Faux wedding events seem to be all the rage these days. Popping up everywhere as an alternative to your typical convention center bridal show, the faux wedding allows “guests” to experience a handful of talented local vendors first-hand and in action as they attend a staged ceremony and reception complete with dinner, dancing, and all the festivities of a real wedding.

KnotCrashers is just one of the latest in these series of faux wedding events and they recently threw a gorgeous bohemian styled vow renewal at the Casitas Estate in San Luis Obispo with the help of some of California’s top wedding professionals. Here’s what Sam & Chanda of Zest it Up had to say about the event:

Jumping on the trend of alternative bridal fairs, KnotCrashers threw an intimate affair at The Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande, CA.  Guests were invited to attend the vow renewal of Laurie & Lance as they were dazzled by a dream team of wedding professionals from the Central Coast.  With two professionals for every aspect of ceremony, cocktail, and reception, there was a beautiful array of talent without being overwhelming for the attending brides and grooms.  With dinner, dancing, and love filling the air, it was a grand night for all.

The talented  Sarah Kathleen PhotographyPhotography by Jay C. Winters were on hand to capture this dazzling event.

wedding invitation suite

lush wedding bouquet on antique chair

wedding dress hanging in tree

bride's hands folded in her lap

bird's eye view of bride

close-up of bride's infinity necklace

purple flowers in bride's hair

bride portrait

groom putting his jacket on

groom having his watch put on

groom adjusting his tie

boutonniere pinned to groom's jacket

groom relaxing with his groomsmen

bridal party portrait

bridal party portrait

groomsmen portrait

bride and groom walking along estate path

Casitas Estate wedding photo shoot

bride and groom embracing

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom walking arm in arm

bride and groom sitting in the grass

bride and groom sitting in the grass

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom kissing

chalkboard wedding sign

wedding programs

Casitas Estate outdoor wedding ceremony set-up

bride about to walk down the aisle

bride walking down the aisle

bride and groom up at the altar

bride looking at her groom during ceremony

bride and groom first kiss

bride and groom exiting ceremony


chalkboard wedding sign

outdoor wedding lounge

wedding beer truck

casitas estate outdoor wedding reception set-up

wedding place setting with red napkin

wedding menu

ornamental cabbage centerpiece

boho wedding centerpiece

rustic wedding dessert table

rustic wedding cake

root beer floats wedding desserts

white cake with yellow flowers

boho dessert table

naked wedding cake with caramel

dessert table macarons

wedding cake with strawberries on top

casitas estate wedding reception

wedding reception meal

casitas estate wedding reception

guests dancing at wedding

bride and groom first dance

groom dipping and kissing bride on dancefloor


Watch these videos for a behind the scenes look at the event:

Knotcrashers {Laurie + Lance} from Dustin Ensign Videography on Vimeo.

laurie + lance from Spencer Sarson Visuals on Vimeo.

KnotCrashers \\ Slow-Motion Video Booth from Spencer Sarson Visuals on Vimeo.


Catering: Catering by Crave & Catering by Chef Charlie

Desserts: Paper Cake EventsJust Baked SLO

Donuts: Sugar Lips Mini Donuts

DJ: DJ Bob

Videography: Spencer Sarson VisualsA Celluloid Dream

Photography: Sarah Kathleen PhotographyPhotography by Jay C. Winters

Flowers: Bella Bloom EventsNoonan Designs

Officiant: Billy Nason

Venue: The Casitas Estate

Rentals: All About EventsBotanica Floral & Event Design

Hair & Make-up: Country Rossi ArtistryThe Blushed Company

Day-of Coordinator: Zest it Up

Brewing: Central Coast Brewing

Non-Profit: Journeyman International

Jewellery: Kevin Main Jewelry

Graphic Design: Olive and EmeraldMorningside Paper Studio

Handmade Signs: Sign, Sealed, Delivered

Men’s Apparel: Patrick James

Women’s Apparel: Lindee Daniel and H&G Boutique

Musician: Melody Wed