An elegant wedding in the countryside can definitely be styled to how you want it, so when Cat and John were planning their California vineyard nuptials, they wanted heaps of color and a lovely dash of whimsy thrown in for good measure. Their florist, Rare Palette, went all out in designing the wedding blooms, using wondrous combinations of peonies, tulips, and garden roses that got our hearts racing. We’re so glad Erin Milnik was there to capture this day!

Colorful Ironstone Vineyards Wedding - photo by Erin Milnik

From the bride, Cat: We imagined an elegant wedding in the country — classic, vintage, romantic, rustic. Our color scheme was navy with pops of orange, pinks, golden yellow, and greens. We had some DIY projects, including handcrafted petal cones, a custom welcome sign and seating chart made from reclaimed pallets and stained by John, our table number holders and table numbers, the weathered arbor (steel wool, vinegar, and black tea stain), seed packet name cards, and the ribbon garland on cake table.

wedding invitations - photo by Erin Milnik

bridal veils - photo by Erin Milnik

groom's attire - photo by Erin Milnik

ceremony rose petals - photo by Erin Milnik

ceremony signage - photo by Erin Milnik

handkerchief favors - photo by Erin Milnik

Flower recipe: Peonies, tulips, garden and spray roses, pink queen anne’s lace, jasmine vine, lambs ear, ferns, Hypericum berries, silver dollar eucalyptus and poppy pods

flower girl and ring bearer outfits - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding ceremony - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding decor - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding kiss - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding ceremony exit - photo by Erin Milnik

bride and groom - photo by Erin Milnik

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Things will go wrong and no one but you will know. If you can go with the flow, you will have an amazing day!

flower girl - photo by Erin Milnik

seating chart - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding ideas - photo by Erin Milnik

pink and orange flowers - photo by Erin Milnik

From the photographer, Erin MilnikI’m thrilled to be sharing John and Cat’s wedding day with you! I met the couple in a coffee shop in Murphy’s California… the couple was staying in a cabin nearby, had been wine tasting, and decided they loved Ironstone Vineyards so much that they ended up booking it for their wedding venue. John is a design director at Clif Bar so the wedding would be full of great design and lots of color.

bridesmaids bouquets - photo by Erin Milnik

tattooed brides - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding reception ideas - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding place settings - photo by Erin Milnik

tulip wedding flowers - photo by Erin Milnik

whimsical flower arrangements - photo by Erin Milnik

centerpieces - photo by Erin Milnik

wedding sparklers - photo by Erin Milnik

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
First Dance: “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors


Erin Milnik

Floral Design and Rentals

Rare Palette


Ironstone Vineyards

Wedding Dress

Allure Bridals


Yuri C. Wedding Shoppe


Gilded Shadows

Wedding Dress Alterations

Janene's Bridal Boutique

Wedding Shoes

Nina Shoes


Plug Parlour


Just Cottons


Sidney Le Beauty

Bridesmaids' Dresses

Adrianna Papell, Vera Wang

Groom's Attire

Beckett & Robb


Lunch Lady Catering

Wedding Cake and Desserts

Butter & Cream


Emily & Marty


Sound Extreme Productions

Wedding Invitations