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The Barn Wedding Given a Completely Modern Look

You KNOW we love barn weddings, but this particular celebration is quite unlike the typical day that comes to mind. Washed in a sea of white + gray with gold accents and elegant draping, it brings a fresh, modern vibe to the farm table without a speck of burlap or single mason jar in sight. TOAST Santa Barbara designed the florals, Michelle Beller photographed, and there’s much more this way.

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From the Bride… What happens when a TV Producer and a Lawyer walk into a bar? Well, they get married… We met in 2011 at a bar in Santa Monica, CA. Every Wednesday, the bar has Trivia Night and every Wednesday, Wayne and his team (Sacred Guardians of the Trivia Temple), and my team and I (Donna Martin Graduates) would go and compete. It is at that bar, on a Wednesday night that they met, and have been together ever since.

Trivia/games, friends, and travel are 3 things that have always encapsulated us as a couple. So we wanted to encompass those 3 things during our wedding day. We decided to have our wedding in Solvang, California because one of our first dates was in Santa Barbara. We are both from the East Coast, so we wanted our friends and family to feel the magic of Wine Country, and also wanted our Los Angeles friends to have a “stay-cation.” It was a wonderful place, because the town is so quaint, that we took over 2 hotels in the town, so everyone got to know each other very well before the wedding even began.

Because getting to Solvang is a long drive from Los Angles (nevermind flying in from around the country) it was important to us to make the trek worthwhile for everyone involved. We didn’t want our friends & family to feel like just “guests” at our wedding. Personalizing the ceremony, the reception and everything in between was our goal. My Best Friend officiated the wedding, Wayne’s Brother sang and played the guitar to their first song, the Candy Bar and bags were done by my mom, Candy. One thing we were really excited about, was the place cards, we put nicknames/private jokes on each card so everyone had to guess which one was theirs, and that was a big hit. In addition to the cards, our ceremony program was a booklet that included trivia of the bridal party, the groomsmen wore socks that matched their personality, and games like bacci ball & beer pong was definitely a crowd pleaser. We wanted each person to know how important it was that they were there, but how important they were in our lives.

Our wedding was one of the best days of our lives, and absolutely one of the most fun, but the beauty of the day didn’t just come from the gorgeous flowers and scenic views, but from the love that was so strong, it almost blew us away.

So, what happens when a TV Producer & a Lawyer walk into a bar? The answer is pure bliss (well, let’s talk after we have kids) ;)

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Photography: Michelle Beller | Coordination: Details Event Planning | Floral Design: TOAST Santa Barbara | Cake: Whoa Nelly | Invitations: Papel Paper & Press | Catering: Whoa Nelly | DJ: Tendaji Lathan | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Location: Private Ranch, Solvang Ca. | Photo Booth: Action Photo Booth | Rentals: Town And Country

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Rustic Chic + Regalality = This Ranch Inspired Wedding

We should probably start by saying we’re completely obsessed with this cake and it’s totally cute topper. So, we think it’s safe to say that Brittanie and Brett’s wedding totally takes the cake. From their rustic chic ceremony, to the fun cocktail hour snacks like churros dipped in vanilla milkshakes, chicken and waffles, and soft pretzels (!!) this is one celebration that we’re seriously smitten with. Captured by Anna Delores Photography we’re falling in love with every bit of it via The Vault!

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From Anna Delores PhotographyBrittanie and Brett were looking for a secluded Santa Barbara-area estate to hold their wedding as a little escape for guests coming from all over California and beyond. But Brittanie didn’t want the details that guests might be expecting from a ranch wedding, so balanced the rustic vibes of Whispering Rose Ranch with modernly elegant details. Brittanie and wedding planner Vanessa Noel Events put together a neutral palette of nudes, blushes, mixed metallic, and classic white, with lots of lush greenery. Specialty lounge furniture (at both the cocktail hour and reception space) from Archive Rentals, potted plants and beautiful floral design from Stella Bloom Designs, and a variety of vintage rugs at the ceremony and reception sites glammed up the horse ranch. The combination of bohemian and classically elegant elements was an unexpected spin on the typical country ranch wedding. The property is also host to a local population of deer, which provided a fun photo opp for the newly married couple! Field to Table offered guests fun cocktail hour snacks like churros dipped in vanilla milkshakes, chicken and waffles, and soft pretzels.

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Photography: Anna Delores Photography | Cinematography: The Gathering Season | Event Planning: Vanessa Noel Events | Floral Design: Stella Bloom Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Susie Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Catering: Field To Table Events | Favors: Poptique Gourmet Popcorn | Ceremony music: Jessica Wolfe & Dan Molad from the band Lucius | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus | Wedding Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch | Accommodations: The Landsby | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Reception band: Blue Breeze Band | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Rentals: Lovestruck Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Town And Country | Signage: Paper & Pine Co.

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Vintage-Rustic Whispering Rose Ranch Wedding

Referring to their Big Day as a “fancy picnic”, this couple planned the ultimate casual-classy fête. It’s a day where romance reigned supreme and darling details followed. Complete with wooden pews, vintage decor, and plenty of DIY touches, their wedding proves that love is in the details, and thanks to Sposto Photography you can see it all right here!

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From Sposto PhotographyThis enchanted evening took place at the iconic Whispering Rose Ranch in Solvang California. Home to some of the most prestigious animals in the world, this working ranch is a sanctuary for horse lovers. The bride got ready in the stone cottage while her groom buttoned up in the groom’s salon adorned with childhood relics of The Horse Whisperer himself. They celebrated under the twinkling lights of sycamore lane, a tree-lined roadway transitioned into the most beautiful reception area.

From The Bride…When Mike and I got engaged, we knew right away the most important thing we wanted in our wedding day…an outdoor venue that embodied a beautiful space for our friends and family to celebrate our day with us in a relaxed, causal atmosphere.

We originally had booked our wedding at an outdoor space in Laguna Beach, not too far from our home in Orange County, but as fate would have it, that venue just wasn’t in the cards. When we begin looking again we decided to look outside of Orange County, and instead ventured to the Santa Ynez wine region, where we got engaged. It was there that we were introduced to Whispering Rose Ranch, which coincidentally (or not?) was directly across the road from the private winery where we were engaged. Upon entering the tree lined, gorgeous horse farm we knew it would be the perfect fit for our big day.

When planning out the décor and details we wanted them to be a true representation of our personalities. I wanted a romantic, rustic feel; a “fancy” picnic as one might call it. Mike just wanted everyone to have good food, drinks and a massive dance party under the stars! The flowers were probably the most important detail to me and Laura from Passion Flowers Design was one of the first vendors we chose. I’m a pink girl at heart, so I wanted soft peaches and blushes with natural green accents. I wanted all the flowers to have different textures and volume. Laura did the MOST amazing job with all the floral details and her design was truly magical. To accent the amazing floral displays, and beauty of the ranch we rented vintage furniture and décor from Teddy at Sweet Beginnings Vintage Rentals. From the wooden pews, to the vintage pink couch, rose handled buffet, vintage china and white rustic bar, the décor added to the overall look we wanted. We chose Polka Dot Caterers to create our fancy, yet causal BBQ menu to complement the large bar menu Mike had created. We opted to forgo many of the traditional wedding details such as bouquet toss and caking cutting so we could have more time to do what we do best: dance! DJ Patrick B, was amazing at putting together a play list that we help to create that had people dancing for hours. And to capture it all, Sposto Photography was there to mark the special moments and tell our story through photos. Our photographer came highly recommended by two mutual friends, and her artistic, romantic style was exactly what I wanted. She was another vendor that I secured early, and had confidence at our first meeting that she was someone I wanted by my side throughout the entire wedding process.

Last but not least, we wanted to add our own touch to many of the details. I hand wrote all the seating assignments, bridal party program and menu on windows and we made the wooden signs, table numbers and even the corn hole game ourselves (Mike is quite handy!) to add a personal touch.

Every detail turned out just how we wanted it. We couldn’t have been happier that day. And most importantly, everyone had an amazing time in a space we can say we created to celebrate all of our friends and family coming together to the party of our lives.

Photography: Sposto Photography | Coordination: Ann Johnson Events | Floral Design: Passion Flowers | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Polka Dot Planners | Hair And Makeup: Liz Rivas For Sweeter Than Honey | DJ: DJ Patrick Butler | Venue: Whispering Rose Ranch | Bridal Boutique: Blush Bridal Couture | Rentals: Sweet Beginnings Vintage Rental

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