Whimsical, enchanted, fairy tale — all of these words could be used to describe Mackenzie and Travis’ magical wedding day. Their wedding was full of beautiful purple tones, lush greens, and eye-catching gold, adding up to a regal look that’s never overwhelming. Thank you to Connection Photography and Simply Irresistible Events for sharing your lovely work!

plum and gold California wedding - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

From the bride, Mackenzie: We wanted our wedding to feel like a fairy tale, without ever saying the word fairy tale, if that makes sense. We wanted it to be very immersive and to give that whimsical enchanted feeling. More than the look we focused a lot more on the FEEL we wanted it to have. We thought in terms of how it would feel for everyone there celebrating this day with us. We didn’t want it to feel like it was just all about us, we wanted every guest to personally feel that ‘happily ever after’ is a real thing and it definitely had that feeling! When it came to a color scheme, we didn’t want the color scheme to drive the look of the wedding. We wanted a touch of every color! We accomplished to include every color throughout our wedding, but kept it all unified by arranging greens, light pinks, various purples, ivory, and gold!

bridal accessories - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

flower girls - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

wedding bouquet with roses - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

bridesmaids in pastel pink - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

bouquets - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

We did a TON of do it yourself projects. The majority of our wedding decor was a DIY project. We really just envisioned everything we wanted and if it wasn’t available or possible to get at the time we just found ways to make it! I really wanted crushed velvet table runners so we bought the fabric, measured it out, and cut them. We added some extra touches to it and it looked better than how I imagined it looking. We spray painted some of the cake stands gold because I loved the designs but wanted to change the color. The giant fairy tale book, “The photo booth” was all hand made and was QUITE the project! We even made our own flower crowns for the flower girls. We just bought all the fake flowers we wanted from the craft store and then you cut and arrange them as you want! Even down to the the napkin ties set up on the tables. We bought the beautiful buttons and velvet ribbon and superglued the button the ribbon and tied it around. I found that DIY projects are the best because you have all the control over exactly how you want things to look, you have fun making it, and it involves your friends and family a lot more because you can always use their help! This really created a special feeling on our wedding day because we and all our guests could feel the love and care that went into everything there.

lace wedding dress detail - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

wedding photography - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

backyard wedding reception - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

garden inspired tablescape - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

simple place settings - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

tall centerpieces - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

book wedding decor - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

sweetheart table - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Yes, make it unique to you. Break free from what you think your wedding “has” to be like and make it exactly how you want it! When people ask, “what is your theme?” or, “what are your colors?” You don’t have to have answer that everyone else can understand! Just keep your vision. When it is personal to you it will have a magical feeling for all your guests, and you will have no regrets. Have fun in the planning process, don’t be afraid to DIY, plan as a couple, and explore all these great wedding resources to help you out. Also don’t worry about the little things. Easier said than done. Whether its budget, time, or all the miscellaneous things that can happen, you won’t be able to make everything perfect, but you will find that the way it all turns out in the end may be even better!

wedding favors - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

wedding favors - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

cake table - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

ivory and gold cake - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

Ruffled - photo by Connection Photography http://ruffledblog.com/plum-and-gold-california-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

wedding Music:
I would say there are two main songs that defined the atmosphere before everyone hit the dance floor: (1) In The Mood – Glenn Miller and (2) Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest
First Dance: “Dream a Little Dream,” The Mamas and The Papas
Dancing had a controlled playlist. We wanted it to be very family friendly and have all the kids and old folks dancing. We made a specific dance playlist the DJ could play from. It included fun old school Jazz/swing and Elvis to start off the dancing, we later threw in a lot of 90s hip hop, 70s and 80s dance and a select few of our more modern favorites. (Some examples (NSync, House of Pain, Salt-N-Pepa, Metro Station (Shake It), Tell Me When to Go (E40)—a family favorite.)

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Connection Photography

Wedding Planning and Flowers

Simply Irresistible Events

Ceremony Venue

Newport Beach LDS Temple

Reception Venue

Private residence

Wedding Dress

Watters Willowby "Amelie"

Bridal Headpiece

Justin & Taylor for BHLDN

Wedding Shoes

Steve Madden

Groom's Attire

J.Crew

Catering

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

Wedding Cakes

Katella Bakery, Magnolia Bakery

Ceremony Singer

Neomi Fisi’ahi

DJ

Shane Dahl

Wedding Invitations

Minted

4 comments
  • Bonnie and Lauren

    Such a beautiful and elegant wedding! //www.bonnieandlauren.com

  • Nicole Schwalge

    Wow! Such an adorable wedding! Love all the details :)

  • Theresa

    Were are the bridesmaid skirts from? They’re lovely!

  • Ningmeng T.

    Such a gorgeous wedding. Absolutely stunning pictures!
    http://www.nmphotography.be