• Tuscan Sonoma DIY Wedding: Brittany & Chris

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    Today’s wedding is one I would have loved to have attended myself: I’m obsessed with this Sonoma private estate that looks like you’re in the middle of Tuscany. It gave the guests the relaxed feel of a backyard wedding with the games and pool, but has that look of being in a dreamy and luxurious locale.  And it just feels like such an intimate and loving gathering.  Maybe because it was a DIY wedding in the truest sense of the word – the family and friends of the couple all participated to make this day happen!

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    Advice for couples planning now? Keep it simple and even then, it still takes a village! A wedding is a big love-fest filled with happiness and friendship and you don’t need over-the-top details to have that. You do need a support system, organization, and division of tasks. You don’t want be stressed during this very special planning process and/or on your beautiful and intimate day. There is nothing more romantic, rare and magnificent than marrying your best friend, soul mate, partner-in-crime, so soak up every last moment!

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     (I so love this shot of the bride and her father before they walk down the aisle!)

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    We had a 3-piece latin band, the Carlos Herrera Band, playing during the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner. We had the traditional wedding song for the processional and left it up to them to jam out for the rest of the time.

    rustic glam sonoma wedding | jagger photography rustic glam sonoma wedding | jagger photography rustic glam sonoma wedding | jagger photography rustic glam sonoma wedding | jagger photography rustic glam sonoma wedding | jagger photography rustic glam sonoma wedding | jagger photography rustic glam sonoma wedding | jagger photographyHow did you make your wedding YOU?  We essentially had a backyard wedding at our friend’s amazing estate and wanted all of our details to blend in with the old-world tuscan-inspired property. We were minimalist when it came to decor as we didn’t want to take away from the beautiful architecture and landscape. The few details we had, we did ourselves. We collected wine and champagne corks for escort cards and menus details. I constructed the centerpieces by planting succulents in wine boxes. We printed our program on clear vellum and sewed it to card stock. We created a calendar that consisted of baby pictures of Chris and I for each month of the year and had guests sign their name on their birthday. My mom constructed the cake stands by taking wood plaques and gluing them to select trunks from her neighborhood. She also outfitted the cake display with succulents. My great-grandmother collected buttons from around the world and my mom sewed a few of her buttons from Japan (since my husband is half Japanese) onto my bouquet wrap for my ‘something old’. We used old large form wine boxes for guest items like bubbles, kazoos, fans, sun umbrellas, tissues and kid toys and coloring books. We bought the string lights (that now are outfitted in our backyard!) and my uncle (who is a contractor and excellent electrician) hung them over the dance floor.  My mom helped with many of the DIY details and did all the girls’ hair. One of the bridesmaids did all the girls’ makeup. One of Chris’ close friends painted our ceremony, as it was happening (coolest do it yourself memento ever!) My dad, who is a wine collector, had us do blind taste tests for deciding which wine and champagne would be served. We even summoned the best man and his wife to help us set up all the ceremony chairs, dining tables, bars, etc the day before the day before the wedding. Don’t let the gorgeous backdrop fool you, it really was a backyard wedding and everyone pitched in to make it happen. That is also what made the whole weekend so fun and memorable. We really feel it was a family affair, filled with love and support. We kept it as simple as possible and made sure that everything was down-to-earth, personal and bursting with love. We had the most stress-free day filled with endless amounts of laughter, hugs, kisses, dancing and genuine love. We are so blessed to have such a great group of friends and family and having them all there to share our special day was above all, what made our wedding day ours. 

    Don’t you love what a group effort this wedding was? Everyone did such a great job.  And I’m loving the french braided bridesmaids, aren’t you?  So chic, and not too uniform given the mismatched style of dresses.  Congrats to Brittany and Chris on having themselves such a spectacular day.  Check out the gallery for so many more gorgeous images!

    Oh, and the couple made a special playlist to be played on the shuttles that took their guests to the wedding venue, and the bride shared her playlist.  I love playlists and music selection, so I wanted to share them with you as well. It might help you with your musical selections too.

    Let’s Stay Together, Al Green / Down In The Valley, Otis Redding / One Love, Bob Marley / Think I’m In Love, Beck / Nevermind The Phonecalls, Earlimart / This Must Be The Place, Talking Heads / Relationships, Friendly Fires / Don’t You, Simple Minds / Once In A Lifetime, Talking Heads / Just What I Needed, Cars / Still Is Still Moving To Me, Toots and the Maytals / Simple Man, Lynyrd Skynyrd / Caravan, Van Morrison / House Of Cards, Radiohead / Electric Feel, MGMT / Float On, Modest Mouse / Even After All, Finley Quaye

    {Vendors} Photography: Jagger Photography / Day-of-Coordinator: Nicki Wolfe / Caterer: Olive & Vine / Wedding Cake: Alexis Baking Company / Flowers: Wisteria Flowers / Band: Carlos Herrera Band / DJ: James Gunaca / Bridal dress & hair piece from Lovely Bride / Shoes: TOMS / Bridesmaid dresses: Two Birds Bridesmaids / Invitations from Urbanic / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation / Venue: Family Friend’s private estate in the very small town of Kenwood in Sonoma County

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    1. Posted Jun 19 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      Such a gorgeous DIY wedding!

    2. Posted Jun 19 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      absolutely LOVE this DIY wedding! Everything was so unique and turned out so beautiful! So inspired :)

    3. Posted Jun 19 at 11:58 am | Permalink

      I love the bridesmaids’ dresses…too cute!



    4. Posted Jun 23 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

      I love all the details that went into this wedding! The bride looks stunning!

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