You are going to fall in love with this charming camping themed wedding captured by Anna Marks Photography. The bride is a jewelry designer and created so many cute personalized details for their big day. The flashlight escort cards/favors are adorable! And the ceremony location is an outdoors lover’s dream!
My husband’s house in Gualala has always been very important in his life. It’s where he grew up and where the family all comes together for holidays and major events. As a couple, we have thrown an event there for the past few years called Gualalapalooza where all of our friends come and camp for the weekend. The location was a natural choice – meaningful, beautiful, and a place where we could have some leeway to do what we wanted. Since my dad is a sculptor, we had an opportunity to use a lot of his works to decorate around the meadows, pond, and campfire. It felt like the perfect blend of our families coming together and a way to bring part of my identity to a place that is so important to Andrew.
I am an artist and designer, so I very much enjoyed doing many DIY projects. My husband and I made our rings, and I made the rest of my jewelry, the bridesmaids earrings, and the groomsmen cufflinks. I created the invitations, almost all of the signs, and the table numbers. I bought my dress with the intention of completely redesigning it, which I did with help of a tailor.
One of the most memorable was when our officiant and good friend forgot the ring part of the ceremony. The irony of being a jewelry designer and forgetting the rings was lost on no one. We had already kissed, so we got to kiss again! It’s a moment that will always make me laugh and gave the whole day this extra lightheartedness.
We wanted a party! We are very social so we wanted to use this moment to celebrate with all of our friends and family. We wanted to make decisions that really reflected us over what’s traditional.
I collected lanterns for almost a year. I bought one “bar” sign, and when we needed a second, my dad and I sandcasted it in bronze. The lounge furniture was all from my dad’s studio – pieces that he has collected over decades. The antique car that we drove in was one that I helped place decals on with my dad in my childhood. I had a vision and often it felt easier to just take a few hours to do it myself, especially since I have so many tools at my disposal between my dad’s studio and my own. I also strongly felt that each detail I did personally would reflect “us” so much more and would be more meaningful to us the day we got to see it all come together.
The dance floor was the best! Between the band, the magician in costume, and our crazy friends, we had a party that was so much better than we could have possibly asked for.
Photography | Anna Marks Photography | Planning | Fern Foot Events | Florals | Flowers by Natasha | Catering | Trink’s Café | Desserts | Franny’s Cup & Saucer | Entertainment | Lovefool | Rentals | Encore Events Rentals | Dress | J.Crew | Jewelry | Christine Guibara | Hair | Martin Plascencia | Makeup | Nishat Jannah | Sculptures | Albert Guibara