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Making Magic in the California Woodlands May 17, 2011

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The story begins at Dawn Ranch, amidst fifteen acres of tranquil redwoods on the Russian River.  The occasion was to celebrate the nuptials of Kristi and David.  They were going for a particular kind of rustic charm- taking care not be too overdone, and achieving whimsical elegance in thoughtful ways.

 

We started with moss islands that provided a sumptuous bed for the unusual.  We placed them under a cloche bell jars and adorned them with mushrooms, monkey tail ferns, scabiosa, poppy, and nigella pods.  From the trees we hung twig and moss baskets with blue hydrangea ferns and passiflora leaves.

 

The bride’s bouquet featured succulents, ferns, blackberries, helleborus, tweedia, cotinus leaves, and coniferous pieces.  The men sported boutinierres that were an unique combination of nigela pods, berries, and tendrils.  Two flower girls left a shower of hydrangea petals in their wake.  An energetic brown datsun served as a friendly ring bearer.  Everyone carried darling vintage parasols to shield them from the California sun.

 

There is a fine line between a country wedding and a fantastical woodland celebration.  We think this wedding celebration is one that achieved fairy tale status without being trite.  Have a look at the pictures and let us know what you think!

Photos thanks to Charlie Gesell Photography and Sophie de Lignerolles.

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