An Intimate, Natural Wedding at a Private Residence in Big Bear, California
The surrounding woodlands of Big Bear, California, served as inspiration for this intimate, natural wedding between Debora Barreto (32 and a photographer and graphic designer) and Sara Kinsky (38 and a nurse). "Big Bear has always been our weekend getaway since we met," the couple says. "We thought it would be perfect to have a winter weekend with our loved ones, so we rented a big house for five days and we had most of our guests stay with us there." The palette mirrored Mother Nature and its natural elements directly—brown from the wood of the trees, green from the pine trees and a touch of blue from the sky above. Although Debora wore a white sleeveless wedding dress accented with lace that didn't give away the season, the white fingerless wool gloves sure did. As part of the ceremony that took place on the deck, Debora and Sara painted all over a white canvas with their first-name initials and wedding date. Debora held a bouquet filled with pinecones and wheat accented with small blue flowers, which Sara paired with her pinecone boutonniere. The woodland environment even accented the indoor reception space with pinecones and branches arranged inside glass mason jars, placed on top of wooden slabs. Our favorite detail had to be the personalized blankets given out at the ceremony for guests to take home as wedding favors. "We had a personalized blanket made for each guest to stay warm during the ceremony, and afterward they could take the blanket home," the couple says.