I always have a habit of flipping through all the images from a wedding or photo shoot prior to reading any sort of description from the photographer or the couple. With no doubt, Emily + Alex are a gorgeous couple, but I was more astounded by the fact that the images before me looked more like a professional bridal magazine styled shoot than an actual wedding… I mean, surely… this can’t possibly be a DIY wedding….
And of course I was wrong! Catalina of Catalina Jean Photography had similar reaction when she arrived to shoot the wedding… “When I first arrived to photograph this wedding I was convinced it was professionally designed. I was so surprised to hear the bride and her mother intricately designed this wedding themselves!”Seriously… all the attention to detail, color, and style… just all spot on! I love the dominantly soft palette, Emily’s hair bun decorated in baby breathes, and all the estate sale finds that made every aspect of this picturesque wedding looked like it came straight out of a bridal magazine.
For their vintage wedding, Emily’s mom collected all the dishes, props, and details from various sources including estate sales. Emily’s friends got together and helped bake the wedding cake and various sweets for the dessert table. Her family put together the invitation suite as well as transformed the camp into a beautiful ethereal wedding site.
Of all the DIY details, Emily’s favorite if she had to pick one?
“It’s really hard for me to narrow down… But I’d have to say my absolute favorite would be the swing my brother, grandpa, uncle & fiancé (now husband) made for our foot washing ceremony. I’ve loved to swing from the time I was a little girl and, knowing this, Alex proposed to me on a swing. To me it signified both our past and our future, capturing our mutual appreciation of simple childhood pleasures and bringing a unique & lovely touch to our ceremony.”
Another sweet tidbit to share: Alex proposed to Emily with his mother’s wedding and engagement rings, who passed away a few years ago. For their First Look, Alex gave Emily a letter “written” by his mother, using snippets from his mother’s old journal and letters. It was a priceless gift for Emily… Serious tearjerker there (see photos above)!
Congratulations Emily + Alex. Such a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple!
Photographer: Catalina Jean Photography//Wedding Date: July 27, 2013// Wedding Location: Big Creek, California//Hair Stylist:A Gentry Salon//Cake Designer:Allison Patteson//Dress Store:Allure Bridals//Floral Designer: Brown Bunny Flowers//Event Venue:Camp Sierra//Event Designer:Cup and Saucer Vintage//Jewelry: Knutson Jewelers//Caterer:Smoke Bomb BBQ//