An Eco-Chic Affair: Jessica & Jason in Bodega Bay, CA

For Jessica Hawley and Jason Miller, it was important to honor and respect the environment throughout their wedding day. “Jason and I are very much into nature and it’s a big part of how we live,” says Jessica. She, a natural perfumer, creates custom scents from the earth’s offerings, and Jason, a flight instructor and musician, appreciates the great outdoors from his vantage point in the sky. “For the wedding we wanted to enhance—not clutter up—the experience of being in a natural setting,” she says.

On the sunny August wedding day, the ceremony took place on a lawn on the Villa’s grounds, with guests seated in a circle around the bride and groom. “We had four aisles, representing each of the cardinal directions,” says Jessica. In lieu of flower girls, five friends scattered petals down the aisles.
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For Jessica Hawley and Jason Miller, it was important to honor and respect the environment throughout their wedding day. “Jason and I are very much into nature and it’s a big part of how we live,” says Jessica. She, a natural perfumer, creates custom scents from the earth’s offerings, and Jason, a flight instructor and musician, appreciates the great outdoors from his vantage point in the sky. “For the wedding we wanted to enhance—not clutter up—the experience of being in a natural setting,” she says.

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A variety of local organic flowers, including tuberose, jasmine and cottage roses, was chosen for the arrangements, as well as plenty of fragrant herbs.

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Before the ceremony, friends and family helped themselves to refreshing cucumber water.
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There, guests enjoyed cocktails and such passed hors d’oeuvres as organic vegetable crudités, figs in puffed pastry, smoked salmon on toast, along with onion quiche and goat cheese stuffed mushrooms.
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Reused antique glass jars do double duty as simple, chic lanterns and escort-card holders. Guests found their seating cards tied with twine to Ball jars holding soy candles and birdseed. With the candles lit, they carried the jars in procession to the reception tent, where they found more vibrant colors, fragrant flowers, glass vases and soy candles—all with a subtle Tuscan vibe.
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The tent was lit up with energy-efficient LED lights. One of Jessica's favorite moments during the reception was the first dance. “Jason and I had our first dance to ‘Crazy Love’ by Van Morrison. We’d heard it when we fell in love on Jason’s boat. No choreography was necessary—it was pure, sweet magic.”
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Jessica and Jason make their entrance into the reception. “It was magical,” says Jessica. “When Jason and I walked in, we were in awe of how beautiful it all looked.”
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Vibrant patterned linens were chosen to evoke a rustic Tuscan feel.
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