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!
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.
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
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!
From the photographer, Erin Milnik: I’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.
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