California Wedding Shoot: Euro Inspired Elopement


We love the beauty of this California wedding inspiration shoot, but once you hear the story behind the creative process and what inspired these talented creatives to come up with this European inspired shoot, you’re bound to love it even more. Everything is so rustic, organic and simple… at least once you break everything down. Sweet Marie Designs provided the stunning florals and creative vision, To La Lune Events designed and coordinated the shoot and Bryan Miller Photography was there to capture it all gorgeously! Scroll below to see more notes from the designers about the creative process.

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Alise of Sweet Marie Designs shares the creative process for this gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot:

As Bryan and I discussed our inspiration for this shoot, the idea of basics continued to resonate with us. We thought back to simpler times such as those cherished moments from childhood when people weren’t distracted by technology and rather the focus was on others. A time where meeting at the dinner table and facilitating deep relationships between family and friends was a priority.

Having both traveled separately to Europe, Bryan and I reflected on moments we found those priorities within the European culture, despite technological advances. Basic is life, clean and simple is important, and the true artistry, is ideal. From then on we knew every aspect of this shoot had to reflect such ideals, the kind of life we seek when we are forced into stillness.

We were all set to go… our idea was European life: back to the basics. What better way to show communal interaction between family and friend over dinner with a marriage? We dressed our bride in a beautiful Jenny Packham gown and suited up our groom in a clean navy suit. All colors were to reflect the neutral tones we see every day. Natural linens, wood chargers, white china. All the way to dipping our own bee’s wax candles with Mr. B’s Luminaries, every part of this elopement had all of our hands in it, embracing the idea of community and artistry.

Following this theme of real life situations, we wanted to make sure that the table scape wasn’t just this pristine​,​ pretty,​ yet detached image. The day was to be lived and celebrated. Glasses are to be used not just filled to the perfect oz., cheese isn’t cut perfectly​,​ and honey overflows from our charcuterie board. 

Life is to be celebrated! Lets all take part!​

Design notes from Christy of To La Lune Events:

The organic nature that can be found when we strip things down & bring them back to their basics made this one of my all time favorite shoots to design & style. Classic pieces, such as a worn cafe chair, while seemingly understated on its own, takes on a whole new life when paired with great company, candle light, and the tastiest of red wine. The custom hand lettered invitation suite by Lovely Paper Things set the tone of the day, bringing out subtle hints of a European countryside with dainty sprigs of rosemary and olive branches. This beautiful greenery sprung to life in the bouquets & overflowing centerpiece arrangements. On the dining table soft leather pouches held menus close, while mini dutch ovens surprised guests with Cucina Coronado’s coveted shrimp & grits. Every sweet & savory need was met with macarons and a five tiered cheese wheel cake!

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Photography: Bryan N. Miller Photography | Floral Design: Sweet Marie Designs | Wedding Dress: Bliss Bride | Invitations: Lovely Paper Things | Catering: Cucina Coronado | Hair & Make-Up: Beach Bridal Beauty | Venue: Vista Valley | Candles: Mr. B’s Luminaries | Event Design & Coordination: To La Lune | Bakery: S’more Sweets | Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | Tabletop: The Hostess Haven | Groom’s Attire: J. Crew{"url":"","count":2})