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Boho Chic Engagement Party turned Surprise Wedding for Amanda + Trevor

How Amanda & Trevor Turned Their Engagement Party into an Intimate Wedding Ceremony

Family and friends gathered to celebrate Amanda and Trevor’s engagement at the bride’s mother’s home in Pleasant Hill, California, unaware of the extraordinary twist awaiting them. What began as a celebration of the love and commitment between the happy couple unfolded into an unexpected and heartwarming surprise wedding. This is the story of how an engagement party turned into a surprise wedding filled with a magical celebration of love and shared with the ones who mattered most to A+T. 


Vendor List:

Event Planning & Design: @eventsbypinsandpetals

Photographer: @stellamuslehphotography

Florals: @freckledfloral

Rentals: @standardeventrentals

Tabletop Rentals: @pleasantonrentals

Grazing Table: @charmingfig

Signage: @thetealcraftroom

Balloons: @confettigirl_


The Art of the Unexpected

Amanda, with her keen, design-inspired eye as a professional buyer for World Market, had a clear vision of the perfect engagement party. She longed for a boho chic soiree, a nod to the rustic and free-spirited vibes that had graced other memorable celebrations Events by Pins and Petals has planned such as Kristina & Luke’s 2nd Celebration. The challenge was to create an event that combined this style with a dash of the unexpected – an engagement party turned surprise wedding.

The scene was set at the home of Jeri, Amanda’s mom, and provided a cozy yet charming venue, perfect for intimate gatherings. With the planning and designing guidance of Events by Pins and Petals, the engaged couple’s dreams would soon unfold in spectacular fashion. The main elements in Amanda’s vision were the boho chic aesthetic, rustic decor, and an atmosphere of heartfelt celebration.

Rustic Boho Elegance

To breathe life into Amanda’s dream, the first step was to transform the space with the right decor. Standard Event Rentals provided the key element – beautifully crafted farm tables, adding a touch of rustic charm to the celebration. Pleasanton Rentals contributed with elegant tabletop rentals, setting the stage for a Boho chic wedding tablescape.

However, what truly made the tables come alive was the stunning florals. Designed by the talented Freckled Floral, the arrangements combined fresh white flowers, dried pampas and bleached fern, and lush greenery. Scattered bud vases adorned the tables, reflecting the rustic boho essence of the event. Their presence was a perfect reflection of how simplicity in design can breathe life into an event.

Custom Party Signage and Grazing Table Galore

As a thoughtful touch, custom signs adorned the venue, including a bar sign that showcased the couple’s signature cocktails. These small but significant details personalized the event and added a touch of signature elegance.

A significant highlight of the evening was the opulent grazing table by Charming Fig. This mouthwatering spread allowed guests to nibble, mingle, and delight in a sumptuous variety of appetizers. It provided the perfect prelude to the main dinner, getting everyone’s taste buds ready for more.

A Kid-Friendly Corner

While the evening was primarily designed with adults in mind, Amanda and Trevor thoughtfully included a kid-friendly corner for all the little ones that were also on the guest list. A vibrant balloon arch marked this special space, inviting children to explore and enjoy their own little haven.

The kids’ table was adorned with playful poofs and pillows to sit on, with crayons and coloring books thoughtfully placed at each setting. The intention was to make the kids feel just as special and included as the adults, adding a sprinkle of whimsy to the celebration.

The Surprise Wedding That Stole the Show

As the sun was shining on this beautiful boho chic engagement party in a soft, romantic glow, Amanda and Trevor seized the moment. The couple’s friend, an ordained minister, had been invited to the event, unaware that they were going to play a pivotal role.

When Amanda and Trevor stood up to address their loved ones with a thank you speech, they unexpectedly called their friend to join them. It was here, amid gasps of surprise and joyful tears, that Amanda and Trevor exchanged their vows. The atmosphere was electric, and love enveloped them as they decided to begin their journey as a married couple with all their closest friends and family members as their witnesses.

In the midst of extraordinary moments, Amanda and Trevor’s boho chic engagement party turned surprise wedding showed that the unpredictability of love can really keep you on your toes! It’s a heartwarming reminder that sometimes the best things in life are the ones we never see coming. The celebration concluded with the couple sharing their first dance surrounded by the love and laughter of those who had witnessed their extraordinary love story unfold.

Cheers, Amanda & Trevor!

Amanda and Trevor’s boho chic engagement party turned surprise wedding was a masterclass in merging style with spontaneity. It showcased the idea that celebrations should reflect the couple’s unique story and personalities. Their surprise wedding was special moment for everyone who attended and will sure be remembered for years to come, just like their love. It’s a story that reminds us that the most beautiful moments in life are often the ones that surprise us, the moments that redefine our journey and capture the essence of love in its purest form.

Amanda and Trevor, may your love and marriage be as exciting and spontaneous as this engagement party turned surprise wedding. Here’s to many more years of laughter and adventure!

Erin Rugala, owner, creative, and designer of Events by Pins and Petals. Full service, luxury event and wedding planner in the Bay Area.

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