We know, we know… you’re all hunkered down, keeping warm against the December chill – so are we! Which is exactly why this little taste of summer feels like a great way to head into the weekend. Caity and Ethan’s wedding was beautiful, rustic, and they served build-your-own burgers – what’s more fun than that?! Scroll on for more from their celebration.
Photos by Hom Photography.
From Caity & Ethan:
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted a very natural and open feel to our wedding. Caity grew up in Northern California and wanted to bring that landscape into our wedding. The moment we stepped onto Campbell Creek Ranch Estate we knew it was perfect. Choosing a venue like this meant we got to be creative and start from scratch which made both our ceremony and reception so unique to us.
Your ceremony in three words. Peaceful, natural, personal.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We attended quite a few weddings during the time we were planning our own, so we talked about elements we did and didn’t like and built off of that!
Who officiated your ceremony? We chose Ethan’s creative arts pastor to officiate our ceremony. He played an important role in shaping Ethan’s future and profession so it meant a lot to have him as our officiant.
What was your ceremony music? The processional for the wedding party was “Take the World” by Johnnyswim. Caity walked in to “Vous et mon coeur (You have my heart)” by Gungor. During communion, two of our close friends performed “Future/Past” by John Mark McMillan. The recessional was “This is Not the End” by Gungor. Choosing the music was one of our favorite parts of the planning process and was probably one of the most personal elements of our ceremony. We both met while playing music for Cru, a Christian organization we were both part of in college, and music has been a very special thing to both of us throughout our relationship.
What were your ceremony readings? We both read passages of scripture to each other that spoke of our heart toward one another in marriage. Ethan read Colossians 3:14-17, and Caity read Proverbs 3:3-8.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Our first act as a married couple was to have communion together to signify Christ as the foundation of our marriage. Two of our close friends who had played music with us performed “Future/Past” by John Mark McMillan during communion. This was such a sweet time to pause, breathe, and reflect on the commitment we were making and to also be able to pray together over our marriage before doing anything else. We ended up having a moment of laughter as well, because the bread we had bought was rock hard and we could barely finish chewing before the song was over.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I (Caity) had a brief moment before I walked down the stairs leading to the aisle, where I could look out over the entire ceremony set up and see all of our guests – family and friends, wedding party, and my sweet groom. It was such a meaningful picture of community and it meant so much to realize how many people had come together to rejoice and celebrate in this day with us!
How would you describe your reception? Natural and comfortable. We wanted everyone to just enjoy themselves and have fun!
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We were very inspired by the forest and by redwoods, especially. When you’re in the forest, it makes you feel totally engulfed by nature and almost a part of it. We had our engagement photos taken in Muir Woods and used these images as the inspiration for the rest of our planning process. Ultimately this led to a very cohesive and beautiful wedding!
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Later on in the evening, we got everyone up on the dance floor. It was incredibly fun to have all of our friends and family crammed onto the dance floor, laughing and dancing together!
Any special dances? Ethan is a huge fan of Ed Sheeran so our first dance song was “Thinking Out Loud.” We chose “What a Wonderful World” for the Father/Daughter dance because it was Caity’s dad’s favorite song.
What was your wedding menu? This was one of our favorite parts of the wedding! We had The Counter cater, so all of our guests got to build their own burger. Our guests really loved it and raved about how they actually enjoyed the food! We had many people tell us ahead of time that we would barely be able to eat at our wedding, but the food was so good that we sat down and finished our burgers and fries.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. We both love travel and planned a honeymoon that would take us all the way around the world, so we wanted to tie that them into our reception. Caity had the idea to make each table a different airport code, which would be painted on balsa wood airplanes, and to give each of our guests a boarding pass which would lead them to their destination. Ethan designed all of the boarding passes and we hung a large “Now Boarding” sign over them to help direct our guests. It was a very fun, creative, and personal touch for our reception! Keeping with the outdoor, laid-back theme, we chose blue enamelware (think camping style) and created personalized enamelware mugs for our guests to take home with them. We designed so much of the wedding ourselves, from the save-the-dates to the menus to the boarding passes and we had so much fun brainstorming and mixing our creativity!