Safari Themed Wedding: Giant Giraffe Statue Backdrop Optional

We are seriously obsessed with today’s safari themed wedding! From the bride’s amazing custom-made ruffle dress to the fabulously unique safari theme complete with giant giraffes, this wedding is absolutely dripping with style.

Laura’s vision for her wedding was a fusion of her love for Anthropologie and the couple’s honeymoon location of South Africa (we are very jealous!). With these elements in mind, she planned an exotic safari wedding held at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens.

Even the threat of rain couldn’t dampen their spirits. In fact, we think all the colorful rain boots and umbrellas make for some pretty darn cute photos!

And speaking of photos, we can’t think of anyone who could have captured this better than Sara of Onelove Photography. Enjoy!

Brideal bouquet photo and plaid bowtie groomWalking on dirt road with ruffled dress

This dress may just be our most favorite – ever. The ruffles, the sweet bow in the back, and the fact that it was handmade by Parker’s aunt!

Smiling Bride and GroomBride in green gumbootsbridesmaids and bride in gumboots

All of the bridesmaids wore vintage dresses from Etsy. Laura’s three sisters wore different colorful ones, and all the rest of the bridesmaids wore black.

Uniquely patterned and colorful gumboots for bridesmaids and the bride — we approve!

girls carry wood heart sign down aisle

Super cute flower girls. We love the “here comes the bride” wood hearts sign.

wood heart bridal signrainy outdoor ceremony at UC Berkely

What an amazing setting! No worries about the rain when you’ve got a clear umbrella for your wedding to keep you dry.

couple under umbrella for forest wedding ceremonysparkly bridal bolero

We adore Laura’s sparkly bolero! Such a stylish way to stay warm for those cool climate weddings.

giant clothespin table number

Laura gathered over 50 vintage tea tins for the flower arrangements and made the tablecloths from burlap she bought in bulk.

safari themed reception tableoversized clothes pins with photo table number

The tables were named after animals you might see on a safari. Such a fun idea! We also love the oversized clothespins holding up the photos.

dessert dresser with apple pie mason jarsmini apple pies in mason jars

Instead of a wedding cake, Laura and Parker baked over 160 mini-apple pies in mason jars for each guest’s dessert. Here is the tutorial they used to accomplish this dessert feat!

Safari Themed Wedding photobooth backdrop

We love the elaborate safari themed photobooth! Can you believe they actually had two giant giraffe statues?

Safari Themed Wedding with giant giraffe statues sparkler exitblack and white photo of sparkler exit

Love it! Can someone please have a wedding just like this and invite us?


Venue: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
Photographer: onelove photography

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  1. This wedding puts a BIG smile on my face… everything is adorable and fun!!

  2. One of the cutest weddings that I have ever seen! Love the rain boots and all the lovely COLOR!!! WTG Laura & Parker!!!

  3. love this wedding you guys! all the color is fun- i just like them a lot!

  4. This is adorable! We love!

  5. This wedding has to be one of my faves! Love everything about it!

  6. this wedding has such a great vibe. Anthropologie + South Africa = awesome!!

  7. LOVE that bouquet, LOVE that bowtie, LOVE that they all had wellies in case it rained… AND LOVE all the colors they used! OH, one more thing- LOVE the suspenders on the groom. SUPER fun 🙂 xoxo, chrissy.

  8. I love everything about this wedding! The bouquet and dress are stunning and i love all of the fun little details like the apple pies and photobooth.
    Leah xx

  9. oh my goodness! Dear Laura, your dress rocks almost as much as you two! I love the hair and all the vintagey tin cans…and the little sparkle shrug doesn’t hurt either:)

  10. I love the Hunter boots, the “Here comes the bride sign” and the large clothespins. Great details. Looks like a lovely rainy day wedding.

  11. I adore everything about this wedding-those bright flowers, the pies in jars, and best of all, how everyone is grinning!

  12. OH, I LOOOOOOVE this wedding! The wellies are AMAZING! (Especially since my very first pair of Hunter boots (in teal!) came day before yesterday! I love the colors, the stand out colors for the sisters, the black bridal party- “the bridesmaids wore black” sounds catchy doesn’t it? The bridal bouquet is fantastic!

    Oh, I feel so … I dunno, EXCITED and… JOYFUL! Over this wedding! 😀 I just want to hug myself and squeal a little. Maybe I’ll go hug the cat. lol

  13. Oh and PIE! What’s not to like about mini pie?! 😀

  14. Oh and her dress! I love her dress! The ruffles and the vertical seams or details I love it!

  15. This is such a fun, pretty, full of color wedding. I LOVE it!

  16. What’s NOT to like about this wedding?! Love her hair, those wellies and bright colored dresses, her dress is uh-mazing and love the pie in a jar idea!!

  17. Wow ~ this is gorgeous fun!!! Everything about this is fabulous ~ love the wellies, the mismatched bridesmaid dresses, the here comes the bride sign, her sparkly bolero, and the dessert table!!!! All of it really 😉


  18. Gorgeous gorgeous wedding!! Love the colors and the rainboots!!! super cute. Congrats to the happie couple!

  19. Oh my goodness. This is one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen!! I love everything about it!
    Just wanted to let you know that we’ve used a photo from you site in our latest post @ No Impact Bride.

    Ahh…this wedding is gorgeous!
    Hope you don’t mind.

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