I’m not sure where to start with this Maravilla Gardens wedding – it’s all just so darn pretty! Pulling inspiration from the couple’s gorgeous venue (a converted plant nursery), These Buds A Blooming designed stunning floral centerpieces + bouquets from blooms such as lavender, roses and herbs. Sweet details brought the entire event together, and the amazing team at Marianne Wilson captured it all to perfection. See the entire thing right here!
From the Bride… When planning our wedding we knew that we wanted to exchange our vows and celebrate our special day outdoors, surrounded by friends, family and a beautiful garden setting. We searched numerous sites in Southern California and found our perfect location. It was serendipity when our talented photographer Marianne Wilson told us about Maravilla Gardens. What could be better than a former nursery in Camarillo, California that had been recently transformed into a beautifully landscaped wedding venue. Maravilla Gardens was the perfect place for our big day. On a warm August afternoon the festivities began and later that night drew to an end under a full moon.
Since we wanted to exchange our vows in among dear friends and family we asked a close family friend who is a judge to officiate. Another close friend played the guitar during the ceremony and the reception. The Mason jars, French wine crates, suitcases were collected by family and friends. The chalkboard bar menu was made by a friend and now hangs in our home.
Rather than a guestbook, our friends and family were asked to write their thoughts and wishes on fabric squares that will be sewn into a beautiful wedding quilt that we will have to forever remind us of our special day. Throughout the evening, guests signed fabric squares instead of a guest book so that we could make a wedding quilt to be displayed in our home as a constant reminder if the love that surrounded us throughout our relationship.
All of the floral arrangements and beautiful bridal and bridesmaid bouquets were made by Allie at These Buds A Blooming. The tables were decorated with Mason jars full of lavender, stock, roses and assorted herbs. The scent from the flowers was intoxicating. After the sun set, the tables were aglow with votive candles, market lights and the full moon made the entire reception take on a magical appearance.
Friends still talk about how delicious the food and libations were. Command Performance a local catering company, delighted everyone with their beautiful presentation, delicious food and creative cocktails. As a Francophile and lover of desserts, I knew a crepe bar was the perfect idea for desserts in addition to the delicious cake from Skiffs. Party-goers were able to select their own fillings for the crepes to enjoy in between dances under the full moon.
When the magical evening started to wind down, we departed through a tunnel of sparklers held high by our loved ones before being whisked away in a 1947 Lincoln Continental convertible to the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California.
Wedding Photography: Marianne + Joe from Marianne Wilson Photography | Wedding Venue: Maravilla Gardens in Santa Rosa Valley, California | Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming | Catering: Command Performance | Wedding Cake: Skiff’s Cakes | Guitarist: Victory Mori | DJ: Bruce Barrios | Wedding Invitations: Matters of the Heart | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm | Bridesmaids’ Attire: J.Crew | Hair: Katie Roberts from Sweet9 Salon | Makeup: Bliss Makeup Artistry