There is a good reason why rustic elegance is a favorite look around these parts (and all parts, really), it’s because it’s beautiful. When executed in a fashion that blends outdoorsy and elegant so effortlessly, one just can’t help but swoon a bit. Case and point, this gorgeous fête at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. It’s practically perfect in every way, and you can see it all right here!
From the Bride… Our wedding was truly magical. Justin and I met and dated when we were 19 years old. We met again at 28 and had our dream wedding after our 13-year journey on 7/7/2012. We decided on rustic simplicity because that is who we are. A black-accented wedding with pops of colors from the flowers was a must, because that is definitely our favorite color. Being crafty, I designed and made everything myself, including the burlap table runners, the positioning of everything for the ceremony and reception, the purchasing of all the ceremony and table decorations, and even the cake stand and table numbers, which were designed by us and made by one of my mom’s neighbors. Amber up lights accented the rustic feel of the room. Table assignments were hand written by my aunt on manila luggage tags. Twine and burlap became my best friend, as I tied it onto nearly everything. Having one-person stand up beside you makes it so much more meaningful and intimate. I love crafting and doing everything on my own, so I wanted to show off how my mind really works.
I’ve lost all my grandparents, and Justin just has one grandmother still alive. I chose to remember the ones who are missing with of their youth. My grandmother’s ring was tied around my bouquet with a handkerchief that my mom brought back years ago from Spain. I designed the ceremony in the round, and you could feel the presence of every bit of love from every area. We wrote our own vows to each other, and there was not a dry eye left when we were done! We each have step-parents who were a vital part of our lives growing up; therefore I chose to have my twin brother walk me down the aisle and gave the first dance to my dad and stepfather, ending with welcoming Justin’s father into my life as a dad. Justin did the same, dancing with all three mothers. The venue was adorned with large lanterns of all different shapes and sizes, as well as a 180 mason jars and candles. The ceremony spoke for itself with large lemon trees and a huge oak tree (which was copied by my friend Sonja and drawn for our guest sign in book, where each person signed a leaf. The trellis was in bloom and twinkle lights came on once night fell, which left us not needing flowers for the ceremony at all. All that was added was large foxtails plants, which we wrapped burlap around.
It’s definitely a day we will never forget, and we still can’t believe we were so lucky to share in such an intimate, special moment with all of our close friends and family.
Wedding Venue + Catering: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, California / Event Design: Bre Shaner (The Bride) + Bonnie Gracia (Mother of the Bride) / Event Planning: Bre Shaner (The Bride), Bonnie Gracia (Mother of the Bride), Alyson Gabaldon + Meghan Coffin of Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club / Floral Design: Nick of Flower Allie / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake Stand: Ty / Lighting: Carrie of De-Lighted / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones “Madision” via Mon Amie Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Ralph Lauren / Hair + Makeup: Beach Bridal Beauty / Maid of Honor’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Nordstrom / Groom’s Tuxedo: Kenneth Cole