These two ooze joy in every moment and never let a second go by without making it count! The way these two are just always their authentic selves reminded me what a wedding day is really all about.
They didn’t hold back when they felt emotions. Tears spilled down their cheeks as they read their personal vows to one another. Big smiles exploded on their faces with each warm embrace. They held hands and sat blissfully happy listening to their friends and family share their love, respect, and admiration for these two wonderful people!
They were so beautifully present on their wedding day. With one another during their first look totally unfazed by the photographer capturing their heightened emotions. With their friends who stood by their sides during a ceremony so full of significance and grounded in their relationships. And with their family members who dance the night away in each other’s arms.
One of my favorites moments from the entire day was a small in-between moment when Keith helped his bride put on her wedding shoes! This bedrock of trust was so sweet and an easy moment to miss, but I know it grew their connection that day.
Our first logistics goal was coordinating the guest experience in each separate location for the couple’s The 1909 Topanga Canyon wedding. The intimacy of their wedding was enhanced by utilizing up-close seating on the ceremony deck.
Taking their time, the couple crafted a wedding ceremony with so many personal details! They invited their guests to participate in a ring-warming, to bless the couple’s rings as they were passed through the crowd. Their officiant, and dear friend, led a group meditation and community vow that brought everyone together in that moment as they made a promise to the couple:
“We are fortunate to know you. We promise to love and support you. To share your joys and your sorrows. To be there when you need us, and to continue our relationship with generosity and kindness. We wish you a lifetime of love, health, friendship, and expansion. So be it and better.”
Community is a huge part of weddings! The people you invite to celebrate with you, and those you trust to stand by your side have such an important role to play. They will encourage you along the ever-challenging path of married. They will help you ride out those rough patches with their presence. And they will uplift the vows you made to one another in love.
After the ceremony, guests were invited around the bend to an outdoor lounge with an open bar. Filled with joy from the inclusive wedding ceremony and spirits from the open bar, I was truly humbled by the laugher and big bear hugs that overflowed from their guests.
A venue that offers a unique and already beautiful setting makes adding your couple style that much easier. This couple wanted to keep things simple and minimalist. So instead of adding in bright pops of color or elaborate florals, they chose to focus on adding simple vintage elements.
From her boho floral crown to the mismatched vintage dinner plates and small wildflower arrangements in Mason jars, Jenny and Keith were able to embrace the woodsy feel of The 1909 in Topanga Canyon, while adding in their relaxed boho style.
Jenny and Keith’s whimsical jewel-toned wedding day at The 1909 in Topanga Canyon included so many moments of connection with their beloved guests. It was so apparent how deeply they cherished the relationships they had made over the years. And how strongly they wished to celebrate all of their loved ones on this special day!
If you are thinking about planning a small or intimate wedding so you can be present with and celebrate your loved ones – congrats! This guide will help you sort through some of the challenges of planning a non-traditional wedding. More questions? Want to pick my brain about your day? I offer free consults to see if we are a good fit to work together, I’d love to hear from you!
Venue | The 1909 Topanga Canyon
Coordination + Design | Kindred Weddings and Events
Photography | Becca Murray Photography