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Shea Shoemaker
Shea Shoemaker June 26, 2019

Sweet Rustic California Brewery Wedding

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“Board games, beer, big trees, and bundles of love. Yep, if you guessed a wedding you definitely want to be at, you guessed right. These two give me the warmest warm fuzzies. When two people are so well matched you just want to fist bump the universe. I am so happy they’re hitched, so happy I had the good fortune to document the delight, and so happy that they rallied such a festive group of revelers for all the fun. We especially loved Sarah’s sweet and hip dress from ModCloth, their fun ceremony fans with a picture of their cat, and the unique gift of bobble heads fashioned after each groomsmen. Let this day sprinkle your life with giggly joy!” –Let’s Frolic Together

What is your favorite wedding day memory?

That’s a tough one. Highlights included my bridesmaids surrounding me like secret service agents to sneak me into the ceremony space without my groom seeing me, having to wipe my face on the best man’s sleeve because I was crying and no one had tissue, and looking around the room during our thank-you toast and seeing everyone we loved there to celebrate with us. And of course, the moment my fiance became my husband. We asked our officiant to pause before that final part of the ceremony and remind us to soak in the moment. I’m so glad we did that, because many of my married friends had warned me that the whole day goes by in a flash and that gave us the chance to slow down and be fully present in the moment we became husband and wife.

What did you DIY for your wedding?

Our favorite project was probably the fans we made for the ceremony. We printed out a photo of our cat on cardstock, folded the page in half, and glued on a tongue depressor. Super easy, helpful at the outdoor ceremony, and a fun way to incorporate our beloved kitty. We also made little streamers with bells for guests to wave, to make things more festive. Our “cake topper” was a homemade little pennant banner made from paper, lace, and foam letters. Since my husband and I like to travel together, we also put together a very simple lift-the-flap game asking people to guess which state each photo was taken in.

I lucked out because not only was my maid-of-honor amazing, but she is also super handy and married to a woodworker. She helped me make a wooden sign out of fence posts, and also cut smaller wood blocks to hang off the backs of our chairs. I used a friend’s Cricut to print out lettering for the signs- our names and wedding date for the larger sign and a Pixar quote for the smaller ones. In addition, our family friends put together all of the flowers as their gift to us.

These crafts and projects were a lot of fun to dream up and make. It kept us from buying a lot of wedding-specific décor that we’d never use again, while also keeping the budget down and adding personal touches to our ceremony and reception.

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

Yes! For my something old, I wrapped a necklace my grandpa gave me as a child around my bouquet. He wasn’t able to travel for the wedding, so it was nice to have that piece of him with us. My something new was a 2017 dime in my shoe {taking the place of the traditional sixpence}. My maid-of-honor lent me a pearl necklace, and I painted my toenails blue.

Any advice for brides currently in the planning process?

Try not to get caught up in what your wedding “should” be, and instead think about what you and your groom want the day to be like. We skipped a lot of the traditional aspects {e.g. bouquet toss, dancing, champagne} because they just didn’t feel like us. Instead, we spent the reception drinking beer and playing board games with our guests, which was a blast. Also, take care of yourself! Leading up to wedding weekend, I got super stressed out, my anxiety flared up, and I got sick, which made it harder to enjoy everything. Get enough rest, stay hydrated, and remember that this should be a fun process for you both. -Sarah, the Bride

Event Credits

Photography: Let's Frolic Together // Ceremony Venue: Louis A. Stelzer County Park // Guest Book: Bleu de Toi // Invitations: Rustic Invites and More // Rentals: Linen Lady // Cake: Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen // Engagement Ring: Rosados Box // Bride's Attire: ModCloth // Bride's Belt: The Honey Bee Shop // Bridesmaid's Attire: Union Station // Make-up: Kray MUA // Bridesmaid's Robes: Lovey Dovey Design by Us // Groom + Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse // Groomsmen's Gifts: Liknessme

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