A Beautiful Backyard Wedding in California
After Layne Marr and Bucky Moore got engaged in Kona, Hawaii, on New Yearâs Eve of 2014 (mid-firework show, swoon!), they didnât have to look far to find the perfect place to tie the knot. âI have always known I wanted to get married at my childhood home in California,â says Layne. âI was lucky enough to grow up in the most beautiful setting, and my momâs love for flowers means our home is surrounded by a stunning garden!â
To let the location really shine, the pair kept their wedding design clean, classic, and minimalist, turning to Jenna Lam Events to add a little edge to their gray and white palette. She paired all-white flowers with Lucite, marble, and concrete elements that resulted in a modern contrast to the romantic garden setting. On July 16, 200 guests gathered in the Marr familyâs backyard for a heartfeltâand totally chicâcelebration of love, photographed by Meg Smith Photography.
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For her bridal look, Layne went with a statement ponytail (so fun!) and one-shoulder, architectural Romona Keveza gown. âI wanted something classic, but a little bit different,â says the bride about the one-shoulder design. âI never had an âaha!â moment, but after 20 more dresses, I came back to this one," she says.
The bride paired her sleek dress and accessories with a modern bouquet of anemones, peonies, and orchids.
The ceremony took place on the lawn, with two lush trees framing the altar. The aisle was lined with white hydrangeas in concrete vessels, adding a little grit to the natural setting.
The bride walked down the hydrangea-lined aisle with her father to âMapsâ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The couple exchanged vows they'd written themselves. âOver a year later, people are still telling us how much they loved the vows Bucky and I wrote,â says Layne. âI snuck a Justin Bieber quote into mine, which gave the emotional moment some comic relief!â
During the backyard wedding's cocktail hour, guests grabbed "his" and "hers" cocktails (a Whiskey Smash and a Campari-based Cielo Rosso) from the bar decorated with vibrant peach dahlias and peonies, a bright spot in the otherwise cool color palette.
As guests headed toward the clear-top tent pitched over the tennis court, they found their table assignments handwritten on a white capiz chandelier.
The newlyweds snuck into the reception tent during cocktail hour, where they celebrated with their first cocktail. "We got to witness the beauty of the room before the party began," says the bride.
Beneath the tent, a cluster of Moroccan-inspired lanterns lit the space. A mix of rectangular concrete and linen-covered tables were decorated with pillar candles and low arrangements of white blooms. Marble chargers were layered with silver napkins, and each guest's name was written on piece of Lucite for yet another modern touch.
âWe are total foodies, and wanted our guests to be well-fed,â says Layne. She and Bucky chose to have a French service, with family style platters served by waitstaff that allowed guests to choose what looked good and eat as much of the dish as they wanted. The menu included a fresh peach salad with shaved Parmesan and basil purĂ©e and roasted leg of Sonoma lamb with grilled figs.
âWeâre huge fans of Juan MacLeanâs music and DJ'ing,â says Layne. âHaving him there was a highlight of the night!â
When the dancing got underway, Layne and Bucky were blown away by the energy. âThereâs no better dance party than the one at your own wedding,â she says.
At the end of the night, the bride changed into a colorful floral mini just in time to cut into their marbled wedding cake. âIt sounds weird, but we had a banana cake, and it was the most delicious cake weâve ever had,â says the bride.
Layne and Bucky were in great hands throughout the process, but still had bouts of pre-wedding stress. âJust remind yourselves that all of the planning and decisions, while difficult at times, are a small price to pay for the best day of your lives!â says the bride.