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Read on to hear how Hope created many of the unique elements for this wedding. The two were married at a friend’s home, which worked out perfectly. The wedding reception featured food from {Dad’s Tacos and Burritos} and a wedding cake created by Hope’s mom. Other key vendors would be the florist: Katie Ownes, and planner Roseanna Luczak. Photography by {Matthew Morgan Photography}. Check out Matthew Morgan’s {Blog} to see more from this fun wedding.

What advice would you give to someone planning their wedding? Don’t take it too seriously, really your just there to have a good time and make the sweetest promise of your whole life. Don’t stress about the little stuff. Really at the end of the day, people are going to remember a moment they shared with you, or a moment they saw between the bride and groom. They really aren’t going to remember what kind of cake they had or whether or not you had an aisle-runner. Do stress about the DJ, he controls the evening, and the photographer, after its all said and done, your pictures are all you have.

Describe your wedding cake: Neither Adam or I like cake very much. Nor do we even eat cake at weddings. Adam likes to call himself a churro connoisseur and I appreciate them so we came up with a churro cake. I talked it over with his mom and she seemed very enthusiastic about making it herself. I wanted as little as possible on my plate so I let her take it over, luckily I can trust her. I bought the little birdies for our cake-topper on …shout out!

What’s next for you as a couple? Hmm, what’s next, Adam is trying to plan a trip back to Bali (he took off to surf for a month right after he proposed, which ended up being a smart decision, I had most of it planned when he got back), we really would like to get there sometime this year. We are really looking forward to growing our little family. Hopefully.
Any DIY items? Oh yes, if it was cheaper I did it. My save the dates: I took about 30 different pictures from our engagement shoot and turned them into postcards (which the postage is $.29 as opposed to the usual $.48) I had a stamp that said “save the date” that we embossed on the back and I wrote the date on the picture somewhere, wherever I saw artistically fit according to that particular picture. Doing the pictures different from each other sparked a lot of interest, I would find people talking about them “oh, which one did you get?” My invitations: which were so fun to do, if you have the patience and the knack…Paper Source! My flower-girls baskets: I found nice baskets at cost plus world market, and I decorated them with different colors of ribbon. Departure debris: we had our guests throw (or lob, some people didn’t get the message) birdseed at us as we ran through the tunnel. I bought some tulle and ribbon, just cut out squares and tied them up…easy. The cake: the churro design was pretty simple, add some ribbon, flowers and birdies on the top and your done. Our thank-you notes: same idea as the save-the-dates but we used pictures of us from the honeymoon. Some of us and some with us and thank you written in the sand with sea-shells, rocks and sticks.


Congratulations to Hope + Adam. We wish you the best as you begin your life together!

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  1. avatar Brinkly reply

    So I have looked at this wedding like 5 times already. I LOOOOVE it! I’m in love with anything nontraditional and just swoon over the creativeness and the fashion alone is to die for. Love it!!

  2. avatar Jen @ Green Wedding Shoes reply

    LOVE the bridesmaids dresses and boots. Such great, fun style. This is totally a wedding I would want to attend!

  3. avatar Nicole R. reply

    Love all the details.. it was great to read about the DIY and ways they cut costs.

  4. avatar Phill reply

    How Cute are those flower girls?Brown Too-toos and Brown Converse shoes? Amazing

  5. avatar Gwen reply

    Hope I loved your wedding!! You should plan mine :) And your dj was just perfect.

  6. avatar Katie reply

    Where in Trabuco Canyon was the reception?

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Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce you to two very stylin’ people: Hope + Adam. When I first scanned through the photos, I was wowed. For one thing, I would want to be one of Hope’s bridesmaids so I could carry a beautiful fall bouquet and wear these fab boots.  Bridesmaids dresses from {Urban Outfitters}, Hope’s gown from {Marry Me Bridal}, and accessories by {Stephanie James Couture}.  Photography by {Matthew Morgan Photography}

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. Well this is quite a long story but the gist of it is that we were out to lunch at our soon to be favorite restaurant and a mutual friend introduced us. We immediately couldn’t stand each other, but some thing happened at our next meeting, which was going shot-gun shooting with some friends. Adam said it was the pants I was wearing. I say it was the gunfire.
What was the design inspiration for your wedding? Nature, we wanted to use as many resources from the land as we possibly could.
Favorite design element of your big day: The arch that Adam, his father and a friend made for the alter. It was made of sticks and branches from the area, there was recently some strong winds so that helped the stick-hunting process.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was nothing I thought I would ever pick out for myself, I’m less traditional than my dress but I loved it just the same. My mom flew out from Hawaii and we had 2 days to find the dress. It was the first shop we went to and my moms made me try it on. I reluctantly obliged and ended up loving it. It was a little simple for me but I knew I could jazz it up a bit. Hence, the broach and cutie veil.
Describe your wedding flowers: I’m not much of a flower person, so thankfully my mother-in-law’s friend was a genius. I went over to her house and she started asking me what flowers I liked. Of course I knew none of the names that were coming out of her mouth, so she dug up some pictures for me to point at things that caught my eye. This was much more my speed. I just pointed at the flowers and colors I like and luckily she was a wiz!
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The oak trees, they were the most beautiful part of our wedding by far. The canopy they created made the best setting.

More to come from this fun couple!

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  1. avatar Maggie @ Eat, Drink, Marry reply

    I’m a little bit obsessed with this one. The kick-ass modern bride! The gals in boots! The tutu on the little one! The retro look of the guys! The fun laid-back-ness of it all! I could keep going…

  2. avatar Harry reply

    That is one hot bride….and a stunning bridal party to boot. Great photography as well.

  3. avatar Emily Ink Design reply

    those bridesmaids’ dresses are freakin’ adorable!

  4. avatar Karen reply

    I love the peach tattoo. The is a bride with attitude and I love it. What a great change from what we’re used to.

  5. avatar Amy Clifton reply

    Wow–what a FUN and HIP wedding!! The setting, the bridesmaids’ dresses + boots, the tutu, ohmygosh!

  6. avatar Suzie S. reply

    The photographer has a great eye. Pictures are great! I wish he was my wedding photographer.

  7. avatar holly reply

    Very Cute wedding indeed! Please tell me where the groom found his suit. We have been searching high and low for one that looks just like this.

  8. avatar Laura E @ Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Holly,Adam’s suit was custom-made in Bali for $40. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Happy hunting for something. Laura E

  9. avatar Betty reply

    I love the pictures. Where is this place? I’m getting marry in November and need a ceremony site.

  10. avatar Lindsey @ Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Betty,Since our Details features can come from all over the country, this wedding actually took place in Trabuco Canyon in California. Good luck finding your perfect location!! Lindsey

  11. avatar Mrs. DeLeon reply

    Hi! I love the flowergirls tutu….Where was it bought??? I need one for my flowergirl.

  12. avatar Daddy’s Girl reply

    I am crazy about this wedding and am planning my own after it. It is my inspiration.

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  1. avatar Heather Ahrens reply

    I love the new Bride’s Cafe blog!!!I also launched my new blog today ;)

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