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Kourtney Jackson, wearing a LAZARO gown and a custom veil from THE WHITE DRESS in Corona del Mar, kisses her new husband, nathaniel smith.
The bridesmaids wear vintage dresses in a spectrum of gold and earthy hues.
Guests enjoy an alfresco wedding supper.
Nathaniel and Kourtney designed the paper goods, which include the phrase “Let the good times roll” in French.
The couple wed beneath a structure Nathaniel carved and assembled from two pieces of Baltic birch plywood.
The couple embraces amid the epic environs.
The tables are set with spare, organic arrangements. “We wanted it to be simple enough that the natural beauty of the landscape—the things we love most about the ranch—were highlighted,” says Kourtney.
A guest’s place card features a Jean Arp print, one of several works by modern masters incorporated by the couple.
The bride holding her bouquet made by florist OF THE FLOWERS.

A Fine Art

by slh

Kourtney Jackson and Nathaniel Smith celebrate with pure creative expression

“I’d always been the person that she came to when she was breaking up with someone, or when she was starting a new relationship—I’d always been on the sidelines, like a supportive friend,” says artist and graphic designer Nathaniel Smith of his early relationship with his future wife, art director and photographer Kourtney Jackson. It was during a life-changing lunch break in fall 2014 that Nathaniel talked his way out of the friend zone. “I basically told her that I could love her better than those other guys,” he explains. A little over two years later, he lived up to that promise, proposing during a meticulously planned day of activities organized around the theme of inspirational artist couples, which culminated in a picnic on the headlands of Laguna Beach.

The Los Angeles-based pair chose the bride’s family’s Hemet ranch as the site of their spring 2017 nuptials: “I grew up telling my family that I wanted to get married there,” Kourtney says.

They exchanged vows under an arch of their own design, which Nathaniel carved from two pieces of Baltic birch plywood and assembled with his father on a hill Kourtney’s dad leveled with his tractor for the occasion (so that chairs could sit comfortably in full view of the valley vista).

At the reception, guests found their seats for the candlelit alfresco meal with postcards created by Nathaniel, incorporating famous modern artworks on one side and table numbers on the other. A five-piece jazz band played Louis Armstrong’s version of “La Vie en Rose” for the newlyweds’ first dance—a song significant to Kourtney, who grew up learning to speak French with her Cajun grandfather.

While guests danced throughout the night, classic films including Casablanca were projected as a backdrop. As the evening drew to a close, a small group of the couple’s close friends gathered together by a bonfire while Kourtney’s father pointed out the visible constellations, “so we could always remember,” she says.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith embarked on a coastal road trip as a mini-moon directly following their wedding, but celebrated their official honeymoon in September: “We went to the south of France,” Kourtney says, “to see where our favorite modern artists worked and lived.”

PLANNER Love & Splendor FLORIST Of the Flowers ENTERTAINMENT RedShoe SUIT Suitsupply VIDEOGRAPHER Eric Hires of The Wedding Artists Collective CATERING Huntington Catering CAKE Susie Cakes


This article originally appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of C Weddings.