Besides glamorous weddings with lots of decor, lighting, flowers, and that “wow” factor, I love being part of DIY celebrations surrounded by nature. One of my favorite locations for this is the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. Once a private residence, it is now a 37-acre botanical garden that includes rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rain forest, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden in addition to California native plants.
The Garden has a special place in my heart: I volunteer there as the Event Producer for their Annual Gala In The Garden: every year in September hundreds of guests explore garden trails, enjoy fine wine, craft beer, and the best dishes from local restaurants, as well as listen to live entertainment, and admire exquisite floral designs.
The San Diego Botanic Garden offers many choices for ceremonies, receptions and pictures, and Alex and Isaac were one of those couples who decided to have Mother Nature as their witness. They exchanged their vows in the Walled Garden in front of about 140 people, and the celebration followed in the Lawn Garden under strings of paper lanterns and market lighting.
Alex worked on several DIY projects including all the directional signs, seating chart display, and place cards. She also provided the flowers and all the jars she collected to create the delicate table centerpieces.
Congratulations to Alex and Isaac, and thank you to my fabulous Adrienne for a flawless coordination!