If I had to describe Taylor Ann & Christopher’s sunset hued summer wedding in the woods with one word I would choose phenomenal, because really it’s that amazing. The bride Taylor Ann, owner of Taylor Ann Art, is an artist by trade and put her artistic talent to work planning the most unique, colorful, wedding I think I have yet to lay my eyes upon. Her goal was to create a sunset of colors touched with navy blue for the night sky enhanced by the serene woodsy backdrop known as the Pine Rose Cabins in Lake Arrowhead. And goodness was it ever accomplished, magnificent color was every including Taylor’s stunning airbrushed wedding dress that she created herself (I absolutely love that dress), and her colorful side-swept long braided hair. I could go on and on, but I think I’ll stop there and let you pore over James Tang Photography’s fantastic captures of the day, plus read over all the juicy details from the bride herself at the end of the post.
From the bride, Taylor Ann:
How did you meet?
In high school, friend of a friend type of deal. We became really good friends and soon Chris wanted to be more than friends. I however instantly friend zoned him. For 6ish years we had this on and off flirty friendship where we would be best of buds he would confess his love to me then I would run. Give it a few weeks then slowly started to talk again as “friends”. This happened sooo many times I can’t even give you a number. During our 4th year in college Chris was final done chasing me and he cut off our friendship. Few months pass, and I finally realized how I didn’t ever want to be without him. So for the first time I wrote him a long sappy love letter. He hesitantly decided to give it one last chance and we have been together ever since (3ish years and now married).
Who proposed marriage and how did that proposal happen?
Chris asked me to marry him. It was at the beach with a unique and beautiful pearl ring. He even got a custom label for my favorite soda (Jones) that had our picture and “will you marry me” on it. However it did not go as he planned, and the whole time till he pulled out the ring I was convinced this was a really bad trial run. To sum it up, the night before the beach had been bulldozed so it all looked like mud, in front of us a dead seal had washed up (rotting and gross). To our right, in front of the sunset was there were a bunch of pre-teen girls in thong bathing suits (awkward), to the left was a guy yelling at a bunch of teen boys who were messing with a bulldozer, and lastly behind us I kept seeing the photographer popping up and down trying to be sneaky (fail). There was nowhere for us to look without being disturbed or annoyed. Luckily the guy called the cops on the teen boys. So they walked past us (laughing and making fun of us that we were trying to have a nice lunch in front of a dead seal) and then to the group of teen girls in thongs and sweat shirts. All of them together then left the beach right as the sun was about down so Chris had a moment to pop the question without butt’s in the back of our photos. All and all it was upsetting at first but now we love to laugh about it. Really made us calm for the wedding since even if everything goes wrong at the end of the day we will be married and have something unique, something to laugh about.
Describe your bridal attire & overall look:
I got my dress from a discount store; it was 5 sizes too big, strapless, and I had no clue how I would make it mine. I got it altered as soon as I could, took it to Sun Rose Alterations in Huntington Beach, they did a great job. I even bought the tallest (and incredibly cute) shoes I could find so we didn’t have to change the hem. After fiddling around for a while with coloring lace, and dyes, and glues, I just grabbed my airbrush gun I had been using for coloring the flowers and sprayed the dress. For my hair I decided on a braid to show as much color as I could.
What inspired the wedding day outfits?
For the girls I wanted to get them something they would actually wear again, and also cheap, the guys just needed to match. I decided with my favorite 2 colors, maroon for the girls, purple for the guys. The skirts were from Etsy, and tops were from forever 21
How did you decide on your venue?
I wanted something outdoors, all inclusive, and woodsy. Pine Rose was all of those things and even a tad artsy so I fell in love.
Where did you get the inspiration for your color palette and design?
I love soooo many colors I wanted to incorporate as many as I could. My idea was to do a sunset but in the woods, so yellow for the sun, orange, red, purple all the way into navy blue for the night sky. Then we accented with white to keep it weddingish.
Describe your decor:
I decided on hand making 3 ceramics for each table. One vase with handmade flowers, and then either 2 succulent pots or 1 pot and 1 game board, all featuring a wood grain texture to incorporate the venue. Next I added my colors to the game pieces, flowers, and succulents with my air brush gun, preserved foliage, moss and the paper flowers.
Oh man, where do I start!
Every flower was handmade – they were paper flowers airbrush colored then wax dipped, lots of family and friends helped with the cutting and assembling of these.
We also made the flowers for the aisle; those were specifically for the one shot looking down the aisle at me and Chris at the altar. Then we gave them away as a little gift for the guests.
Bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages – I made all of these as well. Assembled with the handmade flowers and preserved plants. I made clay succulents as well for my bouquet.
The invitations — designed the invitations myself bought the pocket envelopes and assembled.
Centerpieces — made a wood texture mold and then slab built each ceramic. In total there was about 50 pieces.
Color to the dress — spray colored every layer to get those deep colors I like.
Seating chart —painted the background then wrote on the names and frames with a chalk marker, wash off the white and I have a painting again!
Sign in display— made 120 ceramic hearts for people to sign and hung them from frames.
My Hair — Kaitlin Sallade of the Hair Lounge in Cypress styled my hair. The DIY part was I bleached and colored both my hair and some extensions myself.
Three things you’re glad you did:
Coloring the dress, choosing Pine Rose Cabins, and dancing to Kim Possible’s and Ron Stoppable’s prom song, it fits our story so well! (could it be by Christy Carlson Romano)
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
Probably dinner, seeing all our family in front of us, relaxing and eating amazing food with my husband. Everyone had a really good time and loved everything, even if it was a little crazy making everything, seeing how much people enjoyed it made it worth it.
Do you have any advice for other brides?
If you’re going to DIY, make sure you have a good crew of friends and family to help out when things get down to the last min and don’t forget even if everything goes absolutely wrong that at the end of that day you will be married and that’s what matters.
Photographer: James Tang Photography|DJ: Chad Hobart– Pine Rose Vendor|Catering: Graystone Catering – Pine Rose Vendor|Coordinator: Lynda Moudy –Pine Rose Vendor|Event Venue: Pine Rose Cabins Hidden Creek Lodge Wedding |Cake Designer: Cake decorator: Nikis Custom Cakes – Pine Rose Vendor|Hair Stylist: Kaitlin Sallade – The Hair Lounge Cypress|Makeup, Flowers, Decor, Dress Color, Invitations: Bride – Taylor Ann Art