Today’s wedding captured by William Innes Photography is just beyond gorgeous. Jamie & Matt are just super adorable – their wedding took place this past October in Somis, California, with a beautiful garden wedding at Hartley Botanica. The couple was surrounded by lush scenery and an abundance of twinkling lights. Their wedding palette of lavender, grey and yellow made for a perfect match for their enchanting occasion.
From the Bride, Jamie:
How did you meet?
Matt and I met through a mutual friend. I was over at his office for a meeting, and my co-worker and I were killing time before it started. I was in the middle of talking to someone when I noticed that she’d disappeared into an office. Once I tracked her down she introduced me to the man behind the desk…Matt. After a quick chat we left to head up to our meeting. I distinctly remember writing her a note saying that he was cute on my notepad. It was promptly scratched out like we were in middle school. I was intrigued! On the way home I got a call from my coworker that she ended up back in his office after the meeting. Apparently, Matt was asking her questions about me and wanted to know more. She gave him my scree name and we IM’d the next day (which happened to be the day before Valentine’s Day). We exchanged numbers and said we’d stay in touch. Two nights later he came to meet up with me at an after party for a band we were both working with. We instantly hit it off and went out on our first official date that week. After only a few weeks, I couldn’t imagine us not being together. We have been so lucky since then. We’ve traveled the world together, seen countless music shows, settled into an amazing apartment and been each other’s #1 supporter through it all. And now he’s my husband!
What were your Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Style?
When we set out to find a venue just over a year before the big day, we pretty much only had 2 requirements:
1) lots of twinkle lights and
2) close enough that we could easily go source things out, but far enough away that we didn’t feel like we were at home.
Our wedding planner, Tricia Dahlgren, gave us a short list that fit these requirements and Hartley Botanica ended up being the second place we visited. It was perfect. Green, lush and tropical with twinkle lights adorning the aisle and nearly every tree trunk. And just about an hour away from home. It was a done deal.
From that point on the goal was really to make the day feel like “us.” While we wanted to go with a more casual backyard feel, with everything feeling personalized and a bit rustic, it was important to make sure it still felt classy. Like many brides before me, I had grand plans to DIY everything but that quickly turned into getting lost in the world of Etsy and discovering some amazing sellers.
I was really overwhelmed by the idea of invitations. Initially, we were going to use Minted since we were happy with our save the dates from the site. I happened to stumble across a friend’s invitation which I loved and asked her to introduce me to her designer. Once I met Sloane from Sloane Harmony Design, everything changed. She sat down with us and helped transform our vision into the most beautiful invitations suite I could have possibly imagined. This was the first time I had a moment when I realized something felt just like “us.” Sloane was able to integrate the trees from the aisle at our venue into the design as well as the string lights and a little bird, since my husband calls me birdie. We also left a spot for people to request a song on the response card since music is a very important part of our relationship. If you can go custom, do it. Having an invitation that nobody else in the world has is something very special. I also spent an insane amount of time researching vintage stamps for our envelopes since the outside of our invitations was just as important to me as the inside. Virginia from Verde Studio helped wrangle up the stamps for me and they turned out wonderful.
Through Etsy I also acquired customized mini chevron totes for my bridesmaids, a wooden directional sign, a garland with our wedding date, a cake topper, a sign with the lyrics to “You Are My Sunshine,” chalkboard table number frames, beautiful earrings for my bridesmaids and more.
We really love food, so let’s talk about dessert for a minute. The night we got engaged, my now-husband surprised me on a beach in Carmel with a fire pit and s’mores. We wanted to bring that into the wedding so we had a s’mores bar. We also found an awesome Churro truck from Boyle Heights and had the truck serving up 3 flavors of fried, doughy goodness. We opted out of the traditional tiered wedding cake and instead got a smaller option from Charm City Cakes West for our photo op that was as delicious (s’mores flavor!) as it was beautiful.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
It sounds super cliché but our wedding truly felt like a fairy tale. We got so many comments from friends and family about how much fun they had, how good the food was and how much the day really felt like “us.” That is exactly what we wanted.
We had a very large wedding party – 9 each. Getting ready with my girls was an experience I will never forget. My husband and I did a first look and I couldn’t recommend it more. It is such an amazing private moment (well, private with your photographer and videographer), and it takes a lot of the pressure off. One of my husband’s best childhood friends married us. Leading up to the wedding, he had us both send him little write-ups about the other person so he could integrate it into the ceremony. On top of the physical beauty (I remember looking up and being amazed by the hanging yellow roses above me), our officiant was able to craft such a personalized ceremony since he knows us so well. There may have also been a reenactment of a Seinfeld scene. It wasn’t a religious ceremony, but we did weave in Jewish elements like the breaking of the glass, the hora and our version of a Chuppah. We wanted to include a ritual, so we gathered sand from both of our hometowns (east coast and west coast) and combined them into one bottle during a sand ceremony. We opted to write our own vows which was by far the most emotional and intense part of the ceremony, as expected, but it was something we will remember for the rest of our lives.
I mentioned that music is a big part of our relationship. We had a good friend play acoustic, instrumental guitar music during the ceremony, and then another good friend flew out all the way from London to play acoustic covers during cocktail hour. One of my girlfriends even got up and sang a duet with him. Once the reception started, we switched over to a DJ and gave our friends a break. It’s such a crazy feeling walking into the reception and seeing everything laid out exactly how you pictured it: the string lights, the checkered dance floor, the centerpieces, and most importantly, all of the people you love most in the world in one place!
Do You have any advice for other brides?
I can’t imagine going through the last year without our wedding planner. Meet with a few and choose the person you can imagine speaking to multiple times a day for the next year. The choice is as much about personality as it is about professionalism and experience.
Don’t move too quickly asking your girls to be bridesmaids. Think about if you want to ask them in a unique way, with a personalized gift, note etc.
Pinterest and Google Docs/Drive/Workbooks are your best friends.
Ask for help. It’s easy to want to try and get everything done yourself, but there are certain things you can delegate to free up your time to focus on more important things.
Always go with your gut!
Photographer: William Innes Photography
Caterer: Command Performance Catering
Event Planner: Tricia Dahlgren Events
Floral Designer: Enchanted Garden Floral Design
Invitation Designer: Sloane Harmony Design
Cinema and Video: Matrimony Films
Event Venue: Hartley Botanica
DJ: SOS Entertainment
Wedding Cake: Charm City Cakes West