Real San Diego Wedding {Mt. Woodson & Amy Strong Castle}

Leanne & Travis were married at Mt. Woodson in Ramona. Their intimate wedding included a ton of fun details, nothing like really personalizing your wedding with decor right out of your house! I was super excited that they included me as part of their wedding day, especially when the energy and ideas for making their celebration special oozed out of all three of us during the planning process.

As you’ll be able to tell, Leanne & Travis have spent a lot of time traveling together, a passion that I too, appreciate, so when it came to figuring out how to decorate the Amy Strong Castle’s nooks & crannies, their momentos brought back from the various trips were perfect! We used their travel guides, maps, and DIY photo cubes with photos of each place visited for centerpieces, which also made it easy to name the tables (after each location).

Leanne hadn’t envisioned elaborate flowers as part of her day, so she opted for custom made clutches for her and the bridesmaids to carry down the isle (although her talented mom still made her a beautiful bouquet and Travis a lei), as well as minimal florals in various containers, which were accents to the travel themed decor on the tables…a task I was happy to take-on given it’s simplicity and Leanne’s acceptance of my floral design skills (or lack there of!). She gave me various containers and a bucket of flowers (literally) ordered from a local shop and I put them together that morning. Note to readers/DIYers/Novice Coordinators: Give yourself PLENTY of time during prep to handle such big tasks ON the day of the wedding, assure that the client knows your skill level, and be certain to have the right tools too! Such as floral scissors, access to water, a trash can, etc... Luckily, I had plenty of set-up time and free-form design power from the couple. Not to mention there was less than a dozen small arrangements, so this was an easy, low pressure extra task I could do to help make the day wonderful!

Another element I loved from this wedding- no cake!! Leanne & Travis love Julian pies! So they ordered various pies as their “cake” and even had a cute topper made. The pie was served with ice-cream too! I have to confess that this was one of the only times I was sad not to have gotten the chance to partake in dessert… the pies smelled SOOO yummy! Good thing they hired a donut cart though! Uhm hello! What a sweet little treat and I did get some of those! NOM.

Thanks L & T for trusting me as part of your wedding team!



Wedding Pro Team: Mandi Contreras for Melissa McClure Photography, Hair & Make-up by Audra Rene Studio, Officiated by Ceremonies by Bethel, Personal Touch Dining catering, Sensational Treats Party Donuts, Starlight Photobooth, Wedding pie by Julian Pie Co., JMC Events (DJ & Lighting), DIY: Flowers, Invitations, and Paperie.


  1. Brenda – you did an amazing job with our flowers! Our entire wedding team was phenomenal… our wedding was perfect. And the pie and mini donuts were delicious.

    I’m a little sad I no longer have the wedding as an excuse to buy pretty shoes. Should have bought more when I could justify it!

  2. What a wonderful wedding! I was thrilled to be a part of their special day as well 🙂

  3. Very cool.. This one still stands out to me as well. Very stylish event. They are great people too!

  4. Love this! What a great wedding and fantastic team of vendors!!


  1. […]  It’s so fun when I get to 2nd shoot for Mandi!  We always have fun working together.  Leanne & Travis were married on a warm Ramona afternoon at one of my favorite venues!  We got most of the photos done prior to the ceremony so they could join their guests earlier!  I adored their travel theme – Bethel even included some travel stories in their ceremony!  Brenda did an amazing job with the details, each table was a different place they have traveled!   You can see more details from the day on her blog! […]

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