Today’s newlyweds were originally planning on a 120-person wedding in their home town, but decided to change their plans and have an intimate wedding up the coast with just 45 guests. The day was lovely, full of vintage inspiration, streaming sunlight, and good food. Some favorite details from Carla and James’s wedding at the Olema Druids Hall: the back of Carla’s dress, the charming illustration on the welcome bag tote (see more pics of it in the gallery), the parasol light shades, and their impromptu first dance.

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The Venue

“James and I had driven through Olema and Point Reyes Station the year before on our way up to Mendocino where we got engaged. We found this area of West Marin to be so peaceful and fell in love with the beautiful countryside and nearby coastline. When none of the venues back home seemed right, we knew we had to do it in Olema. As for our venue, we decided to have our wedding at the Olema Druids Hall at the very last minute without ever having stepped foot inside. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”

 

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The Ceremony

“Planning our ceremony was a challenge at first. We couldn’t quite agree on who we wanted to officiate. My husband wanted our ceremony to have a bit of weight to it. He had envisioned somewhat of a religious ceremony. However, neither of us attends church and I felt at the time it would be a bit hypocritical to have a religious ceremony. This was one of the first lessons in compromise as soon-to-be husband and wife. I knew he felt strongly about it and so in the end I agreed. James had stayed in touch with a friend of his who was a youth leader when he was in high school. He just so happened to now be the head pastor in our neighborhood’s church. Fortunately he was available to travel and officiate our ceremony. We met him four times for pre-marriage counseling which we thoroughly enjoyed. After the first meeting with our pastor, I was very happy we had chosen him to officiate and that he was available to preside over our nuptials. He was very helpful when it came time to plan the structure of our ceremony. He provided us with a template we lightly modified. We were able to chose three readings of scripture and write our own vows.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words.  Definitely Musical! Traditional and Beautiful.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  One of my favorite moments from our ceremony was during our vows. James and I wrote our vows together, and there was a line James wrote that started with, “As imperfect as I may be,” that I always thought sounded a bit funny but chose to keep it anyway. During our ceremony after James said his vows, Pastor Lance began to recite my vows as I repeated after him. Well, he pulled a fast one on me and changed the line to, “as perfect as I may be,” which brought light and laughter to such a significant moment. Also, the fact that “gypsy music” from down the hill unexpectedly served as the soundtrack to our ceremony helped make it feel more lighthearted.

Ceremony Music:
Processional:Strawberry Swing,” Coldplay
Entrance of Bride:All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
Recessional:We Have All The Time In The World,” John Barry

 

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The Reception

“My husband is especially grateful that we left our wedding weekend feeling as though our small group had become like family,” shares Carla. “He hadn’t met much of my side of the family. By scaling down the numbers to just 45 guests, we were able to become quite close in just three days. Everyone got together immediately and mixed in as if they were old friends.”

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The picturesque landscape of Point Reyes inspired us, as well as the slow pace of the town. We really wanted to spend quality time with our guests who had all traveled so far to join us in this tiny town for our wedding. Also, West Marin rightfully prides itself on its fine food and wine, and the meal was very important to us as we wanted to avoid the standard wedding fare. We had a few long tables set up without any place cards, and everyone sat down where they wanted and enjoyed a family-style dinner. Above all, our lovely friends and family served as the biggest inspiration. We had planned everything with them in mind. We wanted the feeling of the day to feel a tad bit informal. After the Best Man and Maid of Honor speeches, it kind of became an open forum. My mother and uncle got up to say a few words as did my father-in-law. One of our good friends also gave a completely unexpected and beautifully heartfelt toast. It felt really special.

Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  My husband’s family is from England where it’s a little more customary to read telegrams aloud during the reception from guests who were unable to attend. We also made sure to include the names of close relatives during our ceremony who had passed away but were clearly with us in spirit. I suppose we also started a tradition of celebrating an anniversary as our wedding fell on a year-to-the date of our engagement. In the eight years we have been together we have never celebrated our anniversary. Neither of us were ever sure of the date!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Be honest with yourself and your partner. Plan within your means. A wise friend offered sage advice to not “put it on a credit card”. And really think of the guests you have to have attend that day. Friends should be understanding if you can’t invite everyone. We were originally planning to have our wedding locally with roughly 120 guests in mind. When we shifted gears and decided to make it 45 guests AND out of town, suddenly a weight had been lifted and we actually got really excited!

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  It’s so hard to chose one! I’d have to say my favorite moment was our impromptu first dance. Our guests pushed the tables aside and our song began to play. The room was filled with so much love and warmth. You could really feel it. I remember closing my eyes and embracing my husband while we danced. As I opened my eyes, some of our guests had picked up the candlelit votives from the tables and were swaying along. It was truly one of the most beautiful moments in my life.

First Dance Song: “Harvest Moon” Neil Young

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To try to enjoy every moment of the process. It will undoubtedly feel stressful at times and family drama will inevitably arise, but don’t allow any of that to take away from the excitement of planning. I look back at the week leading up to our wedding with such fondness. Since our wedding was out of town, we left a few days early. The moment we packed up the car and started making our way up north, we both looked at each other and let out a sigh of relief. The time had come to let everything go and just enjoy what was about to come. A night in Big Sur before your wedding is also highly-recommended if possible!

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t get lost in the details. It’s really easy to lose sight of what you are actually planning. There is so much focus on the “little things” that you tend to forget about the bigger picture. It’s about you and the man you love making a lifelong commitment to each other in the presence of your loved ones. At the end of the day, the fact that your husband wore the shoes you begged him not to won’t matter.

 

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Photography: Nancy Neil / Event Planning: Molli Milner, Small Blue Planet / Venue: Olema Druids Hall in Olema, California / Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Veil: Erin Cole / Suit: J. Crew / Shirt: Nordstroms / Shoes: Banana Republic / Stationery: What KT Does / Catering: Rebecca Sterlin, Wild Onion Catering / Cake: Fat Angel Bakery / Hair, Makeup: Dionne Stevens / Music: Brilliant Strings
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  • Olema Druids Hall Wedding by Nancy Neil

    17 September 2014
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    Lauren and Robert had a charming, low key wedding at a family home, accented with lovely blue details – I especially love the darling blue bouquets and the groom’s chambray shirt, and it doesn’t hurt that the setting is breathtaking.

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    The Ceremony

    “There was a nasty storm that dropped inches of rain right up to the moment of our ceremony,” says Lauren. “We thought we would have to get married under the tent, but the clouds broke and we were able to have the outdoor wedding that we wanted. The best part was the sun breaking through the clouds just as we took our vows. It was ridiculously surreal.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Short and sweet.

    How did you go about planning your wedding ceremony?  I researched a variety of ceremony templates online and picked and chose elements from various traditions. What was important to us was to have a ceremony that reflected the beauty of the surroundings and that was under 15 minutes so our guests wouldn’t melt under the sun! While we did not write our own vows, we did include a poem by e.e. cummings that both of us liked.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  The person who first introduced us was also the person who married us.

    Ceremony Music: Here Comes Your Man by The Pixies

     

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    The Reception

    “My father and stepmother got married in the backyard of their house, and I knew that I would also get married there one day. Luckily, Rob thought it was just as unique and beautiful as I did! We wanted the natural beauty of the scenery to take center stage and to inform the rest of the décor, and we made sure to create a relaxed backyard atmosphere.”

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The best advice I received was from a dear friend who saw how stressed out I was about two weeks from the big day. She told me to tell my parents, wedding planner, and Rob to give me a five day asylum from any wedding planning questions the week of the wedding. I took that advice and found myself able to see through to the big picture of getting married to the love of my life and how wonderful that was.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  If it’s not fun, either change what you are doing or stop what you are doing.

     

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    In lieu of a traditional guest book, Rob and Lauren used a beautiful cookbook and had a sign that read, “Please sign your name or write a note next to a recipe that you would like us to make. Hopefully we can share it with you someday soon!”

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  Rob and I didn’t want a traditional wedding cake, so we had a variety of desserts including a few coconut cakes from Peninsula Grill shipped from Charleston. It is the best coconut cake you will ever eat!

    First Dance:  Little Trip to Heaven [On the Wings of Your Love] by Tom Waits

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  Expect the unexpected.

     

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    Photography: A Muse Photography / Venue: Private Residence in Charlottesville, Virginia /  Event Planning, Floral Design: Amore Events by Cody / Dress: Consignment via Twice as Nice / Bride’s Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Suit: J.Crew / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Stationery Material: Paper Source / Catering: Maya / Cake: Peninsula Grill / Macarons: Albemarle Baking Company /  Hair, Makeup: Moxie / Guitarist: Daniel McCarthy / Lighting, Rentals: MS Events / Tent: Gibson Tents
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  • Backyard Virginia Wedding by A Muse Photography

    16 September 2014
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    Oh my… this Seattle garden wedding from McKenzie Powell and Belathée is beyond magical! There are so many inspiring details, but these are some of our favorites: the use of seasonal fruit in flower arrangements (like cherries in the bride’s bouquet!), the unique dessert buffet (the bride is a pastry chef), and the Swiss tradition of a loving cup.

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    I am sure that every bride will tell you that their day was magical, but I swear ours was!” says Amy. “We had the most beautiful Seattle day on September 1st that stayed warm well into the night making it feel as though we were transported to the south of France that evening. The entire day was filled with laughter and joy and great food and family and friends. The vendors we found to create, run and capture our wedding made it spectacular and felt like an extension of our family. Justin and I still talk about our wedding as if we were two of the attendees because there were so many details that we were surprised and delighted by during the day, as well as when we look at the beautiful pictures and amazing video. We wish we could get married every year just so we could go back and relive the entire experience exactly how it was that day. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

    Just some of what made their wedding so magical? “Guests arrived to the sounds of classical guitar and accordion playing in the garden, making it feel like a French summer night or maybe even a scene out of a Woody Allen movie,” shares Amy. “Justin walked down the aisle with our two dogs, Roux and Pepino. McKenzie Powell’s flowers and styling made the entire garden and Corson Building the most romantic lavender-filled secret garden in Seattle.”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We had gone to the Corson Building for my birthday the year prior to getting engaged and we both thought it was a completely magical place. We hadn’t discussed getting married but we both walked away from that night thinking what an amazing place it would be to have a dinner party with only your closest friends. When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to find somewhere intimate with a rustic, European feel where we could through a dinner party with our closest circle of friends and family and the Corson Building was it!

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Justin’s family has a wonderful tradition taken from his mother’s Swiss parents where the wedding couple drinks from the “loving cup,” which is a silver contraption made of two cups on a swivel. All of the married couples in Justin’s family have drank from this cup at their wedding and the trick is to work together in order for the bride and groom to drink from their respective cups at the same time.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We both love Europe and wanted to find a place that had old charm and yet somehow felt like the Pacific Northwest as well. We wanted to keep it to a size where we could enjoy everyone in attendance and we both have a passion for great food, so a dinner party with amazing friends and food was our core inspiration. Other than food, our love of animals and laughter are core to our relationship so we wanted to incorporate our dogs and make sure we had fun.

     

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    What advice do you have for other brides?  Choose vendors that have a great passion and share your aesthetic, hire them, and then let them go do what they do best. Finding people you trust to help create your wedding and letting them do their job without meddling will save your sanity and allow you to have surprises that will delight you throughout your wedding and beyond that day. Oh yeah, and get a day-of coordinator who knows the deal – they are worth every penny!

    Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Prioritize the big components for your wedding (e.g. flowers, styling, dress, food) and put your budget towards the biggest impact/highest priority items. If you can’t have it all then make sure you have at least one thing that you and your husband really want. Be honest with yourself about what matters and don’t get caught up with small details that won’t matter in the long run.

     

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    Menu
    Our Bread with Charred Vegetable Spread and Japanese Frying Peppers / A Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, Many Raw Vegetables, Herbs and Pistachios  //  Roasted King Salmon with Warm Cucumbers and Lobster Mushrooms / Braised Pork Shoulder and Roasted Loin with Chanterelles, Corn, Zucchini and Nectarines

     

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    “Amy is a pastry chef and has a crazy sweet tooth so she wanted to make sure the desserts lived up to her fantasies,” share the couple. “We had over 25 desserts custom made including hand crafted Japanese wagashi, polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies), along with many other amazing French pastries, Theo’s chocolate caramels, and a beautiful wedding cake. There were also Amy’s favorite – gummy bears – put out for everyone to scoop up a small bag on their way out of the wedding.”

     

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    First Dance: Once In Love with Amy by Frank Sinatra

    “The people in attendance that night still tell us how much they loved our wedding and we couldn’t agree more. There was so much love there that night from everyone, not just us in our newlywed fog, and we truly felt lifted and embraced by the entire experience.”

     

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    Photography: Belathée / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: McKenzie Powell / Venue, Catering: Corson Building in Seattle, Washington / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Valentino / Suit: Prada / Shirt: Eton / Tie: Isaia / Shoes: Di Bianco / Stationery Design: Churu Yun / Calligraphy: Caitlin Dundon / Stationery Printing: Pike Street Press / Rentals: AA Rentals / Classical Guitar, Accordian: Julian Crawford / DJ: Bruce Pavitt / Cake: Tallant House / Videography: Andy Fitts
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  • Seattle Wedding at the Corson Building from Belathée

    15 September 2014
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    Today I’m heading up to Sonoma for my best friend’s wedding, and all I can think about is how excited I am that she found such an awesome guy to spend her life with, and how fun it’s going to be seeing friends who live far away, and dancing the night away with my hubby. Mariam, if you’re reading this (why are you reading this?! get off the internet!), these are my hopes for your wedding day: I hope you laugh and breathe and don’t forget to eat something. I hope you feel more beautiful than you’ve ever felt in your life. I hope you pause before you walk down the aisle and take it all in – the garden, the sun, the faces of the people there. I hope you feel the love bubble around you and Pete as you hold hands and meet eyes and vow forever. I hope your post-ceremony photos go by quickly, and that you take your heels off as soon as possible and get on the dance floor. I hope napkins and table runners never cross your mind. I hope your wedding day is magical, but I hope it’s nothing compared to what comes next. I love you! Now seriously, get off the internet.

    The rest of you, stick around for weekend links!

    Waen Geometric Terrarium Waen Geometric Terrarium

    Lovely terrarium, no moss needed.

    Oh my. This Art Nouveau-inspired headdress is incredible. (Actually, all of the images from Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 1997 are spectacular. Google it.)

    Yogurt panna cotta is happening for breakfast.

    Bill Murray drove a Bay Area taxi (this is pretty much the best thing I’ve read all week).

    This sticker club was created with kids in mind, but I’m a child of the 80′s. All sticker clubs were really made for me. via Babyccino

    Vietnamese-inspired coffee granita sounds real good.

    Maybe my favorite reason for a traffic jam ever.

    These beautiful things are power outlets!

    This sort of thing really bums me out. Use a little common sense people! via Kottke.org

    Can we please see more fancy Rice Krispy treat monograms?

    Down with guilty pleasures!

    Yesterday’s Pretty Pins post was all about apples, but somehow I missed these apple pie biscuits. YUM!

    These perfectly minimalist coffee mugs want to come live with me.

    In the market for some fun new flats. Maybe these (grown-up jellies!)? Or these?

    Giant bow gift wrap (I’m looking at you, Kara).

     

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