Piru, California Wedding at Rancho Camulos from Lukas + Suzy VanDyke
May 29, 2013
United States
DIY InspiredVintageOutdoor Weddings
Weddings like this one make me weak in the knees.  The kind of weak in the knees that can only be brought on by one sweet DIY detail after another, stunning designs from Tasteful Tatters, beautiful blooms from Twig and Twine, devastatingly gorgeous images captured by Lukas & Suzy VanDyke and a breathtaking Rancho Camulos setting.  It's a combination of heartwarming moments + downright pretty that is almost too perfect to believe, but the best part?  It's oh-so-real... and all just waiting to be devoured in the full gallery.  Join me there for every ounce of lovely.
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From Lukas & Suzy VanDyke... This is a sweet DIY wedding, but what really makes it extra sweet and special is a personal story from the bride. Her Dad passed away when she was younger and she still really wanted to symbolize him walking down the aisle with her. So she had a photo of him in a locket tied to her bouquet. Before the ceremony, when I asked her who was walking her down the aisle, she sweetly said, "My daddy." 

From the Bride... I enjoy simplicity. I love the ease of just kicking back somewhere relaxing and getting lost in thought. I like to make other people feel right at home. And that is where the inspiration came from for my wedding. We came up with three words that we wanted to describe our wedding: sweet, simple, and fun!

As far as the details go, we chose books and cameras as our main table decorations for two reasons. Bob likes design, and fonts; he can tell you what type of font is on a sign, a website, or a magazine just by looking at it. So for him, we chose the old books. The cameras were chosen because I am a photographer, and I love old cameras! Emilee did such a wonderful job pulling everything together with those extra little touches straight from her own collection, like the flowers in milk glass bud vases and mercury glass, and bird cages, etc. Everything was perfect. We could not have done it without her talent and inspiration!

One really special thing I had decided to do was to put a locket on my bouquet with a picture of my dad in it. He passed away when I was younger, but I still really wanted to represent him walking me down the aisle and giving me away, because I know he would have given everything to be there in that moment.

I had a wedding craft day party a few weeks before the wedding, which I strongly recommend! We had so much fun laughing and crafting. Everything got done SO much faster and all at once! It also saved us from staying up even later the night before the wedding slaving away over last-minute details. The craft party was where almost all of my DIY decorations came from. Everything from the mason jars wrapped in lace and twine, the hearts that lined the aisle, the chalkboard reserved signs, to the labels for each type of dessert and each type of candy at the candy bar (which included individually stamping out each letter of each word!). Other projects included banners, one with our wedding date, and another that said Mr & Mrs! Who knew twine, paper, stencils, and a whole punch could make something so cute?  We made the photo booth backdrop as well. Pastel colored fabrics torn into strips and hung from a rope (no sewing required, we just tied the strips to the rope). Simple! Bob made the ring toss game (I'm not sure he wants the whole world to know that), which was just two Starbucks frappuccino bottles wrapped in yarn, and topped off with a lace bow. He also cut and stained the wood that made our Ceremony/Reception sign. (My Maid of Honor did the writing.)

The aisle was lined with hundreds of paper hearts which were cut out and glued on wooden skewers. We wanted to do something a little different than the typical floral ceremony decor. Emilee had the fantastic idea of bringing in the old windows and hanging them from the tree!

We also wanted people to interact and have fun, so we set up some lawn games: ring toss and croquet. And they were a real hit! It was the perfect time filler for when nothing in particular wass going on.

Oh! I also made my headpiece with chiffon, tulle, and a button I found at Joanne's!

Rebecca Motta did our wedding cake. Long story short, we weren't able to hire a cake baker until literally just over a week before the wedding. Rebecca saved the day! She gave me my dream cake, and on such short notice! And it was DELICIOUS. Simple, cute, tasty!

We really did have the best vendors, and I would recommend every one of them to any one that is getting married!


Wedding Photography: Lukas & Suzy VanDyke | Wedding Venue: Rancho Camulos | Event Design + Vintage Rentals: Tasteful Tatters | Floral Design: Twig and Twine | Event Coordination: Stephanie Beals | Cake: Rebecca Motta of Desserts by Becca | Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo (Disney Princess Collection, Snow White) | Bride's Shoes: Chinese Laundry | Makeup: Molly Reynolds | Hair: Hair by McKenna, | Groom's Attire: Macy's - Alfani Red Slim Fit Suit | Favors: Magpie Event Co.