So, I know you may have seen this super awesome wedding elsewhere, since it’s gotten tons of coverage, and heck, these flowers are probably on your inspiration board (they are on mine!) But I couldn’t resist writing about this wedding. It is chocked full to DIY goodness, budget friendliness, amazing ideas, and friends & family pitching in. And given that, how could I not share more details with you?
Lauren & Derek run the Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco (a store we’re personally huge fans of). They got married a few years back at the Log Cabin in the Presido in San Francisco. This venue is super cool, and we turned it down because I decided that the best possible wedding had already happened there, and I wasn’t going to mess with that! This is one of the few weddings that I’ve seen that used a theme amazingly well. They called their wedding a “True Love Jamboree” and everything tied back to a log cabin, camp, National Park idea.
The brides dress was made by a (famous and talented) friend Todd Oldham. Not all of us have friends quite that talented, but its a great example of reaching out to your circle of friends to help create a meaningful day.
Those amazing flowers were done by a family member. A trip was made before the wedding to San Francisco’s Flower mart (exactly what we are doing) where they loaded up on Dalia’s. They made vases by covering jars with wood grain contact paper.
Their cake was made to look like forest logs, and they even had their wedding rings designed to look like woodgrain rings (awww). You can see Jennifer Kellogg’s wood grain ring designs here.
For favors (again, favors I love) they had scout style patches made that said “True Love Jamboree.” And the detail I’m most obsessed with? Super cool silver flatware that looked like twigs (I want!)
In a great example of a splurge that makes sense, since her dress was made for her, the bride wore Christian Louboutins in a bright, sassy, re-wearable color.
The couple got married out in nature (no need to decorate!) and had a friend as a officiant.
To go along with their theme, they set up a bunch of camp like activities. Mahjong for their Chinese relatives, a horseshoe toss, picnic blankets for hanging out, and… a s’more station! Behold:
Food was simple burgers, corn on the cob, and other picnic food. It fit right into the theme, and it wasn’t crazy expensive.
The evening wrapped up with music from a band that was friends with the couple.
And the point of the story, dear reader? How happy they look.
Photos are by Jessamyn Harris, a awesome bay area photographer (wedding elf!) who will embrace all of your weird and creative ideas. She was a friend of the couple, and took the photos as a gift to them. She wants you to know that she took these photos years ago (but they are so cool she can’t live them down!) You can read more about this awesome wedding and see a slideshow over at her site.
Also, though you know it hurts me to plug the WIC, Lauren & Derek’s crafty home is featured in The Nest’s print magazine this month (don’t even bother with the website. It’s running a story about upgrading your e-ring. Ick.)