DIY Rustic Backyard Wedding {Mike + Amber}

Can I just say Amber and Mike make one talented husband and wife team.  They are both chefs with a passion and skill for creating amazing and tasty food.  Amber is a chef in LA for True Food Kitchen and Mike is a chef for a private company.  They each put so much time and effort into creating a lovely rustic backyard wedding.  They added so many DIY details and projects accompanied by toms of mason jars and lavenders and blues florals.  Be sure to check out their invitation below.  They made that themselves, making their own letterpress plate!  The wedding was so cozy and intimate with close friends and family.  They created a food experience for their guest serving everything from cheese platters, grilled cheese and tuna tar tar taco appetizers to home style dinner brought out to the tables.  All of the food was cooked on site by there amazing friends and fellow chefs.  They finished the meals with a huge delectable  dessert table featuring a wide variety of sweets from Sweet and Saucy.  They also had a lovely cake made by the bride’s dear family friend.  The had a great time celebrating and getting straight to the dance floor.  Cooling off between songs with signature whiskey drinks from the bar!  THis wedding was so fun to shoot and me and my 2nd shooter Jack had a blast.  It’s working with sweet couples like Mike and Amber that make my job so rewarding.  Congrats you two!!!




The first look!

The AMAZING invitation that Mike and Amber made doing letterpress!

Sweet and Saucy’s gorgeous and tasty spread!

Fun bridesmaids… need I say more.

Just a few of the amazing dishes that went out to the guests!  I was served the best meal I have ever had working a wedding!!

Big Thanks to all of the Amazing vendors:

2nd shooter – Jack Belli

Coordinator –  Stella Simpson

Caterer –  Both the bride and groom are professional chefs, so the menu and catering was planned and coordinated by the two of them.  Friends of theirs, from the many restaurants they have worked at, all pitched in the day of to help, from the cooking to serving. Most of the produce, cheese and charcuterie was purchased through LA Specialty, the fish through Santa Monica Seafood, and the meat through Premier Meat, all wholesale companies who service restaurants and hotels.  Bread was provided by one of the groomsmen, who owns a carniceria and panaderia in Orange County. The menu was planned around sustainable and seasonal ingredients, a passion of both the bride and the groom.

Desserts – Sweet and Saucy

Florist –  Accent Florist 

Letterpress Invitations – DIY by bride and groom

DJ –  Alex Dyer

Hair –  Melanie Slagle

Custom Veil and Hair Piece –  Dolores Petunia

Dress Designer –  Ivy & Aster

Bride’s Shoes –  Badgley Mischka

Grooms Attire –  Paul Frederick and custom Chuck Taylors

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