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Romantic Wedding Meets Winery Chic

One of the greatest things about having your wedding at a winery? You and your honey can revisit the spot, take a sip of wine, and be instantaneously reminded of that most spectacular day. Brittany and Dave said their I Dos at California’s Orfila Winery, which had the added bonus of absolutely incredible scenery. Thank you Shane and Lauren Photography for your work on this one!

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From the bride, Brittany: When planning for the wedding, Dave and I were back and forth on whether to do the wedding on the east coast (where most of our family lives) or the west coast. San Diego was a new home for us, a place that we quickly fell in love with, so we decided we wanted to share this special place with the most important people in our lives. And so, our first big wedding planning decision was made… we were to get married in San Diego!

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groom boutonnieres - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

pink wedding invitations - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

peachy pink bouquets - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

groom accessories - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic
Bouquet recipe: Juliette garden roses, blushing bride protea, white veronica, café au lait dahlias, ranunculus, and more.

bride and bridesmaid - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

In terms of the look and feel of the wedding, we wanted it to feel natural and rustic, but with accents of elegance. To capitalize on the rustic aesthetic that the vineyard already had, we decided to go with dark wood farm tables from Farm Tables & More with matching folding chairs for the reception. The ceremony was very similar– playing on the organic look with dark wooden chairs and a dark wooden table as the centerpiece, which had lots of green foliage draping off the sides. Since the tables at the reception were dark wood, our colors were very soft. In terms of color, we chose to go with whites and greens (lots of greens) with pops of blush and peach. We used mason jars as some of the flower vases and lots of green foliage like, maiden hair fern, eucalyptus and olive branches to stick with the rustic theme. In addition, we incorporated champagne colored runners, mercury glass votives and chandeliers, which hung throughout the tent with strands of lighting to give the space the elegance we were looking for.

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pets at weddings - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

wedding ceremony - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

ceremony recessionals - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

winery themed weddings - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

pets at weddings - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

In addition to personalizing the food to incorporate some east coast dishes, we added personal touches to almost every part of the wedding– a lot of them being pretty non-traditional, but true reflections on who Dave and I are as a couple. One of those things was having our golden retriever Sebastian in the wedding as our “Best Dog”. He walked down the aisle with the Best Man and Maid of Honor and wore an olive branch wreath around his neck. In college, Dave and I went to pick up Sebastian as a puppy together, so he’s always been a big part of our lives and so, we wanted him to be a big part of our special day as well. Funny enough, our wedding day just so happened to be on Sebastian’s birthday! (That part wasn’t planned– just a coincidence :)).

winery wedding - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

winery wedding ideas - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

Romantic Wedding Meets Winery Chic - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

unique seating charts - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

Romantic Wedding Meets Winery Chic - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

Dave and I have so many favorite moments of the wedding, but our most favorite would have to be when seeing each other while walking down the aisle. We got to do the first look, which was amazing, but there’s just something really special about walking down the aisle and locking eyes. Another favorite moment would have to be dancing to our first song “Never Fade” by Jack Johnson– it’s words are so perfect for us. We chose the song because it reminded us of how we met, how we’ve grown together and how we’ll last forever. And the last favorite moment would definitely have to be the last song of the night “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors. Dave and I were dancing and singing together in the middle of a huge circle, surrounded by the people in our lives the we love most. Everyone was dancing and singing along with us…. we couldn’t have chosen a better song for that moment because it was by far the best day of our lives. Since the wedding we’ve been back to Orfila and the best part about it is that, Dave and I can sit under the arbor, with a glass of Orfila’s Petite Sirah, reminiscing of the day we became husband and wife.

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country chic weddings - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

peach wedding cakes - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

winery wedding reception - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

newlyweds dancing - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic

Romantic Wedding Meets Winery Chic - photo by Shane and Lauren Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-wedding-meets-winery-chic


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Escondido, CA / Photographer: Shane and Lauren Photography / Venue: Orfila Winery / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven via Lovely Bride DC / Makeup: GroomerGirl / Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Men’s Attire: J. Crew / Wedding Cake: Sumi’s Oven / DJ: Music Phreek DJ Services / Rentals: Farm Tables and More / Floral Design: Jen Jensen of Third Bloom / Printing: Seaside Papery / Wedding Invitations and Paper goods: Ashley Spencer

Winnie Couture Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

Next up on our tour of Fall 2015 bridal collections is the impeccable California-based Winnie Couture. The gowns are everything you could hope for in a bridal line – elegant, luxurious, sophisticated, and just plain gorgeous to look at. We particularly love the unexpected pop of aqua lace in one of the gowns!

Winnie Couture Fall 2015 Bridal Collection






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California Wedding with Leafy Decor

We hope you’ve got some time to spare, because this wedding from Erica Houck Photography is a doozy – in the best way ever. Bride Chelseah planned her wedding day around the theme of vintage-antique-meets-boho, and the result is surprisingly timeless and absolutely breathtaking. Don’t you just love her cascading bouquet with heaps of eucalyptus?

Rural California wedding - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

From the bride, Chelseah: Making my day happen on a budget was not only important to me, it was my only option. I went full commando mode to make our beautiful wedding happen on a non-existent budget. I wanted our wedding to be fun and laid back. Everything spurred from there. Fiddy and I are both very into antiques and items chucked full of patina so we centered our wedding theme on that shared love (the bohemian aspects were all me though… guilty as charged). I went from flea market, to thrift stores and even to some sketchy parts of town (wouldn’t recommend it) to collect all of the items. It took about a year but came in under $1000 total for all of our vintage décor.

chalkboard inspired invitations - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

blush bridesmaid dresses - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

groom boutonnieres - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

greenery bouquet - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

cascading bouquets - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

Most everything was made or assembled either by myself, my mom, her best friend Debbie, or my rock star Matron of Honor, Andrea. There was so much painting and assembling involved it took nearly our entire engagement to complete all of the projects. Though Pinterest is a wonderful thing, do your research. Sometimes Pinterest doesn’t always warn you about the potential problems, like the health concerns related to sanding lead paint or that making a door table really isn’t that simple. A wonderful friend from church, Erin and her amazing crew, did all of my flowers for me. We bought wholesale and my method for picking flowers was based on three things. 1. What is in season? 2. What do I like? 3. Which flowers will give me the best bang for my buck? We used a lot of silver dollar eucalyptus, a tree which we had access to, which saved us tons.

groom and groomsmen - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

ceremony altar decorations - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

ceremony recessionals - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

rural California wedding - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

Rural California wedding - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

bridal looks - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

reception tables - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? The greatest most helpful lesson I learned is that anything with “wedding” attached to it is likely going to cost at least three times more. Sometimes we as brides get so caught up in what a wedding is supposed to be we lose track of not only our budgets but what we really want. Taking the word “wedding” out of most of your searches will not only give you more options but a better variety of prices. This is particularly helpful when you are looking for vendors. Look for non-traditional vendors who are excited to be a unique addition to your event and are willing and motivated to work with you. Never be afraid to negotiate.

drink tables - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

reception tablescapes - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

Rural California wedding - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

paper goods - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

Rural California wedding - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

peach wedding cake - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Erica Houck Photography http://ruffledblog.com/rural-california-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Location: Sanger, CA / Photographer: Erica Houck Photography / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Caterer: Ortega’s Taqueria / Bakery: Shey’s Sweets / DJ: Expo Party Rentals / Tent: Tent City Canvas House

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