WHIMSICAL RUSTIC WEDDING | “The more your wedding reflects you as a couple, the more meaningful it will be to the people who share it with you.” By AE Pictures Inc.

Right from the moment my Pandora station spit out Gotye and then followed it with Ingrid Michaelson’s “Sort Of,” consecutively, I knew it was going to be a good day.

And then I thought to myself, “wow, this Pandora station is positively nailing my taste in music right now!”

And then I thought to myself, “I wonder what station this is!  Lemme see…”

And that’s when I realized I’d been listening to my iTunes playlist THE. WHOLE. TIME.  *mind blown up from stupidity*

Anyways, even though that really happened, I’m still having a great afternoon/evening, and I hope you are, too.  And if you’re not, I hope this wedding I’ve got here cheers ya right up.  And if you need a little extra cheering up, Bambino’s at the end of it all to push you over that cheer edge.  DOUBLE RAINBOW OF CHEER!!  all the way.  So intense.

So, the fabulous Annika of AE Pictures Inc. submitted what you’re about to see, and… you guys?

You are gonna LOVE, this wedding.  Love it.  Like, you’re gonna be attracted to it, its pheromones, and then it’s gonna draw you in and make you wanna cuddle next to it in bed while it smokes a cigarette and says, “GTFO of my apartment.”

… but that was just my Sunday night, and it might have been Don Draper, and it might have only been “What?” that he said.  So you could totally have like, a different experience.  A better experience.

No but seriously, on a serious note.  The lovely lady whose words you’re about to read, says something in her write-up that hits home for me– and even though I preach this kind of stuff all the time, even *I* (whoopdedoo) need to be reminded of some basic things as I plan for my own nuptials…

The more your ceremony and reception reflect you as a couple, the more meaningful it will be to the people who share your special day with you.”

So true.  It’s so easy to get caught up with trends and suggestions from others, and all of it can quickly overwhelm you.  Happens to the best of us.  So Jen’s words are an important reminder of what’s best for everyone!

Ok, let’s get to those words from our gorgeous bride, Jennifer:

Kent and I got engaged on the Storybook Land at Disneyland, which helped set the tone for our wedding. We wanted it to be youthful and fun, as well as incorporate stories we love as well as our own love story. Our ceremony included a reading from Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go” and meaningful moments from our love story. The best part of our ceremony was walking through the doors of the church and being completely overwhelmed by all our loved ones being there and making eye contact with my handsome hubby to be for the first time.

The reception centerpieces were marked by chapters and each table flag reflected on a significant memory from our love story. The colors were green, pink and purple and all the decorations were whimsical and rustic. My favorite part about planning the wedding ceremony and reception was figuring out how to include our love story and the people we love in unique ways. Take the time to hand-make as many things as possible and give your decorations personality. Choose songs that are significant to you for the ceremony. Have a photo booth – guest love it!! Don’t worry about what is traditional or expected, plan everything with the mentality that its a big party celebrating you! The more your ceremony and reception reflect you as a couple, the more meaningful it will be to the people who share your special day with you! Don’t sweat the small stuff! 

And now, back by popular demand… A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppypants:

In today’s installment, Bambino realizes he desperately needs more than a landline.

Ok, so tell me…

1) Any favorite elements of this fab event, in particular?  I’m digging the trikes, for starters.  And then of course there are the incredibly lovely and ethereal (I never know if I’m using that word correctly) florals floating in little masons.  S’koot!  Kootest!

2) Speaking of kootness, how freaking cute is this couple?!  Eh?  AMIRITE?

3) Also also, did you miss Bambinoface?  He’s such a diva.

xoxo  - Alison

Photography: AE Pictures Inc. / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Caterer: Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club / Event Planner: Affrunti Events / Floral Designer: Shelby’s Garden / Reception Venue: Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club / Dress Designer: Pronovias / DJ: Denon & Doyle Entertainment / Shoes: Max Studio / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Label(s): Color, Green, Mr. McPuppyPants, Pink, Purple, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Lena on April 2, 2012

    This post is everything on Earth I love–Alison makes a happy discovery, beautiful happy people with lovely taste get married and stay happy, and Bambino waves goodbye. Yup, I’m satisfied. Now all I need is that perfect little lily of the valley bouquet.

  2. Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on April 2, 2012

    LOVE the beautiful lily of the valley bouquet! The cameo & the ribbon really make it fabulous. & yes, I did miss Bambino :-)

  3. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on April 3, 2012

    *sigh* I love this so much! Love the petal cones displayed in the vintage crates on ladders. Love the masons (OBVS) with florals hanging from twigs. Love it all! *PINNING* (that was my wedding version of Charlie Sheen, BT-dubs)

  4. Erin Leppo on April 3, 2012

    Amazing Job!! Gorgeous photos..as always! <3

  5. Rhiannon on April 3, 2012

    Bambino is so handsome and regal looking. I feel like he should have a puppy crown? Too much? Nah.

  6. Rachel on April 3, 2012

    Okay, there are few things in this world that I love more than Bambino. Is it weird that I wish to meet him, take a picture with him and have him autograph it. Im not sure how that would work but I’m sure you could figure something out :) LOVE the tricycles and I think I might die if I don’t get the shoes she wore!!!

  7. bridal girl on April 3, 2012

    Love the photos and I love the this wedding. The bride is so beautiful and her wedding dress too.

  8. Robert on April 3, 2012

    Love, LOVE her dress and hair! What an absolutely stunning wedding!

  9. nina {nina renee designs} on April 4, 2012

    I LOVE the bride’s hair…gorgeous!

  10. Tim Duncan on April 6, 2012

    Love the title for this post. It’s so true! :)

  11. Denver wedding planners on April 18, 2012

    OH WOW! Love, love, love the ladders, the table centerpieces, and the arbor for the ceremony, oh and the flowers are just gorgeous!!

  12. Tim Duncan on April 20, 2012

    Love the floral arrangements!

  13. Kaitlin on May 15, 2012

    STUNNING!!! This wedding is so gorgeous. I love all of the soft shades – very romantic! The floral arrangements and cake are some of my favorite aspects. And the fun tricycle pictures? Adorable!

  14. Rudy on May 29, 2012

    Haha! I love the tricycle photos. That’s awesome. They seem like such a fun couple. That’s an amazing venue, BTW.

  15. anina banana on June 17, 2012

    What a beautiful wedding, Congratulations!! I MUST learn how to do that double-bun hair style on the mother of the bride (I’m assuming) the woman helping the bride with her earrings? Any tips??

  16. George Hausler on July 4, 2012

    What a fun wedding! Love the trikes! Beautiful flowers! Very well done!

  17. Angie on July 9, 2012

    So beautiful!!

  18. The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills on October 25, 2012

    Love the woodcut initials – we recently had a woodcut Mr. and Mrs. sign for the bridal table. So different!

  19. The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills on March 20, 2013

    That quote is so true! What wonderful touches were incorporated into this wedding – love the carved initials.

  20. Malaya on April 30, 2013

    Favorite elements of this fab event? Where do I start?! Her dress, her shoes, her entire look, the little details, trikes, EVERYTHING! Is that a vintage broach on her flowers? I love that look! Flawless!

  21. Gamos on May 9, 2013

    Gorgeous! Amazing wedding! It’s weddings like these that make me want to get married all over again..

  22. Classic Wedding Invitations on October 13, 2014

    That wedding dress is so beautiful!!! Love all of the fun and quirky photos!!!

  23. Felix Films on January 15, 2017

    Amazing Job!

  24. DJ Staci on February 13, 2017

    Too much drooling…love the top of the cake, her dress has a fab train, simple/understated bouquet, LOVE her shoes….details, details, details!!!

  25. Merrick Weddings on March 23, 2017

    Awesome rustic style wedding! I adore the delicacy and attention to the minor detail: your floral accents make the whole picture even more tender and whimsical. The bride’s look is in my wish-list from now on.


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