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Western Nomadic Styled Shoot

Wedding Design

Photos by:

Buena Lane

Growing up, there was always a little part of me that wished I lived on Little House on the Prairie – and this styled shoot brings me right back to that time. With images from Buena Lane and styling + flowers by Lilify, their selected color palette of mustards, ivories, and browns nails the Western aesthetic.

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From the photographer, Eileen of Buena Lane: Inspired by the picturesque sparseness of late autumn in Carmel Valley, we aimed to create and capture an aesthetic that was just a little bit raw with elements of simple rusticity. Georis Tasting Room, with its medley of textures and materials, proved the ideal venue to stage a Western Nomadic shoot. The styling and décor stemmed from a color schematic inspired by the austere surfaces of leather, wood, and rusted metal juxtaposed by bridal ivories and fall mustards.

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The use of horseshoes tied to the escort cards, rosette pine cones as place card holders and feather accents reinforced the organic approach to a wedding celebration. With vintage Victorian dresses courtesy of Foxy Couture, the Bride wore a delicate white eyelet dress partnered with harsh cognac leather boots. For the bridal hair (by Oya Salon, with flowers by Lilify) we aimed for romantic, yet dramatic. Makeup artist Stacie Dunn composed a flawless, fresh face.

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Shoot Location: Carmel Valley, CA / Photographer: Buena Lane / Event Styling, Flowers and Tableware: Lilify / Venue: Georis Tasting Room / Attire: Foxy Couture / Hair: Oya Salon / Makeup: Stacie Dunn / Caramels: Bread and Butter Caramels / Letterpress: Alissa Bell Press / Hand-lettering: Chloe Wilson

Western Paso Robles Wedding

Rustic Weddings

Photos by:

Stacey Ramsey

Precious, precious, precious — this wedding from Stacey Ramsey is that and so much more. Be sure to keep an eye pealed for Rachel and Jon’s wedding video — which is not only incredible, but also edited by the bride and her husband, who own The Sunday Saloon Cinematography.

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From the bride, Rachel: Jon and I both knew we wanted our wedding to have a free-spirited vibe where our guests could relax, play and share in our love for the day. My parent’s Paso Robles home was the perfect spot for this. Their beautiful property with it’s eclectic mix of rose gardens, olive tree orchards and a rustic country setting was the perfect background to reflect our style. We were very influenced by the 1969 movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (with Robert Redford and Paul Newman) and we loved the stylized 1970’s take on a Victorian/western period film. We tried to evoke that feeling by mixing elegant antique china with rustic western elements and a dose of 70’s kitsch.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Try to do as many DIY projects as you can handle…they help you save money and are so much fun! Nothing adds character and personality to your wedding like hand made details. We created little mason jar lanterns with copper wire and covered jars with vintage lace for candle holders. Some of my favorite evenings before our wedding were staying up watching movies and making lanterns with Jon and my sister. :)


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Also, if you can, try to make your wedding a weekend celebration. Since our wedding was a bit of a destination for our guests (most coming from San Jose, CA), we invited them to go on a wine tasting tour the day before our wedding. We rented a trolley car to take us around Paso Robles and this was the perfect way to kick start the celebration, stress-free. I wouldn’t have traded this experience with all of our friends and family for the world!


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Wedding Music:
Since Jon is an amazing singer/songwriter and music has always been a close tie between the two of us throughout our relationship, we literally hand picked every song that played during our wedding. We chose a playlist of songs both meaningful and reflective of the style of our wedding… a lot of folk, old country and bluegrass tunes. The music during our processional was live and we chose Tom Petty’s “Angel Dream”. For our first dance we had Hurricane Roses play their rendition of Ryan Adams’ “Dirty Rain.”

Watch their sweet video by Matt Baca and The Sunday Saloon Cinematography:

From Stacey Ramsey: Rachel and Jonathan put so much thought into all the eclectic details, from handblown antique vases (all different from another), vintage brass, to the GORGEOUS garden variety floral displays, nothing was overlooked. Each guest was seated in front of a different hand painted victorian plate with a horseshoe favor on each. Chandeliers hung from garden bushes, mushroom stools from old tree trunks, and the bride insisted on feeding the farm goats in her gorgeous wedding gown!

Wedding Location: Paso Robles, CA / Wedding Photographer: Stacey Ramsey / Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Flowers: Kevin Ray / Wedding Dress: Priscilla of Boston / Hair Accessory: DeLoop / Wedding Shoes: Sam Edelman / Reception Shoes: Dingo cowboy boots / Makeup: The Queens Bees / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie and Cynthia Steffe / Groom’s Attire: Ted Baker / Wedding Caterer: Trumpet Vine Catering / Wedding Cake: The Cakery / Wedding Music: Hurricane Roses / DJ: Thaddeus Cortez / Videographer: Filming by Matt Baca, editing by The Sunday Saloon Cinematography / Wedding Invitations: Allie Ruth Design

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

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Branching out from bright colors for Cinco de Mayo, to muted hues for a desert inspired board can be just as gorgeous for a summer wedding, don’t ya think? Since we’re talking desert wedding (or a beach setting), a play on texture would be almost mandatory. Here it is ladies, our next color card for the weekend!

Sand, dusk and turquoise:

southwestern desert wedding ideas

1, 2 styled by Enjoy Events, 3 and 4 Mojave Desert wedding featured here

In case you missed any features from this week…

This cozy Lake Tahoe wedding
A Spanish wedding held in a restored monastery
Punta Cana wedding on the beach at sunrise
A Calamigos Ranch wedding in California
Art Nouveau garden wedding ideas
This bohemian wedding in New South Wales, Australia
Teal and yellow eco-friendly wedding ideas
This vintage-inspired Gold Coast wedding
Wedding ideas inspired by Cinco de Mayo
DIY string wedding sign by The Stylish Soiree

We plucked a few gems from Recycle Your Wedding before they are sold:

Plate seating assignment set up
Saja wedding dress
Apothecary beverage dispenser

Mojave Desert Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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When couples make the effort to turn a wedding into something so very personal, and that’s our favorite kind of wedding. Amanda and Jon were married in Death Valley National Park, where they live and work. We can tell the day so perfectly encapsulates everything about the couple! Be sure to check out the gallery for more images, and scroll down for a peek at their amazing highlights video, also from Made U Look Photography.

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From the bride, Amanda: We definitely wanted a vintage feel of some type. I’ve always been fascinated with the Victorian era and style, so I decided to incorporate some Victorian elements into the wedding. The desert theme was just natural since the wedding was taking place in the Mojave desert inside Death Valley National Park. Combining these two “themes” turned out to be kismet because settlers and miners began populating this area in the Victorian times and mining boomtowns were springing up all over the desert! We also wanted things to look rustic, to reflect the desert’s rugged history.

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western mojave desert death valley wedding by made u look

western mojave desert death valley wedding by made u look
fishnet wedding tights Victorian lace up boots

Jon made all of the table card holders from desert wood that I collected while hiking. We made our silhouette portraits, which we used to decorate the cake table. My aunt made all of the napkins. My mom made the flowergirl dresses and headbands, and the ring pillows. Jon’s mom made the ringbearer’s vests & the pennant flags. I collected all of the bottles from antique stores and friends in the area. We collected old skeleton keys from antique vendors to tie to the escort cards. The rock design behind the ceremony arbor (done by Jon) represented our family…Jon, me, our 2 cats and bird all represented. Jon also made the wooden and paper signs, under my direction. The fireworks were done by Jon’s brother Aaron and his dad Tim.

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western mojave desert death valley wedding by made u look

western mojave desert death valley wedding by made u look

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Try to get a head start to complete the many tasks that need to be done. Don’t wait until the last minute, as this will just add more stress. Be organized. Accept that things will go wrong and just appreciate the things that went smoothly! Most of all, enjoy yourself. The day will go so fast, so make sure you appreciate every moment and make lovely memories.

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Western vintage wedding by MadeULook Photography

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Be sure to watch the video, also by Made U Look Photography:
< Wedding music:
Processional: “President King’s Theme,” Brendan Small
Bride’s Processional: “Bron-Y-Aur,” Led Zeppelin
Recessional: “Indian War Whoop,” John Hartford
Entrance Song: “Clown Dream,” Danny Elfman
First Dance: “Arrested by You,” Rupert Hine

Wedding vendors (Death Valley, CA):

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Panamint Sprints Resort, Death Valley National Park / Wedding Photographers and Videographers: Made U Look Photography / Wedding Flowers: The Flower Shop (Ridgecrest, CA) / Wedding dress: Angela Brown Vaden / Succulent hair clip: NaturallyInspired / Arm cuffs: MaryandAngelika / Boots: Victorian Trading Co. / Parasol: Ladies’ Emporium / Bride’s hair and makeup: Emily Salon (Ridgecrest, CA) / Groom’s outfit: Gentleman’s Emporium / Musician: Mark Shaw / Catering: Ben Cassell / Wedding Invitations: KindlySpoken

Vintage Frontier Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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This bride planned her wedding with a vision of a “West Virginia heritage/western frontier/1930s vibe” — are you as on board as we are? Her ideas came together brilliantly for a truly unique affair with the help of the lovely Emily Porter behind the camera. This is one gallery you won’t want to miss!

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From the bride: Jeff and I both love West Virginia and wanted to celebrate some of the things we love most about it. We decided to plan a destination wedding very close to home. Along with about 15 of our guests, we took the train from our home in Charleston to White Sulphur Springs. Making this trip a part of the day meant a lot to me because it took us through the New River Gorge, a historic and very scenic area where I grew up, during fall foliage season. The train excursion, though, is much more than just a fall foliage train ride. Much of this stretch of the New River Gorge is inaccessible by car, making the trip a unique opportunity to view the beautiful New River Gorge up close — passing ghost towns, old coal mining sites and numerous scenic spots tucked deep into the Gorge. Our destination was the Greenbrier Resort, another historic icon unique to West Virginia.

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We wanted our wedding to feature the natural beauty of West Virginia. We also leaned toward a vintage feel, which developed very naturally from the train trip, which just makes people feel nostalgic, to the Greenbrier Resort, which has been around since the 18th century.

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

vintage train west Virginia frontier wedding

I love DIY projects and was so thankful that the Greenbrier allowed us to provide most of the decor ourselves. For the centerpieces, we used Fostoria glassware, which came from the factory in Moundsville, WV when it closed a few years ago. Other centerpiece containers were wooden boxes, originally antique sewing machine drawers, which I found at local antique shops. I made all of the table runners from vintage lace doilies and place mats and I made a vintage brooch bouquet which held some pieces that belonged to friends.

vintage train west virginia frontier wedding

vintage train west virginia frontier wedding

The most time-consuming but enjoyable projects were the save-the-dates and invitations. For our save-the-dates, we used vintage postcards from the Greenbrier, which we found at a local antique store. Most of them were from the 1930s and 40s. We wanted our invitation to look like a vintage broadside poster, so we designed it ourselves and had it printed onto folded 7″ x 15″ cardstock. The postage stamps used to mail the cards, invitations and thank you notes were over 50 years old and were purchased unused from a local stamp and coin shop.

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We used a double wedding ring quilt, made by my grandmother, as a table cover on the gift table. Other DIY items were the flag bunting cake topper, and the cheer flags that we handed out for guests to cheer for us as we arrived at the venue.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? I had heard this before, but it bears repeating. Something will go wrong. For us, the worst thing that could go wrong with our planning was for the train to be late that day. Sure enough, the train was 3 hours late! But you know what? Everything still turned out perfectly. My advice is to accept that everything may not go as you had planned, but know that, as long as you have the people you love around you, it will be perfect anyway.

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Emily Porter behind the camera. This is one View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Simple Gifts”
Recessional: “St. Anne’s Reel”
Final song: “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver

Wedding Vendors (West Virginia):

Wedding venue: The Greenbrier and Howard’s Creek Lodge / Photographer: Emily Porter Photography / Caterer and Cake: The Greenbrier / Florist: Gillespie’s / Dress: Claire Pettibone / Shoes: Marc Jacobs / Hair flower: BHLDN / Earrings: Tejani / Groom’s vest: Perry Ellis / Groom’s tie: Michael Kors / Invitations: Designed by bride and groom / Transportation: Amtrak from Charleston, VW to the Greenbrier / Band: The Majestic Brothers

Debra has listed her Claire Pettibone in our Recycle Your Wedding section. Click here to see her listing.

Western Valentine’s Day Shoot

Engagement Sessions

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This is just too cute not to post! Ryan and Sarah rented Western costumes, and along with their baby they went out for a hike with the photographer Carl Zoch from Carl Zoch Photography to take some photos. I am not usually a big fan of period costumes, but the photographic style is a fresh take on this theme.

Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day
Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day
Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day
Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day

They used the image below for their Valentine’s Day card that read “We’re here to steal some hearts”. I told you this was a good one.

Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day
Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day
Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day
Western Engagement Session fro Valentine's Day

Carl Zoch is located in Oklahoma City and will travel worldwide. For more information and availability, visit his website.