Last week we shared an inspiring wedding shoot in an orange grove, and today we’re bringing you a real wedding in one! Fondly Forever Photography and Hello Gem Events worked together on Becca and Michael’s big day, which took place completely outdoors and embraces the epitome of “California cool.”

California orange grove wedding - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

From the bride, Becca: Most importantly we wanted our guests to experience the beauty and warmth that we feel each time we visit our family ranch. Using this as our vision led us to make a number of design decisions alongside our wonderful planners Hello Gem such as: having all three parts of the wedding completely outdoors from the cocktail hour in the middle of the orange grove to the reception in a field under the stars. We felt this vision really came to life in many ways – our bartenders, for example, embraced the cocktail hour in the grove, spontaneously picking oranges from the tree and making fresh screwdrivers for guests!

wedding save the date - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

orange grove wedding invitations - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

wedding bouquet with kumquats - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

first look - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

first look - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

wedding bouquet with kumquats - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Bouquet recipe: Dahlias, lisianthus, ranunculus, garden roses, kumquats, artichokes, textural greenery.

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

wedding portrait - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

We enhanced our color palette with bright orange fruit and flowers throughout the decor – from the kumquats in the bouquets/boutonnieres to the centerpieces filled with homegrown oranges. My father designed and built our chuppah using young eucalyptus trees and a lot of love. Assembling the chuppah the day before the wedding with my Dad and future husband was such a wonderful moment before the wedding weekend officially kicked off.

ceremony sign - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

wedding ceremony chuppah - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

gift table - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

seating chart - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

seating chart - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

wedding snacks - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Invest time in finding vendors who get your vision and then trust them to internalize your vision and enhance it with their creativity. This helped alleviate so much stress for us, especially since we were planning from a distance, and led to fun surprises like the artichokes in my bouquet!

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

tropical inspired tablescape - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

garden rose centerpiece - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

wedding sign - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

table number - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

naked wedding cake - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

first dance - photo by Fondly Forever Photography http://ruffledblog.com/california-orange-grove-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Fondly Forever Photography

Event Planning, Decor, Floral Design, and Invitations

Hello Gem Events

Venue

Private residence

Wedding Dress

Leanne Marshall

Wedding Veil

Jaclyn Jordan

Wedding Shoes

Cole Haan

Hair and Makeup

Kacee Geoffroy

Bridesmaid Dresses

Joanna August

Groom's Attire

Men's Wearhouse

Catering and Desserts

Hungry Bear Catering

Popsicles

Si Paletas

Bar

Malibu Bartender

Wedding Music

Clover String Quartet

DJ

Dart DJ

Rentals and Lighting

Classic Party Rentals

Photo Booth

The Banana Stand

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