This is one wedding that never fails to make us smile, no matter how many times we look at it. How can we resist, with the vibrant sunflowers, jewel tones, and handmade touches? A crew of amazing vendors including Gideon Photography, When Pigs Fly Events, and Layers of Lovely made Ashley and Brian’s dream day a reality, and you may just remember the darling bride from when we shared her cookie decorating bridal shower a while back!

whimsical winery wedding in California - photo by Gideon Photography

From the bride, Ashley: The minute we entered the driveway to Quivira, we knew we had found “the one.” Like the moment I met Brian, like the moment I tried on my wedding dress, Quivira was the same “a-ha” moment. In my mind, I pictured myself getting married surrounded by sunflowers. I grew up on a farm with horses, chickens, and pigs. I also own a company called “Road Apples” where I makes organic treats for horses, dogs, and pigs. My design team, When Pigs Fly Events, really took the personal details of my life and transferred that to a cohesive wedding scheme. I wanted everything to feel inviting like you were ‘coming home to the ranch for a big family dinner.’ At every turn you were greeted by smiling sunflowers and ranch inspired details like the vintage horseshoes that were stuffed into floral pieces, large overturned crates of apples, and buckets of wheat.

Kate Spade wedding fashion - photo by Gideon Photography

whimsical wedding invitations - photo by Gideon Photography

green bridesmaid fashion - photo by Gideon Photography

sunflower wedding bouquet - photo by Gideon Photography
Bouquet recipe: Sunflowers, zinnias, sweet pea, anemones, thistle, ranunculus, kangaroo paw, lavender, maiden hair fern, explosion grass, and scabiosa pods.

bridesmaids with umbrellas - photo by Gideon Photography

My favorite part of the wedding day was dining in the vineyard with our friends and family. This was the truly magical moment of the day and when I felt like my vision of ‘a big family dinner’ came to life. We had a farm to table dinner under a gorgeous canopy of foliage and grapes – completely erected for our event. It actually looked and felt like it had been there forever. It was a magnificent setting and we loved the moment. Green and yellow were the dominant colors throughout the wedding. I asked all of my bridesmaids to choose a green dress that they loved. The sunflowers in our bouquets and the floral treatments provided that sunny pop of color that complemented the Quivira grounds and quaint yellow barn on the property so well. As an ode to the farm, we had a 5′ horse topiary made to welcome guests into the ceremony gardens. The cocktail hour had chickens and roosters in different areas including the “Get Yo’ Cocktail On” sign at the bar, on the custom made napkins, and the metal cork collectors.

vineyard wedding ceremony - photo by Gideon Photography

sunflower wedding flowers - photo by Gideon Photography

ceremony recessionals - photo by Gideon Photography

cute wedding kiss - photo by Gideon Photography

whimsical winery wedding in California - photo by Gideon Photography

Our after party at Barn Diva was an amazing way to end the night. As an entirely different venue, we wanted to change up the mood from the vineyard. We wanted some fantastical elements including unicorns and nods to the 80s. We had an ice luge in the shape of a unicorn from which guests took shots of martinis! And, the spiked milkshakes really hit the spot. I loved every moment of the day.

chair back sign - photo by Gideon Photography

picnic style reception - photo by Gideon Photography

whimsical winery wedding in California - photo by Gideon Photography

summer flower reception - photo by Gideon Photography

whimsical winery wedding in California - photo by Gideon Photography

yellow wedding ideas - photo by Gideon Photography

cake table - photo by Gideon Photography

vineyard wedding reception - photo by Gideon Photography

fall wedding cake - photo by Gideon Photography

vineyard wedding ideas - photo by Gideon Photography

whimsical winery wedding in California - photo by Gideon Photography

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest advice would be to make the day a reflection of you as a couple. Don’t be afraid to include some out-of-the-box ideas, inside jokes, and design elements. Make it about you. I wanted to give Brian a groom’s cake shaped like a steak because it’s a joke we share. He said that he decided to propose the night he did because “he just ate the best steak he had ever had and felt like the moment couldn’t be more perfect to ask me to be his wife.” I was also super excited to make my special homemade strawberry jam for my guests as a wedding favor! These are the details that you will remember forever. Beautiful can live in the same world as Unique. Also, let the day develop organically and don’t be afraid to throw control out the window and be surprised. You will be so inspired by the outpouring of love and thoughtfulness of the special people in your life if you encourage them to see the day as a platform for love.

whimsical wedding invitations - photo by Gideon Photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Watch the video by NP Films:

Wedding Music:
We wanted the day to include music from all kids of genres. The day at Quivira included a lot of classic rock, country, and indie music, while the after party at Barn Diva started out with a strong 80s set list and ended with top modern dance tracks.
Bridal Party Processional: “Gimme Three Steps,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bride’s Processional: “Daughter,” Loudon Wainwright III
First Dance: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons

Wedding Vendors


Gideon Photography

Event Design and Styling

When Pigs Fly Events

Floral Design

Layers of Lovely


Quivira Vineyards

After-Party Venue

Barn Diva

Wedding Dress


Wedding Shoes, After Party Dress, and After Party Shoes

Kate Spade


Jackie Braverman


Rachel Harper, Shauna Morgan

Groom's Suit


Groom's Shoes

Antonio Maurizi


Elaine Bell Catering

After-Party Caterer

Barn Diva

Wedding Cake

Fleur de Lisa Cakes


Scratch Weddings


Classic Party Napa, Wine Country Party, Town and Country Event Rentals


Party Mosaic


Lux Productions

Ice Sculpture

Ice Illusions

Wedding Invitations and Signage

Paper and Home

Wine Trolley

Beau Wine Tours


Pure Luxury Transportation


NP Films


Comments (3):

  • George Carlin on February 26, 2015

    Love the cake, venue and arrangements are perfect. Amazing pictures. Bride is looking pretty in her dress. And Love the Wedding Invitation layout and design.
  • Caitlin Sullivan {It Girl Weddings} on February 26, 2015

    That reception table is breathtaking!!
  • Courtney - When Pigs Fly Events on February 25, 2015

    Thank you sooooo much for the feature! xoxo


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