Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding by joielala photographie
December 12, 2011
United States
This wedding has SMP written all over it. Pretty succulents. Gorgeous, but totally approachable styling. A bride and groom who look like they want to burst from total, can't-contain-themselves joy. It's got all of the recipes for a swoon-tastic celebration and I for one, can't wipe this silly grin off my face. But if I had to nail down the one thing that sent me over the wedding love edge it would be that the bride dug deep into the archives of SMP and put her own style stamp on DIY favs that we featured in months past. LOVE that. Love it, love it, love it. Seeing a couple use what we've shown here to inspire their own unique design gets me every time. Just make sure to check out the full gallery to see all of the ooh's and aahs with even more gorgeous photographs by joielala photographie.

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From the Bride...When we first began to pull ideas together for our wedding we knew we wanted it to be outdoors, close to home and a reflection of our casual style. I had always thought we would have an early fall wedding, as September and October are beautiful in San Diego; however, I figured that was not an option in light of rumored year long reservation dates. Being the planner that I am, I had our first location appointment booked within days of our May engagement. While heading over, I explained my family’s nostalgia for The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe – a place where we celebrated special occasions over the years and where my parents first worked, nearly 40 years ago. To our surprise The Inn had October 29th available and for anyone who was insane enough to plan a wedding for 160 guests in 5 months… the cost was tremendously discounted! Of course…we booked it!!!

With SO many creative directions a bride can take in the world of weddings my goal was to create a timeless event that was thoughtful, creative and fun. To help keep our style focused I needed inspiration, which ended up being my bouquet. The soft blush tones of pink, ivory and champagne with pops of navy and grey would be our color scheme. When all was said and done I would categorize our theme as a mixture of vintage and chic.

The thoughtful aspects of our wedding transformed the feeling… as a friend of ours put it, you could just feel the love. Some of those items included my little red radio flyer wagon from when I was a child, photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days, and my mom’s veil and my grandmother’s stole. Our wedding website featured his and her versions of our engagement and synopses of our love for one another, which our pastor read during our ceremony. Further, we wanted everyone to feel connected to our union and the celebration so we chose to face our guests during our ceremony and asked for song requests on our RSVP cards that we played all night long.

My husband and I are both creative in our ways and that creativity played out in many aspects of our wedding details. I scoured wedding blogs for months and found most of my DIY ideas here at SMP. Putting my own twist on Posh Paperie’s DIY banner, I made a bunch of pennant banner signs; my husband constructed and drew all of our chalk board directional signs, menu, and our ring bearer “here comes the bride sign”; and I had our baker make mini “I DO” flags for our cupcakes. I made vintage confetti cones that our guests tossed as we walked back down the aisle to the super fun Mumford & Sons song She Said Yes. I combined our escort cards and favors, wrapping mini succulents in painters’ paper and twine and I had my girlfriend from Design the Details use a fun mixture of fonts for our programs, to which I added ribbon, lace and burlap sashes with vintage wooden buttons. I used mason jars filled with sand and candles for a lighted path around the pool and although I didn’t make our ribbon wands due to time I would have! We have some diehard college football fans and our wedding fell on rival game day of course! Instead of fighting it, I went with it and we made up a “pick your team” sign coupled with cocktail napkins for each of the big games that day.

I am by far the most proud of our slideshow and what I called our living room vignettes… We decided to loop our slideshow on a flat screen in the reception bar area and paired up photos of my husband and myself at the same ages – which really got our crowd chuckling! Our groomsman Scott kindly let us borrow his photo booth set up (made up of PVC piping) which I transformed into a vintage living room vignette with some simple curtains, a cute settee and mustache props of course! For our second vignette, I wanted to put my own twist on the wedding monogram décor look… Once discovering our huge “D” marquee letter from Urban Outfitters (of course after the wedding I found the DIY for it!), Hall Events sought out the furniture for us and I crafted a cozy feel with glowing candles below the mantle, back dropped by streams of ribbon and lace that I glued onto a wooden dowel.

Our entire day was surreal… but one of my favorite moments was our last dance. With ribbon wands in hand our guests engulfed us, rushing in and out like a moving wave, rocking out to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, shaking those wands like it was going out of style! It was AMAZING!

Advice… To spread out the fun we had our rehearsal dinner on the Thursday before our wedding…I have been to too many weddings where the excitement in the air is uncontrollable and as the first event, guests REALLY like to have a good time at the rehearsal dinner and are consequently a lot of times at half speed for the main event. AND, don’t forget to make it your own!!!

Wedding Photography: joielala photographie / Floral Design: Blush Botanicals / Event Design: Cynthia Zatkins Events / Ceremony + Reception Location: Inn at Rancho Santa Fe / Invitations: Design the Details / Bride's Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Jewelry: Nadri / Hair: Vanity Salon / Make-up: Jennifer Budner / Cake/Cupcakes: Kaitlynn Regan / DJ + Ceremony Musician: Michael Tiernan / Band: The Kicks / Vintage Rentals: Erin All of Hall Events / Photobooth: Scott Lawrence Photographs