A Vibrant, Whimsical Outdoor Destination Wedding in California
Eunice Moyle and Daniel James worked around the corner from each other in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, eating -- but never meeting -- at the same Mexican restaurant. Eunice, meanwhile, reluctantly agreed to try three months of online dating at the urging of her sister. Her self-imposed deadline quickly arrived, and she was poised to log out of the site forever when Daniel James came a-courting. A year and a half later, Daniel proposed. On May 9, 2009, friends and family assembled at Wilbur Hot Springs, a solar-powered, off-the-grid hotel about two hours north of Napa for a carnival-like weekend wedding.
Here, lush centerpieces by Sharla Flock Designs set peonies, garden roses, jasmine vine, lilacs, dusty miller foliage, anemones, foxglove, and metallic leaves in trophies and vintage vessels. Purple and fuchsia "crackers" serve as place cards; guests pull the ends to release treats. Calligrapher Michele Papineau, papineaucalligraphy.com hand lettered all of the cracker bands with guests' names.
The Bride and Groom
Eunice Moyle -- in a spectacular dress hand-stitched by friend Iain Harris Bartlett -- and Daniel James steal the scene. Many details of the wedding, including the stage for the ceremony, were inspired by images from photographer Tim Walker. The stage was built by Because We Can and designed by the bride.
The bride collaborated with textile artist Joel Dewberry to fashion playing cards, part of a welcome gift to guests staying at the hot springs.
Fans and Confetti
To help wedding-goers keep cool, Hello!Lucky printed programs on paddle fans.
Hello!Lucky created vellum bags of Ecofetti to toss during the recessional are displayed in a wire basket for guests to take.
Menu and Programs
The menu for the reception was written on a chalkboard by calligrapher Michele Papineau and displayed next to the basket of programs printed on fans.
Bridesmaid Stashia Cabral tries on a prop hat from the photo booth, provided by Magnolia Photo Booth Co.
Eunice mingled Victorian and woodland fairy-tale aesthetics for her letterpress stationery suite and information booklet. Calligrapher Michele Papineau embellished the envelopes with beautiful gold calligraphy.
Homemade caramel corn was put in customized by Hello!Lucky containers for guests to indulge in.
The Bridesmaids' Bouquets
The bridesmaids' bouquets of creamy roses and dusty miller are wrapped with fabric from their silk dupioni dresses.
A Parade to the Ceremony
The festivities started early as guests, holding animal puppets aloft, marched in a whimsical and raucous parade to the ceremony site.
The festive ceremony procession was inspired by an otherworldly photo by Tim Walker of kids parading with animals on sticks. The puppets were created by Because We Can and designed by the bride.
The couple asked Daniel's father, Allan James, to officiate because of his air of seriousness and dry wit.
Eunice decorated the pews at the ceremony with crepe-paper bouquets she made herself. Photo by Gia Canali.
The Bride's Bouquet
Hot-pink peonies, purple anemones, dusty miller, and a few feathers, as well as vintage metallic and fabric leaves, make up Eunice's bouquet, by Sharla Flock Designs.
The ebullient newlyweds recess to The Beatles's "All You Need Is Love."
The Guest Book Table
Flea market finds like the cigar box, ceramic rabbit, and vintage photo album lend the guest-book table rustic charm.
Pal and hatmaker Tricia Roush crafted colorful cockades, which the groomsmen wore as boutonnieres.
Parasols offer guests protection from the sun.
One of the younger guests takes a stroll and takes advantage of the parasols provided for guests.
Friend David Klaphaak ladles a mug of sparkling blackberry lemonade.
A couple of the guests enjoy one of the signature cocktails served at the reception.
Seating Chart Display
One of the bridesmaids looks at the creative seating chart to locate her table.
A Closer Look at the Seating Chart
The seating chart matches names to tables, which are identified by animals instead of numbers.
Eunice made the garlands of pom-poms from coffee filters that she hand-dyed. Servers are dressed in bistro aprons and Russian naval shirts.
The newlyweds dance to "Dream a Little Dream." Lighting by Creative Lighting.
Guests square dance, which is just one of the fun elements Eunice integrated into the wedding reception.
More Square Dancing
The guests form lines to take part in the square dancing at the reception.
On the menu: fried green tomatoes with olive and cherry-tomato relish by caterer Fork & Spoon Productions.