DIY Backyard El Sobrante Wedding: Sam and Amanda - Grier Cooper Photography

DIY Backyard El Sobrante Wedding: Sam and Amanda

When Sam and Amanda began planning their wedding they knew it would be a DIY backyard El Sobrante wedding. The garden at Amanda’s parents’ home in El Sobrante was the perfect setting, nestled in the El Sobrante hills overlooking acres of open space and sweeping views. The couple is blessed with a gaggle of creative family members; everyone pitched in to help transform the space into a magical environment, where guests were treated to an open bar and backyard picnic, complete with seafood risotto, plus five different choices of wedding cakes.

The couple met while working together at Berkeley Iron Works. When Sam’s mother visited him at work one day, he found himself jokingly introducing Amanda as his “future wife”, even though  they were just friends… and Amanda was dating someone at the time. Fast forward a year or two later; the landscape had changed and the two discovered they had fallen for one another.

Amanda was thrilled when she discovered her wedding gown, made by a local designer. Although it was a new gown, she loved the lace detail and the vintage feel. “It fit me perfectly when I tried it on,” she said, “and I knew it was the dress for me.” Sam’s suit was custom-made by Al’s Attire in San Francisco.

Although there was no official wedding party, it was evident that the couple has many close friends. The bride was attended by a circle of women, while the groom prepared offsite. Although the bride went barefoot during the ceremony, she and new husband Sam wore matching custom leather boots immediately after: the couple ran through the longest human archway (created by every guest in attendance) I’ve seen to-date.

Sam and Amanda’s DIY backyard El Sobrante wedding was a lovely and heartfelt event, enjoyed by guests young and old, from toddlers to grandparents.
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