As a senior in high school, Kenzie Busch turned to her brother's friend and fellow Chapman University student, Collin Vath, for the scoop on her soon-to-be college campus. "But four hours later we were still talking," she says, and their conversation had nothing to do with the school. "The rest is history, as they say," Kenzie recalls now. "Collin and I have been together for seven years." Years later, on June 22, 2013, smack in the center of a downtown Los Angeles restaurant, Collin popped the question. "It took me by complete surprise, because it was very public and romantic," says the bride. A perk of the public proposal? "He had a photographer pretending to be a guest of the restaurant staged right next to us who caught the whole proposal."
The vision for their September 13, 2014 wedding at Estancia La Jolla Resort and Spa was simple: "We wanted to show our friends and family how much we love each other," says Kenzie. "We designed our wedding to give people a taste of what our world looks like." As these gorgeous photos show, that world is filled with a bohemian aesthetic, bright colors, and a deep love of eclectic fall details. Keep reading to see their entire celebration, expertly captured by She Wanders.
Kenzie donned a knee-length Elizabeth Fillmore wedding dress with a vintage twist. It featured a deep sweetheart neckline and laser-cut details from head to toe — and was a one-of-a-kind style! The designer fitted the bride-to-be with a dress that came straight off her London runway. Kenzie complemented the look with custom made jewelry, including a pearl necklace and earrings.
The bride's bouquet, a deep-hued mix of dahlias, roses, and black-eyed Susan, echoed the couple's bohemian vibe and added the perfect touch of fall to their September celebration.
Collin slipped on a custom-mage gray suit, a checkered bow-tie, and fiery orange boutonniere, while bridesmaids were asked to select their own colorful attire. "It turned out perfect," Kenzie says of the bright array of dresses.
The bride's two nieces served as the couple's flower girls and came dressed for their role in autumnal flower crowns and sparkling pink Toms. "They were too cute," says Kenzie. "I wanted to keep their outfits very simple, because they are so precious as it is."
The couple's 300 guests were greeted by a stunning ceremony site: Mismatched chairs and benches, some with pillows, were arranged around a grassy aisle lined with lanterns. In the front, a tented altar, where the couple would exchange their vows, was decorated with bright blooms.
The couple's flower girls made their debut while pulling the ring bearer in a wooden wagon that was decorated with signs created by the groom's mother. Then, the bride and her father walked down the aisle as Hans Zimmer's "Maestro" played.
While the couple opted to read traditional vows during their ceremony, they penned something personal to share, too. "We wrote letters to each other that we put in a box with a bottle of wine," says Kenzie. "We're planning to open it and read them in five years."
Rather than offer guests a printed book to sign, the couple purchased a white guitar and a custom-made wine bottle and asked guests to leave messages with colorful markers.
The reception featured both indoor and outdoor areas where guests could mingle with one of the couple's two different signature cocktails in hand. Both Kenzie's cocktail, the Southern Hippie, and Collin's preferred drink, the Stubborn Mule, were big hits.
Inside, the Estancia La Jolla Resort was decorated with a mix of wooden farm and round tables that were covered in lavender linens and topped with wine bottles filled with fall flowers. Glowing candlelight and multi-colored glass goblets added an extra dose of charm to the room. Table numbers were carved into wood flags and the season's harvest — including squash, eggplant, and pumpkins — were displayed next to overflowing floral centerpieces. Antique sofas provided additional seating for guests.
Kenzie and Collin served an entirely Mexican-inspired menu for dinner. "It's our favorite!" the bride says. "Who can resist it?"
In a nod to the fall season, Kenzie and Collin chose a one-tier pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert. The single-tiered confection was covered in fresh blooms and berries and served alongside a full dessert table with with seasonal-inspired treats.
In true bohemian fashion, the newlyweds took a road trip honeymoon up and down the California coast. Reflecting on their big day, the bride tells other couples to enjoy each moment of their celebration. "Time goes by so fast," Kenzie says. "Plan a wedding for yourselves that you will love and enjoy together as a couple. It should be a major chapter in your book, and a day to always remember."
Venue and Catering: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa || Wedding Planner: Donna Urban Events || Event Design: Crosby + Jon Design || Bride's Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore || Jewelry: Coast 2 Coast Collection || Hair & Makeup: Pure Beauty by Danielle || Groom's Attire: J. Hilburn || Wedding Bands: JB Diamonds || Flowers: Krista Jon for Archive || Rentals: Archive Rentals || Music: Events by DJ David Cutler || Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company || Videographer: Lloyd Films || Photography: She Wanders
Want more fall wedding inspiration? Then check out another couple's autumnal celebration in the video below.