This colorful mountaintop tent wedding did not quite start out the way that it finished. Five days before they were supposed to exchange “I Do’s” in front of their closest friends and family, high school sweethearts Amy and Jack made the difficult decision to postpone their wedding.
The following day most of California went into a shelter-in-place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the world was reeling, a postponement didn’t even feel like a possibility. After a few weeks of working through decisions, they elected to push their wedding date into the foreseeable future. We were fortunately able to hold a much smaller celebration outdoors at their original venue with much of their original vendor team still intact.
We spent the following months planning and redesigning their winter wonderland wedding into a celebration that was more seasonally appropriate for the late summer months that it was being held.
In moving from a ballroom to a stunning sail-cloth tent, we elected to lighten the color palette. We still utilized the moodier emerald green from their event branding, but mixing in some tonal neutrals and brightening the floral palette from whites and greens to hues of blush, peach and yellow, abundant in late summer blooms.
Guests watched the couple exchange their vows at the Ritz-Carlton’s fireside terrace, before enjoying a seated cocktail hour.
A seating assignment display of chocolate-caramel filled acrylic boxes were arranged on a rustic wooden hutch.
Following dinner, guests danced into the late evening and enjoyed snacking on Chicago-dogs, as a nod to the couple’s hometown of Chicago.