:00 for a cocktail hour where they were greeted with trays of champagne and farm house tables full of house made breads, charcuterie and cheese. At 7:45 everyone ventured into the woods for our ceremony. The aisle was over 60 yards long and lined with over 1,000 candles. Our family and friends helped us collect antique candlesticks and candelabras for the ceremony. We would get giddy calls from people after they found an antique candelabra for us- everyone got really into the search! It was fun!
With a 7:45pm ceremony we knew it would be a long day for our immediate family and bridal party. Trevor suggested that we serve a family style dinner for them before the ceremony. So at 5:00pm a group of 50 (our bridal party, parents and siblings) gathered in the upstairs dining room and enjoyed an intimate dinner. This is when we planned for speeches to take place, and we were overwhelmed by all of the heartfelt words from our family and friends- everyone laughed and cried through the entire dinner! Getting to enjoy a delicious meal with all of our best friends, relax and share sweet memories right before walking down the aisle is a moment in time we will never forget.”
Photographer: Clark Brewer Photography | Day of Styling: Caroline Brewer Styling | Location, Florist, Catering: RT Lodge | Food: Hoof Food Truck | Gown/Veil: Custom by White Orchid Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Ann Taylor | Bride’s Jewelry: Dannijo | Hair & Makeup: Bangs & Blush | Groom’s Fashion: Jcrew | Shoes: Cole Haan | Paper Goods: The Happy Envelope & Anja Mulder | Rentals & Linens: All Occasions Party Rentals | Tent: Sperry Tent for RT Lodge | Music: The Pink Cadillacs & Dogwood Strings via Special Notes
What we love most about Chelsea and James’s wedding in the English countryside is how simple, chic and traditionally English it all is. They planned with a focus on locally sourced and artisan produce, utilizing locally grown wildflowers, regionally sourced items in the menu, and locally produced cheeses. Chelsea knew that she didn’t want to lose the magic of the picturesque event locations themselves – the medieval St. James’ church for the ceremony and a beautifully rustic barn at Mickleton Hills Farm for the reception were both chosen carefully for that reason. With Once Wed Preferred Vendor Jessie Thomson taking care of their trans-Atlantic planning, the beautiful details of this day are surely something to take inspiration from.
More from the event planner, Jessie Thomson:
When I was first introduced to Chelsea and James I knew their wedding was going to be beautifully simple and chic – together they had already launched Pacific Northwest design brand Grain, a sustainability focused design company launched after they’d been spotlighted as part of New York Design Week.
This couple chose to host their marriage celebration in the idyllic English countryside town of Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds, where Chelsea’s grandparents had lived while she was growing up and where she spent holidays as a child. A place of many fond family memories, but not without it’s difficulties – namely planning a wedding from abroad with rather a large time difference!
For the reception dinner, Chelsea opted to have two long parallel tables sat beneath draped garlands of hand-harvested foliage that had been hung in the main barn the day before. The table settings were kept simple with lavender and rosemary, and hundreds of candles which I lit before the guests arrived.
A giant chandelier and yet more candles were the only accessories to the dance floor in the evening – their first song was Johnny Cash and June Carter’s If I Were a Carpenter. Such sweet lyrics for the sweetest couple.”
Wedding Co-ordination & Styling: Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events | Photographer: Ben Blood | Ceremony Venue: St James’ Church | Reception Venue: Mickleton Hills Farm | Bridal Gown: Alice Temperley | Groom Suit: Paul Smith | Florist: Lisa Drinkwater | Stationery: Willis Hoke (friend of the bride & groom) | Catering: James Nixon | Hair: Muse Broadway | Makeup: Nathan Thomas (friend of the bride and “man of honor”) | Hire Items: Plato Hire | Wine & Glasses: The Grape Store | DJ/Soundsystem: Deckstar Deluxe