Laid-back and colorful with a little bit of a nature-loving gypsy vibe, Kerri and Kevin’s woodland wedding was the magical kind at which you stay long past its end. This free-spirited bride danced about wearing a lovely, layered blue skirt, Laurel top, and a flower crown…and it was all so right.
As is her advice to other planning couples. You’ve heard before how important it is to plan an event that speaks to your style, but when has it been put so perfectly?
“My only advice would be to do what you want to do and not what other people expect you to do. It’s YOUR day, not anyone else’s. If you want to elope and eat at Taco Bell, do it. If you want to wear ridiculous dinosaur costumes and sing your vows, do it. You only get one wedding day, so make it perfectly yours and don’t stress about the small stuff. People will get over it and they’ll forget, but these moments will live in your memories forever.”
So, go on girl, wear a T-Rex suit, serve up whatever you please, and dance till dawn.
Get all the details about Kerri and Kevin’s day from our darling bride below!
How did your sweetie propose?
“Kevin decided to propose after a long day of heavy drinking in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We spent the day eating nachos and sipping margaritas, before embarking on a private sunset cruise to El Arco. With our mouths full of quesadillas and tequila shots in hand, Kevin got down on one knee and asked me to be with him forever. “
How did you choose your gown?
“I’m the most indecisive person ever, so choosing my wedding look was difficult to say the least. Lucky for me, my best friend also got engaged the around the same time as me, so we were in it together. We invited our other girlfriends into town for a weekend of dress shopping. I had made appointments at 7 bridal salons in the area, I know, super overkill, but none of us live in the same area, so it’s like pulling teeth to get us all together for a weekend. At the first bridal salon, Lace & Bustle (Lafayette, CA), I was introduced to bridal separates and fell head over heels in love with a dusty blue Jaclyn Jordan skirt. From then on, it was a scramble to find the perfect top. I went months without finding anything and thought I’d have to settle for a traditional wedding dress. Then one day, out of the blue, Victoria from Lace & Bustle called and said that she will have a handful of Lea-Ann Belter tops for one weekend only. I was heartbroken to hear that the one weekend was a weekend that I would be out of town. But Victoria went above and beyond and stayed open super late for me, so I can try on the tops after work. That’s when I fell in love with the Laurel top and needed to have it.”
Tell us about your day! Did you have a theme or style in mind?
“We were aiming for a laid-back rustic wedding in the woods. With such a huge invite list of 300+ guests, it wasn’t easy finding the perfect venue. We knew we wanted to get married outdoors, among the trees, but it seemed like all of the outdoor venues in our area were geared towards smaller weddings, intimate weddings. We stumbled across Saratoga Springs (Saratoga, CA) and immediately fell in love with the feel of the Longbridge site, which could easily accommodate our guest list. We wanted everything to feel effortless, but also wanted it to be a memorable experience for our guests.
We chose a neutral color palate and wild flowers.
We opted out of cake and had S’mores over an open fire instead.
Along with the traditional photo booth, we also hired a caricature artist.
We had bocce court and an amazing musician play the saxophone all night long.
We had an after party with an open bar and eclectic taco truck.
All in all, the wedding turned out perfectly us and we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“We decided to have our dog, Jobin, in the wedding party and we thought it would be a cute idea if the flower girl walked him down the aisle. She’s only three and tiny, so we did A LOT of practicing for the big day. Elle, the flower girl, was ready. The music started and of course, at this very moment, Jobin heard something down by the creek and his ears perked up. Elle’s mom was motioning her to walk down the aisle, but of course Jobin had other ideas. He started walking towards the creek in the opposite direction and Elle let go of the leash. Her mom, was on all fours crawling in the grass trying to grab the leash, and she did this with a camera in one had a full glass of wine in the other. It was amazing that she got the leash!
Of course not everyone got to enjoy this moment of hilarity, since all eyes were towards the front. But my dad and I, as well as the staff and our photographer, were cracking up at the sight of her crawling in the grass and it was impressive, to say the least, that no wine was spilled in the process.”
What was your favorite wedding day moment?
“Hands down, our favorite moment of our wedding day would be when Justin Ward, the saxophone musician, would play along with the songs the DJ played. His talent knows no bounds and he literally knows every song on the planet. It was just perfect and we couldn’t ask for anything more. Memorable for sure.”
Describe your wedding day in 5 words or less:
“How about three words? BEST. DAY. EVER.”
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue?
“Something Old: A pearl necklace that use to belong to my grandmother who passed back in 2003. I never wear it since it means the world to me, so this was the perfect occasion.
Something New: I got a new lip ring just for the occasion. It looks exactly like my old lip ring, but it’s the principle I guess, haha.
Something Borrowed: Borrowed some pearl earrings from my mom, they went perfectly with my grandmother’s necklace.
Something Blue: I asked my three cousins to be my something blue, since they weren’t able to be bridesmaids. They wore blue dresses to the wedding, it was perfect.”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“We had a millennial minimoon right after the wedding. We decided it would be fitting to spend a few nights in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, since that’s where Kevin popped the question. We had a great time relaxing after the craziness of the wedding. For our actual honeymoon, we went to Peru and Las Vegas for a little adventuring and debauchery before we settle down and do the family thing. We spent some time in Lima, hiked Machu Picchu, explored Cusco and then went into full relaxation mode in Mancora. Then flew straight to Vegas to party hearty. It was the best sixteen day weekend ever.”
Kerri + Kevin’s Woodland Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: Lea-Ann Belter Laurel Top + Jaclyn Jordan Grace Skirt via Lace & Bustle | photography: Kreate Photography | venue: Saratoga Springs | florals: Lani Elizabeth | musician: Justin Ward on the Saxophone | lighting: Bay Area Event Lights | hair + make up: Leslie Tong | vintage rentals: Seventh Heaven Vintage Rentals | caricature artist: Nito Gomez | drunchies: 3-3-3 Food Truck