A Focus on Flowers – A Handmade Californian Wedding

You love the diy weddings don’t you? Yeah me too so here’s another gem for you. John & Rose did everything themselves. They also looked for ideas on how to save money on pretty much everything. Rose wore a gorgeous second hand Nicole Miller called the Vintage Daisy Dress which she found online as well as hand making all the flower arrangements and her bouquet (the bridesmaids also made their own bouquets.) Rose’s parents made the cake and her brother made the stand, they had friends who made the desserts. Rose kept her look unfussy with sandals from Steve Madden and a necklace that had belonged to her Mum and a bracelet (made by John) that she already owned and a flower halo which she made herself from flowers from her parents’ back garden.

“Years ago I ripped a picture out of a J Crew catalogue, (before John and I met even…)” Rose told me, “of a wedding dress that was very very similar to the one I wore.  When John proposed I thought of the dress and found it was still available from J Crew, however it was $3000, much more than I was interested in spending.  So, I searched and searched for something similar in all the stores around from Salinas to Santa Barbara, to no avail.  Eventually I started searching the internet, and found the Nicole Miller vintage daisy dress (the one I wore) but it had been discontinued, and I could only find used options, that weren’t too affordable.  One day I came home from work early with a headache, and was looking around on ebay, and found the dress I wore, a brand new dress almost identical to the one in J Crew, for $350 instead of its original price of $1400!  Wow!  The minor problem was it was a size 16… but I bought it anyway, it came with tags attached in mint condition.  I took it to the Fitting Image seamstress in San Luis Obispo, and she basically made me a new dress.  I was stoked!!!”

The couple also hunted thrift stores for things they could use which included the mismatched tablecloths and pretty much everything you see on the tables (crockery, cutlery etc.) The napkins were also handmade by the bride and her maids out of scraps of reclaimed fabric. The groom made the archway that they got married under a few hours before the ceremony out of beechwood and rope as well as sandblasting pint glasses (which the guests were allowed to keep) which were filled with home brewed beer! Rose’s Dad also grew some hand planted oaks, ferns and pansy’s which they gave away as favours.

Thanks so much to John & Rose and their photographer Shannon for sharing their wedding today

Photography Credit: Moore Photography
Ceremony: Cayucos, Ca. beach
Reception: Cayucos Creek Barn in Cayucos, Ca.
Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller
Bride’s Headpiece: Diy
Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden
Cake: Diy
Cake Stand: Diy
Flowers: Diy
Bridesmaid Dresses: Selected by the Bridesmaids
Hair & Make Up: Maggie Bridges with Salon Om in Avila Beach, Ca.
Band: Cuesta Ridge Mountain Boys


  1. wow! there is nothing about this wedding that i dont love. Im totally wanting her dress. Its amazing! what a relaxed pair. I love the shot of the bride and her father walking up the aisle! it seems to sum them up perfectly! Awesome photos Moore photography! Im off to check out your work! x

  2. kelley henning

    i love all the photo’s! moore photography is perfect at mixing classic with modern shoots. one word , AMAZING. i also love all the location choices for the pictures.

  3. Fiona

    What a lovely wedding. There is nothing here I don’t love. Beautiful and relaxed, just lovely.

  4. alicepub

    a beach wedding?? It is my favorite! I am lucky to see these exciting pictures. I am eager for my wedding like this. Genius work! How sweet and happy couple!!

  5. Liz

    Rose is my niece and she and John are such an amazing couple. Their wedding reflects them perfectly. They are amazing indiviguals and make a wonderful couple. I am so happy for them. The deatails of the wedding and reception was absolutely delightful and very unique. Good luck to all in making your wedding to suit your special and indivigual style.

  6. Lane Leal

    great slideshow, thnx for sharing the link! We were there and it was absolutely beautiful, and so very personal, from start to finish. Loved Rose’s dress, her ring, the vintage table linens, EVERYTHING!! Such a wonderful couple with a very organized and giving family (and friends!). Good vibes all thru the day and evening… And the bracelet that Rose wore, a gift from John, is wonderful! He is a talented glass artist, so PEOPLE…buy his stuff!


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