Melissa and Michael had me at coffee!

I am a java freak, so naturally, I am in love with this down-to-earth coffee-themed wedding! I love its rustic charm, and relaxed vibe. You just know that everyone there had a great time – including the couple’s five children, each of whom played an integral role in the intimate wedding. (They were the wedding party!)

Perhaps the best thing about this l’il wedding is that they had it at their own home.

“I  look out my back window and begin to giggle with memories,” says Melissa, who adds that having a small wedding was the ‘best decision’ she made.

Thanks to Traci Giles Photography  for the splendid photos!

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Melissa, 38 & Michael, 41

Rancho Cucamonga, California

Wedding Date: February 25, 2012

Number of Guests: 47

Wedding Cost: $5,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: couple’s backyard

Wedding Reception Location: couple’s backyard

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

We wanted something special because we found something special in each other. We are very intimate and wanted that intimacy in the ceremony. We have a big blended family, 5 kids in all, and it made it special.

coffee centerpiece

coffee wedding favor

Tissue paper pom

Chocolate dipped strawberry cake toppers

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding? 

We wanted our wedding to be nice and elegant with a warm feeling. We wanted to share it with all our friends and family, but realized if we kept it small we could not have everyone. This wasn’t our first rodeo, but we didn’t want to downplay this wedding simply because we had one in the past. We found true love and that is something to be celebrated. We gave up the idea of best man and maid of honor and thought it would be more intimate to just have our kids as the wedding party.

Coffee themed backyard wedding

orchid wedding bouquet

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

newspaper cap wearing ring bearer

Bow tie groom

Coffee themed backyard wedding

casual bride

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

boho flower girl

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

It was because we didn’t want to hurt feelings. We went with just family and a couple of close friends.

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them? 

Yes, some friends did want to come. We sent out an email and created a website so they can see our special day. Some were disappointed, but understanding. It’s hard when you have a group of friends from a church because if you invite one couple then you have to invite them all, so we didn’t invite any to remedy that.

bride in cowboy boots

tattooed groom

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

We wrote our own vows and it was so romantic. I loved walking out to Bubbly (Colbie Calait) instead of traditional music. We also had our best friend marry us who happens to be a pastor. It was just perfect and lovely! My daughter threw coffee beans vs. petals and Mike’s son carried the rings in a small box filled with coffee beans. We went with a casual dress theme, very fun and coordinated.

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

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Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

What were the highlights of the reception? 

Wow. The dancing, the open bar, the food!!! Everything! We started with a slow dance and broke out into a fast song, which was pretty funny! I have to say my mother’s toast was probably the highlight! The bartender said it was by far the best he has ever heard!

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding? 

Being ourselves and enjoying the moment! It was nice not putting on a production and sharing our love and commitment in a fun way with our children, family and friends. It was relaxing and went with our “enjoy a cup of coffee” personalities.

Coffee themed backyard wedding

chocolate dipped strawberry cake toppers

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

orchid wedding bouquet

orchid wedding bouquet

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding? 

I would say it was the best decision ever. The nice thing about having it at home and small is the decorations you purchase can be used in your home for years to come and a reminder of the special day that took place right there. I can look out my back window and begin to giggle with memories. The lights we bought for the back yard we can enjoy year round. I filled my hutch with the table centerpieces because they go with the theme of our home and we sprinkled coffee beans in the hutch, it’s so very special. Be creative and find something that brought you together. With us it happened to be coffee, but whatever it is, it makes who you are and fits your personality and that makes for a very special day. I would recommend getting a bartender and caterer and dj, someone that can coordinate so that you can enjoy the moment. And of course a wonderful photographer to capture the memories!

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Coffee themed backyard wedding

Vendors:

Caterer: Flo’s Catering in Diamond Bar, CA

Bartender: Martini Express in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Cake: Ontario Bakery

DJ: Kenneth Hidgens

Photographer: Traci Giles Photography 

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  1. Posted by Lissa on June 4th, 2012 at 10:23am

    One of the most relaxed, personal at-home weddings I've seen in a long time! So lovely and heartwarming...especially the wonderful photos with the children!
  2. Posted by Tiffany on June 4th, 2012 at 1:30pm

    Absolutely precious wedding. Well done! Loved every aspect, especially the intimacy of it. Hats off to the Bride and Groom. Congratulations.
  3. Posted by Katrina on June 4th, 2012 at 9:12pm

    One of the warmest looking weddings I've seen online. Tears in my eyes and I don't even know the bride and groom! Congratulations to both of them and their beautiful family. I hope I can capture the same warmth with our wedding next summer! :)
  4. Posted by Anne on June 4th, 2012 at 10:31pm

    I love this! So comfy looking. This is exactly what I'm going for with our at home wedding in a couple of months. Beautiful job - you guys look soooo happy!
  5. Posted by Valerie on June 5th, 2012 at 8:30pm

    One of the best weddings I've ever attended. Loved the coffee theme but most of all, so happy to witness the "blending" of these two people and their family. :)
  6. Posted by jenny beecham on June 19th, 2012 at 12:24pm

    this is really a beautifull wedding good luck
  7. Posted by Melissa Massey on February 6th, 2013 at 3:51pm

    Absolutely love this wedding theme - from the colours to the details! I've just published a wedding inspiration board on Gingerbread Latte, which features your table setting. Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!

    Melissa x
  8. Posted by Melissa Offill on March 5th, 2013 at 6:14pm

    Thank you Melissa! We just had a baby on Feb 11, 2013 so we have added a baby girl to our large blended family. :)
  9. Posted by Christina on March 5th, 2013 at 8:53pm

    Congrats Melissa!!
  10. Posted by nikki on April 15th, 2013 at 2:22pm

    i love how the kids are included in the wedding. :)
  11. Posted by Samantha on August 2nd, 2013 at 2:29pm

    This wedding looks absolutely stunning, beautiful, & creative. Congratulations to the happy couple! My fiance and I are looking to do a small, budget friendly wedding and I would actually love to see a rough break down, if at all possible, of the cost of the wedding for some inspiration (from catering to dress to gifts for guests).
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