I love these words of wisdom from today’s bride, about her sweetly simple wedding: “Expectations are the death of serenity. And since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day.” Eleisha and Joshua were joined by their parents and sisters at an intimate ceremony and dinner on the coast of Northern California. They hired Noa Azoulay from Feather Love Photography to capture the day, and I just love the shots she sent over (there are also lots more photos over on Noa’s blog – it was so tough to choose just a few!).

Eleisha wore a cameo ring that matches ones her sister and mother both wear. She carried a bouquet of family heirloom brooches, vintage pins, and sprigs of baby’s breath.

The couple had a traditional Catholic ceremony, and hired violinist Marcia Lotter to play arrangements of “My Darling, My Darling” and “Le Feuilles Mortes.”

Framed photos are a simple and thoughtful way to honor family and decorate an intimate dinner celebration.

Eleisha was sweet enough to send over some of the details about this special day…

What did you want for your wedding? We wanted an event that was beautiful, simple, and centered around the real reason we were there – to exchange vows of our love and dedication to each other. The guest list was limited to immediate family in order to keep the ceremony intimate and free from the stresses of playing hostess at a large party. I remember every moment of my wedding day. The same cannot be said of our Fais Do Do in Louisiana, where hundreds of people joined in celebrating our recent marriage. It was wonderful seeing everyone and an honor to have their support, but I can’t imagine running around and speaking with crowds of people immediately after becoming Mrs. Josh Cooke. Instead, my husband and I had a couple of hours after the wedding to talk, take pictures, and soak in the beauty of our surroundings.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Both of us love bygone eras, so we were inspired by classic images and traditions from the 1930s and 1940s.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides? My biggest budget tip is to decide what is the most important to you.  Don’t skimp on those elements. Our reception dinner, cake, venue, and decorations were less than $1,000 total; we wanted to spend the majority of our money on things that would last, such as our attire and our photos. By doing that, we now have a perfectly-captured memory with a classic look that our children might someday love thumbing through.

What advice do you have for other brides? The more details you plan, the greater the chance that something will not go your way. I’m a very detail-oriented person. If I had planned this wedding the way I plan a big trip, there would have been a myriad of things that could have “gone wrong.” Because the wedding was so small, we didn’t feel any pressure to impress our guests, and were able to concentrate on the emotions of the day, rather than worrying about how the cake tasted, or how the flowers weren’t the color I thought they would be. Expectations are the death of serenity; and since I didn’t overplan or expect perfection, I was on top of the world the whole day – and the day truly was perfect.



Photography: Feather Love Photography / Ceremony venue: Blessed Sacrament Church in Elk, California / Reception venue: MacCallum House in Mendocino, California / Bride’s dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Groom’s suit: Ermenegildo Zegna / Groom’s custom shirt: Anto / Cake: Sharon Robinson


See more from Eleisha and Joshua’s wedding on the Feather Love blog.

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  1. Candace {Lovestru.ck}

    What a beautiful couple! Thank you for sharing this wonderful wedding!

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  2. Heather

    Is Joshua the actor who played Ben on the television show Better with You? If not, he looks exactly like him!

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  3. Cocroft & Delbridge

    Wow. I absolutely love the bride’s bolero…it is so beautiful! These pictures are stunning..

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  4. Tiffany

    These people are beautiful. I love her thoughts and think this looks like a perfect day and a wonderful timeless memory!

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  5. noa (featherlove)

    @heather- yes he is! :) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1622615/

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  6. Sara

    I fell in love with the bolero as well…does someone know where I can find something like that? The whole wedding is just like one beautiful family heirloom…

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  7. Carrie

    That bouquet! That bouqueeeeet. How is that even possible? So beautiful.

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  8. Jennifer

    It’s great to see a beautiful celebration focusing on the important aspects of the day. Congratulations!

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  9. jillian

    these photos are so vintage and gorgeous. i love her dress. xoxo jillian::

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  10. herestoyouweddingsandevents

    I love the romantic and 30’s feel of this wedding. I also love that they kept it intimate. Her dress is gorgeous!

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  11. Katie | Invitations by Ajalon

    kinnnnnd of in love with this wedding and photographer…

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  12. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    Just love, love the dress!!!



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  13. r h i a n n o n

    i love mr. joshua in better with you. what a sweet, sweet wedding.

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  15. april

    WOW. Those are such beautiful photos I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming! And that jacket over her dress ~ have never seen its equal. Just beautiful!

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  16. Tammie Gilchrist

    The images of the ocean…seemed so familiar to me. Then I realized this wedding was in my hometown! Mendocino, Ca is the BEST place to get married!! Lovely photos too!!

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  17. Ramona

    These photos are so classy and take you way back in time. Love it completely!! Just such a gorgeous couple!

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  18. Taryn

    This wedding looks like a vintage dream…so beautiful!

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  19. Brandi

    Their wedding really feels like it’s from a different time- and it’s so absolutely beautiful. I love how intimate everything feels. And I love Josh in Better with You! He has such great comedic timing :)

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  20. Caroline

    This is probably one of my favorite weddings featured ever. It could seriously have happened decades ago, you can’t really tell. I just love that retro feeling — it’s so romantic.

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  21. G’DayChef

    Hi! congratulations to your wonderful wedding. Hope you did enjoy the experience in this fabulous place. Wish you happiness and Love. Thank you for sharing to us your happiness. We enjoyed it here in Catering Melbourne .

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