Kaylin and Sean’s sunny ceremony and reception at The Wilds was full of small wedding ideas
For Kaylin and Sean, an intimate wedding day celebrating their relationship of many years was always the goal. Simple, easy, and beautiful were their priorities. Taking advantage of one of our vendor fairs here at The Wilds, they soon found their vendor team and before they knew it, the big day was here. These high school sweethearts centered their wedding day design around blue and white, and a stunning event resulted. Scroll to see how the right vendor team can make your intimate wedding just as beautiful!
Intentional nods to their high school romance
For their intimate wedding day, Kaylin and Sean wove some intentional nods to their early relationship milestones.
For Kaylin, her gown choice was the first homage to their high school romance. Her ornate trumpet gown was found at the same store where she found her prom dress. The full circle symbolism was one of her favorite elements of the day, and the knockout silhouette couldn’t have been more perfect for her. Scrolling lace and embroideries with subtle sparkle complimented her Hollywood glam beauty look perfectly.
Sean opted for a super cool custom linen three-piece suit in sky blue. For early Autumn warm weather, this material choice was perfect! The lightweight and breathable fabric kept him comfortable, while still providing the formal silhouette with a unique spin that he wanted.
Incorporating relationship milestones into their wedding day
To ensure plenty of private time to themselves, Kaylin and Sean opted to do a first look. Midday sun is no photography struggle at The Wilds with our ample shade and diverse photography locations. The pair took to the lofty trees along our drive for an exceptionally sweet first look before transitioning into their romantic formal portraits.
When they met with their photographer, Anna Clark, they let her know of two big photo priorities for the day. The couple wanted to recreate two photos from their high school days. The first of these was from prom, with Sean looking toward Kaylin with her back to the camera. The trio found a gorgeous wooded location to get the shot, showing off the back of Kaylin’s amazing gown at the same time.
Another small wedding idea to consider from Sean and Kaylin was an informal bridal party. Loved ones accompanied them for the ceremony, but they opted for a few simple portraits rather than full blown bridal party formals. This was a big time saver, fit their laid-back feeling for the day, and meant they had more time as a couple to spend on romantic portraits.
Purposeful florals for an intimate wedding
When planning their wedding, Kaylin and Sean were conscious of making the most of each decor decision. They worked with Laurilyn Floral Design to make sure that their key floral focal points gave the right impact. The ceremony arch was draped in chiffon with an oblong asymmetrical floral installation. They placed this on the grooms side to visually balance with Kaylin’s gown, a great move to make sure all the details shine. To complete the look, personal florals were kept in perfect scale as well, not overwhelming their chic outfitting choices for the day.
The pair’s ceremony was brief and fun. Guests were given fans printed with their ceremony program, providing a key communication touchpoint and an extra cool boost for their sunny day. The brides entrance was preceded by their “flower men” who had guests laughing for the whole walk down the aisle.
Finally married, Kaylin and Sean naturally recreated their second high school sweetheart photo. During their exit, they walked with arms around each other, and their photographer matched the angle of their high school graduation walk-back photo. It was a romantic touch that connects their full story to this moment beautifully!
Small wedding ideas for the reception
Sean and Kaylin knew from the beginning of their planning process that they wanted a relaxed celebration. A few key decisions helped to accomplish that feel for their wedding day. With their first look prior to the ceremony, the couple were able to capture all of their major portraits at the start of the day, which meant they got to join guests for cocktail hour. Due to their smaller guest count, the pair were able to easily greet each guest at their tables. They also opted for a Crumbl Cookie dessert bar, which was a definite crowd pleaser! Guests were welcome to them as soon as the meal was done, creating a sweet break from the dance floor.
Another key element to this relaxed wedding day was strategic decor decisions. Kaylin and sean leaned into our in-house rental options with delicate iron lanterns with candles and classic eucalyptus runners. Pops of deep blue colored the settings for their guests with matching linens. Their ceremony arch floral was transitioned in to be placed on the mantle with their new family crest. Kaylin’s sweet bouquet created their sweetheart table centerpiece. These perfect design touches helped their minimal day remain completely beautiful without being fussy to manage.
From there, the name of the game was fun. A laughter-filled round of the shoe game was played followed by more laughter during the money dance floor opener. This intimate family and friends-who-are-like-family gathering was a complete delight, and we loved hosting this party!
|Venue||—||The Wilds Venue|
|Bar||—||Upland Brewing Co.|
|Caterer||—||First Class Catering|
|Cake/Dessert Provider||—||Crumbl Cookies|
|Photographer||—||Anna Clark Photography|
|Florist||—||Laurilyn Floral Designs|
|DJ||—||Complete Weddings & Events|
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