Featuring a wedding from One Love Photo is like posting twenty-five Sunday Editions at once – every single image is artistic and frame-worthy, and makes you so happy for the couple who hired them. Audrey and Craig were married at one of the most beautiful venues in Northern California, and One Love Photo captured it brilliantly…
Audrey shared a bit about their ceremony: “Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. From beginning to end, the mood was simply happy and full of laughter. It was exactly how we would have wanted it but could never have planned for. My uncle’s jazz band was playing as people got settled (there’s just something so special about a live jazz band in such an old building), so the mood was upbeat and lively. So much so that, when Craig walked in with his two siblings, the entire room burst into applause! It was great and we couldn’t have predicted that people would react that way, but it fit our personalities perfectly. When the ceremony actually started, Craig’s sister, Brianne, who was our officiant kicked everything off by reciting a line from The Princess Bride. You know the one: Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us together today… Everyone, including the two of us, burst into laughter. It was the perfect way to enter into our life together – with so many people we care about laughing together.”
Audrey kindly answered some questions about the day (lots of words of wisdom!):
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? The Headlands Center for the Arts is nestled away in a national park just North of the Golden Gate Bridge in one of a handful of converted military buildings in the area. Surrounded by eucalyptus trees and just a 15 minute trek from the beach, Craig and I have always loved hiking in the area. The setting alone was reason enough for us to choose this special place as our venue, but the fact that it is home to an artists-in-residence program was a big deciding factor for us as well. Craig and I met in design school and each have a deep love of the arts, so it meant a lot to us that we could support such an important program as this. Add to that the quirky details of the refinished interior, the rawness of the decor, and the amazing staff and we were sold. There is a magical quality to the Headlands and we were thankful to be a part of it for a couple of days.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The venue and surrounding landscape are so inspiring and so special – full of raw beauty and history – that we let them guide a lot of our visual inspiration when we were planning our wedding and kept any additions on our end simple and complimentary to the venue itself.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We wanted the whole event to feel like a gathering at our house where people we loved were involved in just the right ways and where things were personal and casual. So, since neither of us is religious, we asked Craig’s sister to officiate the ceremony and tell the story of “us,” and we each picked a close friend to speak about us as individuals. It made everything feel tailor made and like a conversation between great friends.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? A friend of mine gave me the best advice ever. She told me that even though I would want to have my hand in everything and care 100% about all of the details, that realistically I would only be able to care about 3-4 things. So, I’d have to decide up front what those things were and be relaxed about everything else. It really helped me focus and it helped to take the pressure off. I’d add that you have to find a planner you really trust even if it’s only for day-of help. At first, I thought that planning would be the one place for me to save money by doing it all myself, but I was so wrong. Laurel, my planner at Esla Events, covered things that I didn’t even know needed covering and most importantly I trusted her to make decisions on my behalf on the day-of. Being able to enjoy every minute of your big day is priceless.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? We were lucky enough to be able to tackle a lot of the design details such as invitations, menus, and décor, ourselves, but it also really helped that we were able to play on a few of our friends’ strengths to help bring the whole day together. My bridesmaid, Veronica, did my make-up and hair for me. Another bridesmaid, Elyse, did all of the flowers. My uncle and his band played during the ceremony. And a group of our friends and family helped us set up the venue the morning of. At first we felt like we were imposing on our friends and felt bad for even asking, but it actually made everyone feel more involved in the big day and we ended up having a lot of fun. Another thing to keep in mind is photography. Of all of the line items of your wedding day, don’t skimp on photography and also make sure you know exactly what’s included in the price that you’re paying. If they’re traveling for your wedding, make sure you talk through expenses (a couple photographers we spoke with didn’t include that in the price they quoted) and take your time interviewing a few to get a feel for which personalities fit with yours. In the end, we were lucky enough to find Heather and Jon of One Love Photo who not only had a travel package but also walked us through all of the details, answered all of our questions, and who (as you can see) are amazing artists to boot.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? We knew that one of the most special things about a wedding is having so many people you care about in one place at one time, so Craig and I really wanted to seize the opportunity to extend our time together. It just so happened that up the road from our venue was a hostel with a main house and an annex house and we were able to rent out the entire annex house for our wedding party. We’re talking communal bathrooms, a shared kitchen, and bunk beds: hostel. We weren’t sure if everyone would be keen on the idea, but it was one of the best decisions we made because it gave everyone a chance to get to know one another and it gave us the chance to spend time with everyone before the chaos of the big day hit. We had breakfasts together, lounged around in our sweats, and had a ball. After the reception, we walked back to the house and a friend of ours serenaded the group with a few songs on his ukulele.
We love One Love Photo! See lots more from Audrey and Craig’s beautiful wedding over on their blog today.
Photography: One Love Photo / Venue: Marin Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California / Planning, design: Laurel Anderson of Esla Events / Bride’s dress: J.Crew / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Groom’s suit: J.Crew / Alterations: Glenda Pongiglione / DIY stationery: Paper Source, Kelly Paper / Jazz band: San Francisco Feetwarmers / Reception DJ: DJ Sol / Catering: Katie Powers Catering / Ice cream: Bi-Rite Creamery / Photo booth: Glass Coat Photo Booth