Handmade Ranch Wedding
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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