There are so many things we love about this next wedding, but at the top of the list is without a doubt the level of calm that seems to surround the day. Perhaps it’s all the cool blues, the light, romantic flowers, or even just the wonderful state of mind the bride maintained throughout all the wedding excitement. With so much going on during wedding planning, it becomes all too easy to lose sight of the most important thing: people coming together to share in your love. Designed by the amazing Tina Reikes of our Blue Label Member Bear Flag Farm, this wedding is sure to wow!
From Tina of Bear Flag Farm: This lovely wedding was our take on a rustic vintage celebration with a farm twist. The bride, Jessie, has a great appreciation for all things heirloom. We included china that captured the essence of old world sensibilities along with elegant white iron & crystal candelabras for a semi-formal look, as well as gorgeous custom stained farm tables to bring in a rustic foundation.
The bride lives in New York and had stumbled upon some fabulous vintage blue mason jars while exploring farm country in Upstate NY. These little treasures were a big part of the design influence and utilization of vintage blue in varying colors throughout the event. Jessie & Mike were also the fortunate recipients of a newly designed invitation suite from the super talented team at Hello Lucky! Sisters Sabrina & Eunice created a gorgeous collection of Bear Flag Farm inspired stationery. Taking direction from the fruits and vegetables grown at the farm, they crafted the look of heirloom farm labels and incorporated that concept throughout the suite of stationery.
From the bride, Jessie: We knew that we wanted an elegant, rustic, outdoor California wedding. We looked at wineries, ranches and other places before finding Bear Flag Farms. I knew it was perfect as soon as I saw it. Best of all, I told Tina that I wanted “A Midsummer Nights Dream meets Organic Farm” and she totally made it happen. Our wedding really was everything I imagined.
We did not really have colors. The bridesmaids all wore blue, but they got to pick their own dresses. Mostly we requested subdued or softer color palettes to keep with the rustic, vintage feel of the day. I wanted lots of complementary colors without it feeling super fussy or overly planned. Just look at the plates Tina found – they were amazing and set the tone!
I purchased blue mason jars from small antique shops around New York state, then slowly flew them out every time I visited CA. The name cards and table numbers were all DIY – I shopped for colorful paper and assigned each table a paper style. Then each name card identified the table with a circle with that swatch of paper.
Any advice for brides? I was planning from a distance, and it first it was really hard to let anyone help me. Tina and her staff really helped me divide and conquer – I took the stuff that was really important to me, things where I wanted a very personal feel and connection, and the rest I delegated to others. It made the experience so much more enjoyable. I could focus on what I really cared about.
Be prepared to go with the flow. There is only so much we can plan, or plan for, and then life gets in the way. Reminding myself that I was getting married to my best friend and the best guy grounded me when those out-of-my-control things happened. I think because I was able to do that, the day and night really were perfect.
Processional – Never My Love by Esteban
Recessional – All you need is love by The Beatles
Our Dance – That’s Where It’s At by Sam Cooke
Wedding vendors (Winters, California):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bear Flag Farm / Wedding Photographer: Greg Slick of Once Studio / Event Design & Planning: Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm / Catering: Grace Lee Events / Rentals: Classic Party – Napa / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens / Lighting: Monkey Glue Lighting / Wedding Cake: Freeport Bakery / Wedding Gown: Watters Collection / Wedding shoes: Caparro’s / Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein / Invitation Suite: Hello Lucky!