Spanish Style California Wedding
August 9, 2010
United States

Having a wedding at a zoological preserve just might be the coolest idea ever, but the cool definitely doesn't stop there. We are also head over heels enamored with the infusion of the gorgeous Spanish Style so perfectly put together by Events of Love and Splendor. The wedding colors of yellow, black and white are simply to die for, and let's not forget about that delicious looking dessert bar from My Sweet and Saucy or the fab yellow florals from The Treasured Petal. This is perfection in the form of a sunny California wedding if you ask us. Lucky you, there are even more gorgeous images from Michael Norwood Photography in the gallery.

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Love, love, love the yellow, black and white wedding colors!

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My Sweet and Saucy simply outdid themselves! This dessert bar is extraordinary!

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see more of those Spanish-inspired wedding details here!

From Events of Love and Splendor:

Kristin and Mike were and absolute joy to work with from start to finish.  From the beginning, they envisioned a fun, unfussy, intimate and whimsical wedding that culminated in a great party.  They wanted everything to be visually arresting and beautiful, but without feeling forced or stuffy.  Once they had settled on Rancho Las Lomas, a gorgeous private estate and zoological preserve, as the venue for their wedding, they embraced a vintage-inspired vision with Spanish flair.  Kristin found some gorgeous tiles that were white, canary yellow and deepest blue-black, and used them as a jumping-off point for the inspiration for the rest of the day.  Her background in graphic design was put to good use in creating gorgeous stationery that mimicked the look and feel of the tiles, which were eventually turned into coasters and given as guest favors.  Every printed piece had a special treatment, from hand-stitched borders and colorful eyelets to charming lace-edged fabric pockets for the programs.

I was able to collaborate on this wedding with my best friend and floral visionary, Kristin Brancaleone of The Treasured Petal, which was a definite treat.  We capitalized on our natural synergy to amplify and bring to life the wonderful ideas Kristin (the bride) had in mind.  Kris (the florist) brought in mismatched Spanish style recycled glass vases filled with a playful mix of florals for the centerpieces.  An abundance of fluffy hydrangea, ruffled tulips, ranunculus, dahlias, and anenomes (the bride's favorite) were mixed in with berries and soft dusty miller to give the arrangements a natural, "just gathered" look.  The result was romantic and voluminous, with a textural wildness to it.  The ceremony arch she created -- a rustic and untamed garland composed of curly willow and bursts of white and yellow blooms -- made a striking focal point as Kristin and Mike exchange vows.

As guests arrived on-site for the event, they were greeted by an oversized wrought iron birdcage to which they could attach little notes and wishes for the bride and groom.  Kris had adorned this showstopping piece with an abundant array of florals in lieu of an entry arrangement -- it was both functional as a guestbook and eye-catching as a structural piece of décor.  The escort card table was a labor of love by Michael the groom.  He built a tiered wooden display for the tented cards, which we draped with vintage doilies and sprinkled with an assortment of vintage buttons the bride had collected in shades of white, gold and yellow.  Kris added an eclectic grouping of various vintage bottles with single blooms for a simple, homespun look.

Photography: Michael Norwood Photography / Wedding Planner and Coordinator: Angel Swanson of Events of Love and Splendor / Ceremony and Reception Site: Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California / Florist: Kristin Brancaleone of The Treasured Petal / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Melody Brandon of My Sweet and Saucy / DJ: Chuck Kerr of Music on the Move / Catering: 24 Carrots / Lighting: De-Lighted! / Stationery: DIY by the bride, a graphic designer! / Hair and makeup: Rachael Drootin with Charmed Beauty / Bride’s veil: Twigs and Honey / Dress: Marisa / Shoes: Nina / Jewelry: Jewelry To Your Doorstep