Taking place at a unique California wedding venue, Yucaipa Regional Park, Lisa and Jonthan planned a truly one-of-a-kind wedding with tons of beautiful DIY touches. from the bride: I’d seen several photos of outdoor weddings either in the woods or a country setting and fell in love with the idea. We found a beautiful spot inside the Yucaipa Regional Park. I bought fabric from a local fabric store and hand-sewed all of the table cloths. I found a firewood lot and bought tons of uncut logs. My dad sliced up all the stumps for each table and we glued moss on them. He also made thinner slabs that my sister carved words on with the wood burner. The old bottles and jars on the tables are mostly from local antique shops, as well as my Great Grandfather’s old dairy. Thanks to Lukas & Suzy VanDyke for sharing this one-of-a-kind wedding with us today.
Jonathan and I wanted our wedding to be comfortable and fun for our guests. We kept the ceremony short and meaningful (no special music, unity candle, etc.), and we memorized our vows (no “repeat after me”). We really wanted the food to be excellent, and one of the benefits of using the park as opposed to most wedding venues is that we could pick the caterer myself. Mexican food is my favorite, and Border Grill has amazing food. It may have been a taco truck, but it was a gourmet taco truck! One special thing we did was buy a variety of sodas (mostly in the root beer category) for beverages, to help give the wedding an antique, rustic feel.
Sources – photography: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke / venue: Yucaipa Regional Park, see more California wedding venues / wedding gown & bridesmaid dress: David’s Bridal / bakery: Michelle’s Custom European Bakery / floral designer: Redlands Tennessee Florist / beauty: Astoria Salon and Day Spa