This is the story of a gal who proposed to a guy, in the middle of Yosemite, with a ring she had made with her own bare hands (well, with the help of Flame and Pickle). And yep, the rest of their big day is just as fab. Opting to tie the knot on the site of an old renovated monastery, Ashleigh and Max ensured their big day was rife with wild florals, yurts and three wedding cakes because- basically, all the good stuff. Despite the uncooperative weather, these two lovers had a ball. Scroll down for the beautiful Kyra Boyer Photography’s loved up captures and more cosy details…

THE VIBE “We wanted a relaxed day, where everyone was comfortable. We had envisioned a fun picnic in the sun/festival vibe but it turned into more of a cosy, rainy, snuggle in kind of day!”

FAVOURITE DETAILS “Our mate Lottie foraged/repurposed old flowers from florists. Her arrangements were out of this world! Our friends set up the most epic grazing table for us. It was so creative, I’m pretty sure there were baguette slices cascading over wooden Jenga blocks! Also, my highschool best mate Caitlin did the most personalized ceremony for Max and I. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, both from laughing and crying!”

DIY “We painted three wooden peg dolls, Max, Ash and Chip the dog to be our cake topper.”

THE DRESS “I really did not want to haul myself and my friends/family through bridal gown stores and knew I couldn’t justify spending half our budget on a dress. I had spotted Mani Jassal on Instagram, being worn by one of my favourite writers. They have beautiful hand made pieces that felt unique, glamorous and fun. They were really quick to answer any of my questions and it was really exciting getting the outfit in the mail. I had looked online at a few dresses but quickly came back to this Mani Jassal outfit. I ended up getting it altered to fit a bit better. I had stressed about whether it was a “bit much” for me but on the day could not have imagined wearing anything else.”

A TOUCH OF TRADITION “We did a toast in Spanish, at the end of the ceremony, that Max’s late grandma always did. Max’s mum lead the toast and everyone had bubbles or Vermut to cheers with. “Arriba (raise your glass), abajo (lower your glass), al centro (put your glass forward), y adentro (drink!)” roughly translates to, “up, down, in the middle and inside”.

A WORD OF ADVICE “Don’t overthink it. Decide what is true to you, lock it in, then move on. Once you get to the day just enjoy it, whatever happens, happens!”

STANDOUT VENDORSKyra felt like one of our guests! A true delight to have around and she honestly captured so many perfect moments. Our friends Mark and James [Daydreams International] queued our premade playlists during the day before cranking out their own tunes late into the night. They also moved all the sound equipment from outside where the ceremony was, to inside where the reception was, and then when the rain cleared and the sunset raged they moved everything back outside again!”

If you’d like to take a looksie at more weddings shot by Kyra Boyer Photographer click here. We particularly loved Julia & Malcolm’s vintage themed wedding which you can find here. Bur first, scroll down for doggos in bowties and a bridal getup with a difference…

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Kyra Boyer Photography Florist Lottie Phillips Stationery Paperless Post as designed by No Scribbles Venue Seacroft Food Truck 400 Gradi Pizza Cakes Petite Wings, Candied Bakery Desserts Billy Van Creamy Yurt Twightlight Glamping Entertainment Daydreams International Celebrant Cailtin Healy Rings Flame and Pickle Transport Hutchinsons Buslines Wine Kegs Thank you Bar Coffee Everyday Coffee BRIDE Dress Mani Jassal Jumpsuit Penny Sage Shoes Funkis Earrings Flame and Pickle via Etsy Hair & Makeup Studio 2 Bridesmaid Dresses Frame GROOM Suit Venroy Shoes Vans Groomsgirl Jumpsuit Third Form PETS Bow Tie Pup Tart Handmade via Etsy