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Romantic Yellow & Navy Blue Wedding at Spanish Oaks Ranch

This, loves, is exactly why navy blue and yellow happens to be one of my favorite color combinations.  It’s the perfect mix of fresh and sophisticated, and when you pair it up with some of the prettiest details you will ever lay your eyes upon, it’s also all sorts of amazing (I’m looking at you, beautiful blooms from April Flowers).  See all of the pretty captured by Kelsey Stewart in the full gallery.  

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From The Bride… Chip and I are both Southern California natives, so we wanted to celebrate our wedding in a beautiful location that gave our guests a chance to get out of town for a bit. We chose San Luis Obispo for its gorgeous landscapes, open spaces, and perfect formula of proximity and distance from our hometown. We planned our wedding to be a reflection of the love and appreciation we have for one another, but Chip and I also wanted the day to be a celebration of the amazing friends and family that supported us through nine (nine!) years of dating. This meant our number one priority was to have the night of our lives with all of our favorite people – so if something didn’t fall in line with that initiative, it was quickly nixed. Simple strategy!

We found Spanish Oaks Ranch through the suggestion of my mom’s cousin, and didn’t waste any time in booking our date. From there, the flurry of wedding planning began! Chip and I prefer a simple, clean aesthetic with one or two funky touches for style points, and that resonated across every aspect of the wedding. We gave polka-dot ties to the groomsmen to wear with their gray suits, and I gifted a different bracelet to each of my bridesmaids, who were tasked with finding their own floor-length dresses in either navy or grey. I wore a flower made of antique lace in my hair to go with my drop-waist Nicole Miller gown, and Chip looked great in the navy 3-piece suit he had custom made.

April Flowers did a phenomenal job working with my mom and I on the flowers – she created gorgeous boquets for myself and my bridesmaids, but the thing I loved the most were the tablescapes. We opted for family-style dining (greens, salmon, tri-tip, brussel sprouts & cous cous!), so April had to balance the reality of space restrictions with my request for uneven, mixed arrangements, lots of mercury glass, and candles. It turned out even more perfectly than I had imagined it.

Aside from our families getting together to set up the dining room the day before, we were able to incorporate quite a few DIY projects, with my sister designing and printing the programs, table numbers, and place cards (they doubled as wine charms!). Our wedding favors – jars of Chip’s delicious BBQ spice rub – were also homemade, and to his delight, we received multiple requests for the recipe. And, instead of a traditional guestbook, we asked friends and family to sign our old winemaking picturebook which we now leave out on our coffee table.

Our wedding day went by in a flash, but I remember reminding myself to savor as much of it as I could. The best part (aside from getting a kickass husband out of the deal) was feeling the immense love of the most important people in our lives, and watching them come together and party down in our honor. Greatest day ever!

Photography: Ken Kienow | Coordination: Jaime Jesperson | Flowers: April Flowers | Catering: Debbie Duggan | DJ: Phase 1 Mobile DJ | Venue: Spanish Oaks Ranch | Rentals: Got You Covered

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Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding from Sylvie Gil + Touch of Style

Orange pumpkins are the poster child for Halloween festivities but their pastel counterparts are such a beautiful addition to an October wedding. This simple decoration takes the feel of Fall and adds a festive layer without being too kitschy. And how could you possibly not love a pretty monogrammed pumpkin? This wedding designed by Touch of Style with pastel florals by Adornments and pretty, pretty images by Sylvie Gil  is out to prove that an October affair just might be the loveliest of all. Have a look here for more.

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From Touch of Style…. Alexandra and Blake got married last fall on the beautiful central coast, CA. Their ceremony was at the Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa. Delicate bouquets of hydrangeas adorned with silk ribbon were tied to the ends of every other pew lining the aisle. The palette of blush, pink, champagne and platinum was seen throughout in florals and accents. Two exquisite column bouquets were placed at the alter where their vows took place. From the bridesmaid’s blush colored dresses to the groomsmen grey suits, the colors were subtle, but made a dramatic statement. Blake was in awe of his beautiful bride as she was escorted down the aisle by her father.

After the ceremony, the guests were transported over the hill by shuttles to the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch for the cocktail reception, dinner and dancing. The design was “rustic elegance”. Since the backdrop was a rustic ranch & barn, we definitely wanted to use the elements that come along with it. Barrels, planks, wood structures, hay bales etc. It went beautifully with the elegant linens, chic decor and gorgeous flower arrangements. One of the most unique and fun elements used, was the Heirloom & Cinderella pumpkins! As guests entered the historic barn, the wagon out front was filled with pumpkins coordinating with the décor and adding a hint of Fall. In between the pumpkins were tall hurricane candles which lined the pathway to the barn doors. On the doors of the barn hung their initials “A” & “B” covered in flowers. The round guests tables were covered in natural linens with Tuscany natural napkins tied with a blush silk ribbon and a white delphinium blossom was placed on top of each place setting. All of the tables were set perfectly with clear glass beaded chargers, white china and vintage inspired flatware. The centerpieces were a mixture of mercury glass vases with blush, pale pink and light cream colored flowers. The impressive 48’ head table was the focus of the room. The table was draped with a blush colored linen with a natural linen overlay swaged and pinned up. Three crystal chandeliers were hung above the length of the table. Blush and cream ribbons were strung in between giving a whimsical feel. Seven wrought iron chandeliers, that hang in the barn, were adorned with bouquets of flowers and foliage and tied with silk ribbons hanging down. A 13 piece band played as guests enjoyed the family style dining and company of their friends and family. After dinner the dessert table was open. The rustic wood table was filled with sugary delights. The cake and desserts were placed on milk glass platters with silk ribbon and blush spray roses to make a sweet presentation. Hay bales with half wine barrels were set up along the wall for guests to sit and relax. The bales were covered in a natural swiss dot fabric and tied with leather.

Handmade pillows lined the wall to make the bales more comfortable. Small arrangements and votives were placed on the tables to give an inviting feel. The band played into the night while guests enjoyed the amazing night!

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Planner: Touch of Style | Flowers: Adornments | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering | Make up: The Queen's Bees | Hair: Avalon Salon | Band: David Martin House Party | Groom's Attire: Rossini's Mens Wear | Bridal Party Transportation: Stardust Cruises | Cake/Dessert: Cake Cathedral | Ceremony Site: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa | Guest Transportation: American Star Trailways | Pumpkins: Chesebrough Farms | Reception Site: Santa Margarita Ranch | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Vintage Car: Classy Chassis | Wood Table Rentals: All About Events

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Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding from Danielle Capito Photography

I’m pretty sure this couple was destined for romance. After attending the same college for two years, they didn’t cross paths until a trip to China where they fell madly in love. Fast forward to their big day and it’s exactly as you’d imagine – filled to the brim with pretty details by Sweeter Waters Designs + Twigss Floral Studio + Archive Rentals and an overall sense of total, unabashed romance so perfectly captured by Danielle Capito Photography. See for yourself right here in the full gallery.

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From Danielle Capito PhotographyAfter both attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for two years, Josh and Codie finally crossed paths in no place other than Rizhao, China on a missions trip during the summer of 2011. While on the trip, they got to spend 6 weeks exploring the country that they both fell in love with, had a blast with the 31 now best friends that went on the trip with, and most importantly spent A LOT of time together. After the trip was over, they both left behind a piece of their heart in China, and brought back with them life-long friendships. However, Josh had been secretly hiding the feelings that he had developed for Codie all summer, and by the time the trip was over he knew he had to let her in on the secret. A week or two after they were back in the states, Josh spilled the news and asked if he could take her on a date. Codie said yes! Their first date began at the good ‘ol ballpark watching a Giants vs. Cubs game, followed by some casual rollerblading through San Francisco, and ended with dinner at Cheesecake factory. When Josh gave Codie a rose, she knew he was a keeper! After close to a month of “dating”, Josh kept it casual and simply asked if Codie would be his girlfriend. She of course said YES, and on September 25th 2011 they began going steady! Who would have thought that close to a year from this moment she would be saying yes to a much more important question!

After spending a year growing together emotionally, spiritually and, most importantly, falling head over heels in love, Josh decided to ask for Codie’s hand on September 14th, 2012. He asked her father for his blessing, worked it out so there was a secret photographer, got down on one knee and even used her full name! Being the creative guy that he is, Josh proposed by using Photoshop to create personalized crayon labels that replaced the color names with the words “Will You Marry Me?” On top of that, he also had all of their closest friends waiting at his house for a surprise engagement party! Once again, Codie said A MILLION TIMES YES! After an 11-month engagement, they said “I do” at the beautiful Santa Margarita Ranch in July!

Photography: Danielle Capito Photography | Floral Design: Twigss Floral Studio | Event Design: Sweeter Waters Designs | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch | Catering: Popolo Catering | Chalkboard Design: Adam Griffin | Succulents: The Succulent Source | Banners: BHLDN | Cupcakes: Tess Schiesl | DJ: Dwayne Taylor | Paper Goods: watercolorWEDNESDAY | Hair + Makeup: Ever After Artistry | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal from Trudy’s Bridal in Cupertino | Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids: Free People, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom | Flower Girl Outfits: Chasing Fireflies | Flower Girl Headpieces: Amanda Judge Untamed Petals | Ring Bearer Bow Tie + Suspenders: The Baxter Boy

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Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding from Jen Rodriguez Photography

There are few things I love more in this world than a California ranch wedding, but when the Santa Margarita stunner is designed + planned by the bride herself and captured by Jen Rodriguez Photography and Selah Video Productions? Consider me seriously smitten.  With a A-list of vendors (most of which were found through SMP!) and some old-fashioned creativity, these midwestern transplants wowed their guests with a vintage west coast celebration! Click here for all the rest.

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From the Bride… Russell and I are both from the Midwest — I’m from Kansas, he’s from Oklahoma. We actually both went to the University of Kansas at the same time and had a lot of mutual friends, but we didn’t meet until 4 1/2 years ago at an alumni function in Los Angeles, where we both currently live. Our love for our alma mater and Midwestern roots brought us together, so we wanted to make sure to have a bit of that incorporated into our wedding. Another favorite past time of ours is wine tasting, so when Russell proposed at a beautiful winery in Lompoc, we knew immediately that we wanted to share the natural beauty and rustic elegance of the California Central Coast with our family and close friends. When we found Santa Margarita Ranch, we were instantly drawn to the gorgeous views and rich history of the property — and it also reminded us a lot of home! The train ride available to guests sealed our decision as my family’s business is in the short-line railroad industry.

The planning process began immediately after we secured the ranch with lots of research on vendors as well as creative, affordable, DIY decor elements to stay within our budget. I worked in Event PR for several years when I first moved to LA, so I knew I could manage the wedding planning myself with the help of Russell and a few family members. I also knew that we could find everything we wanted and stay within budget if we just took a little extra time to do our research or make things on our own. I had Russell build the place card box, the wooden cross for the altar and the cornhole games (with our two favorite teams — the KU Jayhawks and OKC Thunder), I made the garland display behind our dessert table and framed table numbers, my grandmother wrote the place cards, and my aunt created the wedding album. We also purchased my dress, my shoes, the groomsmen’s ties and shirts, the bridesmaids’ dresses and many more items for the wedding at discounted prices, saving us thousands of dollars that we were able to apply towards a wine tour we had for our guests the day before. Not only did we save money, we loved being so involved and having our family and friends help with every aspect and detail of our special day.

To help complete our vision, we found some AMAZING vendors — most through SMP! :) April Flowers did a beautiful job selecting vibrant shades of pink, peach, purple and red flowers to complement our wedding colors and bring life into each space. The pieces we chose from Forever Vintage Rentals brought out the country chic vibe of the venue, while Trumpet Vine’s food and donuts to-go, as well as The Cakery’s cake and cookies, were a hit! The festivities could not have run more smoothly thanks to our day-of coordinators, Sarah Thorne Hames her husband Matt, from Rhone Weddings. And of course, Jen Rodriguez and Selah Video did an amazing job of capturing special moments and memories throughout our day so that we can remember them forever!

Wedding Photography: Jen Rodriguez Photography / Wedding Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California / Event Design + Planning: The Bride / Floral Design: April Flowers / Wedding Day Coordination: Sarah Thorne Hames of Rhone Weddings / Wedding Cinematography: Graeme Johnson of Selah Video Production / Catering: Trumpet Vine Catering / Wedding Cakes: The Cakery / Wedding Invitations, Menus, Programs + Cocktail Napkins: Designed by the Bride + Lindsay Stair via Black Ink / Ceremony Guitarist: Tom Rigby / DJ: Kramer Entertainment / Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals + All About Tabletops / Framed Table Numbers + Dessert Table Garland: DIY by the Bride / Cornhole Games: DIY by the Groom / Table Linens: La Tavola / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca via Lili Bridals / Bride’s Belt: GlamHouse / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Hair Flower: Brandi Reed of Silver Pencils / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Hair + Makeup: The Queen’s Bees / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: John Varvatos via Nordstrom / Men’s Shirts: Charles Tyrwhitt / Men’s Ties: Robert Graham / Flower Girls’ Dresses + Ring Bearers’ Suits: J.Crew / Flower Girls’ Shoes: TOMS / Ring Bearers Shoes: Sperry Top-Siders

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Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding from Ken Kienow Wedding Photography

Oh.my.gosh, what a seriously amazing wedding we have here from Ken Kienow Wedding Photography. I don’t know what I love more – the high school sweetheart bride and groom, the fact that they had s’mores at their reception (um, heck to the YES) or the ah-mazing images of these two in the meadow with the golden setting sun behind them. I can’t imagine a more perfect location than Santa Margarita Ranch for this truly joyous wedding celebration by Allure Event Designs, and you can just see the happiness and giddiness on every guest’s face in some of the best dancing images I’ve ever seen. See the whole wedding right here.

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From the Bride… My (now) husband and I are high school sweethearts. We’ve known each other since we were 12 and have been dating since shortly after. Surprisingly, even though we’ve been together for ages and always knew we would get married, I didn’t have a single wedding detail planned (except that I wanted to make s’mores — I LOVE s’mores). My husband on the other hand is a wedding photographer on the side, so from shooting so many weddings, he had a clear idea of what he thought stood out in a day.

Once we got engaged, we pulled inspiration from wedding blogs to try and understand the look that would work best for us. It was important to us that the wedding was personal and reflected us. We wanted people to feel like they were at our party and an intimate part of our union. Once we had an idea in mind, we found Santa Margarita Ranch and fell in love with the venue. From there, we started meeting and working with wonderful vendors who understood our vision, and they helped us execute our perfect day. It was also important to us that our families were involved. My mom and grandmother both wore lace dresses on their wedding day, so I knew I wanted a lace dress too – and I incorporated lace from my mom’s dress into my bouquet.

My parents were a HUGE help. Our motto was that Tyler and I were the “strategy” and they were the “execution.” They made all our wedding dreams come true. My mom made over 300 graham crackers with our initials on them for the favors, all the burlap and lace centerpieces, my veil and so, so much more. And my dad made (yes made!) the wedding cake table, all the wood signs and anything else that required a hammer. They were truly amazing, and it brought all four of us closer together throughout the process.

The actual wedding day was more amazing than we could ever have imagined. Everything came together perfectly – we had amazing vendors there to execute our perfect day. It felt just like we were hosting a big dinner and dancing party, which is what we wanted. Looking back at pictures and talking to friends, everyone enjoyed themselves. It was perfect.

Wedding Photography: Ken Kienow Wedding Photography / Wedding Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California / Floral Design + Event Coordination: Allure Event Designs / Wedding Cinematography: CineCrown (Formerly Martin Vo) / Catering: Pacific Harvest Catering / Faux Display Cake: DIY by the Bride’s Mother / Sheet Cake + Groom’s Cake: Cake Cathedral / DJ: Kramer Entertainment / Rentals: All About Tabletops / Wedding Dress: Enzoani / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: The Queen’s Bees / Makeup: Kristen Kundrat / Bride’s + Bridesmaid’s Jewelry: Stella & Dot / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar / Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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