You might have already seen snippets of this wedding in the newest issue of Utterly Engaged, but when the bride, Paige, sent over images and their wedding story…I couldn’t resist sharing it on Once Wed too. Paige owns the event planning company, Bash Eco Events, which specializes in helping clients find organic, eco-friendly options for their wedding or party. So, you can imagine how absolutely gorgeous her wedding was…

My husband and I met through mutual friends while we were going through divorces from our previous spouses in spring of 2006. It was a sad time, and we both needed a friend to lean on that understood the situation, as it is so strange to get divorced. We talked and had coffee and met for drinks and emailed and became best friends. We went on picnics to the park with our kids and our kids became good friends. We couldn’t deny that it was a perfect fit. We felt hopeful, inspired, and truly connected through cosmic forces. Through a hard time grew a beautiful relationship and we fell madly in love.

When we started planning the wedding, I was completely scattered. I had so many ideas rushing through my head, and I proved to be indecisive, which I’m not normally with my clients. We had always talked about/and planned to get married at Temescal Canyon Park under the sycamores where we picnic often with our kids. We love the shady spot and it had special sentimentality. However, after looking at our budget we decided to save a few pennies and get married at our house in Brentwood. (We had 85 guests which was a perfect number for our home).












After hours of searching and trying on friends dresses and brides I had contacted online about their dresses, I found my gorgeous St. Pucci for rent at One Night Affair. (retailed for $6000 and I rented it for $800). That was my something borrowed. My husband wore his own vintage black vest and pants from American Rag. (the shoes, shirt, and hat were new). My dear friend Nanci Bennett made/gifted me the most beautiful vintage/re-purposed bracelet for my something old and something blue (her jewelry line is called Sid Vintage). My shoes were my something new from J.Crew. Another dear friend who makes the most exquisite hemp handbags, Heather Heron, made me an organic hemp ring bearer pillow with antique lace and a large crystal embedded within.

For our altar marking on the terrace, we used eucalyptus stumps from the last time we had the large trees pruned. they were different heights and encased us beautifully with rose petals draped all around them. Our florist did beautiful arrangements all along the terrace wall, and I scattered hundreds of hurricane candles.

Photography by Charley Star

Stay tuned for so much more coming up next!


Comments (19)

The Perfect Palette | Reply

Lovely COLOR palette!!!!

nicole b. | Reply

What a wonderful story… and what a beautiful couple they are! Thanks for sharing.

TH | Reply

Wow, beautiful story and ceremony. I had no idea that you could rent a wedding dress.

brideonashoestring | Reply

Now I am looking into renting a dress! I love her florals just gorgeous!

jaime | Reply

Love her dress! What a great idea to rent it- it’s saves so much $ and it’s something borrowed!

paige appel | Reply

thank you emily! wonderful post.

Jason Appelman | Reply

Such lovely shots. Really beautiful!

Lucia @ | Reply

aww! i love them. thank you for featuring it on here too. it was such a beautiful wedding!

barnyard chic | Reply

wow…I LOVE this wedding! And their story is truly touching!

sharon taylor | Reply

Inspiring on every level. One of the darlingest wedding stories I’ve seen in a long time. I love inventiveness like this!

Sweet & Saucy Shop | Reply

Their wedding was adorable! The dress, the details, the flowers…I love it all!

Melanie | Reply

That was absolutely lovely! I felt like I was there. Beautiful story of love!

Tammy Golson | Reply

Beautiful, casual, but elegant. Bravo!

Rachel Nickel | Reply

Beautifully sweet and amazing. great job being eco friendly and chic!

Eva | Reply

That’s a lovely story and a beautiful wedding. I love these pictures, they are just glowing with love!

bridal girl | Reply

That was so lovely. It is so natural and the venue is truly surrounded by love… Congratulations to your wedding…

The Wedding Contessa | Reply

Very artistic flowers! The “vows” sign is beautiful!