From Josh’s dad’s favorite spot where they got married to Haley’s grandparent’s cake toppers, this wedding is made up of beautiful elements. The whole event became extra special because of those memories. They had an intimate bohemian theme going on. And to go along with that idea, they decorated an old Volkswagen van with pompom garlands to serve as the PhotoBUS (Oh you know, a photobooth pun heehee). Read about their wedding below in the words of their excellent photographer. And browse their gallery to see really how beautiful everything turned out.
The Album Story:
A week before the wedding Haley and Josh exchanged private vows at “Frank’s Bench” at sunrise. This location was special to the groom because it marked the location of his father’s favorite spot, and a bench was placed there in his memory after he passed away. It is a special place for them and love, and emotion carried on into the following Saturday into the wedding ceremony they had for friends and family!
The wedding was amazing! Taking place at the groom’s parent’s beachside cottage at Carpinteria Beach, they had everything from the old Volkswagen Bus as the photo booth, or “Photo Bus” as we should call it, to the shot of tequila at the ceremony (guests included). Everything was just perfect – the way the sunlight came through at just the right time, the beach, the weather, the people, everything!
The little bride and groom cake topper that was placed on their pale blue cake was on the bride’s grandparents’ and parents’ cakes when they were married. Pretty special to her because both grandparents have passed. It all just came together in such an incredible way! Because Carpinteria is a small tight community of which the groom’s family has been part of his whole life, almost all the vendors were local to the community.
It was very important to the bride that everything about the wedding was captured in an organic way. She wanted to represent the day as it happened. The wedding itself was casual and full of love – everything they did encompass their community. It was the quintessential California beach wedding. Guest threw off their shoes and enjoyed the beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. They even had a fire pit near the beach, and a killer taco stand!
Inspiration for the Theme:
The beach and the small town community.
The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects:
The bride and groom used a vintage Volkswagen bus as a photo booth.
During the ceremony, the bride and groom did a tequila toast. The reception was the amazing taco stand and evening fire pit out by the beach.
A Memorable Moment:
The bride and groom did have a private ceremony a few days before the wedding where they took a hike to “Frank’s Bench”. This was the groom’s father’s favorite spot that he would go to before he passed away. It was important for the bride and groom to exchange their vows there to honor him.
Photographer: Jim + Kelly
DJ: AMS Entertainment
Floral Designer: Anna Le Pley Taylor
Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Cinema and Video: Déja Vu Video Production
Specialty Foods: Don Roge Tacos
Event Planner: HB Productions
Floral Designer: Judy Jackson
Transportation: Jump On The School Bus
Bakery: Reynaldo’s Bakery
Equipment Rentals: Ventura Party Rentals
Bakery: Violette Bakeshop
Specialty Foods: Zooker’s Cafe