Rebecca + Thomas
May 27, 2012
California Coastal Mountains
Rebecca and Thomas included their love of nature, the outdoors, and National Parks straight to their backyard wedding for a delightful homespun feel. Rebecca added pretty details that added a romantic touch. I mean, just look at those green and lavendar bouquets with mix and match lavender bridesmaids dresses! So pretty!!! Be sure to scroll down for Rebecca’s awesome Hindsight Advice…
Why a Mountain Wedding?
Where did you find your inspiration?
Our wedding day was inspired by our love of the West coast’s beautiful natural landscape and culture. We wanted our wedding to feel like a party in the woods, so we took the natural landscape of my husband’s family’s home, with the towering deodor pines, and added touches of whimsy and romance, such as the canopy of strung lights, the hanging metal lanterns, the campfire and s’mores bar, and the 1960s robin’s egg blue camper, which was a huge hit with the guests. We also drew inspiration from all the state and national parks we had visited in our travels, including Angeles Forest, Mount Hood, and Torrey Pines, and designed our welcome sign and the table name signs to look like vintage national park signs.
What were some personal details you incorporated?
My father is Mexican-American, and no Mexican wedding is complete without mariachi. The music as well as the look of the mariachi band created a beautiful juxtaposition against the outdoor surroundings.
Thom’s brother-in-law and father made the welcome sign using wood and a large color print of the text. As guests entered the wedding venue, they posed next to our wedding sign and received instant photos (we used a Fujifilm Instax 210) of themselves that looked just like Polaroid photos from a family camping trip of yesteryear.
My husband’s sister did the table décor, and selected California native wildflowers in our wedding colors of sage green and lavender. She also placed votive candles on raw wood coasters that her husband had made the week before.
Your favorite moment of the day.
It was the end of the ceremony when we were pronounced husband and wife. I felt such a sense of exhilaration at that moment and Thom and I both just spontaneously grabbed hands and raised them into the air, like we had just won medals in the Olympics. I also loved every bit of the dancing. We had a fabulous DJ, DJ Burt Blackarach, who kept the party going for a very long time.
Three things you’re glad you did.
I’m so glad my husband rented a vintage camper. Not only did it perfectly add to the theme of our wedding, but the guests had a blast going in to the camper and we got some wonderful shots inside and outside of the camper, which we ended up using for our thank you cards.
I’m also glad that we found a bakery, A Sweet Design, that was able to work with us to create a forest cake with fondant ferns, mushrooms and a bark icing. The cake surpassed my expectations for bringing my vision to life.
Lastly, I loved our campfire and s’mores bar because guests had fun making their own s’mores, and got to feel like kids on a camping trip in the midst of a wedding.
What was the best piece of wedding advice you got?
Anything you wish you hadn’t worried about?
Anything You wish you had known about sooner rather than later?
How did you choose your vendors?
What is your very best advice to other mountain brides?
We hand-stamped all of our invitation envelopes with stamps of redwood trees and forest critters (deer, rabbits, snails, etc.).
We designed and made our own welcome sign and table name signs and used wine corks to hold up the table signs
We used a Fuijfilm Instax 210 to take instant photos of all of our guests, that they could take home as souvenirs. We also put the instant photos in our guest book.
Thom’s sister, Cass, did the table décor using wildflowers, mason jars, hand made wood coasters and tea lights. We made our own burlap table runners
We hung lanterns (from Ikea) throughout the wedding location, which created a romantic woodsy ambiance as night fell.
We wrote our own vows and Thom’s brother-in-law officiated our wedding, which made the ceremony feel very intimate and personal.
Bridesmaids selected their own dresses in varying shades of lavender, which meant that they got to wear dresses they liked and save money!
- Photographer: Photography by Erika Parker
- Cake Designer: A Sweet Design
- Floral Designer: AZUL & CO. FLORAL DESIGNS
- Hair Stylist: efoxx HAIR//