Some of our favorite wedding day details end up being the smallest. They’re such an easy yet simple way for couples to show off their personal style–from seating charts to signs to sweet as-could-be cake toppers. With so many cake toppers to choose from, we know it can be hard to find the right one for your big day. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorites. Whether you’re looking for something simple that shows off your new last name or you want to incorporate the family pet, there’s an option for every kind of wedding style!
If you’ve fallen in love with one of these cake toppers but you’re still trying to nail down the design of the actual cake itself, check out our ultimate guide to wedding cakes. It’ll help you sort through a budget, vendor, design, and more!
With its jaw-dropping mountain-top views, deep valleys, and iconic monoliths, there’s nothing quite like a Yosemite National Park wedding. Sharing a deep love for adventure and the great outdoors, this epic spot in nature was the perfect choice for Francesco and Joseph to kick off their multi-day celebration. It started with the pair taking in the park’s best views with their photographer Rylee & Co and reading love letters to one another as the sun set behind them.
While they had always envisioned a day focused on just the two of them, the pair got the best of both worlds by drawing out the festivities to include their closest loved ones. And it all came together seamlessly thanks to their planner, Boheme Events. If you love the thought of extending your celebrations, scroll through these fabulous images for ideas sure to inspire your own dream wedding.
Joseph & Francesco
Yosemite National Park, California
Why They Wanted A Yosemite National Park Wedding & A San Francisco Celebration With Loved Ones
Since we wanted our wedding pictures in Yosemite, we chose the ceremony and reception venues based on their proximity to where we were shooting the photos. We knew we wanted a location that our guests could enjoy and have things to do before and after our wedding. San Francisco was the perfect choice. It was the nearest city, one we both love, the place where we had our first vacation together and had plenty of events for people to do. We chose the Botanical Garden to keep the same outdoors theme. There is this beautiful giant redwood that we had our altar in front of. For our dinner reception, we chose Foreign Cinema, one of our favorite restaurants, and their food quality is superb.
Capturing Epic Sunrise And Sunset Yosemite Portraits
The day spent taking pictures at Yosemite is something we will never forget. We woke up at 3 am to take sunrise pictures at Glacier Point, standing over cliffs and looking down over the beautiful landscape of Yosemite National Park. We ended the day with sunset photos and read the letters we wrote to one another at Taft Point. The pictures captured were incredible and were everything we both had hoped and imagined they’d be
Personalizing Their Wedding Through Intentional Choices
Our wedding was quintessentially us. We both love nature, hiking, and a flair for the dramatic. When choosing our vendors, we consciously decided to employ female-owned companies because we’re both avid believers in equality. Since our guest list was small and only composed of our closest friends and immediate family, we included a color palette and images for suggested styles for everyone to wear in our wedding invite. We wanted our pictures to show a cohesive color and style theme. We had our complementing suits custom-made as well. We wrote our vows, and our officiant was our first and one of the closest friends we met in medical school, so her words were also specific to us. Lastly, for the reception, we chose two tequila-based signature cocktails named after our pets, and our wedding cake looked more like art than a cake but still tasted amazing, something we were unwilling to compromise on.
Keeping Their Guestlist Small While Including Other Loved Ones On Zoom
Given the timing of our wedding during the pandemic, the most crucial aspect was our guest list. We had to keep the wedding small, and narrowing down our initial list of guests was difficult. Thankfully, we were able to send a Zoom link out for all the other people we, unfortunately, couldn’t have attended in person.
Congratulations to Francesco and Joseph on their multi-day Yosemite National Park wedding. And big thanks to Rylee & Co for capturing every gorgeous detail and swoon-worthy moment of their celebration.
A multi-day wedding is a great way for couples to have plenty of time to celebrate, catch up with loved ones, and get those epic must-have photos. Whether it’s splitting up events to span multiple days or adding more activities, the choice is yours and your partner’s. And with the right vendor team by your side, anything is possible!
After falling in love with the breathtaking wildlife sanctuary, landscaped terrace gardens, and the pink courtyard of Port Lympne, Lucy and Arran knew they’d found the perfect venue for their summer safari wedding. With the help of their talented vendor team, the couple created a romantic atmosphere that beautifully complemented the picturesque setting using a soft swoon-worthy color palette, dreamy florals, and adorable animal accents. It was definitely a luxurious and elegant take on a safari-themed wedding.
Even though they originally planned for a courtyard ceremony and had to move indoors because of the rain, the hand-painted animal murals in the Spencer Room were a fitting backdrop for the pair’s vow exchange. Thankfully, the rain stopped just in time for a fun confetti exit. The elegant reception that followed featured a dramatic greenery wall with delicate flowers and arched mirror windows, crystal chandeliers, and stunning arrangements of fresh blooms and feathery pampas.
Of course, their celebration wouldn’t be complete without a sunset safari tour. Talk about going beyond expectations for an unforgettable experience! From the mariachi band and surprise gorilla entrance to the animal-themed signs and giraffe toppers, their big day was filled with playful details that made their wedding memorable. Scroll through these gorgeous images by Courtney Marie Photography to see what we mean.
We went glamping and on a VIP safari in the Bear Lodges of Port Lympne for my mum’s 50th birthday and fell in love with the place. The pink Moroccan courtyard was absolutely stunning, and the different animal accommodations were so cool. We stayed in the treehouses on our wedding night, which was incredible.
Wedding Advice From The Newlyweds: Be Prepared For Mishaps But Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
You’ll imagine your wedding over and over again in your head but expect the unexpected and go with the flow. My wedding cake smashed in the car on the way to the venue, and it rained as I was halfway down the aisle, and we all had to move inside. None of those small things mattered on the day, and they actually made it more memorable. Not everyone will agree with your ideas. There may be disagreements but go with your gut. It’s your day. Make it yours and remember it forever.
All The Well-Thought-Out Safari-Themed Details
We are most proud that it was unique and reflected our personal style. We wanted the wedding to be original and unforgettable. The safari theme and little details like the giraffe cake topper and animal cufflinks were so much fun to plan. I spent months narrowing down what flowers would be in the arrangements and if the color scheme of the bridesmaids’ dresses would match well, and it just turned out to be so beautiful. We ended the day with a VIP Safari with all the guests, which was pretty special.
Safari-Themed Wedding Favors And Surprises To Entertain Their Guests
We gave out little mints in safari pots with giraffes on them to go with the theme, along with personalized fans as it was summer. My husband also dressed up in a gorilla outfit and ran into the reception, picked me up, and kissed me. He even did his speech wearing a gorilla costume.
Congratulations to Lucy and Arran on their elegant summer safari wedding at Port Lympne. And many thanks to Courtney Marie Photography for capturing all the beautiful details and memorable moments.
Drawing inspiration from your venue and choosing a color palette or decorthat beautifully blends with the surroundings can elevate your wedding aesthetic from good to great. The magic of an elegant wedding like this one is in putting together meaningful elements and creating a cohesive theme without going over the top.