This dreamy backyard California wedding is SO amazing!
Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker February 21, 2018

Dreamy Backyard California Wedding

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“Inspired by their love of nature and a desire to highlight the organic beauty of their riverside home, Kristen and Jon planned a romantic, bohemian bash with dramatic palette of pink, red and purple, full of homemade details and fresh seasonal blooms.” –Jeanette Ennis Photography

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

My favorite wedding day memory is just looking into my husbands eyes and feeling peace. I was so stressed the week before worrying about all the details, but once the day hit, I just had to let go of what wasn’t finished and accept the fact that it is what it is. I have this amazing man standing in front of me, who loves me, and wants to spend forever with me and that’s what this day is about.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

A lot of the wedding was DIY, but I also had a wedding planner, vendors, and family who helped a lot. I’m an artist, so I felt like I had to add my creative touch to as much as I could. Starting I guess with the save the dates. I knew exactly what I wanted, a zoomed out picture of my husband and I on a cliff in Yosemite {where we got engaged} with the words “The adventure begins”. My photographer Jeanette did an amazing job capturing that image as well as many more I will treasure always. For the actual wedding invitations I made a water color map of the venue and surrounding area. The wedding was at my husbands parents house on the Kern River and the river scene made for a lovely watercolor to add to the invitation suite. I also made all the wood signs and painted canvas signs scattered around the wedding. Some turned out better than others, but it worked! I had my hand in pretty much everything, in regards to the direction I wanted things to go, but I did have a lot of help. My wedding planner Irma led me to some amazing vendors. I was especially impressed with my florist Carlos. He created a spectacular wreath that was the backdrop for my cake and made all my flower visions come true and more. In fact, my creativity is still flowing with wedding inspo, I am working on a painting of my bouquet because I loved it so much!

Did you have a something old, new borrowed, blue?

Yes of course, I took all precautions with the wedding superstitions just to be on the safe side! For Something Old I had my Grandmothers mink stole that was gifted to me and went perfectly with my dress and helped me keep warm and look chic. Something New was pretty much everything I was wearing, dress, veil, shoes, etc. For Something Borrowed I wore my mothers tear drop diamond necklace, it will be mine one day, but I gave it back after the wedding. For Something Blue I had a blue ribbon on my garter and panties!

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

For brides currently in the process, I would say just do the best you can and have fun with it. Being an artist and DIY bride was not easy for me, because I wanted to do everything myself and I wanted it all to be perfect. Unfortunately its not going to be perfect no matter how hard you try. You will always wish you had more time, or wish you would of done something differently or better. Looking back I had a gorgeous wedding, try to hold on to the positive and let go of the negative and just enjoy the process and this time in your life. We are all just doing the best we can, self love is key brides! Also, don’t be afraid to delegate jobs, you’re still a DIY bride if you tell people what to do for you right? Don’t be afraid to be bossy but watch your attitude, no one likes a bridezilla! -Kristen, the Bride

Event Credits

Photographer: Jeanette Ennis Photography // Event Planner: Simply Chic Events // Videographer: Gina Escamilla Photography // Invitations: Elegance in Bloom // Florals + Design: Make it Happen Events // Catering: NV Catering // Cake: Gimme Some Sugar // Cake Topper: Z Create Design // Rentals: Walker Lewis Rents // Cigar Box Wedding Favors: Picture Perfect Papier // Ring Box + Matches: Woodland Fever // Tee Pee: Tucson Teepee

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