the calm...





I thought you might like to see a few snapshots of the calm before the storm.  Nothing special just a few pictures I took before guests started arriving. Actually guests were coming and Larry was still in his boxers!  We fixed that though. :)  I don't mean to drag all this out but I will be relying on other's photos of the day.  So once I get a few more I will post them.  I hope these will do for now.




No flowers inside.  Just an autumn candle burning.





Cake served off the tailgate of Alex's 1949 GMC



Flowers waiting to be placed on tables.  It took me 4 hours to put 8 centerpieces together.  My hat is off to all the florists of the world.





Vintage California flag as the theme of the wedding was Old California.  Tables topped in old ticking fabric







All the flowers were in different antique containers






We set up a "smoking garden" for all the smokers.  A crate of old Beacon blankets for the evening chill.  This turned out to be a popular spot that night.






The fun pictures will be up next!  Thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped pull this sweet event together in just 2 short weeks.  x

45 comments

  1. Janet, it looks charming and relaxed, and probably reflects the bride and groom very well. Congratulations to all and especially on pulling it together so quickly, I'm looking forward to more pictures.

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  2. Oh it looks so gorgeous!!!! A smoking garden! Love it. And I love the vintage flag! My god I can't even imagine how many times this wedding will be pinned. Smart move for a couple who have products that can be sold online! You did a fabulous job with the centerpieces. Love the cake out of the truck! And how perfect does the dining area look in your garden? Should I ever become possessed and get married (I believe in marriage, I don't believe in me in a marriage), I want your help!

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    1. Yup I'll be pinning those pictures like crazy :)

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  3. Congratulations! It's so beautiful and I'm loving the vintage-y homemade feel. And the wedding cake served on the vintage truck - great idea! Thank you for letting us peek into such a lovely and special day xx

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  4. I love how personal and intimate the setting for the wedding is here in your garden. The unique touches of the truck, the carpets and the flag are charming.
    I have done the flowers for four weddings including our son's and it took me an entire day to do the table arrangements, brides bouquets and boutonnières....it is rewarding but exhausting work...your flowers look gorgeous and I am hoping that you will have a few days to put your feet up and rest.
    I am looking forward to more photos!
    Congratulations on a beautiful event which you put together on short notice.

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  5. So simple and beautiful! Refreshing in comparison to an over the top wedding I went to last month. Your flower arrangements are gorgeous!!
    Can't wait for more pictures!

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  6. Everything looks so beautiful! I can't wait to see the rest of the photos. I love the idea of serving the cake on the tailgate.

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  7. Fabulous! I want to do my wedding all over again! I bet they were thrilled with how lovely it all turned out. Janet, the flowers were gorgeous...every bit of it was gorgeous. I think the best thing though was that you made your son's special day even more special. ♥

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  8. Wow! Your arrangements were worth all the time they took. Beautiful.

    And the cake truck, the rug runners.....the smoking den.

    Total perfection.

    I was happy you tagged the bride and groom on IG, it was fun to check out their stylish world.

    That apple didn't fall far from your tree.

    So you wore vintage and Larry wore underwear? Trendsetters!!

    xo J

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  9. This is surely the perfect way to do a wedding instead of the ridiculously expensive, over-the-top events that have become the pattern in recent years. Absolutely lovely! I'm really looking forward to seeing the many photos that you've promised us!

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  10. Oh, Janet, I can just tell that you brought your particular mix of simple, thrifted, and gorgeous elegance to this wedding. Looks beautiful, and I will welcome further photos.

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  11. Everything looks so simple (not that it wasn't a lot of work), rustic, bohemian, youthful, pretty and fun. I hope everyone had a great time.

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  12. Its just wonderful, the GMC buffet, the rugs and the smoking corner and the vintage flag is gorgeous. xxx

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  13. Just discovered your blog. What a wonderful wedding - so charming, including the smoking garden! Amazing job you did on the flowers.

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  14. It all looked incredible. And, I am betting you are going to tell us it was a beautiful and festive, fun day, too! The flowers and vintage containers are beautiful! I like that you kept it simple inside and left the flowers center stage outside. Your head must be still be in overdrive from the whirlwind of activities and emotions. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

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  15. Those flowers are unbelievable! Everything is so gorgeous and personal and genuine.

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  16. Oh my gosh it's all so gorgeous and perfect, Old California: excellent! Yes this will be pinned over and over, just magical Janet and your centrepieces turned out amazing.

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  17. all looks gorgeous J! So pretty! So much work! Well done xxx

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  18. Gorgeous pics Janet...the center pieces are perfect, love the smoker's lounge, but the '49 pick-up takes the cake

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  19. It all looks so delightful and such a refreshing change from those weddings that have cost thousands and are all to do with one-upmanship and precious little else. What a fantastic place to showcase and serve the cake from! Can't wait to see the rest of the pics.

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  20. Janet - Thank you for such beautiful photos and sharing this special day with us. I can't imagine the setting or the event being any more perfect. Simply gorgeous in every detail. Can't wait to see more photos.
    Mary Ray (Birmingham, AL)

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  21. A fabulously unique garden wedding! Oh look at the lighting, the grounds and table look lovely. Your flower arrangements are beautiful. And, I just adore the use of the vintage vehicle for the cake service. I look forward to seeing more. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations to all!

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  22. Janet,
    I knew it would be wonderful! A truly unique and beautiful wedding and reception! The rug runner is a stroke of genius. And your floral designing skills are exceptional! Please remember while I am telling you this that I have done 100's of weddings, so if I say say it's perfect - it is! And Husband in his boxers is definitely memorable :) More pictures please.
    Sincerely,
    Miranda St John Weddings & Events
    San Francisco Bay Area

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  23. Perfect. What taste, what love, what memories. Hats off! Rest well :)

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  24. That wedding should be in a magazine!

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  25. This is how it should be done; beautiful, simple, clever.

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  26. thank you Janet for sharing this special day with us. so much more meaningful and beautiful than the over the top cookie cutter weddings which seem to be expected these days. I so enjoyed these photos, and look forward to seeing more.
    Darby

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  27. Janet - how amazing! What a gorgeous venue for a wedding! You are talented indeed! I'm sure it was divine!

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  28. Looks so great! I love the theme. When I saw the title "the Calm" I assumed it was the calm after the storm, after the wedding, rather than before. Now, I'd love to see THOSE pictures!

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  29. Actually that is only 30 minutes an arrangement and I think that is pretty quick! :) They are quite beautiful. I cannot wait to see more photos. It looks like the perfect event. I knew it would be. xo

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  30. Beautiful flowers and such a charming and interesting theme! I hope it went swimmingly and was a super happy day for everyone especially the newlyweds. Kids are so cool these days. You included.

    xo Terri

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  31. I can't imagine what a fun wedding it must have been! I would love to go to a wedding like Alex's!! Your floral arrangements were just stunning. The table settings were wonderful. His GMC truck, the old cottage...fantastic! You thought of everything; even a cozy smoker's area. When I look at these photos, I feel like I'm thumbing through a magazine feature. Where on earth did you get all of those floor rugs??!!

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    1. Did you have a candle in the birdcage?

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  32. Love is in the details! Simple, but oh so memorable! Can't wait to see more.

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  33. It's absolutely enchanting Janet. The tables are just gorgeous.
    I'm on the edge of my seat for more pictures, and your feelings as
    a mom seeing your son married if you don't mind sharing.

    Caroline

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  34. You did this in 2 weeks???
    Congratulations! It looks beautiful.
    Linda C.

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  35. I just knew it would be beautiful, warm and inviting. How do you do it? Love seeing these- thanks for bringing us in on the celebration.

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  36. Janet,

    It looks like everything turned out beautifully! Simple but elegant...didn't know you were a florist too. :) You are a woman of many talents.

    Wondering how much sleep you got last week! Looking forward to seeing more photos.

    Linda
    xo

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  37. P.S. I was noticing your seagrass rug in the living room...I need to get one for my bedroom but am worried about a tan border. Do you find it hard to keep clean?

    Thanks,

    Linda

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  38. It would have rained in England, really California rocks! Weddings really bring out my soppy side, it is such a huge deal isn't it? x

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