Andrew and I got married on August 18, 2012, at the incredibly amazing Ranch at Bandy Canyon in San Pasqual Valley, just outside of San Diego. Andrew and I met through music, so we really wanted that to be the center of our big day. Our wedding invite included a CD (that looked like a record) with a playlist dedicated to California. We designed and handmade each of our save-the-dates and invitations, as well as the programs (that was quite a feat in itself!). Lots of glitter, scissors, glue and love. We had a live band play the whole night — our friends Rio Peligroso — and they were stellar. Andrew played a few songs with them, and my favorite moment of the whole day was when Andrew played and sang Neil Young's "Unknown Legend" to me, which caused lots of tears.
We wanted our guests to just kick back and enjoy the evening; there was a lot of tequila drinking and boot stomping on the dance floor. We named the dress attire "rustic festive," which we think we pulled off pretty well. We tried to reflect our personalities as much as possible in everything — the décor, song choices, food, and cocktails. We had many DIY projects leading up to the big day; our house was turned into a full on arts and crafts studio. Wrapping all of our table bottles in jute was probably the most time consuming project, but I loved it. Glittering horses and spray painting bottles was so fun! Making the marquee letters was a bit of a challenge, but boy, were we glad we had them! They set the backdrop for the whole reception. I found the metal letter shells on Etsy and then followed a DIY tutorial. Etsy was a huge resource for us; we found all the groomsmen's bolo ties, as well as many other great finds there. Although we didn't make them, our glass boot mugs were a hit! I got them from a chef/restaurant supply company in San Diego, and everyone got to take one home. Our guest book was a drawing of a VW bus where guests put their finger prints on it to look like balloons carrying us away. We had so many ideas and got really wrapped up in planning especially in the beginning that we tried to take a few days here and there to not do any wedding-related things — that was a huge help!
Wedding Photography: Photographs by Anjuli / Wedding Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in Escondido, California / Event Design: The Bride & Groom / Wedding Day Coordination: Jessica Gillon of Events By Design / Wildflowers: Impulsive Flowers / Catering: MIHO Gastrotruck / Cake, Cookies + Tarts: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company / Bartending: Event Beverage Solutions / Band: Rio Peligroso / Deer Cake Topper: A Fox Wedding / Guest Book VW Bus Drawing: bleu de toi / CD Sleeves For Invites: Kraft & Jute / DIY Supplies: Save on Crafts + Koyal Wholesale / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Bride's Crown: whichgoose / Bride’s Boots: Vintage / Bridesmaids' Dresses: After Six / Bridesmaids' Earrings: love sexton / Groom's Bolo Tie: A Family Heirloom / Groomsmen's Bolo Ties: Various Etsy Shops / Flower Girl Crown: Untamed Petals