Festival weddings are an up and coming style that’s definitely gaining popularity. What exactly is a festival wedding? Think: live music, floral hair garlands, grand outdoor spaces, tepees, laid-back camp-like comfort, fun activities for all ages, multiple ‘chill out’ spaces, global / bohemian décor, and lots of outdoor lighting. It’s really is quite the party and today I’ve got the ultimate festival wedding for you.
Daughters of Simone designer Britt recently married Jeff and they hosted the most jaw-dropping event to celebrate. Set against mountains and meadows in California (a spot they found while camping!) it incorporated all the design elements mentioned above into what is seriously the textbook definition of the ultimate festival wedding. Captured perfectly by Feather Love Photography and styled to perfection by Pow Wow Design Studio – put your fringed boots on to get ready for this one!
Being a bohemian bridal designer of course I asked Britt if you have to design the gown or choose the venue first – because they should compliment each other, right?
From Britt – “I’m surprising myself by saying this but I actually do think it matters. Our venue was in the middle of nowhere in a meadow surrounded by red woods so I think if I would have worn something with beading or sequins it would just not really fit the vibe, you know? It would go so cool with an abandoned building or city wedding but decadent doesn’t scream “meadow”.
That being said, I knew I wasn’t going to compromise the things I definitely knew I wanted no matter the venue: long sleeves, a long dramatic train, and for it to be a bit sexy. I just did all of these things around the right fabric though (I choose a crochet-lace) and made sure I had a great bustle (a mechanism that holds the train of the wedding gown up so it looks like you don’t have a train while you’re trying to dance or walk around and enjoy yourself) so the train wouldn’t get dirty in the outdoors. The meadow was also very bumpy which made wearing heels impossible so I found some extremely cute decked out booties. I love a good wedding boot!”
How did you two get engaged?
From Britt – “The first time I crushed on Jeff we went ‘secret beach’ camping with a load of friends and my older sister off the coast of Davenport Beach near Santa Cruz. One of our buddy’s worked at a strawberry farm near the beach so before we headed out we cooked this smorgasbord of a feast with all the vegetables they grew on the farm. We all sat around this long table and ate while laughing and cheers-ing all to really loud and (of course) really good rock and roll. It was during this dinner that I began to notice Jeff. He was funny, and fun to be around. The long hair didn’t hurt, or the fact that everyone seemed to really gravitate to his open demeanor.
After the dinner we all walked down to beach where we set up a huge bon fire and blasted music all while running down to the surf just kicking up salty water as we moved to the beat. At some point I noticed Jeff off in the distance sitting on a rock that was inching it’s way in the ocean. It was here where I decided to make my move, so I climbed up the rock with one thing on my mind, to give this man a kiss. 4 years later (and every year since) we continued to visit that rock except this year Jeff had something up his sleeve and instead of our annual kiss renewal he asked me if I would marry him!”
Loving this story – tell me more!
From Britt – “Well, less than 24 hours after our first kiss Jeff mentioned that he was going on a spontaneous trip to Mexico and that I should “just come” with him. I gotta say, I really like that in a man. It took a couple of hours of weighting out the possibilities but in the end I went with my gut, booked my flight that very night, and away we went. I figured the trip could only go one of two ways but if it went the way I wanted it to then I would be with just the perfect partner for me. After 10 days of jumping in the back of trunks, barefoot hiking on lush hill tops, and eating tropical fruit on quiet beaches I was pretty well hooked.
Since then he has continued to push me to the edge of the earth doing things I’ve always wanted to do but needed that extra push to go even further. Jeff has allowed me to see living in a whole new way. That you really can live however you want wherever you want, you just have to do it and it will come together. It is this philosophy that has moved us to different places in the US and backpacking to the corners of the earth. I like who I have become just by having him around. He’s a unique being, one that doesn’t need much and will jump on a plane, or a rocket ship for that matter, with just the clothes on his back. With Jeff I never have to compromise the things that I love or the things that make me me. I have someone who likes to them also and seem to be apart of him as well. Having that person means I’m never missing out, and means we get to do what we love together.”
If these two aren’t the epitome of spirited and bohemian than I don’t know what is! Their story is so romantic, so ‘them’ and their celebration is personalized in a way that it shows their free-spirits, love for friends and family, and passion for life. It really is the ultimate festival wedding!
Photography: Feather Love Photography // Décor, Design, Styling, & Coordination: Pow Wow Design Studio // All Dresses: Daughters of Simone // Band: Brothers NYC // Food: Pardini’s Catering // Videography & Special Photography: Asher Moss // Power, Lighting, Dance Floor, Sound etc: Event Pro West // Large Tepee Tents: Under Canvas Events // DJ: Psychedelic Warlord // Sleeping Tents: Shelter Co // Flowers & Floral Design: Coarsegold Flower Shop // Location: Beasore Meadows near Bass Lake, California.