A Whimsical Red Outdoor Wedding in California
Jean and Devin
Jean and Devin, both from California, wanted to create an intimate wedding. A priority for them was to marry their love of food and music with an artistic flair. What resulted was a fun and loving event in the fall with lots of personal touches and lots of creativity.
Jean and Devin's save-the-date featured a font that resembled handwriting and an illustration by Jean of a shark, to hint at the couple's soon-to-be-shared last name, Sharkey. Silk-screened on chipboard and designed by chewing the cud, the card casually announced the wedding date, location, information for out-of-town guests, and the wedding website.
Location, Location, Location
Since Jean and Devin work in the creative department at a San Francisco advertising agency, the aesthetic of the stationery was extremely important. Stylistically, the couple wanted the entire wedding to feel handmade, and the handwritten feeling of the letterpress suite conveyed that to the guests. Inspired by the packaging of Jamie Oliver's food goods and Paul Rand, they worked closely with Hello!Lucky on their ice-blue and poppy-red invitation suite.
Jean, a copywriter, came up with all of the wording for the invitations herself (asking guests to join them on September 26, 2009, "to celebrate what they will refer to from now on as their big day"). The invitation details: red and white cross-hatch envelope liners, personalized address labels for each guest, and a hand-drawn map. The shark icon appeared again in a couple of wry places in the invitation suite.
An illustration of the bridge that inspired so much of the wedding, was featured on the invitation.
The Welcome Book
Hello!Lucky also designed a booklet with the weekend's details.
Devin's father led the ceremony, which the couple put together themselves. They asked Devin's father to officiate because it was important to them to keep the ceremony very personal.
The Heart of the Ceremony
Lisa Boone of atelier joya created the big heart backdrop, collaborating closely with the couple to incorporate the iconic shape. While visiting her local flea market, Lisa stumbled across some vintage wine barrel rings that had been shaped into hearts and turned one into the perfect focal point.
Yarn was one of the main decor elements of the wedding. The poppy-red yarn on the heart fit right in with the palette of the wedding, which also included sea glass blue and eucalyptus green. The palette was inspired by the colors seen at the Golden Gate Bridge -- the blue of the sky, the teal of the bay, and the reddish-orange of the bridge. The washed-out green of the local trees also influenced the colors.
Ceremony in the Ruins
The 160 guests were seated in the property's ruins for the 4:30 nuptials, as an ensemble from Ever Music played.
Metal pails with loose arrangements lined the aisle.
The Bridal Bouquet
Jean's bouquet included olive branches, seeded eucalyptus, red dahlias, orange zinnias, and red celosia, complementing the color palette and maintaining a casual feel. A handkerchief that had belonged to Devin's maternal grandmother was wrapped around the bouquet.
For the Flower Girl
Jean's niece, Lucie, served as the flower girl, carrying this red wooden basket decorated with ribbon and a fresh bloom.
For the Men
The men donned boutonnieres featuring assorted red flowers and a few small leaves.
Portraits were taken by photographer Sabine Scherer on the driveway of the property, following the ceremony's conclusion.
A bounteous wreath decorated the barn door.
One of Jean's best friends, Maria, helped her get ready the morning of the wedding. When Jean worried she was missing her "something blue," her faithful friend disappeared for a while. Upon her return, she presented Jean with a solution -- Jean's soon-to-be-modified initials, hand-stitched into the under layers of her wedding gown in a pale blue thread.
"Not to be all Dionne Warwick," Jean says, "but that's what friends are for."
Jean's father, Peter, makes a killer punch each summer during family vacations on Martha's Vineyard. His special recipe was served to guests during cocktail hour, in addition to sparkling clementine and pomegranate beverages.
The escort cards featured big hand-drawn numbers on cards placed in manila coin envelopes, which were hand-lettered in white ink and clothes-pinned to red yarn on kraft boards that said "FIND YOUR SEAT."
Just as everyone took their seats, the sun began to set, casting a magical orange glow across the reception tent.
Jessica Lasky (of Jessica Lasky Fine Catering) created a rustic, family-style menu to give the meal an intimate, dinner-party feeling.
The menu was written onto a chalkboard set in a white painted frame and hung in the tent.
Dinner included a summery antipasto plate served with grilled crusty bread as the first course.
The couple's artistic flair was apparent in the day's decor. The homespun feeling was carried out using plenty of yarn. At the seated dinner, yarn was wrapped around Mason jars set down the center of the long tables.
The long tables were subdivided using glass bottles with white vinyl numbers to help the guests find their seats.
The Place Settings
To create a playful dinner atmosphere, Hello!Lucky festooned kraft paper placemats. Each sported a silk-screened outline of a fork, knife, spoon, and plate.
Deejay Sol kept everybody moving at the reception (and at the after party).
Later on, Jean's cousin Caroline sang one of their favorite songs, "Sunday Kind of Love."
Jean danced with her father to "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor.
Devin and his mother danced to "Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold.
Sabine set up a photo booth against a stone wall. A yarn-covered heart anchored the background as guests posed for the camera.
The couple opted for a dessert bar after dinner. They served a selection of pies (Key lime, apple, and mixed berry), which enabled the couple to use seasonal ingredients. Jessica Lasky sourced the pies' fruit locally and topped them off with organic ice cream from nearby Straus Family Creamery.
Yarn reappeared here, twirled around the rustic wood risers that were mixed in with ceramic cake stands to elevate each pie and add dimension to the overall display. Custom burlap linens were bordered with poppy-red fabric and finished off with ribbon ties at the corners.
Hello!Lucky created small flags to identify the pies; they matched the rest of the stationery and paper goods, using the same handwritten font, colors, and linear patterns.