Rustic Romantic California Wedding

Rustic Weddings

I dream of going to weddings with as many games available to guests as in this vintage California reception. What better way to celebrate in someone’s big day than with a nice game of croquet? There’s even more to love in this wedding than the lawn games — just take a look at the tulle fabric dessert table backdrop! We have Brad Claypool to thank for taking such wonderful snaps.

vintage indie california wedding

From the bride, Sarah: One of our first dates was spent in an apple orchard so we wanted to try to incorporate that into the wedding somehow. It was very important to both of us for our wedding to be a fun, happy celebration! We wanted our guests to enjoy themselves and not feel like they were at another boring wedding, so we had ragtime music playing and games set up (horseshoes, bocce ball, croquet) and lots of food to eat. We also made our guest book interactive so our guests could have fun and be creative with that, too.

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

Our wedding was rustic and romantic. I found a page in a Martha Stewart wedding magazine that had a peachy, dusty rose, cream, and brown theme on it and I planned my entire wedding with that in hand! I fell in love with the vintage/romantic feel of the colors and tried my best to use only those colors for our wedding. I searched every wedding blog imaginable for weddings with those shades and got a lot of my inspiration and ideas from weddings I found in the blogs.

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

The arch we were married under and the arch we used for our photo booth were made by my mother-in-law (she searched high and low for the perfect colors and textures). I decided to go with vintage frames and mirrors for our centerpieces because I already had a large collection of them at my house and I found a ton of great vintage perfume trays and mirrors at a thrift store in Dallas while I was on a work trip shortly after I got engaged.

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Try to enjoy every second of your engagement. It goes by so fast! Don’t be afraid to ask for help; your friends and family will be happy to help you. I could not have done it without them! And remember to be flexible!

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

vintage indie california wedding

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Wedding songs:
Seating of the Family: “Grandma Mary,” Denison Whitmer
Bridal party’s procession: “First Day of my Life,” Bright Eyes
Procession: “Hungry for a Holiday,” The Album Leaf
Communion: “Give Me Jesus”
Recessional: “Flowers in the window,” Travis
First Dance: “La Vie En Rose,” Louis Armstrong

Wedding Vendors (Oak Glen, CA):

Wedding venue: Riley’s Farm / Wedding photographer: Brad Claypool Photography / Wedding dress: Watters / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anthropologie / Bride’s jewelry: Whitley Designs / Wedding hair: Jessie Holiday / Makeup: Lynn Simpson / Groom’s suit: Ted Baker / Groomsmen’s outfits: H&M / Floral design: Christa Rose / Wedding invitations: Minted / Wedding desserts: Jacquelynn Swank

Christa Rose is a member of Blue Label.

19 comments
  1. Naralie Tuggle

    Breath taking! I LOVE this look; the tulle really gets my heart going!

  2. Sally @ ourdreamlives

    Wow this is pretty! I love the photo of Sarah and her bridesmaids walking across the grass, it’s lovely! And the cake table is amaaaaazing.

  3. Candace

    I love a couple that doesn’t take their wedding too seriously. This wedding was full of beautiful things, but had such a fun and casual vibe.

  4. Christa Rose

    I was so excited when Sarah told me she wanted such a soft and romantic vintage look for her wedding! I am thrilled with how the flowers turned out and that venue was a little bit of heaven!

  5. Linda

    The wedding flowers are so gorgeous! I love the soft, very romantic, look of the bouquets. What a pretty wedding!

  6. jamie

    The bride and bridesmaids shot is stunning!

  7. The Average Bride

    I’m in LOVE with that ceremony backdrop. Absolutely gorgeous.

  8. Vanessa

    So wonderfull !

  9. Shannon

    Such a beautiful wedding! I had lawn games at my wedding and they were a hit.

  10. Gina

    Wonderful use of color to help create the soft, romantic vibe!

  11. jenn {bow tie & bustle}

    gorgeous! loving the peachy neutral tones! and that wood directional sign is too cute for words!

  12. lydia {ever ours}

    the bridesmaid dresses and the bouquets are so very pretty! love all the games too!

  13. Tiffany Jonker

    Sarah! These photos are incredible. Your wedding fully encompassed you and Steff’s style! Well done!

  14. Haylee

    Absolutely beautiful. I love the soft colors, the game of croquet, the boys suspenders, the settings, ahh I love all of it. Very well done.

  15. youmidoo

    Such a beautiful wedding! I had lawn games at my wedding and they were a hit.

  16. Dessert Darling

    Ohmygosh, Love this wedding :)

  17. Madison

    such a gorgeous wedding, the venue looks beautiful and that photo of the bride with her bridesmaids with their heads down is just stunning

  18. Molly

    Where are these bridesmaid dresses from? They are amazing!

  19. Lacey

    Breath taking! Are you going to be selling any of your wedding decor items?

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