DIY OUTDOOR CALI WEDDING | This bride included her groom in on one of the biggest decisions of the wedding day. Also, she’s a wedding florist! Plus… Bambino returns :)

Ok, I’m going to put it out there that “a puppy licking the bottom of your foot right where your toes and your rest-of-foot (listen, I’m no podiatrist) meet” is quite possibly the most tickly (listen, I’m no grammatatist) feeling that exists in what I’ve found to be the crazy, limitless world of tickle potential.  Of course, I’m welcoming other proposals for ‘more tickly.’  Go ahead, bring ‘em on.  I do not have high expectations, however.

RIGHT.  Ok, moving swiftly along…

It’s hard for me to explain to you exactly the reasons why I love this wedding.  Maybe it’s the fact that I just love everything Jessica Burke does, because she’s REDONK, and so when she submitted the perfectly coordinated prettiness you’re about to behold, I was moderately pumped.  Of course, there’s also the fact that our bride, stunning little lady that she is, also boasts a background in florals, so DUH it’s gonna be a good wedding.  Goes without saying.  And then, of course, there are the dancing photos – these things are always close to my heart and I pretty much live for them.  But there’s also the tulips in mason jars factor, and add in their positioning – which is hanging from the arch under which they were married – and I’m on the floor, dead.  But then there’s ALSO the fact that the color scheme was determined by the bride AND THE GROOM’S favorite colors.

OK.  WE HAVE A WINNER.  That last little factoid seals it for me.  It’s the main reason I love this wedding.  Ok, now we can finally get to the pictures!

Here’s the rundown from our gorgeous bride, Angel:

Mark & I have been friends for years but from the moment we started dating I knew this day would come! I hadn’t given much thought to what our wedding day would look like but as soon as we booked the venue everything else sort of fell into place. I always knew that I wanted to get married outdoors and in the fall, so an outdoor venue in Lafayette was the place and October 8, 2010 was the day!

My husband’s only request was that we use the color blue which was easy with my favorite color being orange the color scheme was born. The touches of birds we used felt right at home with all of the gorgeous trees surrounding the venue. Being outside in early October the weather was perfect and the sun set early so the white twinkling lights and the glow from the candles in quilted mason jars provided the simple romantic lighting I was hoping for. I had a love affair with ETSY and ordered just about everything off of the site including the wooden signs that we hung around the venue and our little bird cake topper.

We love our pup Patchy so very much and wanted to include him on the big day so he had a photo shoot with our photographer and we used the pictures on our table numbers.

The ceremony decor turned out to be my favorite part, the aisle filled with thick rows of rose petals, glowing candles and jars of flowers hanging in our bird topped arch with the trees as the back drop, it was the perfect place to say I do! Being a wedding florist myself I knew that I wanted flowers everywhere so with a trip out the flower mart the day before and some beautiful helping hands the flowers were a labor of love and I thought that they turned out perfectly!   My wonderful Aunts and some very dear friends did all of the set up and coordinating on the big day and turned our vision into reality! I loved the simple and casual look and feel of everything when I finally got to see it all together it was better than I had imagined.

My godmother gave us of the gift of the Mariachi’s to perform during our cocktail hour and their music playing in the valley shaped venue and up into the trees was a very special treat! Our huge families and wonderful friends brought the celebration to life and made all of the hard work leading up to the day more than worth it!

And now, as always, one of my favoritest parts of a wedding…


I said WORK IT.

Ahhh… that’s perfect. Absolutely perfect.  I really, really, really like this bride. :)

Now, I’m sure you read this in our bride’s blurb up top, but in case you missed it… the couple had a PHOTO SHOOT WITH THEIR PUPPY (I seriously need to do this already!) and they used those images in their table number decor!


And now, I present another fine installment of A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants.

I love my rope sooooooo much.

… Hodihum hodeho hodehum ropity rope I LOVE IT!  I LOVE MY ROPE!  waddawaddawadda…


Mommy.  MOMMY listen.  I didn’t – I didn’t know you were watching.  Plllllleeeeeeeeaaaaaaassse don’t put this on the blog… ok?

And so I promised I wouldn’t…

… and then I waited until he was faaaaaaaast asleep… and I did it.  I put it on the blog.  I’m a terrible mother!!!!!!!


Ok, SO… what do you think of today’s wedding?  Personally, I get a thrill out of each and every shot I see of a bride with her bridesmaids, and especially so when they’re so goshdang (did I just say ‘goshdang?’) color-coordinated!

And in other news, these peeps clearly DID THEIR THANG on the dance floor, which you guys KNOW I likes to sees…

I wonder, do you plan to rock out with your, uhhhhhhh… caulk out?  You know, dance with your caulking gun… is what I mean.  You understand.

xoxo!  – Alison

Jessica Burke Photography is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.  To view this listing, click here.

Photography: Jessica Burke Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Event Planner: Karen Nilson Your Event Floral Designer: Angel’s Petals Reception Venue: Wildwood Acres Resort / Invitation Designer: Creative Designs by Mimi / Other: Lafayette Park Hotel / Makeup Artist: Tessa Rangel

Label(s): Blue, Color, Mr. McPuppyPants, Orange, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Danielle Pasternak on June 29, 2011

    OMG – first of all, love Bambino. Second, you totally crack me up. Third, this wedding is absolutely amazing. Love the details, the colors and their story. Definitely crushing on the lines of her dress – very unique.

  2. i LOVE jessica burke – she shot a wedding i did back in may and her talent has no boundaries!!

    gorgeous wedding :)

  3. Nicole on June 29, 2011

    omg our wedding is october 8, 2011!! yayy!!
    also we are having a lovebird theme after John gave me a necklace 2 years ago that has lovebirds on it because ‘I’m his lovebird’ and we are getting married outside. genius.
    now i want to know where that GORGEOUS arch came from – soo beautiful!!

  4. Alison on June 29, 2011

    Danielle – 1) me too, 2) I do my best ;) and 3) I love all those things, too. Wait, are you- are you my long lost twin? Or are you TAPPING INTO MY BRAIN STEM. This is either awesome or terrible! xx

    Jacin – For serious! Her talent is simply boundary-less!!!!!! Devoid of any and all boundaries!

    Nicole – aaahhh! That’s gettin’ CLOSE. I bet you’re so excited/so busy/FREAKING. OUT.

  5. Jenny on June 29, 2011

    I’ve actually never seen this color scheme in a wedding, but I’M LOVING IT. It’s so fun and playful. And I, too, adore the bridesmaids photos–those are my favorites. :D

  6. eleanor on June 29, 2011

    Believe it or not, I’ve got a fiancé who WANTS to be super involved in our wedding. It was surprising and not what I necessarily wanted at first, but I’m really liking it now! He’s had some of the best ideas which I was FOR SURE not expecting. :) And I didn’t how much I’d treasure us planning this thing together. It’s been a (mostly;) great bonding experience for us.

    I wonder if our situation is unique/common?

  7. eleanor on June 29, 2011

    …and your puppy is the cutest. :)

  8. Alison on June 29, 2011

    Jenny – Right? It’s such a bold choice and they pulled it quite perfectly :)

    Eleanor – That’s so interesting! On occasion I definitely have been hearing about a groom here and there *wanting* to have a more significant role in wedding planning, as compared to way back when. It’s a refreshing development, imo :)

  9. The Perfect Palette on June 29, 2011

    I really heart the color palette + the lovely hairstyles! xoxo, chrissy

  10. Celia on June 30, 2011

    Such a pretty wedding. I love the way she did her bridesmaids bouquets with the tulips peeking out! But please please tell me, where did that guest (at the bottom of the post) get her grey dress with the bow on the front??? It’s pretty much the perfect bridemaids dress for my wedding and I would looooooooove to know where it’s from if at all possible? Thank you thank you!!!!

  11. Shannon on June 30, 2011

    I love this color palette, it’s very fresh and modern but still pretty. I think there’s a fine line before taking a seasonal theme and making it look gorgeous and making it look like mother nature puked on your centerpieces – and this one airs on the side of gorgeous. I love all the bird details and of course, the dancing pictures are so fun! You can tell a lot about the energy of a wedding from the dancing pictures and I’d love to have been a guest (or ‘tog) at this one! :)

  12. Alison on June 30, 2011

    Chrissy – Right? She executed it so well. :)

    Celia – Gorgeous, right. I love it, too :) I’ll check into it and get back to you personally! Hopefully it isn’t something vintage from that lovely lady’s closet. Keep your fingers crossed :)

    Shannon – Totally. Totally! And yup, this one definitely falls safely into the gorgeous category. So true :)

  13. Chelle {priority one} on June 30, 2011

    There are so many things I love about this wedding….hard to know where to start. The color palette is fantastic, the lovebird twig easel is adorable, the mason jars hanging form the arch are clever, and the bride is STUNNING! The bridesmaid dresses are cute too…love a rewearable bridesmaid dress! Thanks for posting!

  14. Mimi Tilton on June 30, 2011

    there should be a law against this amount of sweet. Love the over-the-shoulder photo with ladies. I adore anything hand-made because I’m a total closet crafter.

    @ Bambino-boy – we all have ‘that’ shot of us, sweetie that is proudly displyed in the family’s “Hall of Shame.” Don’t worry about it. I’m sure there’ll be a whole lot more of them… <3 Mim

  15. Alison on June 30, 2011

    Chelle – omg don’t you love those hanging mason jars? Right when I think I’m completely done with mason jars, freaking beautiful Angel comes along and hangs the things from her altar. Love. :)

    Mimi – lol. yup. let’s propose a law. But I think that kind of thing only works in Cali, where citizens can propose laws. So all my Cali peeps, start law proposin! Unless, of course, you like copious amounts of sweetness. Your call. ;)

  16. Jessica on July 4, 2011

    Love this color scheme because it represents my alma mater! Go Gators!

    Plus I’m totally in love with her dress. It’s so unique!

  17. andy smith on July 5, 2011


    just a tip brides and bridesmaids. something chic to include in your bridal emergency kit! I used this at my wedding, just thought you might like it! It’s called
    ‘after flats’ very cute! affordable! :)

    I think their website is

  18. Bloomsbythebox on July 12, 2011

    1. I agree with everyone I love the color scheme! People do not use orange enough! So refreshing!

    2. Jessica you are so on- her dress adds so so much to the look of the wedding, its shocking how amazing it is, props I wish I could pull that off.

    3. I love the flowers! We have orange roses at Bloomsbythebox and this arrangement is just blowing my mind, they look even more beautiful in person. We actually have a wedding pack that has the orange roses and blue hydrangeas! I love it!

  19. Wholesale Flowers Co on July 13, 2011

    Both the bride and flowers are absolutely gorgeous! The orange flowers and blue bridesmaid dresses contrast perfectly. Congrats the bride and groom!

  20. Angel on August 12, 2011

    so much fun reading all of your comments and oh so flattering! to counter the wedding planning withdrawals our home is now decorated with orange, navy, birds & our arch over the walkway in our backyard ;) i asked my guest in the the grey dress where it was from & the answer is forever 21!


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