California Garden Wedding

John and Katie’s adorable garden celebration has got to be one of the sweetest celebrations I’ve ever seen. Ever since Katie posted her engagement pictures over on her blog, there has been quite a bit of excitement over her upcoming wedding–and with good reason! The peach and pink flowers, John’s cute tie, their little pug ring bearer–all of the details are so delightful and Cooper Carras did such a great job with the photography…

Our wedding took place on the charmingly time-warped island of Alameda in San Francisco’s east bay.  We had just moved to the area and fallen head over heels for its neighborhoods brimming with old Victorian homes.  The ceremony took place in a historic garden owned by the local historical society.  To keep things as simple and intimate as possible only immediate family and a handful of dear friends were in attendance.  My husband and step-father played guitar as my mother and father walked me up the aisle.  As I approached John set down his guitar to greet me—it was a magical moment.  Our pug, Alfred, was the ring bearer which made for much comic relief!  After we kissed my little brother and step-father followed us out strumming a favorite Beatles tune.  The dinner reception was held at a tiny bistro four blocks away.  We’d worked with the chef to prepare a scrumptious menu of New American delights.  Rather than one big wedding cake we opted for a selection of fresh fruit tarts and cheesecake from a bakery just down the road.  It was the most simple of occasions and the happiest day of our lives.

Orange Plaid Wedding Tie Orange Wedding Bouquet Cooper Carras Wedding Photography Pug Wedding Ideas Cooper Carras Orange Pink Wedding Ideas Orange And Pink Wedding Bouquet

Don’t forget to check out Katie’s blog–its so cute!

Dress: J.Crew

Suit: Vintage

Plaid Tie: 3Sixteen

Photographer: Cooper Carras

Flowers: Festive Designs

Reception Restaurant: Pappo

Bakery: Feel Good Bakery

37 Responses to “California Garden Wedding”

  1. sylvie of silver lining

    hooray for katie! i am so dazzled and ridiculously happy for my charming blog friend :) her + john’s garden celebration was true to their inspiring style…and little alfred the pug made a guest appearance too! love, love, love. congratulations!
    sylvie of silver lining

  2. Nicolette Lynch

    LOVE THIS! So happy for Kate & John- and so honored to have had the chance to do their flowers and be a part of their special day! The Festive Designs crew loves you two!

  3. jane

    So honored to have been there to share in your beautiful celebration — you two look just as happy and radiant as I remember. A perfect day indeed* love, jane

  4. Kirby

    Katie is such a beautiful young woman and so inspiring. Her wedding looks beautiful! I love the colors and the little details throughout. Cheers to the happy couple!!

    xx Kirby

  5. Mariel

    SO happy to see Katie & John’s wedding featured here. She is such a lovely person, and her wedding was equally so! Elegance! :)

  6. Heidi SChreck

    Wow, what a gorgeous wedding and what a gorgeous couple!! I love the colors!! I wish you both a very happy ever after!!!

  7. Melissa

    Gorgeous flowers. I love the intimate and simplicity of this wedding. Sounds like a perfectly lovely and romantic day.

  8. Mary Doster Armour

    I felt like I was in the presence of a ‘lifetime love’! Treasure it and don’t ever take it for granted! XXXOOO Mum

  9. AMY A

    OMG what a lovely wedding! Gorgeous flowers! Does anyone know where I can get myself a pair of those earrings? x

  10. leslie

    Being a short haired girl myself, I love seeing a bride with short hair for once! Why do all brides feel the need to have long hair on their wedding day?


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