(Photography by Capture Create Studios)

Wedding Inspiration: A DIY Fairytale at Berkeley's Tilden Park

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Taylor Martin and Colin Philips grew up in Marin and met in high school—and as any other teenage lovers, they spent every waking moment together.

Though they went to college on opposite ends of California, distance made their hearts grow fonder: After graduation, the pair moved back to the Bay Area, built a cozy little home in San Rafael and adopted a yellow lab named Sadie.


Work and travel took them around the world, and it was on a bucket list trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand that they got engaged. Amid the ancient ruins and lush landscape outside Hanoi, Phillips got down on one knee on top of a mountain overlooking rice fields.

Now living in Napa, the couple planned their wedding day in Berkeley at the picturesque Brazilian Room in Tilden Park. Surrounded by towering redwoods, they said their vows.

The day was filled with timeless charm: Martin wore a flowing deep V-neck gown with scoop back and a pretty floral headpiece. Pointed teal velvet flats added a fun color pop that allowed her to sashay and dance all night. Bridesmaids sported complementary blush-toned floor-length dresses and bouquets that mirrored the larger arrangements, while the groomsmen donned black suits with bowties and suspenders.

For the reception, they took to the sweet cottage on site with high ceilings and exposed beams. It was the perfect setting for the fairytale wedding. The decor was simple—white linens with amber goblets and a touch of eucalyptus with baby's breath at each table. A frame topped with foliage and hanging candles floated over the head table. No one would have known that the crafty couple had DIY-ed everything themselves form the florals to the decor to ceremony arrangements.

Venue: Brazilian Room

Dress: Elizabeth Dye

Bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

Groomsmen attire: Banana Republic

Cake: Sweet Adeline Bakeshop

Caterer: Cafe Soleil

Photographer: Capture Create Studios

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