Alison Bank from First Comes Love Photography sent over this charming wedding, and I think both the photos and the story from the bride are great reminders to anyone out there who feels like pulling their hair out over wedding planning. Says the bride, Carolyn:

“Don’t plan too long or too hard. You have to listen politely to the suggestions of family and friends but in the end this is your day and it should be what you want so don’t feel bad about saying no. We planned our wedding in less than 5 months with very little stress and I think that relaxed and fun attitude came through on the actual day.”

And they came through in the photos, too!

Close friends played music during the ceremony and reception.

Carolyn wore a sundress by Ralph Lauren for her August wedding.

From the bride, “We had a lot of help from friends with various areas of expertise which really helped keep our budget down. The invitations, flowers, wine, music, and some of the produce for the dinner were all provided free of charge by friends in those businesses. We purchased all our liquor at Costco and hired a bartender, which greatly reduced cost of the open bar. We let the setting be the decor and kept the linens and decorations simple.”

Venue: Oz Farm in Point Arena, CA

Bride’s dress / jewelry: Ralph Lauren / family heirlooms

Groom’s suit: Banana Republic

Flowers: Petaluma Bounty

Catering / cupcakes: Pangaea Cafe / Franny’s Cup & Saucer

Congratulations Carolyn and Zachary! And thank you to Alison Bank for sharing these pretty photos!

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  1. dognbird

    Everything about this is lovely and authentic. Wonderful post!

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  2. Frances Smily Lingerie

    I love the scarlet shawl the bride is wearing…that is a wonderful inspiration for my bridal lingerie collection – beautiful! Thank you!

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  3. chelsea

    SO sweet and lovely!!!!

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  4. Little Dickens Designs

    They look like a really fun couple. I love the bride's advice. So true!!

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  5. Jolette

    The groom is so adorably cute and in love, like a character from a musical! I never thought a red and yellow colour scheme could look this beautiful – LOVE the flowers. The bride's summery dress also matches the whole atmosphere perfectly!

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  6. handmade charlotte

    i love this wedding…..with pretty flowers….

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  7. pipulu

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It's beautiful i must say. I wonder if my wedding day will be like this.

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  8. www.firstcomesloveweddings.com

    Thanks for posting this Kathryn! Yes, the groom was totally charming and adorable. I loved this entire wedding and had a blast shooting it. Pipulu–let me know if you need a wedding photographer! :)

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  9. Mindy

    What a great location! This looked like a lot of fun.

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