{image by volatile photography :: planning, styling + floral design by lovely little details}

Yesterday I was so excited to let you know that Cary+ Chris’ wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty, and today I wanted to follow up with a photo-heavy post of all the details we put in to their big day. This wedding was totally up my alley and my beach-loving heart was loving every bit. Not to mention the couple is sweet as can be, and I remain friends with the bride to this day. I love when my clients turn in to friends, it’s pretty awesome.

When Cary and I first met for our initial consultation, she showed me a simple picture of a driftwood garland she spotted during travels to Thailand with Chris. She wanted something simple, laid back, and reflective of the inspiration she drew from that image. We tried to infuse that beachy feel in to all the elements of their big day, from the decor, to the florals, to the food. Even though we were smack dab in the middle of a city, you would have never known it! Here are some of my fave details from their big day.

Cary has an amazing artistic sense and made all of the wooden signs for the big day. Here’s a DIY tutorial from her blog, didn’t they come out awesome?

Cary also illustrated the design for her kraft paper notebooks and made each and every one. Here’s another DIY she put together on her blog {I never realized just how much work went in to them until I saw her blog post!}

For the paper goods, Cary and I worked together. I designed the actual layout but Cary added the embellishments like the stamped “C’s” on the front of her programs. It was really fun having someone just as excited about fonts as I am :)

The menus were signature LLD style, with the custom embossed silverware at the top of each one that I labored over one night. I love the added detail that embossing brings, even in such a laid back affair such as Cary + Chris’ wedding. Here’s my video DIY on embossing if you’re looking to do something similar!

And the arch. The driftwood arch. When a client asks me for something, I always say yes. There is some way we can make everything happen, though I’m not gonna lie, this arch gave me a bit of anxiety as we drew closer to the big day. I enlisted the help of my trainer for the heavy lifting and we spent two days building it. The end result was exactly what I was hoping for, but more importantly, exactly what Cary had envisioned. I was so happy that she was happy! Here’s the DIY I posted a few weeks back, if you want to try your hand at arch building :). Once the arch was set up on her wedding day, I still had to add all of the floral accents - it was so windy and I was praying to anyone who would listen that the arch didn’t blow over, or the flowers didn’t fall off during the ceremony!! Thank goodness the arch survived without any casualties :)

I was more than obsessed with the wooden aisle we rented from Classic. It was the perfect addition to the ceremony to really tie our beach feel together right to the ground. It reminded me of the wooden walkways that lead to the beach in New England and seemed so fitting for Cary + Chris as Chris grew up spending his summers at his family’s beach house in Nantucket, and Cary shared that love for the shore.

A while back I deemed this summer the summer of the coral charm peonies. I swear, every single client I worked with for a 2-month stint requested these beauts - and why wouldn’t you? They’re insanely gorgeous, in such a simple way. One single bloom makes such a statement and I really loved that it added just the right amount of color without being too overbearing. At one point, I had almost 150 coral charm peonies prepping in my apartment {reason 1,245,023 why I can’t wait to move to our new place, with an area designated just for my floral design and craft projects!!}, but I wasn’t complaining - they were gorgeous!! Side note - coral charms are only pink for the first few days. Once they open, they start losing their color after the first day, and after 2-3 days, they turn completely white! Translation - you have to be really careful with your timing of when you put those babies in water before the wedding, because you might have a surprise with white peonies on the day-of if they bloom too soon!

I accented the aisle arrangements with soft + breezy astilbe and peachy/pink ranunculus. The blue masons worked perfectly to add that touch of seaglass color that we trying to infuse throughout. My amazing day-of assistant, Jessica, totally rocked it that day and helped with all of the styling and coordination and there’s no way I could have done it without her!

I designed Cary’s bouquet with astilbe, peonies, white scabiosa, hydrangea and a few white ranunculus. I brought the astilbe through in to other aspects of floral design as well, such as the wristlets for the ladies, and boutonnieres for the guys.

The tablescapes had a natural feel to them, with natural linen (not burlap) runners lined with pieces of driftwood and accented with antique bottles filled with single blooms and beach grass, sea urchin shells, capiz shells, and sea glass that Cary and I collected piece by piece during a day trip up north prior to the wedding. We accented the muted color scheme with pops of coral and had turquoise napkins folded over each place setting to add some dimension to the natural runners on the wooden tables. The table numbers were double sided pieces of heavy kraft paper with the name of a favorite beach one side, and a picture from their travels on the other.

I absolutely love the teeny tiny detail that the firecracker grass adds, don’t you?

Foodies were in heaven at Cary + Chris’ wedding - this was no banquet hall affair! Culinary Eye created a feast specialized to the couple’s favorite foods, but also their personality - and their display completely matched the overall aesthetic. I wasn’t complaining about a few sneak snacks in the kitchen :)

The place cards were made of different shades of blue and seafoam green paint chips, which Cary’s aunt hand wrote each name on and we placed in a weathered white tray lined with sand. Jessica totally gets credit for this one, because she patiently placed each one in line to make it look so nice!

Cary bought the perfectly hued letter “B” (for their last name) to act as their guest book. I added small weathered flower boxes to the bar/cocktail tables/sign in table with mini arrangements to carry the pretty texture/color contrast throughout.

And one of my favorite details from the day? The faux capiz shell chandelier that I made. I promise I will share the DIY soon. It took forever, not gonna lie :) And yes, the strands are hung from an old canning jar rack.

All in all, we didn’t want anything to look too cliche “beachy”, know what I mean? We wanted to create an effortless (but with tons of effort on the back end haha!) look to carry through the whole laid back feel to match the couple’s favorite places, and their personalities. I wanted guests to feel like they were transported to one of these magical places, with a drink in hand and yummy food in their belly. With small hints of shells/seaglass/florals, I think we were able to do that! But most importantly, we were able to evoke that feeling of delight from the bride and groom, and their families, when they saw it all come together…

…and to me, that’s the best part :)

Wedding Planning, Styling + Floral Design: lovely little details / Wedding Venue: The General’s Residence at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California / Wedding Photography: Volatile Photography / Catering: Culinary Eye / Ceremony Guitar: Friends of the Bride & Groom / Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Ukulele: The Paper Dolls / Reception Music: DJ Vadim of Perfect Party Plans San Francisco / Linens: La Tavola / Farm Table + Wooden Aisle Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Lighting + Projection: Just De’Lights / Wedding Dress: Rosalie / Hair + Makeup:The Glamourist / Antique Bottle Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals

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