Thomas & Ariana’s earthy boho wedding was full of natural tones and greenery. They’ve been friends since high school and became a couple after graduation. After being together for almost 5 years, Thomas popped the question while Ariana was taking family photos of her entire family. “We all met at this really nice outdoor park and while I was busy taking pictures he stands behind me, taps me on the shoulder, and gets down on one knee. As I turn around speechless, my whole family is standing around holding up pictures of me and Thomas as he asks me the question! One of the best days of my life and he was so sweet enough to gather all my family there to witness it all! – Ariana. They got married at The Pointe in San Diego, CA with gorgeous views of the harbor surrounded by lush green grass and palm trees. The wedding day was a coordination of the couple’s cultures and styles; Ariana is full Mexican American, and Thomas is Cahuilla and Mexican.

The Wedding

Thomas knew from the beginning that he wanted to have an all burgundy tux for the wedding. Red is his favorite color so we searched for a nice deep earth tone red to match the whole style of the wedding. He also had a white shirt underneath with a black tie which went very well. I knew I wanted a long boho fit and flare wedding dress. I was searching for a dress that had lace detail throughout the whole dress. I found the most perfect dress with geometric detailing styled lace throughout the whole gown. It had small straps with a beautiful open back and a long train. The color was white and ivory. I didn’t want a traditional bright white dress so this one perfect fit the boho chic I was looking for!

I wanted to keep our wedding simple and earthy. The ceremony decorations had one focus which was the big floral arbor. My florist Angeline did an amazing job with this beautiful view of lush eucalyptus leaves and an array of florals. The arbor was really the centerpiece of our ceremony and brought my vision to life. We incorporated some Native American cultural aspects in our wedding by having a Pendleton blanket wrapped around us after we said our “I do’s”. This was a representation of our unity as a newly married couple. When it came to florals I wanted the main focus to be more on greenery than flowers but I did incorporate some flowers. The flowers were mainly used to bring in lots of texture to the bouquets to make them appear sort of messy to create sort of a boho chic look. Pampas grass and other dried flowers/leafs added a sharp, almost pointy, texture also. The florals definitely played a big role in the style and look of my wedding overall. I loved every detail my florist added to each piece especially my flower crown. The most anticipated and special moment of my wedding day was to finally say “I do.” It was the most emotional moment but the best one. I’ll always remember that feeling. I also really wanted to celebrate with our family and friends who supported and love us. Everything was so special and worked out just as I planned.

For the reception, our venue provided beautiful wood tables and greenery within the reception building. I wanted the tables to be bare with no cloth covering and decided that eucalyptus garlands would stand out and look natural along with the wood tables. The rest of the decorations were small touches that brought everything together. The place itself and the view outside was one of my favorite things about that day. I also really loved how there were tv’s inside of the building and we were able to play our favorite show during the whole reception which was “The Office.” I think that our guest really enjoyed that  entertainment. I really love everything about that day and it’s hard to choose a favorite!

Thomas also sang “bird songs” with his bird singing group which are called the “TM bird singers.” While the men sing, women stand across from them and dance. The songs are traditional gathering songs. Sung to bring people together and celebrate. They are about the history of Cahuilla people. This was especially meaningful for us because of Thomas’ appreciation and pride for his cultural background.

Advice for Coordinated Brides

If I could give other couples advice it would definitely be to plan, plan, plan. The best thing to do is give yourselves enough time to plan and get everything you want for your special day. I spent a year planning my wedding and it all went by so fast. Finding good reliable vendors takes time and is worth the wait. Also have a wedding planner book/binder so that you stay organized. I will make things much easier to find. And last but not least try not to stress and just enjoy your special day because it will go by so fast.

Vendor Collaboration

Beauty: Alexis Lizarraga // Bakery: Heritage & Co. // Caterer: Bekker’s Catering // Ceremony Location: The Pointe // Floral Designer: Angeline’s Floral Design // Caterer: To the Point Catering & Events // Photographer: Astray Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights