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California Redwoods Wedding Decorations

October 9, 2011

My little sister got married last weekend! She and her now-husband chose a venue in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California, called Pema Osel Ling. The event was kind of like a weekend at camp for grown-ups. A number of guests rented cabins on-site, there were campfires and s’mores every night, and we were about 30 minutes off the highway in the middle of a redwood forest.

I didn’t capture the giant redwoods as well as their professional photographer, but hopefully you get the idea.

My sister chose yellow, white, and gray as her colors, and infused most of the decorations with her charming, handmade, personal style.

She painted signs on driftwood, glued together swizzle sticks, wrapped mason jars and tiny succulent plants in burlap and tulle, and strung heart-shaped paper chains for the trees.

Everything came together beautifully.

The wedding favors were koozies, yellow candy, a basket of programs in case anyone had missed them, and little cloth sacks with their initials on one side and a big stamped heart on the other. Of course I was more interested in the straws and swizzle sticks than I was in the drinks themselves, or the candy favors. :)

Of course the food was delicious, mostly local with two salads, two vegetables, one meat, one fish, and a vegan main course option: squash with couscous.

I think she used scrapbook paper in a variety of patterns for the table signs, paper heart chain, and swizzle sticks. I used scrapbook paper for my wedding decorations too. I love how easy it is to mix and match unique patterns in whatever colors you choose!

It was a gorgeous weekend. Congratulations again, D & B!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

AGG October 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Sharon, You captured the charm of the reception beautifully! Diane did a great job; everything was nice. And, I don’t think any photograph can capture the real essence of redwood trees; we were just very lucky to be there.


Sharon October 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Glad you think so, AGG! Diane did do a fabulous job- everything came together so beautifully. True, the trees are always more impressive in person than in pictures. :)


Sarah F. October 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Hi! My fiancee and I are trying to locate a place near Santa Cruz to have our wedding in the redwoods next October. Can you let me know where this wedding took place that you blogged about? It looks amazing, and perfect for what we are looking for. Thanks!


Sharon October 24, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Congratulations and happy engagement! I am glad this venue looks good to you! It is called Pema Osel Ling. Their website is: If you need any more information, just let me know. It was a great place for an outdoorsy wedding, and the weather was perfect in early October. Hope you get to visit them, or find a redwoods wedding venue of your dreams! Oh, only drawbacks- no cell service and lots of walking between buildings and locations at the site. I love walking, but not when I got all the way down to the reception site and then realized I forgot my shoulder wrap at the ceremony site. :)


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