Eclectic Watercolor Wedding

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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) // Day of Coordinator: Hallie Slade / La Boheme Events // Invitations: Aardvark Letterpress // Dress: Emily Harteau( // Suit: InterMilan // Catering: Animal Restaurant

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37 Responses to “Eclectic Watercolor Wedding”

  1. Jeanette

    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.

  2. Ciara

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

  3. Lauren

    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.

  4. Jacqui

    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!

  5. Nicolle Jacobs

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

  6. Bryan

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

  7. Lynne Moses

    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.

  8. Victoria

    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.

  9. Margo martindle

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

  10. Aerien

    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!

  11. Rebecca Fishman

    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!

  12. Jewel

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


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