I’m worried about your hearts, folks. Because they might just be about to skip too many beats.
I always knew this wedding between an incredibly talented florist (Leah, of Bespoke Occasions) and a badass woodworker would be a dream. Yes, this ceremony is happening in front of a greenhouse they built themselves. Yes, this wedding features both grand historic trees and stone steps, but also a modern urban warehouse. YES, that’s a wedding cake made out of cheese wheels (dreams do come true), and a candlelit terrarium-filled wonderland of a reception. Yes, yes, yes.
But here’s the thing. Despite all those gorgeous, inspired, and inspiring details, this day was all about people. All about love. All about building lives that intertwine tightly. I didn’t realize how moved I would be until I was shooting through tears. I treasure these two and their friendship, and their quirky love makes my heart skip a beat. It was a dream day not just to shoot but to witness, and I am still thanking my lucky stars that I got to be a part of this magic.
I always love it when couples get ready at home. Something about feeling truly at ease in their environment. And Leah & Matt have an adorable home. I also love the energy and silliness that was brought by having her bestie’s kids running around. So much fun.
And this first look in front of one of my very favorite trees of San Diego… swoon city.
Is it weird if I say hubba-hubba about this bouquet? Leah is an incredibly talented florist so of course I would expect nothing less. And yet WOOOOOOOOOW.
There’s something terrifically intimate about having just your two best friends make up your wedding party. It also freed us up for an easy adventure since larger wedding parties take a lot more coordination and planning (or a party bus) to get them somewhere offsite.
Yup. They built it all themselves. Ded. D-e-d.
I loved that they decided on a Moniker Warehouse wedding—it’s an incredibly versatile modern-meets-industrial-meets-historic kinda space. What a perfect backdrop for the magic they created.
Not gonna lie, I cried a lot while this was happening. But don’t worry, I can shoot through tears—it’s become an important skill. :P
Also, isn’t this handfasting ceremony performed by Bethel just incredible? THEY INCLUDED THEIR DOG’S LEASH IN THE RIBBONS. So much happy! And what a super creative idea to using Moniker Warehouse’s front room as the ceremony site—it was certainly cozy, but it had a beautiful glowing feel. So inspired.
Prepare for your breath to get away. This space was beyond magical, it was otherworldly. The candlelight, the greenery, the mood and mystic wonderment. Yeah, so i kinda liked it, is what I’m saying.
SO much LOVE. In the epic words of Lin Manuel Miranda, love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love. And that was this. And it was a dream.
This gorgeous wedding was also featured on 100 Layer Cake, so be sure to take a look at more dreamy details there!
TALENT ROLL CALL
Photography: Let’s Frolic Together / Event Venue: Moniker Warehouse / Event Design and Floral Design: Bespoke Occasions / Coordination: Aja Lauren Event Production & Design / Hair & Makeup: Jennie J Beauty / Stationery: Zazzle / Catering: Curiocity Catering / Dessert Truck: King Kream Ice Cream / Cookies: Nikki Hummel / Cheese: Venissimo / Tables: Farm Formal Party Rentals / Chairs: Platinum Event Rentals / Accent Furniture: CC Vintage Rentals / Head Table Settings: Not My Dish / Glassware, Napkins, Cake Stands, Arrangements: Bespoke Occasions / Signage Calligraphy: Lazulie + Blithe / Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel / Wedding Dress: J. Crew / Veil: Bella Bridal Veils / Shoes: Carlos by Carlos Santana / Hair Accessory: Acute Designs / Engagement Ring: Gems of La Costa / Wedding Band: Revolution by Blazer Arts / Necklace: Family heirloom / Bridesmaids Dresses: Ann Taylor / Groom’s Tux: Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse / Associate Photographer: Julie Ferneau