There’s nothing quite like a summer wedding on the San Francisco Bay, as you’ll see in this beautifully foggy July wedding at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Wild floral design by Shotgun Floral Studio were the perfect accent for the rugged and historic venue, and these photos by The Weaver House are beyond dreamy…
From the bride: “We were immensely inspired by our location, and focused our vision on highlighting the natural beauty of the area and the WWII-era building. My design aesthetic was Vintage Naturalist, and our ceremony reflected our shared Celtic ancestry. Connor and I were also inspired by our friends and family who happen to be incredibly talented floral designers, DJ’s, and wedding planners. Our families and friends are so important to us and we wanted to give everyone a enjoyable weekend to say thank you for all the support we have received.”
The bride explains the choice of venue: “Connor and I were engaged in West Marin, and felt connected to the natural beauty and romance of the area. When it came to choosing a location for our wedding, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts was the first and only site we visited. It reflected Connor’s love of history and my love of nature. We also knew that an outdoor ceremony was a priority, so when we spotted a gorgeous old cypress tree in the nearby field we knew it was the perfect place for our vows. The location and nearby accommodations also allowed for the weekend gathering we were envisioning – one where family and friends could relax and enjoy each other’s company, and our entire wedding party could stay together in one house!”
Long navy ribbons adorned the bride’s bouquet, echoing the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Bouquets included jasmine vine, clematis, peonies, and hydrangea.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Our first look was incredibly special. We met out on the cliffs with our photographers and our dog. It was a chilly day but I don’t think either of us even noticed the wind and fog. It was just so exciting! We had a few moments to be with one another, and prepare ourselves for the upcoming ceremony. We had gone back and forth about doing a first look, and I am so glad we did!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We had a blend of traditional and nontraditional elements on our day. My bridesmaids gave a blessing for me just moments before the ceremony. It was so moving to feel surrounded by the love of my best friends, sisters-in-law, and my mom, just before my dad walked me down the aisle. There were so many elements that our families contributed to our day including Connor’s dad’s classic Woody, and the heritage table which was one of my favorite parts of our reception. Connor and I were both very close to members of our family who had passed away prior to our wedding, so having photos of our loved ones there made the day feel complete.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Allow yourself to take in the love around you. It was an intentional act for me to really receive the kindness and well wishes of our guests and it allowed me to feel so much gratitude throughout the day for the people who witnessed our vows and danced the night away with us.
What advice do you have for other brides? Pre-marital counseling. It was a priority for us to have as much focus on our relationship as on our wedding day. I cannot recommend this highly enough! Our mantra was “the wedding is a weekend, the marriage is forever.” This helped keep things like escort cards and party favors in perspective (most of the time!) and kept our love and commitment to each other at the center of our lives.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Decide what it is you both value most, and let go of things that are not as important. This can be difficult in the planning phase but when the day comes, you will be focused on the love and celebration, not the extras you thought you had to have. Also, be open to receiving help from friends and family in terms of DIY projects and preparation. My parents, family members and friends gave so generously of their time and energy. I realized after our wedding that this is a gift friends and family want to give, so let them!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? When I look back on our wedding I am so thrilled to see how much our guests enjoyed themselves! We were surrounded with an incredible amount of love and support and that is what we carry forward with us into our marriage. We have friends that still talk about how much fun they had at our wedding!