A DIY Bohemian Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Newhall, California

Liz Phelan (37 and an esthetician) and Joshua (Josh) Carey (39 and a designer) met by pure luck at Liz’s work holiday party, an unlikely location since Liz works in a salon with all women. He was dressed as a doctor, and she as a zombie Alice in Wonderland. The couple’s wedding took place under an old oak tree in Liz’s friend’s backyard in Newhall, California. “Josh and I wanted something eclectic, somewhat bohemian and something that was a true representation of us,” says Liz. Meaningful vintage details filled the celebration, such as books, painted mason jars, rugs and pillows. The bride’s wedding dress is very special to her, as she was able to incorporate both her grandmother’s and her mother’s wedding dresses. “Since my grandmother and my dad are no longer with us, it made me feel as though I had a piece of them there with me that day,” says Liz. Desert sunset hues of coral, peach, navy and gold inspired the color palette. The cocktail hour began as guests arrived to get the celebration started, and the party extended well into the evening with great food and dancing under the stars. The couple decided upon their favorite candy, See’s Scotch Kisses, personalized mason jar cocktail glasses and a heartfelt thank you note to send home with their attendees. “We are so grateful for all of our crafty and talented family and friends who helped see our vision through,” says Liz. “We wanted all who shared our special day to feel the love.”