Romantic Fairytale California Wedding at Laughing Canyon *

Romantic Fairytale California Wedding at Laughing Canyon *

Imagine a weekend full of cozy cabins, redwood trees, fire pits, and the slow trickle of a nearby creek as the soundtrack of your weekend. That’s exactly what Alyssa and James experienced at their romantic fairytale wedding at Laughing Canyon. The couple knew they wanted something a bit more unconventional rather than a traditional wedding day. They wanted a 3-day event that their guests’ would never forget. Thanks to planner LJ Oneto, the weekend was just that.

Their special day alone was filled with lush forest views, a wedding dress that the bride designed herself (yes!), a custom rust-colored suit that contrasted perfectly with the trees, craft cocktails, a taco truck, and late-night paella. Those are just five of the epic details that Alyssa and James included. Ready to be transported to a fairytale-esque summer camp? Keep scrolling to see all of these details, beautifully captured by Brandon Scott Photo Co.

The Couple:

Alyssa and James

The Wedding:

Laughing Canyon, Davenport, California

The Bride’s Custom Wedding Dress

I envisioned myself as a flower that bloomed in the woods. I carefully placed the flowers from my lace as though they were the leaves falling and gathering on the forest floor. Scattered Swarovski crystals show the glimpses of light shining through the trees. And my husband truly makes me feel like a queen, so I wanted to represent that in my dress. I came up with a cape dripping in pearls, with crystal and pearl floral embellished neckline. 

Why Laughing Canyon

I am known for my loud, boisterous laugh. So when I saw this place, I took it as a sign. We booked a trip to see it and didn’t know where we were going–it was off the grid. As we pulled in surrounded by trees on this narrow road, I started crying. It was the most beautiful special place I had ever been to. And there it was–the feeling that I was missing from the other venues. A place so special that it equally matched how unique our love is.

An Unconventional Wedding Day Vibe

We didn’t follow the rules. We wanted to create an experience–one big party the whole weekend long. We’re talking glamping tents on site for our bridal party, handcrafted cocktails upon arrival, no seating chart, paella cooked onsite, and a gourmet taco truck. We wanted to bring the people we love together in an unfamiliar but gorgeous place and have them experience things we love–nature, massive trees, adventure, craft cocktails and food, laughing, and—most importantly—each other.

Wedding Day Advice From the Couple

We recommend giving yourself enough time to plan. Obviously it’s not for everyone, but make the whole thing your own. It’s easy to book the package, have the coordinator choose, or have your parents make the decisions, but this should be a once in a lifetime experience of your own. It’s a lot of work, but we treated it like we were creating this beautiful project together. It helped us grow closer, learn about each other, and see what we could do when we put our minds together as a couple.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Brandon Scott Photo Co.
Event Planning – LJ Oneto
Ceremony Venue – Laughing Canyon
Floral Design – Bonny Doon Garden Company
Catering – Bruxo
Cake – Buttercup Cakes and Farmhouse Frosting
DJ – All Ears DJ
Videography – White Oak Studio
Hair Styling – Hara Dahl
Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid’ Apparel – Alyssa Dahl Designs
Groom’s Apparel – FitWel
Rings – McClave Jewelers

Congratulations again to Alyssa and James on their unconventional fairytale wedding at Laughing Canyon! Thank you to Brandon Scott Photo Co. for capturing the essence of this romantic day and sharing it with us. To see more storybook worthy wedding inspo, check out Indiana and Chad’s Magical Nestldown Wedding in California’s Redwoods!


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Bohemian Redwoods Wedding at Laughing Canyon *

Bohemian Redwoods Wedding at Laughing Canyon *

Picture a day full of redwood trees, the sound of a nearby running creek, and romantic cafe lights lighting up the forest. That’s exactly what Jaclynn and Christian experienced during their wedding at Laughing Canyon. The couple wanted their day to represent their love for adventuring in the great outdoors with boho decor, and thanks to expert planner Lux & Jasper, it was just that.

Their special day included a reception entrance in a vintage car, drinks out of ox horn mugs, a cocktail named after their pup, and some good old fashioned barbecue. These are just some of the epic details that they included in their day. While their “I dos” are totally gush-worthy, we love how their photographer, Lynn Lewis Photography, summed it all up!

Lynn Lewis On The Special Day

Jaclynn and Christian said their vows to each other nestled in the Santa Cruz redwoods. Their wedding was absolutely dreamy–with intricate macrame creations, greenery tablescapes, and rust orange details. The bridesmaids danced in their velvet orange dresses, and the groomsmen toasted with their ox horn mugs. 

All these special details only added to the beauty of their love that shined through in little ways–like how she gifted him moon cufflinks—knowing he would forget his—,the way he was just awestruck when he saw her coming down the aisle, and the infectious joy they shared in every moment of their wedding day.

The Couple:

Jaclynn and Christian

The Wedding:

Laughing Canyon, Davenport, California

The Made With Love Gown, Accessories, And The Bridal Look

I saw my dress on Instagram years before I was even engaged and just fell in love with it. I’m a huge macrame fan and am a sucker for anything boho, making my crocheted lace gown the best choice for me. It was the first dress of about ten I tried on, but I instantly knew it was the one. It was so feminine yet hippie and playful, which is sort of how I see myself. My accessories were simple–all gold jewelry and Jeffrey Campbell snakeskin booties. I wanted to keep my hair down and just have loose beach curls, nothing too tight or manicured.

Shop similar headbands: Double Star Headband ($18.90); Modern Star Silver Headband ($10.80); Baroque Vintage Gold Crytal Mult-Layer Star Headband ($42.39); Celestial Star Headpiece ($24.30)

Boho Meets Rustic Wedding Vibes At Laughing Canyon

Christian and I are always adventuring in the outdoors, whether it be hiking scenic paths or exploring faraway city streets. We wanted our vibe to reflect our interests and travels–boho and hippie meets rustic and shabby chic. It translated beautifully by becoming a little eclectic with hints of macrame, barn wood, copper and rust tones with whites, neutrals, and deep dark greens.

Shop similar boots: Marc Fisher Annabel Bootie ($198.95); Chinese Laundry Finn Bootie ($99.95); Seychelles At The Gate Bootie ($138.95); Dolce Vita Shanon Cream Crocodile Print Bootie ($140)

Personalizing The Wedding

Both of us were born on a full moon, so we figured it was only fitting to say our vows during a harvest moon, which is believed to be the time to reap what you have sown. Under the towering ancient redwoods, we promised ourselves to one another with all of our cherished friends and family as witnesses, with our Boston terrier, Dallas, acting as our ring bearer. There were so many unique details–from the specialty cocktail named after Dallas, made with local Swanton Berry Farm strawberry lemonade and prosecco, to Christian’s gold ring cast in sand from our favorite local beach. My garter also had blue buttons from my great grandmother that were sown in, and Christian’s eldest brother was our officiant.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Lynn Lewis Photography
Event Planning – Lux & Jasper
Venue – Laughing Canyon
Floral Design – Flora & Fauna
Catering – Mission Street BBQ
Cake – Buttercup Cakes
DJ – Cartwright’s DJ Services
Videography – Beyond the Ridge Films
Invitation Design – Minted
Makeup Artist – Blush Studio
Wedding Dress – Made with Love Bridal
Bridal Accessories – Jeffrey Campbell + Tilly Thomas Lux
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – RenzRags
Groom’s Apparel – Calvin Klein
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings – Main St. Goldworks + Justin Duance Jewelry
Rentals – Chic Event Rentals
Transportation – Sub Shuttle Service
Macrame Bouquet Holders & Leash – Moon Looms

Congratulations again to Jaclynn and Christian on their boho Redwood wedding at Laughing Canyon. Big thank you to Lynn Lewis Photo for sharing the stunning day with us. If you love Jaclynn’s celestial-inspired hairstyle, check out these boho bridal hairstyles that are free-spirited and chic.


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