A Casual Outdoor Rustic Wedding in California
Friend Kevin West crafted the huppa supports, which consist of wood and flowers from around the property; draped from them is a prayer shawl from Ben's sister, Lizzie.
The Happy Couple
The happy couple under the huppa after they're pronounced man and wife.
Bryan "Breezy" Ream -- a friend, decorator, and lighting-design specialist -- lit up the bride and groom's table with an Italian crackle-glass globe surrounded by four vintage brass domes.
Nearly 1,000 feet of California bay laurel garlands ran along the house, the yard, and down the tables' centers; persimmons, figs, raspberry branches, and passionfruit vine punctuated the garlands.
Clear and frosted lights were strung along the house, which was once Clark Gable's hunting lodge.
Lush and romantic arrangements of organic dahlias, chocolate cosmos, chocolate geraniums, white garden roses, and white sweet peas fill silver vessels like soup terrines, julep cups, and candy dishes.
The centerpieces also included bowls of fresh green produce.
A vintage typewriter was displayed so guests could type messages to the couple.
The typed messages from guests were then hung on clotheslines for everyone to see.
An antique bar cart was displayed with a lamp and flowers to go along with the rustic and eclectic feel of the wedding reception.
Two cellists provided the music during the festivities.
The Cocktail Hour
Rustic hay bales draped with festive Mexican blankets provided comfortable seating for the cocktail hour; the bales were arranged like pews during the ceremony.
Some of the delicious appetizers passed during the cocktail hour.
Rows of long tables were set up in the bride and groom's backyard for guests to enjoy dinner at the reception. Each table had rows of laurel garlands running down the middle as centerpieces.
Guest Blake Mycoskie enjoys a drink served up by Culver City eatery Akasha.
The simple white cake was decorated with white roses and a bride and groom cake topper.