When Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Winkleman decided to get married, they couldn't imagine a setting more perfect than the tiny 362-square-foot home they've shared together for most of their six-year relationship. It was simple, natural and (most importantly) allowed them to keep the attention on each other and their guests. Oh, and did we mention it's located on the Venice Beach Canals in California?
"We love our lives here, and we feel like that is something worth celebrating, just as much as our legal union," Morris says. So they stood on the front stoop of their 1924 Craftsman-style home, with their 60 guests sitting "in a round" to take their vows of a lifetime. "It was such a wonderful experience to be surrounded by our family and friends as they observed the ceremony from both sides of the garden and from within our house," Morris says.
The ambiance of the wedding was purposefully casual and inspired by their everyday lives: "We wanted the event to feel like a slightly more festive version of our ideal weekend in Venice," Morris says. For them, that meant an outdoor setting, small batch cocktails and local beer and all of the people that are nearest and dearest to them.
Take a look at this small in size, but big in style, Cali wedding:
Gift baskets for Morris' "Bride Tribe" were set up in her living room, which included fresh market flowers and fruit as well as a sheepskin throw.
Morris (who was 20 weeks pregnant on her wedding day!) found her custom maternity dress for under $250 on Etsy.
A 26-inch-long garland of greenery and florals hung around their front door and served as the backdrop for their ceremony.
They also put clear glass beakers along the side of the house and placed single stemmed flowers int hem, to create an almost floating appearance.
A close family friend married the couple at sunset, a time they chose since they thought it would be the perfect temperature for their guests.
Instead of vases on the tables, the duo used the liquor bottles the cocktails at their bar came in — talk about the definition of upcycling.
Next to the bar cart, a portable record player provided tunes for the evening affair.
After the sun set, mingling took place outside, until the group ventured to a nearby restaurant where the reception was hosted and more friends and family joined.
If you want to see more from this couple, you can explore their blog, The Tiny Canal Cottage, or follow along on Instagram. Seriously, each photo is prettier than the last.