Photos by:

Marianne Wilson

Today’s wedding, sent to us by Marianne Wilson Photography, seamlessly blends a mix of cultures and traditions. Bride Jane brought together her Southern upbringing and groom Jorge’s Cuban background, and celebrated their union before the backdrop of the breathtaking Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Top it all off with some succulent floral arrangements from Dandelion Ranch, and you’ve got one for the books:

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From the bride, Jane: Jorge and I are big outdoors people, so when we started to plan the wedding, we knew it needed to be outside. We fell in love hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, and The Ahmanson Ranch felt perfect. Being from the South, I wanted to marry the natural landscape and the traditional Southern sensibility. I envisioned candles hanging from a big oak tree, lace, succulents mixed with peonies and mercury glass mixed with chargers of oakwood. I also really wanted to make sure my husband’s Cuban roots were honored and knew that we would do that through amazing Cuban and Spanish music throughout the cocktail hour and dancing… and yes, there was a Conga line.

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bride getting ready

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groom waiting for bride

I think the best way to describe our wedding was a mix of a traditional Southern sensibility and rustic, California warmth. The evening was magic. It was filled with tealights and lace, market lights strung from oak tree to rooftop, and succulents and hydrangeas potted in reclaimed California driftwood. Our color scheme was ivory, sage, and burlap with pops of soft pink. The one huge DIY project was the seating chart. I found a huge, old 3×4 foot gold frame and stripped it and spray painted it bright white. I bought plywood and had it cut to fit inside and covered that with burlap. I printed each of the guest tables on a beautiful paper and backing and attached it to the burlap inside the frame – which made for a perfect seating chart!


newlyweds during ceremony

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peach succulent bouquets

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Be true to yourself. The day should be a reflection of who you and your partner are – not your parents, friends or anyone else. What made our wedding so special is that it was completely us. Everyone there said they could feel us in every detail and that the love between us was physically expressed through the evening.

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: “Come Thou Font”
Bridal Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Recessional: “Canarios, Suite Espanol”
First Dance: “Into the Mystic,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: Calabasas, CA / Wedding Photographer: Marianne Wilson Photography / Ceremony Venue: Rancho del Diablo Dormido / Reception Venue: Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve / Day-Of Coordination: Orange Dove Events / Wedding Flowers: Clover of Dandelion Ranch / Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel “Pearl” via The Ivory Suite Bridal / Hair: Grace Nicole of Auburn Salon / Makeup: Alexandria Storm / Groom’s Suit: Calvin Klein / Wedding Caterer: Kitchen 12000 / Wedding Cake: Cake Monkey Bakery / Guitarist: Marco Tulio Pinheiro / DJ: DJ Dave Dolphin / Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting / Videographer: Kroh Media / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura

8 comments
  • This wedding is so beautiful. The bride and groom look lovely (love the back of her dress). Gorgeous flowers!!

  • I love the open back on that dress- it’s absolutely stunning! The lace and the tiny bridal buttons- so beautiful! I love Calabasas too- such a gorgeous area. I grew up down there, feels like home!

    Cake freaking rocks! I love small cakes!

    Fantastic job to everyone!

  • Love this wedding and the “ranch” touches for decor, tables, seating plan, chairs etc, candle light, natural and so down to earth…would love to see the invitations made for this wedding and how it tied with the rustic glam style….

  • Chanel

    The video, photography and story has truly inspired my wedding and provided me with hope for what I think is my dream wedding location. I’m not sure if I can pull it off the same way they did but wow was that an amazing wedding.

  • Vicki

    Gorgeous wedding! Where did you find the lace placemats?

  • Hillary haley

    Your wedding is absolutely beautiful! Where in the world did you find those table cloths at? They are gorgeous and I would love to rent them for my wedding!

  • Rosemary Hamilton

    Please tell me where can find lace doiles like the ones you used. They are beautiful and have been searching the internet without any luck at all. Thank you so muvh for any help you can give me.

  • Victoria

    This is such a beautiful wedding!! I love the brides shoes. I know they may be a few season old, but where can I find those!! Thanks!