Whimsical + Vintage Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Wedding
January 27, 2015
United States
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Touched with the sweetest of DIY details, this SoCal ranch soiree is filled to the brim with style, personality and so much pretty. It's everything we love here at SMP and with Aga Jones behind the lens, this day was captured to perfection in all of it's utter beauty. From the Bride's lacy, bell-sleeved BHLDN dress to the protea bouquet, it's a jaw-dropper to say the least.
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From the beautiful Bride...Our wedding was planned around the vision of a whimsical vintage garden party theme. From the get go, we envisioned an outdoor wedding and decided an afternoon luncheon would be the perfect fit. After searching for the ideal venue we stumbled upon The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, which was not only a beautiful setting for the wedding, but located in the heart of our hometown; Vista, California.

Our wedding colors were soft neutrals with navy, burgundy, and gold accents. The bridesmaids picked dresses in blush, peach, and nude tones while the groomsmen mismatched in grey suiting with burgundy and navy ties. We took a mismatch approach to the wedding party attire for a more natural feeling approach. Flower girls wore mismatched vintage styled dresses in ivory which we purchased from various stores on etsy, and handmade flower crowns. Mother (and step mother) of the bride and mother of the groom received corsage alternatives made out of lace, feathers, pearls, and silk flowers; which matched the floral crowns worn by each flower girl. Pocket squares were hand sewn from vintage scarves for the groom, groomsmen, ring bearer, and fathers.

We took the DIY route for just about all the wedding day details and planning, which was a true task without a planner, however very rewarding to see come to fruition. With previous design experience I was able to DIY our wedding invites, programs, and even a design that was stamped onto the candy buffet favor bags. Many hours were spent hand lettering signage for the tables, entry and directional sign that lead the way to all the wedding activities. We filled the back lawn of the venue with a DIY photo wall, bag toss, giant jenga, ring toss, candy buffet and a vintage style lounge area. Vintage pieces were collected over the months before the wedding. The couch that is pictured in many photos, involved a day trip to north LA, but was well worth the drive. We really wanted to give our guests a fun and unique experience, something more than the traditional speeches and dance floor.

The wedding was officiated by Noah’s father who has been a pastor for over 30 years at our local church; and it was so special to have him marry us. In lieu of lighting unity candles, or pouring sand we opted for a new trend I discovered online... planting a family tree. We collected soil from the homes we grew up in, picked out the perfect Meyers lemon tree, and planted it during the luncheon (since we forgot to do it during the ceremony!). We felt this was the perfect symbol of coming together as one, as we both believe strongly that love is a choice you make daily, just like a tree it needs nurturing. Also we all know the now popular sayings about life giving you lemons.

The ring bearer was my son Landen who was so excited to have his special role, he even ran over to the huge bell to ring it loud as we were pronounced husband and wife and kissed for the first time as a married couple. Flower girls were both mine and Noah’s nieces, four in total…we took the more the merrier approach. Seeing them all dressed up was just too adorable for words. Even though all the details of the wedding were beyond what we could have wished for, the aspect that really made our day special was all the help and blessings from our friends and family.