Ashley and Daniel’s al fresco wedding in Northern California was like a modern fairytale come to life. Set in the father-of-the-bride’s backyard overlooking the San Francisco bay, the couple created a bohemian wonderland full of bright colors, organic textures, and vibrant florals from TRADE design + events. They also incorporated whimsical elements, such as a crystal ball, Game of Thrones inspired fur chair covers, and antique books, to infuse their unique personalities into the decor. To match the bohemian vibe, the bride wore a custom Sarah Seven off-the-shoulder gown and a bright floral crown of jasmine and poppy. Every detail of this wedding was bursting with life and color, and Sun + Life Photography captured it all beautifully!
Ashley and Daniel
Private Residence, Tiburon, California
My original vision for my wedding dress was “ethereal bride running along the Moors” and my custom Sarah Seven gown with drop sleeves was exactly that to go with the bohemian look of the wedding, I modernized the dress with a gold belt and cuff bracelets, and had a gorgeous flower crown with jasmine and a beautiful orange poppy to match the groom’s lapel flower (and socks). In the end, I inadvertently looked like a boho Greek goddess, and I was totally cool with that!
My dad basically turned his property into WalleyWorld Jungle Adventure just to have a party, and who am I to deny him that? He has also been saying for years that nothing would make him happier than to see his daughter married there. With the amazing views of San Francisco, the gorgeous landscaping, the beautiful architecture, and the family history, there’s no way I would have had the wedding anywhere else!
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My best friend from childhood was our officiant since neither of us are religious and we wanted to be married by someone very special to us (she’s also a friend of the groom at this point). She was fantastic and snuck in one of my favorite lines from my absolute favorite movie, “The Princess Bride” (“twooo wove”) — and she threw glitter in the air the moment we kissed!
I’ve always adored the Van Morrison song, “Into the Mystic,” and I was really inspired by the idea of a mystical bohemian vibe. Then I visited our photographers’ studio and fell in love with their midcentury modern aesthetic punctuated with super bright accents. So I ended up combining both into a modern bohemian feel. Basically I wanted my dad’s yard to feel like a modern fairytale forest, and our planner Melia helped make that a reality!
Most of the wedding décor is now part of our apartment – the cocktail linens (Aztec-pattern scarves purchased from an SF street vendor) became pillowcases, the faux Bertoia chair is in our living room, the lanterns that hung above us at the ceremony and the feather mobile decorate our bedroom. Every day I look around and am reminded of that magical day.
Processional – “The Girl” by City and Colour
Recessional – “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
First Dance – “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance – “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Sun + Life Photography
Event Planning and Floral Design – TRADE design + events
Catering – Nora Spanish Catering
DJ – Will Magid
Live Music – American Social Club
Invitations – Letterpress Made
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Sasee Boutique and Salon
Wedding Dress – Sarah Seven
Groom’s Apparel – Beckett & Robb
Rentals – Bright Event Rentals
Congratulations to Ashley and Daniel, and thanks to Junebug member Sun + Life Photography for sharing this beautiful wedding with us! If you’re looking for more backyard wedding inspiration, check out the amazing woodwork in this crafty backyard wedding!