Located at the stunning Hummingbird Nest Ranch, newlyweds Sarah and Houman had their Simi Valley ranch wedding with the help of Louise & Third Events’ expertise and Wisteria Lane Flower Shop‘s floral know-how. Photographed by the amazing Brian Leahy Photography, the venue was done up so well that stepping into it post-arranging felt like you were stepping into old world Western Europe. Al fresco dining was the obvious choice here and luckily, mother nature kept herself at bay so no tents were needed. Bistro lights were strung around the reception and mahogany tables were outfitted with floral table runners of roses, ranunculus, and silver dollar eucalyptus.
We know there are a ton of fall lovers out there, and this wedding is for you. Bride Samantha loves the cozy season too, and had always envisioned pumpkins at her own wedding — and that’s exactly what she got! Jenny Smith & Co. and Mayberry Events put together some beautiful work here, and thanks to their considerable talents we’re sharing this beaut with you all today.
From the bride, Samantha: We met at a coffee shop bible study through a friend. After our first meeting, David started spending time with the homeless with me every Friday at a park in Costa Mesa. In the midst of loving the forgotten and downtrodden our love began. Two years later (with one year being long distance) David proposed! I love fall and I have always envisioned pumpkins at my wedding! I wanted my wedding to be fall themed – fairy tale pumpkins, fall colors, pumpkin desserts, pumpkin patch, etc. Paramount Ranch was the perfect venue for us. We wanted to feel secluded and surrounded by nature. The venue had a rustic feel and included an old town used in film productions. It was so unique and had such a romantic feel.
During our ceremony we said our own vows and we took communion together. We wanted to invite people into our relationship and to know our love is founded on Jesus’ love for us. My most vivid memory that day was during our vows. I laughed when I heard his personal vows because they were almost the exact same as mine. It reminded me that we were like minded and had similar desires for our marriage.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My advice to future brides and grooms is to be emotionally present. Remember that your wedding day isn’t about the decor, DIY, or food. It is about committing your life to the person in front of you. Be present with each other and take in beauty of the love you are celebrating.
Processional: “Like the Dawn,” The Oh Hellos
Recessional: “Hallelujah,” johnnyswim
First Dance: “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke
Event Planning and Floral Design
Today’s wedding, put together by the talent of All Traditions and Fluid Bloom is everything a ranch wedding should be – full of relaxation, love, and fun, with the added bonus of bright pops of color! Thanks to David Pascolla Photography for sharing this beauty with us.
From the bride, Carolyn: Our ceremony was outdoors, and the reception was in the barn all at Santa Margarita Ranch. We wanted a relaxed, casual atmosphere, and most importantly, for everyone to have fun. We were going for a rustic chic theme, but with lots of color! We had corals, yellows, greens, pinks, lavender, and orange all involved.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Have fun, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Our wedding party jumped at the chance to help anywhere they could, and both of our mom’s were super supportive. Each mom was able to put their special touch into the decorations-my mom sewed pillow covers for our hay bale couches, and my mother-in-law made sure everyone stayed cool in the hot weather by provided parasols and battery powered fans.
Family Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Bridal Party Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Bride’s Processional: Canon in D
Recessional: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 3rd Movement
Newlywed Introduction: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Wedding Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: David Pascolla Photography / Event Coordinator: Taffy Gonzalez of All Traditions / Floral Design: Fluid Bloom / Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch / Wedding Dress and Veil: Chia Lieu / Hair and Makeup: Bluebird Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Litebridals / Wedding Caterer: In Good Taste / Wedding Cake: She Makes Cakes / Ceremony Musicians: Barbara Lees and Sharon Holland / DJ: Chris Bailey / Videographer: Zelle Olson Studios
The second I saw Annaleigh in her blush pink wedding gown, I knew I was in for a treat. Then I saw the ceremony setup, the Colorado mountains, the rustic reception space, and the flowers, and I was completely in la-la land. Really, how could you not fall for this wedding shot by Laura Murray Photography and styled by Love This Day Events?
From the bride, Annaleigh: We wanted the wedding to feel vintage and rustic, but still classy and chic. An elegant vintage sensibility offset by the idyllic mountains of Colorado. Think Anne of Green Gables meets Mumford and Sons meets John Steinbeck. With help from my friend and graphic designer Nicolas Coburn, we designed the stationery. Invites were mailed in gray envelopes calligraphed by Heather Brock of Marcardin Calligraphy. Many of the paper elements for the big day I created by downloading my favorite fonts and illustrating elements myself. The program was painted on large wooden signs flanking the entrance to the ceremony area, which was adorned with a ribbon curtain made by me in my dressing room in NYC. Intertwined barbed-wire hearts were the finishing touch. There was burlap bunting made by my grandparents that hung at the ceremony site and all over the cocktail area.
Bouquet recipe: Peonies, garden roses, astilbe, clematis, and protea.
A family friend made ribbon wands, which were given to guests along with vellum envelopes with sunglasses that read “Don’t get blinded by our love.” Kazoos for joining in as the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” played during the recessional were also supplied. With help from cast mates, I made stir sticks for the wedding and rehearsal dinner to garnish the cocktail glasses. The Ranch’s Broad Axe Barn was transformed for the reception, with a mix of long and round tables dressed up with brown apothecary bottles. Kara Delay of Love This Day Events hung a floral and bay leaf garland over the head table and marquee-style letters spelling “LOVE” in front of the fireplace. I also made madlibs and crossword puzzles for each place setting, which were labeled with calligraphed cards displayed in gold animal figurines crafted by a pal. Friends surprised us with custom favors for everyone—wood coasters carved with the invitation’s monogram and the wedding date. A costume rack with Western wear and 10 different wigs were set up next to the photo booth so people could get into the spirit for their snapshots.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Always have a little extra money saved up because things come up out of no where! Pinterest is magic! If you can’t take a honeymoon, at least take a couple days to spend together – you will need a few days to recover!
Celisse Henderson, a singer-songwriter friend of the mine, played “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” by Elton John on the ukulele as I walked down the aisle.
Recessional: “All Your Need is Love,” The Beatles
From the photographer, Laura Murray: Annaleigh and Joe planned the most perfect, rustic getaway for their guests. Annaleigh and Joe live in New York and work as actors. So, when planning their wedding they wanted a place that felt like an escape from the hectic-paced city life. Devil’s Thumb Ranch just outside of Winter Park, Colorado was the ideal fit. They chose a Monday for the wedding day — which I love! Who says that a wedding should only take place on a weekend! And Kara Delay with Love This Day Events designed a gorgeous space for both the reception and the ceremony. Their wedding day brought quite a bit of rain — but in between bursts of rain we were able to fit in an outdoor ceremony. However, near their vows their rain picked up quite a bit. It was so romantic to watch Annaleigh and Joe say their vows cuddled under an umbrella.
Wedding Location: Tabernash, CO / Photographer: Laura Murray Photography / Event Design and Flowers: Love This Day Events / Wedding Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Hair: Christina Trostel of The Parlour / Makeup: Craig Jessup / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Bow Ties: Tie the Knot / Pies: Costco / Ceremony Musician: Celisse Henderson / Music: Tip Top Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Nicolas Coburn / Calligraphy: Marcardin Calligraphy / Photobooth: ear2ear Photobooths
If you’ve ever had a soft spot for cowboys, this shoot from Orbie Pullen Photography and Christine Cater will be right up your alley. Blush pinks and flirty purples play the perfect contrast against the masculine cowboy undercurrent, resulting in a mix of hard and soft that we’re just wild about.
From the designer, Christine Cater: A romantic ranch set in the hills of the Monterey Peninsula inspired this photo shoot. The couple to marry here will truly have a one of a kind experience. With it being a working cattle ranch, and about 60 pastured head of cattle roaming free. If you see true love, it’s there. One half of the gorgeous couple posing is Jana, a shining star cowgirl who recently won a branding competition. Justin is a true cowboy in flesh and heart. Sit back and drink up the California glamor and charm.
The bride’s gown was chosen because of the ombre peach underlay and intricate beadwork. The ruffled pleated tulle lends to a country chic style. Our groom, what can we say — “handsome country charm” — he is the real deal! Justin wore wranglers, a black jacket, hat, boots, and a prized trophy buckle. The crisp white cotton shirt finished his polished threads.
The antique green cake table perched chocolate, coconut, and red velvet cakes. Yummy raspberry ranunculus, and garden roses looked good enough to eat. A French cotton towel lined drawer was filled with strawberry and chocolate meringues. Chocolate frosted cream puffs filled a glass jar. Huge paper flowers hung in a heart shape adding a DIY touch along with exquisite paper wrapped books. Lupine covered fields were the inspiration for the ceremony site. The 100-year-old oak tree was the stage for a glass ball strand altar. Each guest can find a comfy seat on the taupe tufted benches.
Shoot Location: Monterey, CA / Photographer: Orbie Pullen Photography / Production, Event Design, and Floral Design: Christine Cater / Venue: 3 Star Ranch / Wedding Dress: Christina Wu via Collezione Fortuna Fashion Boutique & Bridals / Hair: The Salon at Lincoln Lane / Makeup: The Salon at Lincoln Lane / Wedding Cake, Dessert Bar and Gift Basket: Pastries and Petals
Rustic ranch meets elegance and glam in this inspirational shoot put together by the talented Danae Grace Events. Every shiny detail and fresh flower designed by Adornments Flowers & Finery was captured just right from photographer Cameron Ingalls’ lens. And, how about the horses? So sweet!
Shoot Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: Cameron Ingalls / Event Planner: Danae Grace Events / Floral Design: Adornments Flowers & Finery / Venue: Greengate Ranch / Wedding Dress and Hair Accessory: BHLDN / Equipment Rentals: Got You Covered / Wedding Invitations: Olive & Emerald
Fun and fresh is exactly what this wedding photographed by Justin & Keary Weddings is all about. Bright flowers fill the bouquets, while colorful flags and confetti are scattered about the lush green setting. If the bride and groom are anything like the decor, I’d expect nothing less than a real good time!
From the bride’s sister, Heather: When it came time to planning a celebration fit for Holly and Omri, there was never a question which direction we’d go. It had to be bright and colorful. Cheery and fresh. Family-based and fun. A reflection of the bride and groom-to-be, in an unexpected blend of culture and tradition. We chose a play on a rainbow theme, with a mix of vintage and modern vibes, finding inspiration in the simplicity of colors and textures themselves. The wedding came together even more beautifully than we could have imagined, full of handmade goodness and intimate charm. It was a gorgeous, unforgettable day… so perfectly suited for the happy couple.
Location: Escondido, CA / Photography: Justin & Keary Weddings / Venue: Hidden Valley Retreat & Spa / Wedding Gown: Blue / Bride’s Shoes: Miu Miu / Bridesmaid Dresses: Armoursans Anguish / Banners: CH Handmade
There’s something so romantic about the idea of not only getting married underneath trees, but also preparing for your wedding day in the middle of the woods — which is exactly what bride Hayley did when she married her longtime sweetie, Luke. Marianne Wilson Photography captured all the darling moments of the day, including some beautiful portraits by a nearby abandoned Ferris wheel.
From the bride, Hayley: Luke and I met in Breckenridge, a small mountain town. So we adored the woodsy, outdoor setting of Calamigos Ranch. The immensely beautiful oak tree and twinkle lights, surrounded by tall pines, a rustic ferris wheel and vintage carousel made for the perfect wedding location. We accented the space with neutral colors, mercury glass, old silver, antiques, lace, candles, rustic wood pieces, doilies and worked with a friend who made rustic vintage flower arrangements (the feathers were the perfect touch). It all made for a flawless execution of our so-called “fall rustic vintage DIY” theme.
We wanted our wedding to be very us so we tried to add a special touch to every detail. From the apple roasting favors (Luke’s family is from Wisconsin and go apple picking in the fall) to making the table numbers and naming them after destinations that we have visited together (we met in the Colorado mountains and now live on the beach in Santa Monica- so goes the quote that was painted on signs and banners “from the mountains to the beach and happily ever after”). My mom made the beautiful rustic chandeliers, my cousins and aunts brought desserts from famous family recipes, we used my parents vintage cake topper, my dad and husband chopped wood logs for our table numbers and dessert platters, we collected lace, doilies and old silver from all of our family and friends helped me with all the decor. It was a labor of love from all our family/friends.
There were definitely moments when I wanted to give up on the DIY theme or thought we were going WAY overboard, but then I would remind myself that this was the biggest day of our life and it is SO worth it. Our wedding was magical. It was such a rare and wonderful thing, to have all of our friends and family celebrating the biggest day of your life together. And then to see your wedding day, all the decor that you and your family slaved away on, come together so perfectly before your eyes- It’s an amazing feeling.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t get too overwhelmed with Pinterest and the all things you want to do. I made a list of what I wanted and had in mind, then as time went on I would narrow it down- you’ll realize you don’t need it all. Or maybe your ideas will change. Also, I would highly recommend to take breaks form the planning and enjoy your fiance and engagement. Spread out the DIY crafting and planning over weekends. Get your girlfriends together and enjoy some wine while you all make crafts. And as they all say, enjoy it. Try to soak it all in and not stress too much, because in the end, it will all get done (somehow, someway).
Bride’s Processional: “Wonderful Tonight,” Eric Clapton
Recessional: “Everything,” Michael Buble
First Dance: “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers
Father/Daughter Dance: “You Don’t Have to Let Go,” Jessica Simpson
Mother/Son Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Bouquet Toss: “I Know What Boys Like,” The Waitresses
Cake Cutting: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Wedding Location: Malibu, CA / Wedding Photographer: Marianne Wilson Photography / Wedding Venue and Catering: Calamigos Ranch / Wedding Flowers: Rhonda Fauci / Wedding Dress: Pronovias via Marylinn’s Couture Bridal / Hair: Lauren Champion / Makeup: Dwell by Erin / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Three Day Suit Broker / Ceremony Music: Jim and MaryKay Altizer / DJ: Ryan Wise / Videographer: Loveshot Productions / Wedding Invitations: Mark Kipling
We’re slowly but surely inching towards spring, which means we’re delighted to start sharing some of our favorite bright and colorful wedding ideas! First up is this beauty of a shoot shot by Bryan N. Miller Photography and styled to perfection by Wedding Elegance by Nahid, with some eye-catching rentals from Pow Wow Vintage Rentals thrown in for good measure.
From the stylist, Nahid of Wedding Elegance by Nahid: We were inspired by the romance and simplicity of having a wedding on a farm. We also love all things vintage, so we designed this inspiration shoot to marry the two ideas! The location we picked made it very easy for us to be inspired—from the live animals to the amazing retro truck on site. The colors were carefully chosen so that a fall or spring bride could use the same palette for their wedding. Being on a farm inspired the theme of “organic love” and so we incorporated many natural elements that you would find “organically” at a farm—fresh vegetables, fruits, and eggs.
Shoot Location: Pala, CA / Photographer: Bryan N. Miller Photography / Event Design and Coordination: Wedding Elegance by Nahid / Event Venue: The Condor’s Nest Ranch / Wedding Flowers: Jennifer Cole Florals / Wedding Dress and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The White Flower Bridal Boutique / Jewelry: Sophia & Chloe / Hair: Phanna Sim / Makeup: Souad Al-Rifai Makeup / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company / Rentals: Pow Wow Vintage Rentals, Wedding Elegance by Nahid / Wedding Invitations: J Grace Design
As cute as the floral headband bride Cori wears is, it suddenly became even cuter when we realized she made it herself! California photographer Laura Goldenberger sent along this beautiful wedding from West Hills with a darling mustache theme (you’ll see them in cookie form, on the place cards, in the boutonnieres…) and a fresh orange and green palette. We also love their idea of having not only a food truck, but also a coffee truck for guests!
From the bride, Cori: All flowers were bought from the LA flower mart downtown and made into bouquets, arrangements, etc by hand by family members and bridesmaids the morning of the wedding. My aunt and I made the boutonnieres from dried wheat and flowers that we affixed to mustache pins that I bought on Etsy from Gelagu Accessories store. We ordered bulk rose petals from Fifty Flowers and sprinkled them down the aisle. I made a “boogie shoes for tired toes” basket from flip flops purchased from Old Navy wrapped with little size cards that I made to each and ribbon. I wrapped a macrame ring in twine and added silk flowers to make a large loop which we tied to the tree at our ceremony site. Then we draped several yards of peach lace fabric through the ring and fanned out each side to create our altar backdrop.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Use the amazing resources online like Ruffled! Also, if you’re doing a few things yourself, Dollar Tree, 99c stores, Ross, Save-on-crafts.com, etc are your friends. Try not to stress over the tiny last minute details because the guests won’t even know the difference.
These are the songs from our wedding CD:
1. The Golden Age – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
2. Stuck on You – Meiko
3. Click, Click, Click, Click – Bishop Allen
4. Sophie Roux – Lady Danville
5. Dumpster Diving – Castledoor
6. The Next Time Around – Little Joy
7. You Drove me Home – Revolver
8. January Wedding – The Avett Brothers
9. Sweet Louise – The Belle Brigade
10. We’re OK – The Rescues
11. I Don’t Mind – Honey Honey
12. Birds of a Feather – The Civil Wars
13. Love Song #1 – The White Buffalo
14. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
15. Loud Love – Good Old War
Wedding Location: West Hills, CA / Wedding Photographer: Laura Goldenberger / Second Shooter: Jen Simon / Wedding Venue: Orcutt Ranch / Videographer: Ryan Darst / Caterer: Green on Wheelz, Komodo Food and Java the Truck / Wedding dress and veil: White by Vera Wang / Day-of Coordinator: Claudia Casanova / Rentals: Town and Country / Shoes: Badgely Mishka / Makeup: Yana Beauty / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom, Landa Designs / Bridesmen and Groomsmen: Gap, The Tie Bar. Macys and Banana Republic
When we caught wind that Logan Cole Photography had a wedding with a bride who embraced a “Tangled” theme, we jumped right on board. Bride Rebeccah placed daisies in her braided hair, adorned her ceremony and reception with lanterns galore, and walked down the aisle to the theme song. With a budget of only $10,000 and a timeline of three months to plan their wedding day, we’d say the couple pulled out some of their very own miracles!
From the bride, Rebeccah: The biggest must for our wedding was to bring in the big loves in our lives, namely God. So we made sure to pray together before the ceremony (blindfolded), gave thanks to Jesus through partaking in first communion, and choosing a song for our first dance that would set God as the foundation for the rest of our marriage. As of late I have been obsessed with Disney’s Tangled, so I also wanted to subtly incorporate that into the day. This came through in our use of lanterns, my long braided hair, and playing the theme song for the movie as I walked down the aisle – my favorite touch of the whole day. Overall, we went for a more earthy, crafty, mountainous feel, but still keeping it sweet and simple.
Our colours were navy blue, moss green, and chocolate brown; with splashes of yellow. Some of the words that come to mind when I look back at our day are: nature inspired, creative, whimsical, and magical. Almost the whole wedding was a result of the craftiness of friends, family and myself. The fabric garlands around tables, the flower arrangements upon them, the moss covered cake stand, the signs, and the so much more were all DIY projects.
We didn’t have any say in the location. Both my fiance and the time and I were in Thailand. Because it was pressed for time (we planned our wedding in three months) we had to trust our parents to choose the place that was right for us. And they SO did! Green Mountain Ranch in Lytle Creek, CA was the perfect location for our outdoor ceremony and reception.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take some time to stop. If you forget about the reason for the wedding, you might as well be planning just another event. Weddings are special, because they are a celebration of the most timeless union on this earth today. Out of all the changes that have happened throughout history, marriage still remains a center of our society. So take a step back and glean from the beauty of this occasion. And if you didn’t listen to anything I said, listen to this: don’t neglect your relationship in this time! It is so important to give your fiance some lovin’… because he is the reason behind this whole mess of stress.
From the photographer, Logan: Rebeccah and Spencer have a pretty cool story. They first met while serving at their local homeless shelter then a little bit later got engaged on the back of an elephant in Thailand while on a mission trip together. They had a few things about their wedding that were a little different. They didn’t want to do a first look but wanted to spend time together before the wedding praying so they did a non-first look first look… Spencer was blindfolded. Spencer’s gifts to his groomsmen were puppets for no apparent reason other than he thought it was funny. They kinda had a nature/Tangled theme going hints Rebeccah’s hair. They had all their guest sign rocks as they came in.
Wedding Location: Lytle Creek, CA / Wedding Photographer: Logan Cole Photography / Wedding Venue: Green Mountain Ranch / Wedding Flowers: AAA Florists and bride’s mother / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Off Broadway / Bride’s Earrings: Anthropologie / Brooch: Bride’s great-grandmother / Hair: Lady Dianna Hair / Makeup: Jodie Stone / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Forever 21 / Wedding Cake: Pila’s Pantry / Candy Table: Vanessa Tishburn / Wedding Music: Kenny Allien / Wedding Invitations: Groom
Haley and Jon wouldn’t let a little sprinkling of rain put a damper on their wedding day — far from it, in fact. Looking at these images from The Life You Love, you’d never even know there was a drop from the sky! Jessica of Something To Celebrate worked with the bride to create a truly intimate family affair, resulting in a gorgeous wedding day full of smiles, lace, and some seriously awesome details.
From the coordinator, Jessica of Something To Celebrate: When I first met with Haley and her mom, Marla, they spoke fondly of their family farm, where they would have loved to host Haley and Jon’s wedding celebration. Our goal was to create that comfortable but intimate family farm feel, but at a location convenient to overnight accommodations, transportation, air travel, etc.
Drawing from the family farm appeal, we created an “heirloom and lace” theme for Haley and Jon’s wedding. The family wedding pictures, antique keys, and personalized items such as the bottle-stick aisle markers created by the groom, brought a familiar comfort to the atmosphere of this wedding, while the vintage floral vessels, handkerchief wedding invitations, and Marla’s collection of lace kept the wedding design light and delicate.
Although rain sprinkled their wedding day, Haley and Jon were married outside, beneath a canopy of fresh babies breath, and joyfully recessed to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.” Wedding guests enjoyed celebrating with food, drinks, dancing, and a dessert display complete with a scoop of ice cream to top it off. The night ended as Haley and Jon were driven away in the groomsman’s vintage car.
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Wedding Photographer: The Life You Love / Wedding Coordinator: Something To Celebrate / Wedding Venue: Vista West Ranch / Wedding Flowers: Petal Pushers / Hair and Makeup: Sari Seibert / Wedding Caterer: Pink Avocado / Beverages: Served Bartending / Pies: Tiny Pies / Cupcakes: Sugar Mama’s / Ceremony and Reception Music: Complete Music / Cocktail Hour Music: Little Elmore Reed Blues Band / Photobooth: Annie Ray / Officiant: James Bryan Smith James
Let’s kick off the week with a good amount of wedding eye candy captured by Krystle Akin. The ceremony chapel from this Texas wedding at Stone Oak Ranch is just the sweetest site we ever did see. How could you not fall in love with the woodsy, cabin-like setting?
From the bride, Ashley: We wanted a natural elegance for the ceremony and a light-hearted, jazzy, class for the reception. Peter and I love old music and movies from the 30’s and 40’s and we have a real appreciation for the simple amusement and innocence there was in the past. People were ladies and gents, but they sure knew how to have a good time! We wanted to enjoy that kind of atmosphere for our wedding day. We envisioned a peaceful and reverent ceremony and a reception that was more Fred Astaire and Glen Miller than “Drop it Like it’s Hot” and the “Macarena”.
Natural, Pastel, vintage, classy, jazzy, quirky, modest. The color scheme was pastels (the kind you find on maps). We had a theme of vintage travel/distance because Peter and I have always lived in different states. We used vintage suitcases, telephones, maps, and old postcards. The guests threw paper airplanes at us as we entered the reception! Most of the décor was DIY except the TONS of wildflowers and vintage furniture and other creative items provided by Melanie from Prairie Sage.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t let yourself get caught up in trends and get pulled away from what really represents you. Look for the things that really make you feel like you, things that make your soul jump, remember things from your childhood, and let that be what you use to guide things. It’s a day to celebrate your life and your man’s life coming together as one life. Don’t waste time worrying about what’s trendy or what people will like best.
Processional and Recessional: original songs from The Five Dragon Daughter
Bride’s Processional: “Be Thou My Vision”
First Dance: “Dancing Cheek to Cheek,” Fred Astaire
Wedding Location: Murchison, TX / Wedding Venue: Stone Oak Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Krystle Akin / Wedding Flowers: Pamela Castleberry / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson / Bride’s Hair: Chaz Bingham of Eye Candy Salon / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Ceremony Musician: The Five Dragon Daughter / Wedding Caterer: Perfect Catering / Wedding Cake: Cherry Laurel Bakery / Groom’s Cake: Bride’s grandmother / Vintage Furniture and Decor: Melanie of Prairie Sage / Wedding Invitations: Kendra Payne Anderson of Kendra Michelle Photography / Wedding Videographer: Tye Jackson
This wedding from Shipra Panosian is just one of those that makes us immediately happy. With a fun-loving bride and groom, endless feminine touches and personal details, this wedding day is the perfect mix! Be sure to check out their wedding cake — it’s a definite favorite of ours!
From the bride, Lauren: Since Jon and I can be a bit, let’s say “quirky”, we knew we didn’t want to be too traditional in planning our wedding. We really wanted a rustic, vintage feel, but also to have fun. We wanted our guests to have a total blast at our wedding and be something that they could remember forever along with us. Moments of silliness were definitely a necessity to tie in with everything to help us relax and enjoy the entire evening.
Adjectives to describe our wedding would include silly, romantic, rustic, and FUN. We didn’t really have a set color palette, but we tried to stay within a mix of spring pastels with pops of bright color for contrast. I would say about 75% of our wedding was DIY. From the invitations, programs, guest book, cake topper, place cards, wedding jam favors…I could probably keep going… we wanted everything to be very personalized. It was also great having a 13 month engagement in order to take our time with all of the projects, and thanks to the ranch, the rest of that 25% was taken care of by them and their wonderful staff.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t stress – just have fun!
Bride’s Processional: “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
Recessional: Indiana Jones Theme Song
First Dance: “Cosmic Love,” Florence and the Machine
Wedding Location: Dover, FL / Wedding Venue: Cross Creek Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Shipra Panosian / Wedding Flowers: Alta Fleura / Wedding Dress: Pronovias / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Makeup Artist: Collective Creations / DJ: Harmonic Events / Wedding Caterer: Affairs to Remember Tampa / Wedding Cake: Alessi Bakeries
This wedding shot by Natalie of nbarrett photography and planned by A Stylish Soiree is one of those that just makes you instantly happy. Maybe it’s the amazing ranch setting, or all the bright and cheery pops of color, or the clearly-madly-in-love newlyweds, maybe it’s all of it. If you’re looking to inject your wedding day full of color, look no further:
From the bride, Stephanie: When we were deciding where we were going to have our wedding, I wanted the location to reflect both of our tastes. I am an antique lover and Brian loves the outdoors. We wanted to combine both of those loves into the style and feel of our wedding.
Our day was a mix of shabby chic with modern day bright colors. Our color scheme was orange and teal from one end of the spectrum to the other. We didn’t want it to be matchy-matchy. There were many DIY projects involved. We made a “Love Story Chalkboard”, a fabric Thank You Banner, and hand sewn programs.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? My advice to future brides is to take the planning one step at a time. I became overwhelmed many times during the planning process, and I neglected to focus on the fact that I was marrying my best friend.
Wedding Location: Graham, TX / Wedding Venue: Wildcatter Ranch / Wedding Photographer: nbarrett and Kelly Christine / Wedding Flowers and Event Design: Kerrie Smith of A Stylish Soiree / Wedding Dress: Circle Park Bridal (Addison, TX) / Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Goldsmith of Haute Facade / DJ: Astounding Sound / Ceremony Musician: Jan Ryberg / Wedding Invitations: Southern Fried Paper
While we love being able to see and share wedding days aplenty, it’s so nice when we get to see other elements — such as one of our favorite traditions, the rehearsal dinner. It’s that last breath before the big day you get to spend with your closest family and friends, taking a moment to relax and soak it all in. Before we share Monica and Neil’s ah-mazing wedding from Carl Zoch, we’re so honored to share their early wedding festivities! Recognize that gorgeous bride? Monica is an actress of Lie to Me. You can picture how loud we squealed when she told us she took inspiration from our blog. Full wedding + story coming soon!
Wedding Vendors (Beaver Creek, CO):
The bride of this wedding shot by Stone Crandall pulled out all the stops in her decor, pulling resources from a myriad of Etsy vendors to create a truly one-of-a-kind affair. How great are all the pops of those yellow balloons and that awesome dessert table?
From the bride, Devon: We wanted our wedding to reflect us and our tastes as a couple. We spent the better part of a year going to different antique stores as well as antique markets and flea markets, finding every last detail, right down to the mason jars and crates. It was something we had a lot of fun in doing together. We also created the playlist entirely, that was something that was very important to us. We had a lot of help from very crafty friends as well as the amazing Lauren at Lauren Elise Crafted to make every last detail relate to us as well as many creative artists from Etsy.
First Dance: “Stay Young Go Dancing,” Death Cab for Cutie
Wedding Vendors (Camarillo, CA):
Wedding Venue: Camarillo Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Stone Crandall Photography / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Makeup: Makeup in the 702 / Bride’s Hair: Whitney Reck / Wedding Caterer: Big Mista’s BBQ / Cupcakes: Sweet Arleen’s / Ceremony Music: Harpist Corinna Edgington / DJ and Photobooth: David Jay Entertainment / Wedding Rentals: Party Pleasers of Camarillo / Handcrafted Flowers, Table Numbers, and Vanilla Tags: Lauren Elise Crafted / Window Table Chart: Christina Crooks at 6petals / Bunting Flags: Ariane Penrose at Sweet Petunia / Calligraphy on Signage: sparrownestscript / Custom Koozies: Bamilla / Printed Poem Place Cards: Jack & Ella Paper Press / Boutonnieres: Lilify / Save the Dates and Invitations: Ello There / Wooden Ring Box: Paradise Hill Designs / Wooden Photo Display: Treehouse Wood Designs / Guest Book: Kate Blocher / Wooden Sparrows: Little Vale
There will forever be something so romantic about elopements — just the idea of one couple reveling alone in the joy of joining together for a lifetime is so touching! Kelly of Frosted Pink Weddings planned their dream celebration to the nines. James Christianson tagged along to photograph the couple as they exchanged vows, ate a peaceful meal together, and skated around Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s outdoor rink.
From the bride: My idea of romance is a private cabin for two curled up next to a fireplace under twinkly lights. I always wanted a winter wedding and to celebrate at such a magical time of year. Chad wanted to be in the mountains, so we flew out to Colorado; just the two of us. Devil’s Thumb Ranch had the perfect blend of a rustic backdrop with luxury amenities. We were lucky enough to be the first couple to get married in the newly built Yager House, let alone the first couple to elope at Devil’s Thumb Ranch.
Ella Fitzgerald was playing while I was getting ready and it set the mood for the rest of the day. It was 25º all morning, but I didn’t care at all. I just hiked up my dress and ran through the snow as we took photos. I can’t even tell you how excited we were for ice skating. The sun was setting and we had the incredible mountains (including Devil’s Thumb) behind us while we skated around the outdoor rink.
By then the temperature dropped to 9º and we ran inside to warm up with some hot chocolate. The staff was setting up our table for dinner and then our song came on, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke. We took to the floor in a circle of peony petals and giggled about our day.
The food was incredible, we joked about how couples rarely get to eat at their own weddings while making the rounds. All four courses were served with its own wine pairing. At the end of the night we were served two petit fours in place of a wedding cake. There’s a special place in my heart for miniaturized food, so it was perfect. Everything was perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing. We spent the rest of the week exploring Colorado as our honeymoon before traveling back to New England for three days worth of parties.
Wedding Vendors (Colorado):
Wedding Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Photographer: James Christianson / Event Planning: Frosted Pink Weddings / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Hair Accessory: Lo Boheme / Earmuffs: Flat Tail Furs / Furs and Jewelry: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Miz Mooz / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Groom’s Necktie: General Knot & Co. / Groom’s Shoes: Sebago / Wedding Flowers: Pink Posey Design / Officiant: Matt Raynek at Lyssabeth’s Wedding Officiants
Kimberly and Justin’s wedding has one of my all-time favorite natural decorations: Spanish moss. There’s something about it that’s just so undeniably romantic, don’t you think? This wedding, shot by Stacy Paul, took place at Cross Creek Ranch in Florida with some seriously amazing scenery. Get ready to fall in love!
From the bride, Kimberly: I envisioned my wedding to be simple, romantic and one with nature. I love rustic/vintage inspired things so I went with that idea and expressed it through the color and tone of our wedding. Romantic, charming, simple, one with nature describe our wedding day. As far DIY, my in-laws made all the candle light favors. My husband and I made the signs/pendants that said thank you and just married, along with our initials.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t stress or perfect every little thing. Remember what the day is all about.
Processional: “Where is My Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Wedding Vendors (Dover, FL):
Wedding Venue: Cross Creek Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Stacy Paul / Wedding Planners: Emilee Rumore of Cross Creek Ranch and Erica Rexroat of One Love Weddings / Wedding Flowers: Alta Fleura / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Wedding Shoes: Blow Fish / Wedding Hair: Mary Phillips / Wedding Makeup: Sarah Phillips / Groom’s Suit: Zara / DJ: Bil Mitchell – Bil@TravelingSoundandLight.com / Wedding Caterer: Hungry Harry’s Bar-B-Que / Cupcakes: Alessi Bakeries / Wedding Invitations: The Papery / Transportation: The groom’s grandfather’s 1957 Chevy Truck
Poring through these pictures was like stepping into every little girl’s dream — bridesmaids in shades of pink, breathtaking mountain scenery, and horses roaming freely. Add in a stunning couple shot by Rachael Grace Photography and you have Joseph and Stacey’s Colorado wedding. Keep an eye out for some incredible bouquets and a lace wedding cake!
From the bride, Stacey: Our theme was definitely mountain wedding. We had a outdoor/indoor cozy lodge wedding. It was vintage, romantic, casual, and intimate. There were tons of DIY projects involved. My self and the groom spent countless hours in antique stores picking out the books for the centerpieces, the vintage suit cases, and some of the old jars. We made all of the glass candles for the centerpieces that we wrapped some in lace and some in book pages. Each book page was something that was meaningful to us. Some had definitions of love, love poems and maps of places we have lived or traveled to, and some had our invitations wrapped around them. The brooches on the bouquets were all from my grandmother and great-grandmother.
The groom stained all of the mason jars that sat on the windowsills blue and tied twine around them. We borrowed the green glass vases from another bride who had used them for her weddings centerpieces. (She cut 150 green glass wine bottles into vases.) We made the mini chalk boards that had menu items on them. We went to our favorite local candy shop to get all of the candy for the dessert table. I made all of the favors from pretty boxes and ribbons that I ordered online and the paper straws were ordered in the same place. One of the bridesmaids, who is a graphic designer, designed and made all of our invitations and response cards. We also bought all of the pillows and blankets that covered the seating during the cocktail hour for a cozy feel.
The unity candle was the same candle that my sister used for her wedding 10 years ago and it is pink in honor of our mother who passed away from breast cancer. We also made welcome baskets for all of our guests, most of them were from out of town. They included all local Colorado themed items and little gift bags for any of the children that were at the wedding including little games and candies to keep them busy! We also spent a Saturday going out to a farm and picking up pumpkins, mums, and cider and other tasty treats that were used for ceremony decor and welcome baskets.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Something that I am sure every bride has heard numerous times but keep in mind what you and your soon to be spouse want. If you try to please everyone you will not be able to please yourself. It is your day and should be done your way. Ask for help if you need it. I had amazing support from all of my friends and family who went above and beyond and they really made everything that much more special for us. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! They will be happy to help and you will be less overwhelmed.
Bridal Party Processional: “All I Want Is You,” U2 cover by Vitamin String Quartets
Bride’s Processional: “Canon in D Major,” Pachelbel
Recessional: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Cake Cutting Song: “You and Me,” Dave Matthews Band
Wedding Vendors (Tabernash, Colorado):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Photographer: Rachael Grace Photography / Event Planner and Large Wedding Sign: Jazmine Polite of A Touch of Bliss / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet “St. Barts” / Wedding Veil: Sara Gabriel “Rae” / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jasmine Belsoie / Wedding Flowers: Pretty Petal / Wedding Caterer: Devil’s Thumb Ranch / Wedding Cake: Teacup / Cake Pops: Starbucks / Linens: Linen Hero / Makeup Artist: Blush Artistry and Company / Wedding Invitations: Elizabeth Mitkish / Wood Signs: Made by groom
There’s so much happiness in the bride’s face in the following pictures, that you can only imagine the love that permeated this wedding day. Her amazing dress proves that outdoor ranch weddings can still have a glamorous streak that makes the rustic setting all the more beautiful! Congratulations, Jon and Ledah and thanks Gem Photo for sharing!
Wedding Vendors (Mariposa, CA):
We’ll continue to share our favorite entries all weekend long, but I wanted to leave you with this extremely chic ranch wedding shot by Caroline Joy. Elizabeth and Michael were married at the Vista West Ranch, in Texas. Aren’t they such a gorgeous couple? We sure think so.
Wedding Vendors (Dripping Springs, Texas):
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It’s time to feature Patricia and Dennis’ gorgeous reception, artfully shot by Caroline Ghetes. There were lush florals and vintage details around every corner, and I loved them all! I am completely obsessed with those amazing vintage trunks overflowing with blooms. Sheer perfection!
More from Patricia:
My husband made the centerpieces from wood he bought at Home Depot.
Patricia’s advice for future brides: Hire a wedding planner!
Be sure to watch their video!
Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):
Ok, brace yourself for some gorgeous wedding eye candy overload! Caroline Ghetes took so many amazing photos, we just had to dedicate a whole post to just the bride and groom. From dreamy portraits on the ranch to seriously glamorous nighttime city portraits, she captured it all.
More from Patricia:
My husband saw a Pronovias wedding dress online one day and tells me that it is the most beautiful dress he has ever seen. Shopping for a dress was difficult because it was nearing the end of the year and the 2010 collection had not yet been released. Therefore, all the dresses I had seen online were not available to the public. After trying on 30+ dresses, I came across the one my husband mentioned earlier. The moment I saw it on the hanger, I knew it was the one.
I made the veil using ivory Russian netting tulle and a peony flower with a diamond button I borrowed from my mother. The button served as ‘something borrowed’.
Part three of this spectacular will be coming your way soon. Stay tuned!
Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):
Remember Dennis and Patricia’s incredible surrealist engagement session by Caroline Ghetes Photography that we posted awhile back? Well, now they’re happily married and let me tell you, Caroline worked her magic once again! Style oozed from every detail in this wedding, and there were A LOT of details! Each one more thoughtful and beautiful than the next. There is so much goodness that we had to split this post into three parts! First up is the ceremony…
From the bride, Patricia:
My husband and I were looking into a beach themed wedding in Newport Beach. The more we started planning for the wedding, the more I realized it was not my dream wedding. As a little girl, I always wanted to marry in the middle of nature among trees, animals, and hills. We looked at various blogs and saw a couple who got married at Saddlerock Ranch, a vineyard in Malibu. I immediately fell in love with the location and knew it would be the place I would have my wedding.
I hand made all of the invitations for 400 guests by hiring a calligrapher and someone to letterpress. My fiance and I went to a paper store and ordered Cotton Cranes Lettra paper. We hand sewed all the envelopes from fabric and printed our guests’ name on the outside. We also hand made each flower on the outside of the envelopes by burning the edges of 6 different sized pieces of fabric and then sewing 3 pearls in the center.
Be sure to check back later today for parts two and three of this gorgeous wedding!
Wedding Vendors (Malibu, CA):