If you are looking for some fabulous inspiration for your wedding, here it is! This wedding is ecofriendly, with a touch of DIY, and a lot of fun!
Along with some amazing photos, here is the story of Krista and Tim’s wedding told in their own words…
Describe any special parts of the wedding, or people who attended.
The ceremony was created surrounding thC 7 foundations we wanted to nurture in our marriage: grace, honesty, generosity, respect, community, growth, and love. Our community of family and friends are a big part of what makes our lives so rich, so it meant a great deal to us to have so many people be a part of our wedding. In addition to the wedding party and officiants, we had Chuppah carriers who not only brought the Chuppah up, but stood surrounding us during the ceremony. It wasn’t supposed to be this way, but there was a strong breeze and the Chuppah wouldn’t have stayed in the holders if our community hadn’t stayed up there with us. It was a perfect accident! The Chuppah was made by Krista’s sister-in-law and sister. Krista’s nephew played guitar and her sister sang during the ceremony. Krista’s father passed away unexpectedly 6 weeks after we returned from the honeymoon, so the time we had at the wedding became more special to us, including our very non-traditional spontaneous father-daughter fast dance where my dad was “getting his groove on”. He had the entire room laughing and dancing!
Why did you choose Boa Ventura as the venue?
We looked at a lot of sites prior to Boa Ventura. We wanted something outside since we both love the outdoors. I had been to a wedding in an orchard and loved that venue. Boa Ventura had a similar feel. It is slightly rustic, with wild flowers everywhere and a lot of great little details including a bocce ball court. There were animals around the property including a cat, a horse, a few dogs, and even a few chickens in a coup. This was perfect for the relaxed, community feel we wanted to create. Another bonus was that they didn’t dictate which vendors we had to use, allowing us to create a wedding that was unique and truly embraced who we are as individuals and as a couple.
How did you choose your florist, and the particular flower types and colors?
We bought our flowers from Trader Joe’s. The store has a designated person to order flowers. I went a few weeks before the wedding and we talked about what kinds of flowers we wanted and what was in season. She ordered the type, but couldn’t guarantee the colors. The day before the wedding, she let me pick through the order to choose the types and colors we wanted. We had Van Gough Sunflowers, red, yellow, orange gerbera daisies, and celosia flowers among many other flowers. We also had mint, lavender, and roses from a friend’s garden. The morning of the wedding, myself, the bridesmaids, my sister, and other friends made the bouquets and boutonnieres. The balcony of the hotel room where we were working was overlooking the pool where some of the kids from our wedding were swimming and playing. It was a lot of fun to be around all those flowers and have our loved ones laughing below. The centerpieces on the tables were potted organic herbs planted by myself a week before the wedding.
What drew you to your other vendors?
We chose Whiskie Bits because we wanted something unique, and they had unusual flavors such as malted milk ball and strawberry rose cupcakes. They try to use only seasonal ingredients and organic when possible. It added another original touch to the wedding.
Rebecca is a warm, easy to talk to person, not to mention her photography is amazing. I used to assist wedding photographers and understood that the wrong fit for a wedding photographer can be a big issue throughout the day. Tim was a photography major in college and has an eye for good photography. We knew Rebecca would not only beautifully capture our wedding day, but she’d also be a joy to have around for our special day…..and we were correct on both accounts!
What was your favorite part of day?
Krista: Surprising Tim and dancing flamenco for him. After my dance, Tim was laughing and crying at the same time .
Tim: Our time alone together immediately after the ceremony. The owners of the winery let us hide in their garden on a bench and enjoy a glass of wine from their own cellar and a plate of the appetizers. It gave us a chance to connect and take in the ceremony before the party began.
What advice would you give to others on their wedding day?
Take time for just the two of you on the special day! We had about 15 minutes after the wedding ceremony, and our first sighting was just the two of us w/ our photographer. It is such a private moment between the bride and groom, but is usually done in front of everyone. It was nice to have it be just between us, yet captured on film.
If you loved the story and these photos, here’s a vendor list to help you in your own wedding planning:
Venue: Boa Ventura Winery in Livermore, CA. (http://www.boaventuravineyard.com/)
Groom’s attire: Suit bought from Nordstrom to reuse for years to come
Bridal dress & Veil: demo dress & demo veil from J’aime Bridal & Weddings in Pleasanton, CA. (www.jaimebridal.com)
Rings: Groom’s ring was bought on ebay. Bride’s engagement ring was his mothers & great-grandmother’s wedding-antique ring from Aura Jewelers in Berkeley, CA. (aurajewelers.com)
Bakery: Whiskie Bits Cupcakes (www.whiskiebits.com) used seasonal ingredients to make the scrumptious cupcakes.
Invitations: Recycled papers bought from Paper Source In Berkeley (www.paper-source.com), Flax Art & Design in San Francisco (www.flaxart.com), and Dick Blick’s in Berkeley (www.dickblick.com/stores/california/berkeley/). Invitations designed by bride, groom and a friend.
Center Pieces: Organic Herbs bought at Berkeley Horticulture (www.berkeleyhort.com/) & Westbrae Nursery (www.westbrae-nursery.com) and planted with Organic compost by bride and her mother
Beverages/bar: Home brewed beer, lovingly made by the bride and groom! All materials were recycled on site.
Caterer/Food: Organic Paella by Venga Paella (www.vengapaella.com), organic hors ‘d oeuvres made by friends
Table Linens & Decorations: Rented from Pleasanton Party Rentals in Pleasanton, Califonia. (www.pleasantonrentals.com) Re-used vases, candles, and candle holders from a friend’s wedding. Couple decided to rent everything instead of buy, as many of their friends had done previously, to save from more waste.
Honeymoon: Hacienda San Lucas, Ecolodge-Copan, Honduras (www.haciendasanlucas.com) This lodge is amazing with organic foods and organic coffee that is grown up the hill from the lodge.
Bridal Gift: Antique Earrings from Aura Jewelers in Berkeley, CA (aurajewelers.com)
By Ami Sampat
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