Handmade Ranch Wedding

DIY Weddings

This is one of those weddings that makes me miss warm sunny days and itch for a crafty weekend. Kelty of Steep Street Photography captured the relaxed vibe of Kendra and Chris’s wedding perfectly.

eco-friendly wedding

From the photographers. Kendra and Chris are high school sweethearts who got married at a ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains this summer. The decorations, setting, clothing, and events were fun and lighthearted with lots of bright colors. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses and colors, there were dahlias everywhere, and the checkered tablecloth and striped decor feel gave the wedding a cozy retro vibe.

eco-friendly wedding
eco-friendly wedding

They served brats and mustard for appetizers and planted small strawberry plants for each guest as a favor and seating card. The wedding party wore quirky nose/mustache glasses half of the evening and the main building itself made the wedding feel even more like a summer party on a farm or ranch. The bride wore a mermaid-y hoop skirt dress that not many other people could pull off! The evening ended with some raucous dancing in the barn by the pond.

eco-friendly wedding
eco-friendly wedding
eco-friendly wedding

From the bride, Kendra. Chris and I did a lot of projects for the wedding ourselves. It was a ton of fun brainstorming ideas together and seeing the final results on our wedding day. A few of the things we DIYed together include: our invitations and other paper products; sewing our napkins, table runners and yards of fabric bunting and our strawberry plant guest favors (which doubled as seating cards).

eco-friendly wedding

We built a photobooth which was a huge hit with our guests and gave us some hilarious pictures! Lastly, we had a cookie table for which we made all of the cookies and brownies for, freezing the dough a month before the wedding and then baking them all off the day before the wedding (with only moderate “quality control” testing along the way).

eco-friendly wedding
eco-friendly wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Los Gatos, CA):

Venue: Radonich Ranch/ Photography: Steep Street Photography / Catering, Coordinating and Reception Flowers: Marky with Vignette Events / Bouquets and Bouts: Lina Floral Boutique / Wedding Dress: Suzanne Erman from Marina Morrison / Groom’s Suit: Express Men/ Cake: The Buttery / Cookies: Bride / Hair and Makeup: Tranquille Spa / Band: Full Tilt Band

17 comments
  1. jacin

    very pretty!

  2. hearttypat

    that pair of jelly heels are just a perfect fit for a wedding! *heart* that dash of color! Is anybody else crazy for that vintagy feel of the photographs?

  3. Desiree Cherisse

    Beautiful! I live an hour from Los Gatos and hope to get married there too one day. :)

  4. Kelty

    Thanks, Amanda! Kendra and Chris really did it up right. :) And everything looks great on your new blog! :)

  5. Kaydence

    Love the balloon pictures…so cute!

  6. lydia {ever ours}

    such whimsical cute details! love!

  7. London Wedding Photographer RAMYAD

    Really lovely, the balloons are fantastic. The one were they are all walking in a line is fabulous!

  8. Erin

    Where oh where do I find who did their adorable invitations?

  9. Brittany

    LOVE that cake. Super cute wedding.

  10. Wedding Invitations

    So colourful! The wedding invitations were so cute!

  11. Julia @ Brides Up North

    Ahh love that dress! The balloons look great too, very chicly done.

    Julia x

  12. Kate

    beautiful wedding. I love the balloons!

  13. Rachel - theWeddingVine

    Love all the bows on the backs of the chairs and the first image is breathtaking!!

  14. Kira

    Erin – I believe the bride and groom did the invites and programs theirselves. She posts as Mrs. Pin Cushion on Weddingbee

  15. TheWeddingSecret

    Adorable photos! Lighting is perfect and I love the balloons!

  16. vickybear

    the wedding is full of pastoral touches.

  17. Giant Invitations Perth

    I thought all the pictures were perfect. The first photo with the balloons is my absolute favorite.

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