Jena & Sam had an intimate campground wedding in the pine tree-shrouded meadow of Mount Laguna. Just an hour outside of San Diego, this private mountaintop forest made the perfect woodsy setting for their laid-back celebration. The boho modern details – wine and brass accents, crocheted lace gown, eucalyptus and protea arrangements – all contrasted beautifully with the rustic location.
These two never wanted a big or traditional wedding. If it were up to them, they would have eloped somewhere in Big Sur. But as the bride’s sister, I convinced her to do something small nearby where they could include some of their closest friends and family, and still have the intimate and outdoorsy vibe they wanted.
They reserved all the adjacent group sites at one of their favorite campgrounds, rounded up family to help fix it up (sweep, scrub tables, hang lights), and threw one hell of a campground party. Guests crowded around in a semicircle for their exchange of vows under the pine trees, chowed down on authentic Mexican tacos at picnic tables, and made s’mores by the campfire. My aunts also slaved away in their camper on this gorgeous chai spice cake with maple buttercream, topped with figs and dripping with salted caramel. So delicious!
The highlight of the night had to be the incredible bluegrass band. Everyone was kicking up dust and dancing under the moonlight with tacos and beers in hand. People from other campsites even heard the music in the distance and crashed the wedding to watch the band.
All in all, this DIY day could not have turned out more beautifully! I’m so happy for my sister and now brother-in-law! Big thanks also to my incredible second shooter Natalie Griffo.
Song: This Must Be The Place – Iron & Wine