DIY BACKYARD WEDDING + Ryan Gosling Wedding Music Video????!!!!!!1111 | Plus: Bambino, & What You *Must* Do the Morning of Your Wedding…

Oh hey look it’s Monday afternoon.  yayYUH.  Who’s excited, EVERYBODY?  No? … wait, is anybody excited?  Oh c’mon you guys, Monday isn’t that bad.

… aright I’m lying right to your face.  Mondays are no Saturdays, that’s for sure.  There’s obviously no fooling you.  But hopefully things’ll get better once you’ve gotten a load of this post.  I have a very good feeling about it, actually.

Now, here’s the thing.  I’ve been working on a huge motherf**ker of a personal project recently.  All will be revealed in the near future, and at this moment I am going to respectfully request that you don’t hate my guts for that horrible, horrible teaser I just dropped, as it was not the intention to tease, but to explain the source of my being so busy lately.  Anyway, THAT went well.  But so yeah, all this writing I’ve had to do has also meant that I’ve had the pleasure of listening to a lot of great music recently.  Since, like most people, I find stellar tunes to be a driving force in the creative process.

For example, I arranged this entire wedding to the soundtrack of the hit movie Drive, starring Hollywood heartthrob and celebrated thwarter of weak artist street fights, Ryan Gosling.  Did you know: IMBD gives that movie a 7.9 rating, but if you ask me, on a scale of 1 to 10 the film is court-permissible evidence of the existence of the female g-spot.  OH SPEAKING OF GOSLING…

Thanks to Jessica filling me in on this news, I, Alison, am now aware of the existence of this beautiful specimen you’re about to witness.  Seriously you guys; right when you thought Ryan Gosling couldn’t get any more bangable…

So uhh, that’s it.  My white flag’s up.  I honestly don’t even know what else to say at this point.  If my genitals could speak you’d probably understand better exactly where I’m coming from (SHUT UP DON’T SAY IT I SEE WHAT I DID THERE).

Where was I…

Oh yes, yes.  I was sharing a wedding with you, submitted by the amazing Karen Christensen of The Legacy Boutique.  And OMG you are gonna L. O. V. E. love love love this one.

Here’s what Karen shared with me about Alison & Gabe.  You’re gonna wanna read this one, people.  It’s worth it.

Few young couples, today, can say their first meetings date back to a time long before cell phones, before internet, before Reality TV. But so begins the sweet tale of young Alison + Gabe. Now in their twenties, this fun-lovin’ California pair was as laid back on their wedding day {an Anthropologie-inspired Backyard Celebration with DIY Picnic and Bird Details} as a couple of neighborhood kids running through sprinklers on a summer day. Not a care in the world. Maybe that’s because they first met as fifth graders at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Morgan Hill. Alison, now a makeup artist and hairstylist, confesses with wild laughter, “I use to practice writing his name with mine.” Something she did again on the day of, writing Gabe a sweet note before the Ceremony would begin beneath a gazebo at his parents’ home. And while the proposal came after what could have been a grade school make-believe-wedding on the playground, Gabe says, “I always knew she’d be the one I’d spend the rest of my life with.” It’s no wonder then that their favorite wedding song was from John Legend’s lyrics, “On my lovin’ you can rely, and I’ll stay with you.” From co-creating their creative wardrobe {her peacock hued heels with his striped purple, grey, & teal socks}, to decorating with Picnic themed details {the bird’s nest boutineer and eclectic bird houses being my favs}, to goofing around from the First Looks to the Golf Cart to the Vintage-themed Photobooth — these two were playing all day long. Now purchasing their first home, back in Morgan Hill where they grew up, they have come full circle.

And now here’s a bit on their big day, written by the bride, Alison — and remember that tip I mentioned in the title?  It’s what Alison & Gabe gave one another the morning of…

Looking back on our special day is so memorable and undeniably us. We had a fairly small quaint backyard wedding with a bird theme. Having played a part in the wedding business, and dealt with my fair share of brides as a hair and makeup artist, I wanted to keep a low key, mellow vibe. Some of my favorite things to prepare were getting together with my girlfriends, and painting little wooden birdhouses for decorations to be hidden in the yard. They held such sentimental value to us; being decorated with so many themes of our lives. One of which was inspired by our favorite local winery that we go to regularly with friends, Satori winery, with it’s rainbow swirls and gems all about.

The day of the wedding was as relaxed as can be. My husband and I wrote letters to each other on that morning for us to look back at in the future and help remind us of our love in tough times. I’m happy to report we still haven’t read them! They’re kept in a wine box with a nice bottle for us to drink when the time comes. We kept a pretty tight budget for a typical wedding these days, and originally planned on focusing on mainly food and music. We’re glad we made a splurge on a great photographer though. In the end, that was the best investment we have from that day.The day flies by so quickly it feels like only a few short hours, but the pictures capture our story and emotions so well. Just remember ladies, it’s a day about you and your future husband, so don’t get caught up in the stress of trying to make everything perfect. As long as you make the conscious choice to make it a fun relaxing day, everyone else will follow suit and that’s all that really matters. Dance until Dawn!”

Thanks so much for sharing your wedding with us, Alison!  Ok lovelies, here we go… do tell me what you think when you’re done!

So… I’m curious…

1) Do you have any favorite bits?

2) Thoughts on that Ryan Gosling *music video*?  Lemme hear ‘em if you got ‘em.

3) And how fabulous does Alison look, you guys?!  Not me – the bride, who is also named Alison.

… we all know I’m currently wearing a Bar Mitzvah t-shirt with a bear on it and 10th grade soccer shorts right now, so it’s obviously not me we’re talking about.

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: The Legacy Boutique / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Event Planner: Moments of Magic / Floral Designer: Flower Hill Flowers / DJ: My Dj’sEvent / Venue: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Label(s): Blue, Color, Popular *New*, Purple, Ryan Gosling, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Jacqui on July 16, 2012

    Wedding pics are rad! Thanks for the inspiration.
    You are hysterical!

    • Alison on July 16, 2012

      Thanks, Jacqui, you’re super sweet :) And as for the wedding, I totes agree– the shots of Alison and Gabe especially are clawing my eyes out with their beauty! well maybe *clawing my eyes out* is an improper description…

    • Wedding DJ San Diego on June 20, 2016

      stunning pics!

  2. Anna on July 16, 2012

    That little boy is beyond adorable! Almost bambino level…almost.

  3. Casey on July 16, 2012

    Beautiful wedding!!! I love seeing how happy the other Alison was on her wedding day – not that wearing a bear shirt with high school shorts shouldn’t make you happy, too!!

  4. Karen | The Legacy Boutique on July 16, 2012

    Ahhhhhhh … Gosling sings too??? You are killing me right now. It goes without saying that boy’s had me since The Notebook. Now this? He’s like Mumford and Sons meets Elvis meets all things wildly hot. All of me is basically screaming. For shizzle. What. Have. You. Done. To. Me. BREATHE. Somewhere, right now, my own fiance {aka The Hot Dreadman} is growing slightly suspicious. EEK!

    That said, this is the *perfect* soundtrack for my sweet new friends Alison + Gabe. Such a pair. Raw laughter never looked or felt so good. What a treat it was to capture. Really and truly.

    Big, big thanks to YOU for this intoxicating feature! Muah!

  5. Ashley on July 17, 2012

    He’s like a hot Johnny Cash.

    I love her wedding dress!!

    Poor hot puppy!

  6. Joni Lowe on July 17, 2012

    These pics are precious, beautiful, stunning, and incredible. I actually got goose bumps as I scrolled down.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. Wedding Favors on July 17, 2012

    Love the vintage details! Looks like everyone had a great time. The bride and groom look blissfully in love!

  8. Lena on July 17, 2012

    Mr Gosling, I had to stop and start that video so I wouldn’t pass out from heart palpitations. And I don’t claim to lurve you the way our Knotty Bride does, so I can only imagine what the experience was like for her.

    And I love this wedding, I really do.

  9. April on July 17, 2012

    I just love this!

  10. Anni on July 17, 2012

    These are lovely, and I want that flask so freaking much now.

  11. Sara {Burnett's Boards} on July 17, 2012

    This wedding is adorable! Love the Anne Taintor touches – she rocks. And those bathrobes – too cute!

  12. Katie on July 19, 2012

    love the pictures! i also love hearing about childhood sweethearts because my almost hubby & i know each other from grade school, too. it’s fun & cheesy & special. Alison & Gabe had sprinklers – we had a rickety old ferris wheel where Mr. first told me he “liked me more than friends” – I was 14. much love to them!

  13. Katarina I. on July 19, 2012

    I think this has to be one of my favorite wedding blog posts. I don’t know if it’s the couples’ wonderful energy or the wedding itself but I love every detail of this wedding! The bride looked stunning in her A-line dress with the beautiful flower details. The flowers really tied the dress into the whole backyard theme. The bouquet looked amazing. The colors choices as well as the flower choices blended in so well. The brooch and the headpiece as well as some of the accessories gave the bridal outfit that beautiful vintage feel. The venue was budget-friendly and “theme-friendly”.
    One of the most memorable details from the bride’s paragraphs would have to be the one about the wine box and the letters to each other. That is such a unique idea and a great inspiration for future brides. I absolutely love the photos and I am very glad the couple decided to splurge on the photographer. They were very right to do so since Karen captured so many great moments and set up some amazing shots of the bride and groom as well as the wedding party.
    All in all a very unique wedding. Kudos to the vendors as well as the photographer and of course TheKnottyBride for the post!

  14. bridesmaid jewelry sets on July 19, 2012

    I love the backyard wedding ideas..
    not only it’s practical bur also cost effective:)

  15. Kayvz on July 20, 2012

    Fantastic energy to this wedding! Such happiness! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  16. Holy crap these pics are AMAZING!

  17. Louise on July 23, 2012

    I love this wedding, more so as it is in a back garden and looks brilliant! Its such a shame that we can’t do the ceremonies like this in the UK!

  18. Irish wedding bands on August 17, 2012

    These are really beautiful photos of wedding day. It is good to hire a professional wedding planner for organizing the wedding events successfully.

  19. Karen | The Legacy Boutique on September 19, 2012

    @Louise, I love backyard weddings too! Even planning one for myself. So intimate and so fun with no venue telling you to “wrap things up.” Friends and family can party til the wee hours ; )

  20. Monica on December 2, 2012

    Where can I get those flasks? They are the perfect bridesmaid gift!!!!

  21. Beautiful Moments Photography on December 8, 2012

    What a gorgeous wedding! Is it just me or does the bride look a little like Kate Hudson? Stunning details.

  22. Maria on January 20, 2013

    Omg I am in love with ring!!! Where is it from?

  23. Josiah Schlottman on February 8, 2013

    I like reading a post that can make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!

  24. on February 14, 2013

    The boys button holes are so cool :P

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  26. Avangardphoto on April 11, 2016

    What is this vintage camera the bride is holding?

  27. Cebu Wedding Photographer on June 2, 2016

    Beautiful vintage theme and wedding details. Love it =) Congrats!

  28. Felix Films on January 15, 2017

    Beautiful vintage

  29. DJ Staci on February 13, 2017

    Digging that dress….AND. THOSE. SHOES. mmmm


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