Seymour Marine Center Wedding Santa Cruz Photographer
The Seymour Marine Center… it’s in Santa Cruz, on the ocean, has a museum, and multiple whale skeletons! How awesome is that?! Industrial style architecture and open spaces allows for more than just a few personal touches. Kim and Luke made it all their own, quite literally. Kim hand made each and every single decor item in her wedding, serious props to you girl. She even got her bouquet at the local Farmer’s Market the day before! DIY *and* green, love it! Check out how she worked out all the details below.
“I really enjoy parties and planning, but planning a wedding in another city is a lot different. I was only able to visit once, in December, before the actual event. But I had already loved that venue from when I was a student at UCSC and I found great wedding vendors, so it wasn’t too bad. I had a whole large suitcase of just crafts since I wanted to complete as much as I could prior to the wedding.
The boutonnieres was something I had seen off a wedding blog that I liked since we were on the coast. Luckily at one of the first beach shop I stopped at I was able to find sliced shells. Luke had the largest shell and his family had smaller versions of his shell. My family had a different type of sliced shell. And I had a few shells for friends that had been helpful through the wedding process.
The early years wall took the most time. I had to compile all our childhood pictures and then try to find ones that corresponded with one another. I hadn’t met Luke before 2008 but the pictures helped everyone get to know both of us better.
The seating arrangement was salt water taffy in a glassine bag with the guests names. Colors were the best way to distinguish tables and the chevron print seemed fun and summery. The table number banners I made with a paper puncher and printer and used colorful twine to hang it. While compiling pictures I was able to find a lot of school pictures and what better way to display table numbers than our awkward school photos! I’m glad our wedding was small and didn’t get into the teens. The “vases” are painted topo chico bottles with craspedia in each. I chose craspedia because it was a flower that I could have prior to the trip that would dry but looks almost identical to fresh ones. I had help from friends with the sewing of the table runners as well as the painting of the vases.
The cake topper was just made with common craft store pieces. They’re wooden peg people on a balsa wood stage that I colored with sharpies. I used a colorful paper straw and a doily to decorate.
We also prepared welcome bags with chevron print for all our out of town guests. ”