I don’t know how it is that I’ve never featured a real wedding from photographer Allyson Magda, especially since I’ve admired her work since I started Snippet & Ink. But today I plan to remedy that with Kacy and Kirk’s beautiful wedding. They were married on California’s beautiful central coast, in a wedding that was both rustic and sophisticated. Says the bride:

Kirk’s parents live in Cambria and we spend a lot of time up there. It is the best of both Northern and Southern California in one place: the beach, the vineyards, a small town. We love it there and many of our friends and family members had never been, so we wanted to share the area with them, and to make the wedding feel as organic to the location as possible.

Since ours was an out of town wedding, we rented a large house for 3 weeks – I went up a week ahead of my fiancé to finalize all the details and to take some time to myself just relaxing. I was totally relaxed by the time our families and friends started arriving. Then, after everyone left, Kirk and I spent a week alone in the area for our honeymoon. It was so great not to have to rush off to catch a plane!


A bagpiper led the way from the chapel to the reception site. Don’t you think a wedding “parade” would be such a wonderful way to arrive at your reception?!


Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had a “cake” with tiers of cheese!


Local noise restrictions meant the reception had to end at 10:00pm, so Kacy and Kirk rented out a local saloon, moved the DJ there, and continued celebrating until 2:00am. Says Kacy, “Everyone danced all night!”


Photography: Allyson Magda

Coordinator: Taffy Gonzalez for All Traditions

Ceremony venue: Old Santa Rosa Chapel in Cambria, California

Reception venue: Fog’s End Barn, also in Cambria

Bride’s dress: Augusta Jones

Groom’s suit: Hugo Boss

Flowers: Camilla Svenson Burns

Catering: Chef Charlie

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  1. Sarah Williamson

    a see-through tent, what a great idea! so open and lovely.

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  2. kristina (Disc Jockeys Massachusetts)

    Ahhhh. This wedding is so great. I wish my wedding will be just like this. Very simple but elegant.

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  3. jacin {lovely little details}

    is that cake for real? and the clear tent? amazing.

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  4. katy

    hey kathryn, did you ever draw a winner for the hey lucky invitation give away? you said you would pick a winner friday and then there was the blog silence day for japan and i havent seen anything…

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    • KATHRYN

      Hi Katy! I did draw a winner and emailed them last week. I’m sorry about not announcing it yet – I’ll make sure to put up a post today. Thanks for staying on top of it!

  5. Aleah + Nick Valley

    I adore that cake! Every detail is so lovely and timeless!

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  6. Meredith

    Love the cake of cheeses! Also, Allyson’s work is just beautiful- thank you for sharing her photographs!

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  7. Jessica

    Could you have asked for better weather or scenery? And the cheese cake is just a fab idea. Too clever!

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    • Taffy Gonzalez

      Believe it or not it had rained during the week so we were especially thrilled with the weather!

      Taffy Gonzalez
      All Traditions Wedding Coordination

  8. Megan

    Love this wedding! So beautiful and simple. And what a wonderful idea to rent a house! <3

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  9. Amy-Jo Tatum/Bride Chic

    Top level work and imagery here. Kudos!

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  10. the Perfect Palette

    Love this wedding!

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  11. Annabel

    Pics are gorgeous! I had a traditional Scottish wedding myself with a celidh afterwards and everyone had a great time. Love the ‘cake’ made of cheese!

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  12. Koru Kate

    the wedding parade is awesome! love that cake too :-)

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  13. katie {aisle candy}

    Such a pretty wedding! Love the bagpipes and that you can see the beautiful surroundings right through the tent! Oh and I LOVE the bride’s one shoulder dress!

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  14. Erika

    I love the bagpiper! We did this at my wedding a few years back

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  15. Elegant Wedding InvitationsElegant Wedding Invitations

    WOW! Nicely done. Congratulations!

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  16. Lacey @ Lacey Wagner Events

    OK, a 3 tier cake made from wheels of cheese? I think I just found heaven. Brilliant.

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  17. Meghan

    The BEST wedding I’ve ever been to!

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