Allison and Howell’s Bohemian California Wedding

It’s not everyday that you come across an outdoor wedding with that perfect amount of bohemian charm, but this gorgeous California backyard wedding has just that. Allison and Howell’s ceremony was full of fun pops of color and simple florals.

Allison says: “Having both grown up in Southern California we wanted a wedding with an old California beachy, bohemian feel. We are very involved in the Carlsbad surf community where Nowell grew up, so it seemed perfect to be married at his childhood home. The beautiful 1920s era house was formerly an avocado grove and is now owned by his aunt and uncle, who were also married there in the early 80s!”



We wanted to create a sophisticated backyard party with a true California feel. The type of party we would throw with our friends if we could really do it up. Authenticity was important to us. We used big farm tables for a communal party vibe and found fabric with sweet bohemian feel for table runners – sewn by my wonderful mom.


We focused on romantic florals, including garden roses and big fluffy peonies to balance the less conventional elements. A family friend married us in a personal ceremony under a tree beneath an amazing floral chandelier filled with flowers.”




Allison and Howell used our Linen Like cocktail napkins with a classic Shiny Gold Foil imprint to inform their guests of their signature cocktails (a fantastic idea by the way!)


I was in such a hurry to get to the wedding and marry Nowell I got pulled over! The cop saw the veil and let me go with a warning ticket – but I will always have that ticket with our wedding date on it.”


We offered a cigar bar with matchbooks using the calligraphy from our invitations and the famous Doors lyric: come on baby, light my fire.”


Also produced by us are Allison & Howell’s Riviera Box Matches in Poptone Dark Turquoise and Matte White Foil.



The bar included wooden stir sticks for each selection and customized cocktail napkins with meaningful lyrics from our favorite song, Talking Heads This Must Be The Place also our first dance.”


Lastly, our Rectangle Stir Sticks complete this set of personalized products. Allison & Howell chose our Satin Teal/Peacock foil, which really brings out the color in the rest of their decor.


The most memorable parts of our wedding were our family dance with our little girl, dancing to Hey Ho by the Lumineers, which is her favorite family song, and seeing all of our fabulous friends and family getting to know each other and living it up.”


And of course, being married to the love of my life.”

Photography: Joielala | Floral Design: Plenty of Petals | Cake: VG Donut & Bakery | Invitations: Bella Figura | Catering: The Wild Thyme Company | DJ: Disc Go Round | Officiant: Dr. Geoffrey Bell | Bar Decor: For Your Party | Bride’s Hair: Shannen Chadick | Bride’s Makeup: Rachel Dixon | Ceremony & Cocktail Music: John Bennett & Jimmy Volkert | Flower Girl Dresses: J.Crew | Groom’s Tux: Ascot Shop | Jewelery: J.Crew | Jewelery: Nordstrom | Linens: Mother of the Bride | Rentals & Lighting: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Family Home | Wedding Dress + Shoes: Badgley Mischka
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