After looking at venues up and down California, Amy and John visited Olive Oaks and knew it was just the place for their wedding. Says Amy, “We knew that we wanted to keep our event to around 100 guests total, so we needed a space that didn’t feel too overwhelming for our party size. Although the property has a very vintage/rustic feel to it, there were also many modern touches throughout. This really helped to inspire and inform the rest of the event design elements.”

Amy couldn’t find bridesmaid dresses in the styles and fabrics that worked with the relaxed aesthetic she wanted for her wedding, so she designed and made these lemon silk chiffon dresses herself (she also made the flower girl dresses). She was even inspired to start her own line of bridesmaid dresses, Swoon!

From Amy: My hands-down favorite moment of the entire wedding was when John and I were able to walk back down the aisle together as husband and wife with all of our closest friends and family cheering us on. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything quite like it.

Other than the invitations, Amy made all of the paper elements, using resources such as Paper Source, Paper Mart, and font websites.

Centerpieces in wooden boxes included white roses, succulents, green coxcomb and scabiosa pods.

For all of those brides out there who feel like they have to DIY everything, here’s some advice from Amy: My #1 piece of advice to brides – particularly for those of us who have, shall we say, “control issues” – is to take your time researching vendors. If you have open lines of communication during the planning process and can build trust in their taste and ability to see how you want your event to look and feel, then by the day of your wedding you won’t feel the need to sweat the small stuff. The last thing you want to be thinking about on your wedding day is flower arrangements, place settings or wedding favors!

Photography: Michelle Pattee

Venue: Olive Oaks, Sebastopol, CA

Bride’s dress / shoes: Monique Lhuillier / Sigerson Morrison

Bridesmaid / flower girl dresses: Swoon

Groom’s custom suit: Isaia

Planning: Kim Yee Events, kim_creates@yahoo.com (650-773-6916)

Flowers: Hunt Littlefield

Catering / Cupcakes: Elaine Bell Catering Co. / That Takes the Cake

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Thank you to Amy and John for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, and for sending over all of these great details. Best wishes to you for a lifetime of happiness!

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  1. cassandra @ coco+kelley

    LOVE the use of wooden boxes for the centerpieces. they give a perfectly modern yet rustic feel!

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  2. Camille @ Style Notes

    Amy: did you make the wood frame w/ 'clotheslines' that holds the escort cards yourself? I'd love to do something similar for a party, but it looks a bit tricky to craft…Gorgeous affair!

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  3. Savoir Weddings

    Love the photo of the flower girls and parasols.

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  4. Mouse

    I love the escort card frame with the succulents!

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  5. Amy Wong

    Hi Camille! The escort card holder was made by our AMAZING florist, Hunt Littlefield. They also custom made the boxes for our centerpieces…

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  6. seesaw

    awe. really pretty.

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  7. Lucy Dylan Weddings

    Oh, this wedding is to die for… its stunning!

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  8. Jennifer Schumacher

    I loved the image with Amy's dad – priceless… beautiful details. I loved the yellow BM dresses

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  9. Andre Nievo

    The images are not showing in here.

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  10. {The Perfect Palette}

    so simply gorgeous.

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  11. miss fancy pants (the bride)

    What a beautiful wedding. And that photograph of the bride with her bridesmaids is gorgeous!

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  12. Sara

    This is such a fabulous wedding, I adore it, really modern, yet classic in the colours chosen, truly inspirational!

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  13. Geezees Custom Canvas Art

    Amazing photos…love the black and whites…great pic of her and her Dad!

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  14. Olivia

    Pretty wedding! I love it!

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