Though it might not work for every wedding, a pot luck reception can be such a great way to make your celebration a community event (that’s budget-friendly, too!). Sarah and Joshua provided drinks, a main dish, and desserts, and asked everyone to bring a favorite side dish, and the results were an extra special meal that they’ll always remember. Read on for more from their beautiful day!

Sarah shares a bit about her favorite part of the day: “So much of the experience felt like a dream. I couldn’t believe the day had finally come! As the ceremony began I peeked out the window to watch Joshua walk down the aisle. I couldn’t stop smiling, my heart was filled with joy. Before I knew it, I was walking out the door to go meet my groom. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. I was so enamored and in love that I almost forgot what I was doing and when I got to the very front I almost kissed him! It kept me giggling the whole ceremony to think about if I would have went ahead and went in for the kiss before the vows or ceremony even began.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We wanted the day to be very sweet and intimate. I am a lover of flowers and natural beauty so an outdoor venue was ideal for me. We were on a small budget so it was hard to find an outdoor venue in San Francisco that we could both afford and be satisfied with. The Old Homestead was a hidden gem and perfect for an intimate wedding. The yard had beautiful redwoods to act as the backdrop of the ceremony, and was small enough to keep our 50 guests cozy. I really fell in love after I discovered the nearby foothills and view, which I knew would make a perfect location for our photos.

What inspired you when you were planning?  Every detail was DIY and budget-friendly. Having it this way was in somewhat hard to do in the short time frame, but it was all the sweeter that we got to craft our whole day by hand, together. We are both artistic and crafty and kept saying how we loved planning and making all of the details together. It was another fun way for us to bond, and we were able to create the day we wanted with the small budget we had.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Don’t sweat the small stuff. There were a few things that did not work out the way I had envisioned but when the day came those details were meaningless. I was filled with joy to marry the love of my life and have our families and friends be there to support us and celebrate our decision. I promised myself I would let the day be about us and that’s ultimately what kept me smiling and carefree about the little things that weren’t what I expected.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Yes! We were on a $5,000 budget (not including our photographer) so this kept the day very humble. We had 50 guests, and asked everyone to bring their favorite side dish and we provided the drinks, grilled chicken, and desserts. It was a lot of fun to see what each person brought and the food was all very good! It allowed us to save a lot of money on catering, plus our guests were all excited to contribute to the day. We were extremely happy with what we were able to pull off in such a short amount of time and on such a small budget. And we are so grateful to our friends and family who helped the night before and day-of to make the day so enjoyable.



Photographer: Delbarr Moradi / Videographer: Ronnie Allman / Venue: The Old Homestead in Crockett, California / Bride’s Dress: White by Vera Wang / Hair, Makeup: Marco Campos / Floral Crown: Cultgaia / Groom’s Suit: Sisley / Stationery: DIY by Joshua Michael Davis / Flowers: San Francisco Flower Mart / Bouquet, Boutonniere: Chestnut & Vine / Music: Swing Kings / Cake: Safeway

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  1. Allie Shultz

    Very pretty photo shoot! Looks like an awesome summer wedding.

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  2. Caribbean Wedding events

    Loving all the natural beauty and the flowers this wedding has to offer!

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  3. lydia {ever ours}

    such a pretty wedding. love the down to earth feel of it all.

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  4. jacin

    love it

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  5. delbarr

    Thank you Kathryn for featuring Sarah and Joshua!!

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  6. Michele Westrick (lovely notes)

    The wedding turned out beautifully. All the DIY details came together so well.

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  7. Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    Such a sweet and delightful wedding!


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  8. Bellenza Wedding Bistro

    So touching how sweet and intimate this wedding was…and how real the couple were about dealing with a modest budget. They look lovely together!

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  9. Bonnie

    one of the sweetest weddings i’ve ever seen! the video was perfect and the bride was GLOWING and so cute! lovely! :)

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  10. Felicia

    This is, like, my dream wedding.

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  11. Jessica

    Such a beautiful wedding. The video was really amazing also. It looked like it was a really wonderful day! I also loved the background for the food. The streamers were really cute and looked fabulous.

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  12. CJ

    How did you manage the logistics of the potluck? Did you know what people were bringing ahead of time? Did you have a way of making sure everyone didn’t bring potatoe salad? Did everyone take their dish home clean? How many people out of 50 brought food? how did you know it would be enough? Love to know more about the logistics? Beautiful wedding by the way!

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  13. Daniel

    Nice string light photography! They look quite nice even in daylight.

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  14. Marisa

    Beautiful and inspiring wedding! How did you do the string lights? What kind of lights and what kind of poles? Did you have outlets or were they battery lit?

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  15. Kayla S.

    I’m going to get married at the Old Homestead to my amazing fiance Julian – I hope my wedding is just as amazing – and were’ ironically on the same budget! <3

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