If only all of life looked like a gorgeous ranch wedding. The perfect conversation spots plopped in the field, chandeliers hanging from the trees, you and your love dressed to the beautiful nines and your every last moment captured by Kris Holland Photography. It’s perfection and the next best thing to a real life full of ranch inspired wedding details is a gallery full of them. Have a look.
From the Bride & Groom… Planning our special day started by picking the perfect location: my parents’ ranch outside of Nevada City, California. What better way to give our guests the fun, welcoming atmosphere we were looking to create? The guests were greeted by numerous hand-made details. Our programs were designed after the “Love Map” that Grant used to propose. In lieu of a a sign-in table, we had a vintage dresser where guests could make a quilt square and write well wishes. Currently, my mom is sewing it into a quilt so that we can wrap ourselves up in warm wishes.
Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres that were beautifully displayed on hand-milled cedar tabletop slabs that were harvested from a cedar tree on the ranch. The slabs were made by father. The cedar planks provided the perfect backdrop to display the fresh fruit and cheeses from around the world. Grant, with the help of friends and family, built the dance floor from scratch and even painted our initials in the middle. Grant’s dad spent countless hours restoring some of the vintage furniture and polishing the silver we had collected for table centerpieces. Our guest favors were succulents that were propagated by Jen and then potted into various crystal punch cups that were collected from local thrift stores. Along with the punch cups, we collected various silver plated containers to put flowers in and use as table decorations. Some of flowers for table decorations came from our yard, including hydrangeas, lisianthus and roses. Grant’s mother created the “secret sweets table” that was hidden beneath the willow tree. It had a Willy Wonka variety of homemade treats, including milk and homemade chocolate chip cookies. It was stashed away beneath the willow branches until the cake was cut.
Chandeliers adorned many of the old oak trees. We had collected various vintage and antique chandeliers from vintage/antique sales and had to have some rewired before we could hang them from the oaks. We found church pews online to use as front row seating for our family during the ceremony. Many of the details we used were bought at second-hand stores or borrowed from our family and friends. Our wedding was truly a DIY event that celebrated community. Without the love, support and hard work of our family and friends, our day would not have been possible. When we reflect on our wedding day, we feel so much love, gratitude and pride for all who attended and shared in the day!
Wedding Photography: Kris Holland Photography / Second Shooter: David Bitton / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Parents’ Ranch near Nevada City, California / Floral Design: Grass Valley Florist / Event Design + Planning: DIY / Wedding Invitations: Designs on Paper by Phyllis / Wedding Dress: La Sposa / Bride’s Shoes: Jessica Simpson