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Sophisticated Calamigos Ranch Wedding

What happens when you get a dream team like Christianne Taylor Weddings, Vanessa Noel Events, and Blomma Bloem Design together? Pure magic in the form of this Malibu wedding, that’s what. Read on for more of Courtney and Aaron’s cute proposal story and an eye-catching ranunculus-filled reception:

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From the bride, Courtney: Aaron and I met while we were both serving on staff at Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center. We endured two years of long distance relationship, sticking together through thick and thin. One weekend last summer, we went to stay at his parent’s house on the almond farm. Early Saturday morning, he begged me to come with him to check the irrigation system, to which I finally agreed after he tried a few attempts! Still in my pajamas, he lead me to a picnic set up under the trees. I asked him if this was for us, and he just smiled at me, continuing to hold my hand as we walked towards the blanket. After a very thoughtful game, he asked me to marry him, to which I ecstatically said yes!

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bridal parties - photo by Christianne Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-calamigos-ranch-wedding

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garden wedding ceremony - photo by Christianne Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Aaron and I decided we wanted to get married rather quickly, which meant I would finally be able to plan my own wedding, something I have always been very excited to do! Once the venue was nailed down, I was absolutely thrilled to put details of different colors and textures together to make the perfect combination of everything we love. We wanted the wedding to feel very simple, elegant, a bit rustic and yet cozy, all at the same time. A lot of DIY projects were completed, including Aaron and his dad cutting through a fallen tree to make centerpieces for the tables! Other projects included cutting escort cards and tying them all with twine to little glass vases which that were all filled with ranunculus. My friends and I painted all of the table numbers, bought all of the mason jars for the vases, tied them with string, collected lace to be part of the trellis behind the altar. My maids of honor and I spent an entire day making table overlays out of canvas drop cloth and fringing the edges with forks to add some subtle texture to the tables.

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indoor wedding reception - photo by Christianne Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-calamigos-ranch-wedding

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simple wedding cake - photo by Christianne Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-calamigos-ranch-wedding

ranunculus wedding flowers - photo by Christianne Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-calamigos-ranch-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the process. Remember the joy you had when you said yes. This should be the driving force behind preparing for your big day. Details will come, details will pass. Let the need for perfection go. Take a few moments during your wedding day to intentionally stop and take mental snapshots. You will only have this day once!

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peach wedding cake - photo by Christianne Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-calamigos-ranch-wedding

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bride and groom - photo by Christianne Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/sophisticated-calamigos-ranch-wedding


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From the event coordinator, Vanessa of Vanessa Noel Events: Courtney and Aaron are one of those couples that make you believe in Nicholas Sparks novels and life-long love. They are both incredibly thoughtful of one another and their families and find so much joy in just being with each other. Courtney has a laid back creativity to her that made her a fantastic bride to work with: easy-going, imaginative, and so open to possibilities. She finds inspiration in a lot of places — like when she called me to say that she had seen the most beautiful sheer fabric flags at a store display in Free People. She was so inspired by them that she asked if she could have them when the store changed their display and the flags became the most beautiful sweetheart table decor! Aaron’s family has been farming almonds for years (and he proposed in the middle of his family’s orchard!) so tying in that tradition was a natural choice. Wood disks for the centerpieces were cut from fallen trees and small bags of almonds from the family’s farm were given as favors. Every inch of the wedding was filled to the brim with Courtney and Aaron’s love, tradition and faith.

Wedding Location: Malibu, CA / Photographer: Christianne Taylor Weddings / Event Design and Coordination: Vanessa Noel Events / Floral Design: Blomma Bloem Design / Venue: Calamigos Ranch / Wedding Dress: Bridal Elegance / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever 21, ASOS, Free People, Nordstrom Rack / Groom’s Suit: Macy’s / Groomsmen Attire: Kohl’s / Wedding Cake: Susie’s Cakes / Ceremony Musicians: Friends Of The Bride / DJ: Trevor Welch / Wedding Invitations: Smitten on Paper

Handcrafted Alabama Wedding

Photos By: Morgan Trinker

One of our all-time favorite tips for saving room in the budget is to look for a wedding dress at nontraditional locations. Bride Kaitlin found her nothing-short-of stunning Aidan Mattox gown by way of Saks Fifth Avenue and saved a pretty penny without compromising on style — leaving more room to budget for an incredible photographer, Morgan Trinker. This wedding was put together with the aid of happy helpers and a whole lot of love that shines straight through!

handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

From the bride, Kaitlin: I went for a whimsical meets timeless kind of feel; a mixture of class and comfort. We wanted an Intimate, At-Home, Handmade Wedding. Oh, boy, did I have a lot of DIY projects. Where to start!

bridal party - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

glam wedding details - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

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black bridesmaids dresses - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

The invites and all signage were all hand drawn or designed through Adobe InDesign, and the seating chart was done with a little ribbon, a few branches and some printed name cards. The “So Much Love For You Darling” banner was hand drawn on canvas, sewn, and decorated with ribbons. We had a faux Moroccan Blanket with hand sewn ribbons and added garland, flower toss cones done with detailed paper, flower toss table with cut holes for cones. Just spare wood, a few nails and a lot of stain, and paper straws with silver and metallic tape flags. The ceremony platform was built by my father-in-law and draped with the faux Moroccan blanket. The desserts were made by my husband, mother, mother-in-law and aunt. Marscapone cheesecake to macarons!

moroccan wedding blanket - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

outdoor wedding ceremony - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

wedding ceremony recessional - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

hanging escort cards - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

hanging escort cards - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t stress about the wedding. It’s the marriage that truly counts. And above all – respect. Before the wedding, at the wedding, after the wedding, always – respect.

plant wedding favors - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

reception bar - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

white wedding reception - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

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cake cutting - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding

handcrafted alabama wedding - photo by Morgan Trinker http://ruffledblog.com/handcrafted-alabama-wedding


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Wedding Music:
First Dance: “A Sunday Kind of Love,” Etta James
Father/Daughter Dance: “Promise Her the Moon,” Mr. Big
Mother/Son Dance: “My Cherie Amour,” Stevie Wonder
Best Friend Dance: “Displaced,” Azure Ray
Grandfather/Granddaughter Dance: “This Old Heart of Mine,” The Isley Brothers

Wedding Location: Dothan, AL / Photographer: Morgan Trinker / Flowers: Groom’s mother / Event Design: Bride / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Aidan Mattox via Saks Fifth Avenue / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Hair: Lorena Rowe / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom’s Suit: Black by Vera Wang / Wedding Caterer: Nektar Cafe & Wine Bar / Desserts: Bride, Groom, and family / Wedding Invitations: bride






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Austin Botanical Inspired Shoot

Photos By: Amber Snow

If Bird Dog Wedding is going to branch into floral styling, you can bet your bottom dollar they’re going to throw a killer shoot together to celebrate. Bird Dog Florals is coming into the world with a bang, as you can see from this amazing session shot by Amber Snow Photography! Don’t these images make you want to fill your entire home with fresh flowers?

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From the event stylist, Emily of Bird Dog Wedding: At Bird Dog Wedding, we have always loved producing colorful and fun designs for our clients. We wanted to introduce floral services into the mix, as we feel flowers are the most beautiful and captivating part of the design aesthetic. Sarah and I dreamt up this shoot to promote our floral launch and introduce Bird Dog Floral to the world. We wanted to keep the shoot simple with one tablescape, one cake table, and one model to focus on the flowers. In this shoot we showcase the Bird Dog aesthetic, which is rich, playful, colorful, and full of texture and personality. The transition of the design moves from dark to light, with a moodier tablescape to a light and ethereal cake display. In the tradition of creating gorgeous installations, we built a living garland frame for the cake. We kept our bride’s hair simple and undone to show off her gold fern and strawflower crown, with striking makeup and a mod lace dress.

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austin botanical inspired shoot - photo by Amber Snow http://ruffledblog.com/austin-botanical-inspired-shoot

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austin botanical inspired shoot - photo by Amber Snow http://ruffledblog.com/austin-botanical-inspired-shoot

We teamed up with our wonderful vendor friends to put the icing on the cake, so to speak. Loot Vintage Rentals provided the gorgeous furniture for display. Polkadots made a sweet pink cake, which we adorned with a gold fern. Palm Door on Sabine provided the perfect setting, with its white walls and industrial fixtures. And Amber Snow Photography beautifully captured the shoot on film. Trophy Boutique and Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry provided fashion styling and makeup for our model, Katy.

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austin botanical inspired shoot - photo by Amber Snow http://ruffledblog.com/austin-botanical-inspired-shoot

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austin botanical inspired shoot - photo by Amber Snow http://ruffledblog.com/austin-botanical-inspired-shoot


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Shoot Location, Austin, TX / Photographer: Amber Snow Photography / Event Styling and Design: Bird Dog Wedding / Flowers: Bird Dog Florals / Venue: Palm Door on Sabine / Fashion Styling: Trophy Boutique / Makeup: Maris Malone Calderon Makeup Artistry / Wedding Cake: Polkadots / Rentals: Loot Vintage / Paper Goods: Beau Tied Designs

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