Tiber Canyon Ranch Wedding by Christa & Ivy Photography
March 22, 2012
United States
DIY Inspired

No wrong can come from using loads and loads of lace and when it's mixed with details that are a little rustic and a little vintage, well, that is sheer perfection in my book!  The credit for all the ethereal and romantic decor mostly goes to the bride, groom and their fabulously talented friends and family.  A DIY wedding just the way we like it.    We're excited to see more from this photography duo Christa and Ivy but for now check out all their photos of this sweet ranch wedding in the full gallery!

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From the Bride... My fiancé, now husband, and I planned our wedding for a year. We wanted our wedding to represent us as a couple, which is relaxed and artistic, and visually we wanted our wedding to be surrounded by things that fit our style, which is rustic, vintage and eclectic. I am a photographer and designer, and he is a musician and designer. My honey said all along it takes a community to build our wedding, and this was a true statement! We were on a budget, but between the both of us, we had so many fantastic friends and family to make our dream come true. Some of the ingredients that made our wedding so special were the people. One friend was our DJ/MC for the night, my dear friend married us, the dessert table was provided by friends and family, as well as our friend and photo/design client, Ali Riede at Sugar Cat Studio, who made us such wonderful cupcakes and custom wrappers to fit our theme. My former boss and favorite photographer photographed our wedding — Christa Renee of Christa and Ivy Photography. My friend did my hair and makeup, and another good friend, who is a caterer, made our delicious food. The wine came from my dad. Our bartenders were friends of a brother. There was not one detail of our wedding that was not associated with a friend our family or from many weekends visiting fabric stores, flea markets, and sitting on our living room floor doing projects.

And then there were the amazing contributions: the dress and other accessories. My sister-in-law made my beautiful wedding gown, as well as a second gown that I could dance in. She also made my shawl, which I loved! My hairpiece was made by my mother and me, just two nights before the wedding. My necklace was also made by my sister-in-law. And the hanky I walked down the aisle holding was my something borrowed, which was given to be my cousin/maid of honor, which was given to her by her late mother, who purchased the hanky for her wedding day. I was covered in so much love it still makes me cry.

As far as the wonderful details, we used a lot of burlap and lace. I love the juxtaposition of something so old world and delicate as lace next to a very practical, hardy material like burlap. We collected a lot of jars, doilies, and other vintage pieces. I made the paper roses out of sheet music to represent my husband’s love for music. We picked out all the dahlias from a local grower near our home, and my mother arranged them all the day of the wedding. My darling honey allowed me to be so neurotic and visit at least 20 different fabric stores until I found patterns that I loved for all our napkins, which were cotton that will be made into a quilt for our first born. That was also a theme — we used a lot of things we already owned and the other things we have re-purposed or gifted to all our helpers. We wanted to leave as little impact on the environment as possible. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful setting, and as wonderful as the day was, all the moments and memories leading up to the big day with my sweetie were just as spectacular!

Wedding Photography: Christa and Ivy (More of Christa's Work + More of Ivy's Work) / Wedding Venue: Tiber Canyon Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California / Flowers: Love House Farms in Ojai, California + Arranged by the Family / Bridal Bouquet + Boutonnieres: DIY by the Bride / Altar: Groom's Family / Ring Bearer's Hoop: DIY by the Bride / Decorations + Vintage Items: Created or Collected by the Bride / Food: The Blue Owl / Wedding Cake: The Bride's Mother / Cake Topper: Vintage / Cupcakes: Sugar Cat Studio / Wine: Provided by the Bride's Family Vineyard / Miscellaneous Pies + Treats: Friends + Family / Wedding Dresses, Bride's Shawl + Necklace: Handmade by the Bride's Sister-in-Law / Bride's Hair Piece: DIY by the Bride + Her Mother / Bride's Shoes: From a Flea Market / Hair + Makeup: AMG Beauty / Menswear + Ring Bearer Attire: J.Crew