• DIY, casual outdoor wedding in Sonoma, California
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A DIY Outdoor Wedding in Sonoma, California

Besse and Michael's wine country wedding—full of handmade and vintage touches—was inspired by the surf culture of Venice Beach and Sonoma's natural beauty.

Before Besse and Michael hit the dance floor to Pete Townsend's Let My Love Open The Door, the bride slipped into a shorter dress—which was her mother's from 1979. The dress, which her mother purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue, was tailored to "become a cocktail dress for dancing at the reception," the bride explains. "Music played a huge role—in many forms—throughout the weekend acting as a soundtrack to our relationship." Photo: Noah Hawthorne Photography