I have the most wonderful readers, and it is so fun to get an email from one sharing her wedding with me – especially when I get to share it with the rest of you! Cristina and James were married in the small fishing village of Trinidad, where redwood trees meet the rugged Northern California coastline. Their wedding was full of thoughtful details and special moments, and they were kind enough to send some over.

Holy Trinity, an historic church built in 1873, is perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Cristina suggests buying wedding party attire just after the winter holidays – her bridesmaids’ dresses were marked down more than $100! Also, listen to her clever way of making custom letterpress invitations fit their budget: We were convinced we couldn’t afford letterpress invitations until a spark of creativity hit me when I saw this stationery desk set by Elum and discovered it could very easily be converted into a wedding suite. I used the floral cards as invitations, the faux bois cards as response cards, the gift cards/envelopes to hold our favors, and the sheets of correspondence paper as our programs. A talented friend created the type design as her wedding gift to us and we asked Egg Press to do one-color impressions on the Elum pieces – making our dream of custom letterpress invitations a reality.

Cristina’s bouquet included greenery that could root and then be planted, allowing her to have a sweet reminder of her wedding day. Says Cristina, “September 5 also happened to be the one-year anniversary of losing my beloved Nonno. I fastened a photo of him to my bouquet to honor him and keep his memory close on such an important day. He would have loved it.”

One of Cristina’s favorite parts of the day: The forecast called for rain and wind, so it was a wonderful surprise when the clouds parted and the sun came out minutes before our ceremony. The sunset that evening was fantastic. We loved that at some point, most of our guests had their shoes off and were splashing in the ocean (including us!).

Cristina sewed 100 feet of bunting flags to decorate the reception site!

Favors were keepsake buttons designed by a friend of the couple and made by Busy Beaver Buttons

For music, the couple made a playlist of musical requests that guests sent in with their response cards.

Photography: Amy Kumler

Ceremony venue: Holy Trinity Church, Trinidad, CA

Reception venue: Moonstone Beach House, Trinidad, California

Stationery: paper from Elum / letterpress by Egg Press

Bride’s dress: “Vivien Leigh” by Siri

Groom’s suit: Duchess Clothier

Bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew

Flowers: Flora Organica

Catering: Celebrations Catering, (707) 826-1224

Cristina and James, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful day with us (and for making me even more homesick for California), and for sharing all of these clever ideas, too. Happiest wishes to you!

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  1. Mary

    Hooray for a fellow crazy bunting bride! I also made 100+ feet of green and brown bunting/flags. <3

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  2. miss fancy pants (the bride)

    Woah, that's some extreme bunting patience. Which definitely paid off because it looks awesome. All the special touches really made the day special. Congrats to the happy couple!

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  3. Angela

    what a gorgeous wedding! and trinidad, ca is SUCH a beautiful locale. what a great choice.

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  4. brown_eyed_girl

    love the details! now can you plan my wedding? :P

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  5. Amanda

    Love it! So beautiful. Those Elum cards are gorgeous. I love Elum! And what a great idea to send in music choices with the response cards! Great post.

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  6. Bailey @ peppermintbliss

    What a fun happy wedding! That is SUCH a great tip about the invitations!

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  7. Krystel

    What a lovely wedding. The green color was such a great choice when combined with the cool grays on the coast – it REALLY pops!

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  8. Diana

    I love Nor Cal beaches for their rustic simplicity and this wedding definately captured that spirit.

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  9. Jo Ann

    What a gorgeous, heartfelt wedding. I love everything about it!

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  10. Anonymous

    Beautiful wedding! I would love to do the chinese lanterns as well— any tips on where to find them at a good cost? Thank you!

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  11. tinypaperheart

    such a beautiful wedding. :)

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  12. Rosie

    Great to see our local Trinidad church in this featured wedding. It is so charming!

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  13. amelia

    what an absolutely gorgeous wedding! also, i was happy to see some full figured bride representation. I especially love the bridesmaids' baby's breath bouquets..

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  14. Geezees Custom Canvas Art

    Beautiful California wedding!

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  15. Camille Panzarello

    Where do you get that green cut-out paper design hanging on the wall? I see them everywhere but I don't know where to find them!

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  16. Kathryn

    Hi Camille,It's a Tord Boontje curtain:http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/pillows-decorative-office-accessories/until-dawn-curtain-001142Hope that helps!xoxoKathryn

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  17. Photographe De Mariage Paris

    Glorious snaps! This place is going to be arresting. Camera makes these moments everlasting.

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  18. Eliina

    I love this! The colors, the details! Definitely flagging this one for inspiration.

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  19. Rachel@oneprettything.com

    I was scrolling through whenI totally recognized Trinidad. What a gorgeous, gorgeous wedding. One of my favorites for sure.

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  20. brendalynn

    OMG, one of my dear friends had her reception in that same beach house near Patrick's Point! This wedding is gorgeous–as was hers–but they both look so different!It's so nice to be reminded that weddings are so, very individual ;)

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  21. Alicia

    Finally, a wedding in my hometown area, SO exciting to see! What beautiful details!

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