It’s vintage glam at its finest in today’s gorgeous California wedding captured by the fab Kristen Booth Photography! The bride is a talented designer who designed her own wedding dress and the result couldn’t be more stunning! We love her beautiful handmade fabric and brooch bouquet too, perfect for the vintage loving bride!
We imagined getting married in the woods, the Red Wood Forest would be incredible, gold dresses on the bridesmaids with soft ivory touches for all the fluff. Reality set in, considering our guest count a wedding in the woods with a full kitchen was a tough thing to come by. We found Castle Green to be the perfect place for a romantic and natural elegance we were going for with just enough green to complement our wedding colors.
As a fashion designer I’ve designed many dresses but never my own. It’s always been a dream to make my wedding gown. I never put too much thought in it so I wouldn’t take away from when that moment finally came. I hit the sketch book with about ten different illustrations of my favorite ideas. My mom, my sister, my best friend and my niece took me out to have the full experience of trying on different wedding gowns. Not only were these memories I’ll cherish forever but I was able to see what style of dress I felt most comfortable in. By the time I got home I knew exactly what design I was going forward with.
The saddest part of our wedding day was that my dad was not able to be there to walk me down the aisle. He passed away five years ago from cancer. When my older sister got a friend had made her a brooch bouquet with photos of our dad and other family members who had passed along with trinkets that had sentimental value to us. So for my floral bouquet, my sister/made of honor stayed up all night finishing a brooch bouquet for me that included all of our family members including my dad who were watching from above. I held him in my hands while I walked down the aisle. I was so grateful my sister made me something so special that will last forever. I was able to have the same gift that she had on her special day.
Our main focus for the wedding was for everyone to have a great time. For that to happen we chose to focus on the food, the music, and the open bar! Everything else would fall into place. We realized we didn’t need every single little thing planned out for our day to go perfect. For that we had our wedding coordinator Kasondra, who we can’t thank enough for making sure every little and big thing run so effortlessly smooth.
The dance floor was a hit all night long. Towards the end of the night my brother and sister who are pretty acrobatic, are flipping around on the dance floor. As my sister throws a backflip in with her moves a friend said to me “come on Melek you know you want to do that” I told him “I can’t today I’ll rip my dress”. All he replied was “So!” and so I jumped onto the dance floor with a few moves and threw a back handspring. My dress trailed around as I went upside down and perfectly landed in a ripple effect as I ended back on my feet. If you’re wondering, YES I ripped my dress. But it was EPIC!
Photography | Kristen Booth Photography | Venue | Castle Green | Planning | Kasondra Kniss | Florals | Royalty Flower Events | Stationery | Paper Custom Design | DJ | Amazing Event DJs | Catering | Little Lily’s Kitchen | Dress | Dikici Bridal | Hair | Sarah Dikici | Makeup | Heidi Thrapp | Submitted via Matchology