Real Wedding: Taylor + Bona
Taylor + Bona were married at the height of California’s summer season (aka: September) at Campovida, the most gorgeous winery / garden venue in Hopland, California. I was lucky enough to be a part of this heartfelt affair alongside the planning expertise of Leslie at Dandelion Events and gorgeous florals by Aqua Floral Design. And it was all captured with the incredible film photography skills of Jeanni Dunagan.
My favorite thing about their invitation suite? T+B opted to use colored stock for all of their cards and chose this gorgeous tan/grey cardstock for their invitation card. It’s so rare to see an invitation that isn’t printed on stark white paper, and I love how uniquely this stock pairs with the rusty orange shimmer envelopes they chose.
We kept the neutral tones going for the day of the celebration with hand painted wood signage to welcome guests to the venue and the ceremony space, and these signs also became keepsakes for T+B to treasure afterwards.
T+B live in South Africa, but T’s family is based in California. Though they were married in Africa last year, it was important for them to have a ceremony for their family and friends in America. But, they wanted to bring a bit of African tradition into their day in the states, so they incorporated a Broom Jumping ritual.
Jumping the Broom represents the joining of two families, and it has a special significance in the US because it was the only way that African Americans in slavery were able to ‘marry,’ since they weren’t allowed to legally wed. T+B shared that it is also traditional to decorate the broom with flowers or ribbons, and then hang it as a keepsake in your home afterwards.
Incorporating historical traditions from your ancestors or cultural heritage is such an incredible way to personalize your wedding ritual and add to the significance of your ceremony. Just make sure you’re drawing from your own cultural history (like T+B did) and find a ritual that you and your significant other can really connect with. (For more on this topic, check out this post about wedding rituals!)
I love all of the personal touches T+B Incorporated into their celebration, including this amazing vintage car from Pure Luxury Transportation!