A playful backyard-style wedding complete with a Harry Potter bouquet, taquitos, and a piñata

Updated Oct 12 2015
Photos by Deborah Huber Photography.

Are you ready for endless smiles and glee? Because Elba and Brad's Walnut Creek, California wedding is going to send 'em on over. These two got married at the Shadeland Ranch Museum and had one of the brightest, most colorful and fun weddings around — the festivities included freeing candy from a star-shaped piñata and drinking tons of home brewed beer (the photographer tells us it was amazing).

If you're looking closely, you'll see two awesome things: Elba and Brad each have tattoos for rings (she has a B and he has an E) and Elba let her hardcore Harry Potter nerding take over and MADE her bouquet out of pages of one of the books. I spent about ten minutes trying to make out the words to figure out which book it was, but could only find "Muggle." Maybe we'll get lucky and she'll tell us!


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  1. That dress is amazing and dreamy! I love everything about this wedding. Totally taking the idea for cup tags. Last wedding I was at I kept losing my wine glass all over the place.

  2. I do not usually comment but I have to say I am in LOVE this wedding. Totally copying the idea of piñata and wine tags. I am also doing flowers made out of paper and DIY STDS and invitations etc. Anyway ! Congratulations to both of you lovelies!

  3. This wedding is amazing!! The paper flowers are unlike any I've seen before and this wedding just looks incredibly fun for both the couple and the guests. I think every wedding should be this personal.

  4. That last picture is marvelous, it just says SO much! Candy flying, the big smile on the bride's face… awesome!

  5. That bride looks amazing amazing!!!!! Super creative and heart warming! I also LOVE that the bridesmaids are gorgeous too! Awesome!

  6. My God, I am in love, this is the exact feeling I want to create for my wedding. I'm stealing the popcorn with shaker flavours idea! I was trying to think of something to go alongside the sangria for cocktail hour, and that's PERFECT!

  7. I can identify the book of at least one of the flowers! Above Muggle there is "d nose barely half an", which is from Chapter 28 of Order of the Phoenix ("His hair was lank and greasy and was flopping onto the table, his hooked nose barely half an inch from the surface of the parchment as he scribbled."). I can't tell if all of the other flowers are from the same book, though.

  8. I agree that the dress is beautiful and wondered where she got the dress too!! Nice wedding pictures, looks like everyone had fun!! Congratulations!!

  9. This wedding is what dreams are made of! My partner and I are doing a small simple courthouse ceremony next month and I wanted to make a book bouquet like the bride's. May I ask how she crafted the flowers? I am looking at tutorials and none of them look like her technique. TIA!

  10. Hi everyone! Thanks for the very kind comments on my wedding. It was an absolutely beautiful day. We had so much fun! As for your inquiring minds:

    Bouquet: I am, unfortunately, not crafty enough to make my own paper bouquet. I got it from an AWESOME vendor on Etsy who worked with me to get the bouquet (and matching boutonnieres) exactly in the way I envisioned. Her shop is called Tree Town Paper and she was a delight to work with.

    And, the bouquet was from a mix of the HP books for those wondering. Also had to include some HP in my vows as well! "I will love you always.. until the very end" 🙂

    Dress: I got my dress from a small locally owned shop in Walnut Creek, Ca called "Flares." Owned by two sisters, they were a breeze to work with. Not pushy at all and very kind. My dress was a steal too, only $350! http://www.flaresbridal.com/

    Other highlights: We had a surfboard as our guest book and that was a huge hit (my husband is a surfer) and our card box was made out of legos (an idea I stole from OBB of course!)

    Also, our photographer Deb was amazing and a joy to work with. If you get a chance to work with her, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! She rocked!

  11. Curious what exactly that is that you are smashing the pinata with? Did you have music accompanying your pinata? If so, what did you use? Looks fun.

    • Thanks!
      I'm smashing it with a stainless steel paddle that we use to brew beer. I don't remember if we had music, I think it was just whatever mix we had on for the reception.

  12. I'm a bridesmaid in a wedding coming up and not one for wearing heals, would love to know where you got those floral boots! In my search I have not found some I like more. Thx!

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