Renee & Chad’s Fun DIY California Wedding

Succulent favors, handmade signs, oversize Jenga games, and a food truck. Oh, where to begin with this wedding? There are so many great details in here, my friends; you are going to love this one!

Renee and Chad’s venue, Lion’s Park, is a rustic and simple lodge nestled in the hills of Carpinteria, California. The happy couple exchanged their vows under a beautiful old tree in the dancing Santa Barbara sunlight.

Renee, a girly-girl at heart, a hard-metals jewelry maker. She wore a vintage gown with a big beautiful bow at the back.

The theme of the day was organic. Wildflowers, succulents, and recycled wooden crates were used for decor. The blue sapphire engagement ring Chad gave Renee served as the inspiration for the cornflower blue elements in the decor.

Renee went all out with the DIY wedding projects you see here. Yay, crafty bride!  She created dream catchers that hung from the gazebo and planted the succulents for centerpieces.

Truly Fancy, their choice of coordinator and florist, and Renee dip-dyed all their napkins to give a blue-ombre effect. The stones on each guests’ place settings were a nod to Renee’s jewelry design background.

Renee’s best friend, Christine of ReCircle Matter, handmade all of the wooden decor and they even got a custom surfboard made to tie in the California theme.

The cocktail hour consisted of lawn games which the groom was especially excited that everyone was enjoying them due to his many hours put into making the corn hole boards and big Jenga pieces!

Renee said: “I loved the DIY part, at times it became very time consuming but I just looked at it as a labor of love. Each element really reflected our personalities and personal style and I don’t think I would have achieved that with store bought items.” She also added: “…making things together was a great experience for us as a couple. We got to be creative, problem solve, and build together and it helped strengthen our relationship and our excitement for our wedding!”

The Lundahl’s chose Georgia’s Smokehouse BBQ food truck for their dinner which served amazing comfort food and donuts and smores for dessert!

They ended the night with a sparklers send-off and then their guests rode back to their hotels on a bus that said “Renee and Chad Just Married!”

Renee & Chad
Lion’s Park, California
Event Date: May, 2014

Photographer:  @ Photography- photography by Alyssa Tembrina//Event Designer: Truly Fancy//Event Venue: Lion’s Park//Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  1. This looks like such a fun wedding. I absolutely love the surf board and food truck I absolutely adore the shot of the bride looking at her father before she walks down the aisle. Lovely images!

  2. What a beautiful wedding! What I love most are the small details incorporated to make the wedding truly memorable. I am in the middle of planning my own wedding and I got several great ideas with this wedding. So beautiful!

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