It’s been a while since I shared a real wedding here on Oh Lovely Day. To be honest, these features are super time consuming to edit and post and as much as I love them having a new baby was making it quite hard to do all that work. So the real weddings might be featured a bit less for a bit, but when I do share you know they will be good. Today’s simple and sweet San Diego wedding is full of DIY, color, and love. What’s better than that?
Picnic twister and pinatas! So fun, right!?
I love all of the color and texture the bride’s DIY napkins added to the day.
Sharing some sweet details from the day is Hom Photography:
Alisa and Mike’s park wedding had it all: hand stitched details, gorgeous florals, puppies, bacon, waffle and omelet bars, hand-crafted mimosas, piñatas, and so much more. What else could you need? This celebration embodied the laid-back, humble couple behind it all, proving that your wedding day does not need to be elaborate to be perfect.
Held at San Dieguito Park in Del Mar, this morning wedding had a true San Diegan feel, from the native succulents used to in their floral arrangements to the bride’s choice of wearing her Rainbow sandals, despite the fact that she actually purchased another pair of shoes for the wedding.
Alisa explains that, “we immediately knew we wanted our wedding to be outside somewhere with lots of trees and grass. As I started thinking of colors and themes, my mind kept wandering back to a specific cloth napkin in my sister’s mismatched collection. From that napkin sprang forth a picnic feel and mismatched color scheme.”
For the ceremony, driftwood lined the aisle, which led to the simple, but stunning altar. The bride and groom provided blankets and chairs for the many friends, family, children, and dogs that attended. Songs used include:
Processional: “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez and “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
Recessional: “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young
Friends of the bride and groom played instrumentals of the songs on violin and guitar. “Come Though Fount” is Mike’s favorite song, and other than that, the couple wanted to use songs that were non-traditional and fit the feel of the day.
Guests moved their blankets and lawn chairs to the other side of the park and lined up to indulge in made-to-order omelets, waffles, and mimosas, among other brunch items. For dessert, guests enjoyed cake made by the bride’s sisters and donuts from her grandfather’s shop. “We’re breakfast lovers,” Alisa explains, “so we decided it was only natural our food choice should reflect that.”
As a labor of love, Alisa made each guest a set of napkins. Her sisters took care of all of the florals for the day. Her sister explained to me that she was excited to repurpose the succulents used throughout the day to grow a succulent garden for the newlyweds using a little root stimulator.
Hanging from either side of the reception tent were bicycle wheels, covered with pictures of the couple, and also used by guests used to hang notes to the newlyweds. Cycling is a favorite pastime of both the bride and groom. Recently, Alisa and her beloved father toured all the way down the Pacific Coast by bike! Alisa and Mike also brought tons of games for guests of all ages to enjoy, including piñatas and twister, which were a huge hit amongst the kids and adults.
From the bride and groom: “Our favorite memory from the day was having all the people who love us most there to witness our covenant and then later seeing them visibly enjoying a day in the park.”
Don’t you just love every single bit of that? Sounds like such a dreamy and romantic day. Congrats to Alisa & Mike!