Photographs by Evynn Levalley
or Cristalle Volpi and Jeff Barajas, it was work that brought them together. Well, kind of. Interior designer Cristalle was having trouble with a remodel she was working on, and invited architectural designer Jeff out for lunch at Walton’ s Fancy & Staple to ask his advice. “Jeff asked me [years later] if I called for help for real or just wanted to go out,” laughs Cristalle. “It was strictly professional!” Soon after that lunch in downtown Austin, Cristalle and Jeff began dating. Four years later, during a trip to California’s Big Sur, Jeff proposed with a custom ring from Franzetti Jewelers.
When it came time for their wedding, the couple knew they wanted to return to Big Sur. And so, along with 30 close friends and family members, Cristalle and Jeff embarked on a two-week wedding/honeymoon to Glen Oaks, a luxe motor lodge and campsite nestled among the spectacular redwoods. Says Cristalle, “We love nature and you feel submerged in nature there. Austin is so bustling and lively and this is the exact opposite. No cellphones, no computers, no TVs. It was like the ultimate relaxation.” Cristalle and Jeff decided on a morning wedding, and exchanged vows among the trees. “We got up at 8 and showered and had coffee. Then I started getting ready. It was just really small and simple,” explains the bride. After an afternoon reception at the nearby Roadhouse which included biscuits and gravy and a celebratory mimosa toast, guests returned to their rooms to change before joining the bride and groom on the nearby Pfeiffer Beach to watch the sunset and pay tribute to the newlyweds.
For the ceremony, the couple opted to keep it simple and forego a traditional wedding party.
Detroit native Cristalle had never really seen kitschy pink plastic flamingo yard ornaments until she moved to Austin . Says Jeff, 'Cristalle came across the toppers randomly like a week after we got engaged and we decided to just go for it!'
Cristalle and Jeff’ s beloved dogs, Tula and W hitley, were not able to come to the wedding, so the couple honored them with a photograph placed on a primo seat.