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SoCal Ranch Wedding by Couture Events + Sean Walker Photography

You may have seen this beautiful Southern California wedding by Couture Events on The Bride’s Guide or Green Wedding Shoes but we just adore it so, so much that we couldn’t help but share it with you here too.  It’s just a picture perfect example of a ranch wedding with the sweetest details and cutest bride and groom.  Speaking of picture perfect, the images by Sean Walker Photography make each darling DIY detail shine in the California sun.  Click here to see it all!

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From the Bride…I was determined to get married outside and not to have a guest count restraint. When we first started talking about the ranch as a possibility it was more of a dream that I thought couldn’t be a reality. I love the ranch because of all the family memories it holds and the West Valley with its big oak trees and boulders has always been my favorite spot. The more Joel and I talked about the possibility of getting married out there, the more inspired I felt and convinced I was that this was the perfect spot for us!

From Couture EventsWith a natural color pallet, a few touches of lace, and an abundance of sunshine, stripes, and smiles, Dana & Joel’s wedding was a true breath of fresh California air. With just a field of dirt, a handful of great oak trees, and an array of boulders, we had the exciting opportunity to be creative with a true blank canvas. As tables and chairs were placed, linens draped from trees and laid on the ground, glass jars and dried flowers scattered along the aisle, the ranch was transformed into a whimsical woodland.

Dana’s affinity for the whimsical and dreamy shined through the simplest details– big bulb lights strung across the dance floor, ceremony happenings handwritten on chalkboard, and an array of mason jars, cursive cards, and candles. Dana decided on DIY dried flowers in order to have them ready a month ahead of time, avoiding the stress of making or buying florals the week before. Each bouquet was handmade with love and special care by her maid of honor, sisters, and wedding coordinator, Krystel. For an extra special touch, a few live gardenias were nestled into her bouquet on the day of the wedding.

Photographer Sean Walker captured even the hidden moments amidst the splendor and magic. An endearing embrace of daughter and father. A look of pure infatuation from wife to husband. The crooked grins of little boys in bow ties.

Everything about the day was charming. From the mix-matched bridesmaids dresses to the skinny ties and suspenders of the groomsmen. The couple opted out of black in favor of subtle greys, creams, blues, and purples. Rays of light radiated throughout the fields, trees, and across the sweet expressions on guests’ faces. The stunning bride glided down the aisle on a trail of burlap, to a homemade alter of draped canvas and gardenias, and into the arms of her handsome husband-to-be. The gentle, sweet aroma of lavender wafted through the ceremony site.

Only steps away was the reception. Even as the sun went down, the open field continued to glow, illuminated by love and delight. Dinner on tables of muslin and burlap, flushed with the soft romantic light of votives. Dancing amidst large trees. And to end an already flawless night, an intimate bonfire of friends and family sharing s’mores. As sparklers were lit and loved ones aligned, the radiant new bride and groom exited their perfect ranch oasis.

Wedding Coordination: Couture Events / Wedding Photography: Sean Walker Photography / Catering: Smokey Joe BBQ / Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals / Make-up: Crista Nichole Miller / Hair: Heather Molchanoff of Hot Seat Salon / Invitation Design (Hand-Stamped): MaeMae Paperie / Wood Painted Signs: Artist Kelli Murray / Hair Flower: Twigs & Honey / Groom’s Suit: Armani

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Wrap It Up Pretty + A Winner

Can you believe we’re wrapping up another wonderful month of inspiration here on SMP?  With so much pretty to peruse on a daily basis, September just flew on by!  And we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for Fall to really set in… Pumpkin spice lattes, changing leaves and even more gorgeous wedding inspiration is just around the corner.  Exciting, isn’t it?  So in honor of our very last September post, we thought we’d send you off into your weekend festivities with a cute as can be engagement session captured by Lizzi Photography.  With two adorable lovebirds, a bundle of colorful balloons and a picnic in the park, we guarantee you’ll be smiling (and happily reminiscing about those summer days gone by) until we meet again.  Click here for even more!

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From Lizzi PhotographyInspired by vintage styling since high school, all the items used in this engagement session were the couples’ treasures. Lily and Pablo curated these items throughout the years to decorate their future home. They also added their own touch – Pablo’s own sketch pads and animation books. Pablo’s passion for art and animation started at a young age. His passion translated into a career in animation. This artsy couple ensured their engagement session truly reflected who they are.

Photography: Lizzi Photography

If you missed any, here are all of our pretty posts from the week:

a gorgeous Arizona garden wedding
a modern NYC fete
a simply gorgeous Australian destination wedding
a breathtaking Santa Barbara wedding
a romantic Lake Tahoe stunner
a mod brunch inspiration shoot from our friends down under
a pretty yellow infused wedding in Oregon
a full day of seven gorgeous weddings
an effortlessly elegant North Carolina affair
a colorful and pretty Grand Rapids wedding
a gorgeous Saddle Rock Ranch fete
a fabulous garden inspired city fete

Some fabulous links from around the web:

An amazing and edible glittery raspberry glam trifle via Mrs. Lilien
A super fun encrypted save the date template via Martha Stewart Weddings
A delicious donut themed wedding shower…(need I say more?) via The Sweetest Occasion

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Little Black Book members…

Brett Butterstein Photography
The Plantation House
Onteora Mountain House
Absolute Wedding Films
Wyatt Ink
Fantasy Frostings
ELENA DAMY Floral & Event Design
Dana Goodson Photography
Derek Wong Photography
Tree Beginnings Eco Favors
Inspired Occasions
Naturally Delicious

To apply to become a member of our LBB click here. We’d love to hear from you!

And lastly, we have a lucky winner to announce! The winner of the gift certificate is Olivia! Congrats lovely lady!


Have a pretty, pretty weekend! See you back here Monday morning. xoxo

San Clemente Photo Shoot by Beauty and the Beach + Diandra Ann Photography

We are celebrating Labor Day the only way we know how – with a big dose of lovely inspiration. And talk about a knock out. This photo shoot is taking rustic to a new level of California cool as seen through the lens of Diandra Ann Photography. From beach picnic to gorgeous succulent-infused tablescape, the ladies at Beauty and the Beach crafted their hearts out with this one and we are eating it up one fabulous detail at a time. From the pretty, pretty florals by Natural Charms Flowers, right down to the delicious dessert spread by Sweet Cream Bake Shop, you can see it all here in the full gallery! Happy Labor Day!

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From Beauty and the BeachI was inspired by the idea of a wedding being a maiden voyage. The concept paired perfectly with our coastal and historical venue The Casino San Clemente. The ocean air has a way of adding patina to everything it touches, that patina provided the broad range of colors we used. There were nods to travel sprinkled throughout the shoot, but we didn’t want the focus to be there. Whether it was an old book, antique silverware, lanterns or a funny little fish it was important that every detail feel like it could be a travel memento.  The style became a wonderful combination of old and new, rustic and elegant.

We collected vintage silver serving pieces and beautifully aged urns to use for the breathtaking florals by Natural Charms. Neallie of Vatne Designs created one of a kind jewelry and accessories sprinkled throughout the shoot. We even dreamt up a boutonniere pin for our groom reminiscent of an antique tie clip or pocket watch.  We collaborated with Sweet Cream Bake Shop to design the beautiful and delicious dessert table. The coconut cake-pops are to die for! Bitsy events crafted a lovely invitation suite that evokes a sense of vintage charm. Hair and makeup was impeccably styled by Beauty and the Beach.

This shoot is full of details highlighted beautifully by Diandra Ann Photography. It was truly a pleasure to work with such a talented team of vendors, thank you so much for helping set this maiden voyage in motion!

Styling: Heather Puhek of Beauty and the Beach / Make-up: Katie Vollmer of Beauty and the Beach / Hair: Katie Vollmer + Heather Puhek of Beauty and the Beach / Photography: Diandra Ann Photography / Venue: Casino San Clemente / Accessories: VATNE Designs / Floral Design: Rebecca Salimpour of Natural Charms Flowers / Sweets: Lisa Lowe of Sweet Cream Bake Shop / Invitation Suite: Bitsy Events / Newlywed Models: Anna & Travis