Tiffany & Ethan’s Forest Picnic Wedding


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical WeddingI’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!)
Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical WeddingThe 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.)
Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical WeddingThis 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!
Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical WeddingEvery wedding is better with a jam session! The couple hired local folk band The Farmers Market String Band to play for the reception.
Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical Wedding
Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical WeddingThe 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.
Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical WeddingAnd 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.
Tiffany & Ethans Forest Picnic Wedding | A Practical WeddingThe 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. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10044595180736126664 Melissa

    Such a beautiful wedding!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05650363231006892289 Mrs. in May

    I am in LOVE with that dress!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04322149165321132253 Jackie

    i LOVE the picnic lunchboxes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11923528728395200834 Pretty Bride

    so romantic…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14020247269305899606 Grosgrain Bride

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04170195731907154796 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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08870124428453278995 Teresa

    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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00122265642322917762 Piney

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