An Outdoor DIY Wedding in Coastal California

Anna and Timothy

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After a decade of dating, Tim Lucas proposed to Anna Thomas at their Brooklyn home under the watchful gazes of their cats, Sid and Pickles. The couple's September 1, 2012, DIY affair at Costanoa Lodge, a pristine coastal resort in Pescadero, California, was created to feel like summer camp, complete with outdoor movies, friendship bracelets, s'mores, and hiking.

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The Stationery Suite

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Invites by Happy Menocal featured a custom crest.

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The Bouquet

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Anna's clutch from Shotgun Floral Studio held roses, tulips, sweet peas, dahlias, and lotus pods.

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The Attendants

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Bridesmaids chose dresses in a rangeof poppy hues.

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The Ceremony

Unkempt Willow Branch Wedding Arch with Pink and Orange Flowers
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Anna and Tim said their I do's under an arch designed and built by her architect father. The frame was formed from willow branches sourced from near the river where Anna grew up; flowers from Shotgun Floral Studio that appeared in her bouquet were woven in at the top.

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The Escort Cards

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Driftwood played up the seaside vibe.

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The Cocktail Hour

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Anna's dad built the reclaimed-wood bar, and the couple brandied hundreds of fresh cherries to serve with their Brooklyn-inspired cocktail.

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Guests of Honor

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Eucalyptus garlands adorned the couple's chairs.

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The Reception

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Farm tables had hand-painted table numbers. "Growing up, my family was always incredibly community-oriented,so our wedding reflected that," says Anna.

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The Favors

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Anna's 90-year-old grandmother baked 150 mini Bundt cakes to greet guests as they sat down to dinner.

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The Scenery

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"The California coastline is amazing," says Tim. "As someone who grew up on the East Coast, it's the kind of place I couldn't even have imagined, and it meant so much to share it with family who had never been there before."

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Location and catering: Costanoa Lodge

Event planning and design: Enjoy Events Co.

Flowers: Shotgun Floral Studio

Photography: Delbarr Moradi Photography

Stationery: Happy Menocal

Desserts: Marini's Candies; Mission Pie

Music: Santa Cruz DJ Co.

Rentals: A&B Creative; Alexis Party Rental; Classic Party Rentals; La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Bride's gown: Yolanda Couture

Bride's accessories: J.Crew (headband); Kate Spade (shoes)

Hair: Katie Nash Beauty

Bridesmaid jewelry: Madewell

Groom's suit: J.Crew

Groom's accessories: Fox and Brie (tie); Svensson (shoes)

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There's More!


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