Tiffany & Ethan’s Forest Picnic Wedding

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

I’ve been all a-twitter about picnic weddings of late, but this picnic wedding has just about everything you need – a thrifty couple, a forest, adorable babies… what else do you need? This magical forest bash was shot by sponsor Kate Harrison, and the bride is a reader of the blog (which is a pretty exciting combination for me!)
The wedding took place at the affordable and beautiful Corralitos Community Center nestled at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Bay Area brides – I suggest you check this location out! I wish we’d known about it.)
This from the bride: I truly found each project that I took on (i.e. 200+ paper flowers, homemade invitations, favors and banners, labeling wine bottles, etc) to be calming and it gave my creative side a chance to come out. I work in an office 40+ hours a day where that side of me is stifled and our wedding was the perfect outlet for me. I had lots of help from friends who truly wanted to help with the projects, they really were fun. Having a day-of coordinator was a complete blessing too, I highly recommend that. The store – Paper Source – became an addictive source of inspiration. I started the whole planning process with the invitations that my husband helped me design. My color theme came from the paper I chose for the invitations, it was the paper that made the whole thing come together so nicely for me!
Every wedding is better with a jam session! The couple hired local folk band The Farmers Market String Band to play for the reception.

The couple hired a local chef to make organic and sustainable picnic lunches for everyone with finger sandwiches, nuts, and chocolate molten cake. Other then that, they used reusable and recyclable materials, tried to keep vendors to a minimum, and had family and friends help with set up and tear down.
And here is the thing, when you have babies that are this delighted to be at your wedding (click to see the picture even bigger, because this child is so amused) you have done something right.
The bride and groom shared a picnic blanket (aww) and hung out with their family, friends, local folk band, and adorable babies. I’m not sure it gets any better than this!

Congratulations to Tiffany & Ethan, here is to many happy years!

All photos by practical sponsor Kate Harrison

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit #NASTY

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  • Such a beautiful wedding!

  • I am in LOVE with that dress!

  • i LOVE the picnic lunchboxes.

  • so romantic…

  • Awww…I’m in love with all the cuteness!

  • jen

    What a gorgeous wedding! I completed related to the bride’s comments, particularly how she enjoyed the creative outlets while planning her wedding since she works in a standard office environment that doesn’t allow for creativity. I am in the same boat, including becoming way too frequent of a customer at Paper Source!

  • so inspirational and utterly elegant.

  • One Love Photo

    One of my favorite weddings that I photographed was one where all the guests sat on their own colorful picnic blankets in the shade of beautiful tall tress. That was years ago but this weeding reminded me of that lovely day.Great feature!

  • Scarlet

    I love it. Amazing.

  • Wow, what a beautiful wedding!! Congratulations to the happy couple!!