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Aimee & Patrick’s Bodega Bay Elopement


* Aimee, Communications Manager & Patrick, Electrical Engineer * Photographer: Jillian West of Little Bat Photography (APW Sponsor) * Soundtrack for reading: “Love & Some Verses” by Iron & Wine *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Violins, Whales, and Winnebagos.

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The Info—Photographer: Jillian West of Little Bat Photography (APW Sponsor) / Location: Bodega Head, Sonoma Cost State Beach / Venue: Winnebago / Aimee’s Dress: J.Crew / Aimee’s Reception Dress: BHLDN (Worn for the party the following day…but I wanted some pics on the beach, too! Ah, vanity.) / Aimee’s Pearls and Cameo Brooch: Heirlooms from Aimee’s grandmothers / Aimee’s Shoes: Anthropologie / Amiee’s Headpiece: Ruche / Patrick’s Shoes and Jacket: Barney’s Outlet

Other cool stuff we should know about: We wanted our wedding to feel comfortable, and it was. Having recently returned from a yearlong road trip, using our trusty RV as our dressing room and staging area felt natural. Plus, it enabled us to hold our little wedding at a gorgeous state park without any real facilities. We had just twelve guests—our families joined us on a bluff overlooking the Pacific for a sweet, intimate ceremony, followed by cake and champagne. The next day we threw a celebratory party at one of our favorite restaurants with a larger group of loved ones.

The wind was chilly but our hearts were warm and full. Everyone pitched in and added their touch. I made the cake, which my aunt put together while we took photos. During the ceremony, Patrick’s father read a poem, and his mom read a blessing. My father, a violinmaker, played the Polish lullaby that sent me to sleep when I was a child. My mom made corsages, ribbon streamers, and boutonnières. She read during our ceremony, too. Plus, everyone was amazingly color-coordinated without prior discussion and the sun peeked out minutes before we exchanged our vows.

The day was a happy blur. We spoke important words. We teared up. We spotted whales off the coast.

We couldn’t stop smiling.

Favorite thing about the wedding: The simplicity and natural beauty. The abundance of joy. The laughter.

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  • http://snippetsof.blogspot.com SarahE

    I am AGOG over your reception dress- So Fun! So Stylish!- and your fantastic short hair and headpiece. SUCH style, woman :-)

    • Martha

      You might love that lacey confection, but the wedding dress is to DIE FOR. I love the flowy-ness and it looks so beautiful in the breeze.

      • Jessica B

        I agree! I am extremely upset I have already ordered my wedding dress right now–I want something more like that!

        I really hope I change my mind when my dress gets here.

  • js

    I love the shot of the men with binoculars. I don’t know why, but it cracks me up! Also, the bride drinking straight from the bottle is so incredibly bad ass! Congratulations to you both!

    • Elena

      Yes on both counts! The men with binoculars made me grin like nobody’s business. The whole thing is lovely, really.

  • http://cloverandlace.com Helen

    This: “The wind was chilly but our hearts were warm and full.”

    And I love how simple and stunning all of this is. And the joy! Your pictures are so full of it!

    Congratulations!!!

  • http://poppiesandicecream.blogspot.nl/ Amanda

    Oh wow whales! The sea! And that first dress, so perfect, and weareable :)
    This might be my alternate universe dream wedding ! So beautiful.

  • http://www.glutenfreetravelette@gmail.com Adina | Gluten Free Travelette

    Love Bodega Bay and that’s one fantastic dress!

  • http://www.koruwedding.com Koru Kate {Koru Wedding}

    What an absolutely gorgeous location! Congratulations~

  • Teresa

    I’m having a seriously blah day and these photos just brought me a bit of joy, so thank you for sharing your beautiful day!

    • meg

      No kidding. I was not having the greatest day on Friday so I went out and found this wedding and edited the photos together. Day changer.

  • http://www.emilyaltphotography.com emily

    Gaaahhhhhh!

    I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS.

    The dress, the view, the camper, the casual arrival of the guests–it’s amazeballs.

    I love elopements. It’s just a fact. They rock.

  • http://www.propanekitchen.com Aimee S.

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments! It was a simply wonderful day. My dad always has a pair of binos close by, so I particularly like the shot of guys scanning for whales as well.

    • fermi

      Where did you get your invites at? If I missed it in the post I apologize.

      • http://www.propanekitchen.com Aimee S.

        I should have added this! We loved our invites and received so many great comments about them. http://www.amyheitman.com/

  • Jen

    Love this wedding. It’s so similar to what I have planned for my own! What is it about being outdoors that just makes everything so much better? Food tastes better, music sounds sweeter, feelings run higher!

    The simplicity is very inspiring indeed. Congrats.

    xx

  • Meghen

    What a beautiful day! Thank you for sharing and congrats! :)

  • http://acceptorchange.blogspot.com YetAnotherMegan

    After seeing the picture come up again with the playlist post today, I had to come back and ask, is that Woodford Reserve? The bottle and logo look so close and it’s the only bourbon I’ve found so far that I really like. And of course, bonus points for going straight from the bottle. That just goes so well with the whole chill vibe this is giving off. Love it!