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Festive Rancho del Cielo Wedding

Bohemian Weddings

If you’re in need of a boost of vitamin D on this gloomy afternoon, this wedding designed by the ladies of Bash, Please is just what the doctor ordered. Shot by Love Me Sailor, filmed by Shark Pig with music by The Flashdance and delish food by Heirloom LA, how could you not? Love the burst of color and pops of gingham + chevron. It makes me long for summer days, or maybe I’m just on the wrong coast.

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Joel and I always envisioned our wedding outdoors, it’s a must living in Southern California. To our dismay, the week leading up to the wedding was unseasonably cool and gray, a big concern for a sun lover like myself. We got heaters at the last minute for fear that it was going to be in the 60s and overcast. What an amazing joy on the morning of the wedding when I woke up to the most gorgeous sunny day, and it was perfect all the way through. Only my family from Miami could complain that it was a little too chilly for them, but that’s what the heaters were for!

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aqua green mistmatched bridesmaid dresses
rustic wood gingham wedding
Joel and I are both artists so we decided early on that we wanted lots of color to bring out the vibrancy of our personalities. It was important to include lots of details and personal touches, the little things that make a wedding memorable. (There was no particular theme.) We selected shades of blue, yellow, orange, green, with gray and wood accents. Thanks to our coordinators Paige and Kelly of Bash, Please we were able to add touches of color that brought life to an otherwise bland venue. This also gave it a certain DIY feel, but retained an elegant sophistication that is hard to pull off with lots of color.
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Another big factor was the food. We asked ourselves early on if we could ever remember the food we ate at a wedding, (we couldn’t!) and after a spectacular tasting, we decided to hire Heirloom LA. Our guests are still talking about how good the food and the drinks were!
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Wedding Songs:
For our ceremony, we hired a gospel choir to perform during our ceremony, they are the talented True Worship Gospel Singers of Rancho Cucamonga. They sang Love and Happiness by Al Green as our recessional. (I can’t remember the processional song, I didn’t really hear it anyway.)

Joel and I danced to Otis Redding’s “That’s how strong my love is”. It was a tearjerker.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Malibu, California):

Venue: Rancho Del Cielo / Design, Paper, Florals, and Coordination: Bash, Please / Videography: Shark Pig / Photography: Love Me Sailor / Music: DJ Smiles of The Flashdance / Catering/Bar: Heirloom LA / Wedding Cake: Cake Monkey / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Smart Party / Seed Bombs: Common Studio

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York Homespun Wedding

Vintage Weddings

Quintessentially British, Kath and Ste’s wedding will charm you with loads of style. Emma Case Photography, who is not new to Ruffled, was on hand to capture their day at the York Maze – a corn maze field complete with a pretty barn and a giant trampoline!

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Neither of us had a specific idea of how our wedding might look, but we both wanted it to be an informal, fun and relaxed event. It was also important to us for our guests to have a good time. When I first started looking at magazines, I saw some beautiful weddings but they didn’t feel like our style. It wasn’t until I discovered the world of wedding blogs that I found some real inspiration – we particularly liked the look of a lot of the casual, backyard style American weddings, and stole a lot of our DIY ideas from these.
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We didn’t want to spend a lot on decorations, so I made the hanging fans in the barn myself with lots of help from my bridesmaid Ruth (a primary school teacher so very useful in crafty situations) although I did manage to superglue my fingers together in the process. The flowers were an incredible joint effort by our parents who cut them from their gardens the day before and arranged them in a mix of mason / jam jars and old milk bottles from my grandad’s farm. We also put tea lights into lots of jam jars and put them outside when it got dark.
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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I would just say relax, enjoy the planning and don’t let it become all consuming. Remember that the wedding industry is a big business, so stand your ground and don’t just do something because it’s the done thing or because a supplier is intimidating you into it – my first dress shopping experience was awful because I had such a pushy sales assistant. Having vendors that you like, trust and that understand what you want make life so much easier – so do your research, choose wisely, and it’s half the battle won.
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Wedding Songs:
Processional: “Sweet Thing”- Van Morrison
Recessional: “Good Day Sunshine”- The Beatles
First dance: “Two For The Road”- Bruce Springsteen

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Elvington Lane, York, England):

Venue: York Maze / Photographer: Emma Case Photography / Florist: DIY / Wedding Dress: Fur Coat No Knickers / Shoes: Joules / Rings: Rust / Hair: Bang Hair / Makeup: Catherine Gajewska / Groom’s suit: Debenhams / DJ: friends and family / Dessert: Yorkshire Wolds Dairy Ice Cream / Wedding invitations and posters: Liz Newell (

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DIY Streamer + Sparkle Cake Topper

DIY Projects

This morning’s wedding photoshoot designed by Savage Rose and note•ify just keeps spawning fun ideas. Our next DIY project made by Samantha of note•ify is quite possibly one of our favorites yet. It requires minimal crafty expertise, and with a simple text line with your and your beloved’s names printed onto cardstock, this heirloom kitsch craft is a total winner on my book. Thank you Lilia Photography for the images!

DIY Fringe Cake Topper

From Samantha: Lilia Photography and Savage Rose organized a sixties styled wedding shoot, and they invited me to create the printed materials. We wanted sparkle, gold and glam, but the affordable + DIY kind. In addition to the embellishments I made with gold metallic ink on the invitations, I made a cake topper from pink card stock and added gold curling ribbon to make it sparkle.

DIY fringe streamer banner cake topper

What you’ll need:

– metallic gold curling ribbon
– cardstock
– glue or tape
– wooden skewers
– metallic paint pen

DIY fringe streamer banner cake topper

Print out your cake topper banner and cut to any shape you’d like. You can even create a template on a separate piece of cardstock to trace it + cut it. Cut a second shape on leftover cardstock to use it on the back of your cake topper. Run glue or adhesive along the bottom half of the shape and start placing the ribbon along the bottom. You may choose to cut the ribbon in strips in half to create different widths, or you may choose to curl them a bit on the bottom.

DIY Fringe Cake Topper

Once you have covered the area you wanted with the ribbon, you may trim the bottoms to make them even if you wish. Take your wooden skewers and ‘paint’ them with a paint pen. Once dry, attach them at the ends of the shape with glue or adhesive and then use your blank shape to cover the back. Voila! Sparkly, cake topper banner with streamers!

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