A Campovida wedding // Felicia and Duggan

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 Felicia and Duggan’s Campovida wedding in Mendocino, CA was all about special touches, family, and their relationship with each other. If two people were ever made to compliment one another, it would be these two.  By day, along with her family, she serves up breakfast on Washington Square Park at Mama’s. By night, he serves up handcrafted, culinary cocktails at his place, Cantina.  The yin to his yang.  The butter to her toast.  These two finish each others sentences and their story can be told no other way but from the two of them. Since these two are both in the hospitality industry, they spent a lot of time thinking about their guests and how to include them in their celebration.  Of course, they scoured the magazines and wedding blogs and took a tip or two from Ms. Martha, but in the end, they focused on the details that would make the celebration uniquely theirs.  They were inspired by their venue, Campovida and its beautiful gardens.  They were aiming for a party with a homey, backyard vibe while keeping the ceremony and setting very elegant.

Felicia gathered her family and friends and created her own wedding craft sweatshop.  She spent many hours around the kitchen table with sisters, cousins, mothers and excellent friends who were willing to cut envelope liners, fold programs, tie sprigs of lavender onto each menu.  Using an old window, they made a visual guestbook.  Guests posed for a mini instant photo, wrote a note and pinned them up with clothespins.  Another window framed became a “Celebrate Life” photo display – showcasing family photos and paying tribute to those who were no longer with them.  Friend and graphic designer, Michael Johnson, helped create personal wedding stationary, menus, programs and table cards. Since the couple had a collection of bottles from their travels and adventures, they decided to use them as their centerpieces.  In order to round out the collection, the couple scoured flea markets looking for the perfect bottles.  Sharla, from Sharla Flock Designs, completely understood the couples’ vision – loose arrangements that looked like they had just been picked from the garden that day.  The beautiful arrangements of flowers and herbs looked bright and colorful and smelled delicious.  Apparently they tasted delicious too, as their dog and ring-bearer, John Wayne snacked on them during the ceremony…another great reason for a Campovida wedding; they are pet friendly! The couple also selected stanzas from favorite love poems to put on cards that they  hung from the trees leading people from the ceremony to the cocktail garden. The cocktail hour featured a 10 deep, original cocktail menu created by Duggan including their signiture cocktails and the cocktail that sparked their first spark, the Laughing Buddha.  Luckily, Duggan didn’t have to get behind the bar on their wedding day and their friends from Rye on the Road held down the fort.

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