Rachel & Justin | DIY Wedding at Barndiva

My friend Leah McCormick is here today to share this sweet wine country wedding…

Welcome bags included personalized aluminum water bottles, cookies, organic almonds, area maps and weekend information.

Bridesmaids chose their own dresses in a gold or champagne palette. And how sweet is this patch stitched into the groom’s jacket?!

Rachel was kind enough to answer some questions about the day:

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Healdsburg is one of our favorite places in the world. We went there for the weekend right after we got engaged, and we decided that even though we are both from the East Coast, it was the perfect place for us to say “I do.” We hoped that our family and friends would be excited about a trip to beautiful wine country, and it turns out all of our guests missed Hurricane Irene – so it worked out great!

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted the wedding to be very true to who we are. We made all of the decisions together, especially since we were so far away from family in the planning process. Music and food were very important to us (Justin plays the piano and sings and I am getting my masters degree in Food Studies). Our theme was the line “where you invest your love, you invest your life” by Mumford & Sons.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  The ceremony. It was the best. Our family friend married us and he was perfect (most of his ceremony was a surprise to us), and two of our best friends in our bridal party sang a duet of “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. It was amazing. Being picked up on the dance floor during “Shout” was pretty fun too.

What advice do you have for other brides?  1) Embrace the imperfections – they become part of the whole, which will be perfect no matter what.  2) Dance with your grandparents.  3) Use Etsy.

Photography: Leah McCormick / Venue: Barndiva in Healdsburg, California / Bride’s dress: Rivini / Bride’s earrings: Mikimoto / Save-the-date: Minted / Invitations: Hello!Lucky / Flowers: Dragonfly Floral / Catering and planning: Barndiva / Ceremony music: Amethyst Trio / Reception music: The Cheeseballs


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