Wedding fact. When sweet rustic details meet the perfect California sunshine, beautiful things happen. Beautiful things like this Highland Springs Resort affair from the ever-amazing onelove photography, a non-stop weekend of fun, family and pretty styled to perfection by Love Anne Joy Design + Events and featuring gorgeous blooms from The Nature of Things. I’m talking cowboy boots, burlap runners, lace and even sheep (!) all coming together to create a day that will leave you smiling ’til Monday. See it all in the full gallery.
From the Bride… Having both grown up in California, Ryan and I dreamed of transporting our friends and family to another world of rustic beauty and relaxed elegance. Amongst the rolling hills of Southern California we discovered Highland Springs Resort hosting a 1000-year-old oak tree, lavender fields and olive groves that went for miles. We planned a full wedding weekend of celebrations to give our guests ample time to know each other. The Perfect Blend, two wine stains intersecting, was literally and metaphorically the blending of our two lives together and the sharing of our 5-year long relationship.
Quintessentially rustic, Ryan wore a cowboy hat that belonged to his Grandfather and I wore cowboy boots that slyly poked out from the slit of my dress. For our ceremony we blended two wines that our mothers carried with them down the aisle. We spoke our personal vows amongst the baying sheep and llamas under the embrace of the old oak tree. We served Paso Robles wine, Lagunitas IPA, and Belizean inspired rum cocktails in mason jars. Both the IPA and the ‘Belize in Love’ were a guest favorite coupled with peacock and coral colored straws. For our reception we toasted with the perfectly blended wine we had made during our ceremony and danced under the twinkle lights in the grove of ancient olive and oak trees.
We did most of our details DIY. With the help of our two families we painted signage for our events on old wood from Ryan’s childhood home. We mounted chalkboards in vintage picture frames and used them to display our dinner and drink menus. We cut runners and hearts in burlap for each reception table. We designed our escort cards and placed them inside of cut wine corks. Our guest book wasn’t typical either. We plan to open our messages in a magnum wine bottle on our 1st year anniversary.
In our 5 years together we have had many stories that bonded us. From getting stung 40 times by bees in Golden Gate Park, to having our parents meet for the first time in Paso Robles, to becoming engaged while backpacking in Big Sur. These stories are what make us whole, and our relationship wonderful. We wrote each of these experiences on wood as our table names and displayed each of them with the exact bottle of beer, wine and liquor that we had enjoyed with them at that time. One of our favorite moments was hearing our friends and family read aloud the stories of our years together and chanting “The Perfect Blend.” Their voices echoing across the lavender fields on this warm May night.
Photography: onelove photography | Event Design + Coordination: Love Anne Joy Design + Events | Floral Design: The Nature of Things | Catering + Cake: Highland Springs Resort | Band: Dustbowl Revival | Stationery: Bride + Groom | Lace Bags + Cake Toppers: Etsy | Logo, Save the Date, Invitations + Paper Goods: Bride Rentals: Party Plus | Hair + Makeup: Tessa from Kacee Geoffroy Hair + Make Up | Boots: Corral | Shoes: Country Outfitters | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero R1157 – Myra | Necklaces: Statement Baubles