Even though some of us are still enjoying some left over chestnuts roasting on an open fire – we say there is never a bad time to get lost in a gorgeous, warm, California wedding. A time such as that (bad) just doesn’t exist when Mark Padgett Event Design is at the helm. Mark Padgett planned and designed this rustic affair which Rosenthal Photography captured so nicely. And the verdict? Definitely worth the break from Jack Frost’s nipping at your nose. See what I mean in the gallery of images!

From Mark Padgett Event Design … Chelsea came to me with a fun color palette all picked out and a great Save the Date that she had designed herself and we ran with it. I like to start with fashion then design so we decided on the palette for bridesmaids dresses and groom and groomsmen’s suits and ties first then the floral palette.

Chelsea’s love for succulents and the fact that she grew up as a farmer’s daughter flushed out the theme which ultimately became “Modern California Ranch.”

Chelsea and Drew were child-like in their playfulness and so fun to design for. I loved the block letters in their Save the Date and incorporated them wherever I could in the theme. We carved a rather large heart out of recycled wood and printed C+D as an entrance statement to Holland Ranch, made two large letter and suspended from the barn ceiling with kissing balls I made from succulents had some small hearts made for Chelsea’s bouquet & Drew’s boutonniere. 

From the Bride … Drew likes to play tricks on me. I usually fall for them and even when they’re pretty far fetched. So when he pulled out a ring with the ten dollar price tag still on, I wasn’t going to be fooled. Well the joke was still on me because after about a minute of me saying “I can’t tell if you’re serious,” he just asked me to please say yes or no and the rest is history.

Our wedding planner was a lifesaver. I’m terrible at making decisions so I was slightly dreading planning a wedding. We had a few things that gave it a Ketelsen feel. I got to walk down the aisle to “Tupelo Honey,” my Dad’s favorite song. Drew danced with his mom to “She Loves me like a Rock” which made her tear up instantly. The father daughter dance was a song written by my brother that got the whole crowd dancing with us. 

Photography: Rosenthal Photography / Flowers: Flowers by Denise / Event Design: Mark Padgett Event Design / Event Planning: Mark Padgett Event Design / Ceremony & Reception Location: Holland Ranch, San Luis Obispo / Invitations: Paper Sky / Dress: BHLDN

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