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Carly and Brian

I’ll never forget the first time I spoke with Carly over the phone, she was so bubbly and just the sweetest ball of energy! Carly was so excited to be marrying Brian and said she loved him so much because he allowed her to be truest and the best version of herself. How beautiful is that?

So when it came to planning a wedding she wanted the wedding to be a true reflection of them. A small intimate wedding that kept them and God at the center of their focus. They didn’t want to plan a traditional or formalized wedding, these two idea of a good time? To explore mother nature, new places, and to grab a bite of Pizza.

This intimate wedding at Strawberry Pines was perfectly made for Carly & Brian’s Wedding day.

Team of Talented Vendors:

Venue: Strawberry Pines

Planning, Design, Vintage Rentals, & Staging: Whitney’s Weddings & Decor

Floral Design: Lesley’s Flowers & Gifts

Chair & Table Rentals: Devine Party Rentals

Cake: Haby’s Bakery

Gown: David’s Bridal

Catering (THE BEST PIZZA IN TOWN!!): Ned’s Pizza

How amazing is Whitney’s Weddings & Decors brought in a working fire place into this space? This wedding was in November and it was the perfect cozy touch to this space.

Carly’s sweet little details were some of my favorite. Especially the pearls her father gave to her on her wedding day. These pearls were worn by her grandmother and mother, how beautiful of a tradition is this?

Handwritten notes from a grandmother are forever my favorite. My grandmother always had notes with so many of her items and her recipes always told a story. So sweet.

Getting ready and look who is here! Amanda, Carly’s sister in law, had her intimate wedding here the year prior when she married Travon. I LOVED seeing Amanda and absolutely adore these girls!

Moments before Carly saw her dad.

Carly’s dad is the sweetest southern man.

Insert all the tears right here guys.

Isn’t this just the sweetest father and daughter moment?

Carly is such a beautiful bride and person!

Brian! He was so excited to see Carly.

This set up by Whitney’s Weddings & Lesley’s florals is absolutely stunning! Originally, the wedding was to be placed outdoors but due to frigid temperatures it was moved indoors in the barn at Strawberry Pines.

The Ceremony

Family Portraits

Amanda & Travon! Loved seeing these guys 1 year later, they’re just so precious and sweet!!

The Romantic Session

I loved that Carly had a denim jacket to add to her gown, so fun and cute!

Who says you can’t have a beautiful intimate dinner with your wedding?

Okay, you guys seriously… Ned’s Pizza here in Pleasanton is hands down THE BEST PIZZA I have ever had. Ughhhh so good! I was in heaven! Can more couples have endless Pizza bars please?

The sweetest little cake from Haby’s bakery!

Carly: “Is this how we do this? Also don’t get this on my dress?”

Brian: “I am not going to do that.”

Carly: (SMACK)

Ha ha ha ha!

Adore these two and wishing nothing more than a lifetime of happiness together!

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