When today’s gorgeous bride told her planner, Jenn Robirds Events, she wanted a navy and burgundy color combo for her wedding while still keeping it romantic – Jenn knew exactly how to turn a moody, almost collegiate color scheme into an elegant, romantic look. How you might ask? With dreamy soft blooms from Blossoms By Lisa of course! Keep on scrolling and check out the full gallery captured by Weddings By Scott And Dana to see how it all came together.
From Jenn Robirds Events... Haley knew she wanted the colors navy and burgundy but wanted her wedding to feel romantic. While navy and burgundy are gorgeous colors, together they can be heavy and even look collegiate if not done right. To achieve a soft look, we proposed keeping her flowers white with hints of mauve and blush. While Haley noted she did not like “pink” we were able to show her there is a very real difference between taupe blush and pink. The bridesmaids were in burgundy dresses, but we opted to dress the tables in navy velvet from La Tavola. For more neutrals, we chose a hemstitch tan linen napkin and long ivory cheesecloth runners for the wooden farm tables. Burgundy menus with white printing and calligraphy name tags added the perfect pop of color to the setting without feeling heavy.
A favorite element of the day was the stationery details. We had the stationer draw some iconic details from the venue including the entry gate and pool house so that guests got a fun glimpse into the venue before even stepping foot on property. We tied the renderings into several elements of the day including the escort display and menus. With respect to the actual event experience, guests dined in a huge clear top tent that we created a lit path to it from cocktail hour. Guided by overhead bistro lighting, guests walked into the candlelit tent (with comfortable forced heat!). For dinner, they noshed on a fun taco bar. To keep things still formal gourmet salads were served tableside. At the center of the tent was the couple’s wedding cake, a perfect focal point to the gorgeous evening. Haley and Ryan were big on late-night snacks, so we had the caterer serve up gourmet pizza. Alongside the wedding cake, spicy hot chocolate and freshly fried churros were served. The day had everything that our couple loved, and guests loved the playful menu!
From Haley, the bride:
How Ryan and I met……
The most basic way to describe how Ryan and I met is that we started hanging out with our friends who got married (my best friend from high school Kristyn married Ryan’s good friend from high school Tyler). They had been dating since 2011, but Ryan & my paths had never crossed because we both moved away from home for our undergrad and graduate programs – so we didn’t meet throughout the time Kristyn and Tyler were initially dating. We believe the first time we actually met was at Kristyn & Tyler’s wedding in October 2016 – however I had a few too many glasses of wine and so I don’t particularly remember meeting Ryan (whoops)! Shortly after their wedding, we started hanging out more often in a group with all of our joint friends – and one thing led to another and we started dating in the middle of 2017!
BUT…we should have met long before all of this – so I’ll give you some back story:
My mom grew up in the small town/city of Redding, California…and when Ryan and I first started talking/dating, I found out that his dad also grew up in Redding. But my mom is about 3 years older than Ryan’s dad, so they didn’t know each other. One day I was trying to show Ryan a picture of my parents’ dog on Facebook, and he noticed that my mom’s maiden name was Grover. He said “wait…is your mom related to Kent Grover?” And I said “um, yes…that’s my uncle who lives in Orange County!” It turns out that my uncle is the same age as Ryan’s dad, and have been good friends since they were in high school! So that was one of the first major “small world” connections we found out about!
Around the same time, we also realized that Ryan & I both grew up in the VERY small country town of Wilton. We attended the same tiny elementary school, however, I am 6 months older than Ryan, and so he was in the grade below me throughout school. So we may have played together during recess, but we did not knowingly meet. We even went to the same high school for one year but didn’t meet there either!
We truly feel that God always had planned for us to be together – He just had to work a little extra hard to get us to meet in the first place!
Ryan and I both grew up in Sacramento and have come to love our city after leaving for college, then returning to be close to family and for our careers – and later finding one another. Ryan proposed in front of the State Capitol building in Downtown Sacramento with its annual 65-foot-tall decorated Christmas tree in the background. It was the perfect spot to represent the city that made us who we are, which happened to be perfect for one another.
Our main goal was for everyone, including ourselves, to have a GOOD TIME. We wanted our wedding to feel elegant yet relaxed, traditional yet lighthearted, and ceremonial yet fun.
We opted out of the bouquet and garter toss as we did not want anyone to feel “singled out” as “single”. Most of our friends and family members are married or close to it anyways, and from my experience as a guest at a wedding – the bouquet and garter toss always felt a bit awkward and forced. Our wedding was a group-focused celebration, and we wanted it to feel that way throughout the entire day. Plus, it would have taken time away from everyone on the dance floor together and put a pause on the partying, and we didn’t want that!
I came across photos of The Maples, our venue, long before I even met Ryan. I always thought it was beautiful — but never thought we would get married outside of the city. After visiting a few other venues that I thought were going to be “the one”, nothing was giving us the right vibes and I started to think that we were going to have to settle on something that didn’t feel right. Luckily, I remembered the picturesque images I had seen years ago, and we decided to tour The Maples.
Immediately when we stepped foot onto The Maples property, I could visualize our wedding day. The grounds are whimsical and elegant and serene. So many different areas of the property are gorgeous and luckily we were able to utilize almost all of them for various portions of our wedding day: wedding party photos on the olive-tree lined driveway, ceremony under the beautiful Chinese Pistach tree with its leaves changing colors, family photos in the courtyard next to an 80-year-old Gingko tree, cocktail hour by the outdoor stone fireplace behind the pool house, and dinner on the luscious lawn under a chandelier-lit clear top tent. I honestly wish I could live at The Maples.
Favorite Moment of the Wedding Day…..
Undoubtedly, both Ryan and my favorite moment of our wedding day was our first look at the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel where we had all gotten ready. The anticipation to see each other had been killing both of us, and we both wanted and needed our sense of comfort – which we happen to get from one another. The first look is the only time in the entire day that you get to be one-on-one as a couple, so it was incredible to be able to soak up that moment together. Plus, Ryan is my best friend…and I couldn’t stand spending a minute longer without him by my side!
Our Favorite Design Elements….
Looking back on our wedding day, it is hard for me to choose my favorite elements because everything felt so perfect. But I think what stands out to me the most when it comes to design were our stationary, florals, and table layout. Each individual aspect was purposeful, yet all together the details were cohesive – which made the whole experience feel personal and flow with ease.
What you think you want may not end up being what is best for the overall design, so keep an open mind and listen to your wedding planner. He/she is the best at tying everything together so you can focus on tying the knot!
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Photographer: Weddings By Scott And Dana | Videography: Everlasting Motion Pictures | Wedding Planner: Jenn Robirds Events | Floral Design: Blossoms By Lisa | Cake: Above And Beyond Cakes | Stationery : Little Bird Paper Company | Catering: Farm To Table Catering | Makeup: Joleen Marie Artistry | Hair: Jessica Weirich Hair | DJ: Extreme Productions Entertainment, LLC | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Transportation: Neumann Enterprise Limo | Candles: The Floral Society | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Maples | Escort Wall: Shimmer & Stain | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals | Rentals & Decor: Stevenz Company | Wooden Signage: Chelsea Bailey Designs