Brooke and Raf wanted a wedding that had a down-home feel and was full of thoughtful, handmade details, and that’s just the day they created. Ken Kienow sent over these beautiful photos (wait until you see the sunset shots at the end), and I’m so happy to share them with you today.
Brooke, her mother and her sister have been interested in card making for several years, and even host Card Clubs with friends and co-workers in their respective home towns, and they even get together for an annual holiday card making weekend over Veteran’s Day every year… so it made perfect sense that they would make Brooke and Raf’s wedding stationery.
Brooke’s bouquet was made by April at April Flowers in San Luis Obispo.
Brooke wore Pronovias‘ Oceano dress, and her shoes were from the BP collection at Nordstrom. The bridesmaids wore dresses from Anthropologie (Brooke says she’s still bitter that she didn’t buy one for herself).
The guys all wore ties from Geoffrey Beene.
Brooke and Raf found their wedding venue, Flying Caballos, while searching on VRBO. It’s a renovated farm property that really had the feel they wanted for the day, and they were able to come in and start setting things up two days in advance!
Brooke’s veil, purchased from Etsy vendor Bella Bridal Veils, was blowing everywhere during the ceremony. Brooke says one of her favorite parts of the day was “my un-tamable veil during the ceremony and the way it magically eased our tension with genuine laughter.”
Aside from Brooke’s bouquet, all of the flowers were purchased at Skyline Flowers, a local farm, and arranged by the bride’s best friend, Nena, in bottles collected by family and friends. Brooke says the idea for the burlap table runner came straight from Snippet & Ink!
Brooke was able to get in touch with another bride whose wedding was to take place at Flying Caballos the following weekend. They were able to share the mismatched plates that Brooke’s family thrifted and the vintage silverware that the other bride’s mother found on eBay. What a great way to be both economical and eco-friendly!
Brooke has a habit of buying postcards whenever she travels and then never sending them, so instead of a guest book, she pre-addressed and stamped postcards from all over the world, and asked guests to take one and write notes on them, and then mail them to the couple. Brooke says, “It’s been so fun to read them as they start rolling in!”
For Brooke’s birthday last year, Raf took her to a cold-process soap making class, so one of the favors they made for their guests were hand made bars of soap wrapped in burlap, jute, and scraps of the same fabric used in the invitations.
Says Brooke, “My favorite time spent with Raf is slow dancing in the kitchen while we’re cooking, so we compiled a little mix with lots of our favorite kitchen dancing songs, and others that have memories from the past six years attached to them. I bought the blank CD holders from Stumptown Printers, and my mom came up with a stamp design for the cover. We had the whole family in assembly mode putting them together a few days before the wedding.”
Thank you so much to Brooke and Raf for sharing this beautiful day with us – I just loved learning about all of these sweet and personal details about your wedding. Congratulations to you both! And of course, thank you to Ken Kienow for sending over these lovely photos – aren’t those sunset shots just to die for?!