Real Wedding Photos

August 20

Beautiful Spring Ranch Wedding in Little River, California

Today, we are just smitten by Jenna and Kenny’s intimate ceremony located at the beautiful Spring Ranch in Little River, California wedding venue.  The couples big day was captured by the lovely Jennifer Michelson from A Girl and a Camera Photography and what a beautiful job she did! Their venue made for a gorgeous backdrop and the “golden hour” lighting allowed for the couples candid love to truly shine.

This historic property venue is snuggled up on the coast and features antique, salvaged materials perfect for the décor that Jenna did all herself (with a little help from her mom, of course!) Their wedding décor incorporates a fun and cheery feel with shades of yellow, orange, white, peach and teals.

From vintage tea sets, to rustic mason jars and multiple wedding DIY projects, this fun wedding turned out to be exactly what Jenna and Kenny were going for! And it’s too stunning not to share!

wedding couple kissing in golden hour lighting  and holding each other in the trees

spring ranch wedding

spring ranch little river California wedding venue

In Jenna’s own words… 

Inspiration 

  • More than anything we wanted the day to be fun. Because of that we kept the structure of the day as casual and organic as possible. We wanted people to feel like they were just hanging out with their friends, so we kept most of the seating to hay bales with coffee tables and did not assign seats. I was not very good at verbalizing what I wanted the décor to be (so I just did it all myself so I didn’t have to!) but when people did ask I always just said ‘happy’ – I guess fun and cheery without being too overdone, mixing shades and patterns of yellow, orange, white, peach & teals. We also wanted to make sure our guests had fun so we bought an array of temporary tattoos and had a ‘tattoo bar,’ we had mad lib advice cards for guests to fill out, smore supplies by the fireplace, sparklers for fun, a few decks of playing cards and had the game cards against humanity (my personal favorite) for those who had a little thicker skin!

rustic wedding decor tree stump cupcake stands and a bride holding a white and peach bouquet

spring ranch wedding

The Couple’s Favorite Part 

  • Our property’s rental period was Thursday through Sunday, so we were really excited to be able to spend the whole weekend there with our close friends and just enjoy every moment together. We had the bridal party stay on the property with us, so the days were filled with everyone pitching in to help set up, clean up or go grab food, and the nights were relaxing with dinner and drinks by the fire. Although this wasn’t exactly a moment IN the wedding, it is the biggest thing that, weeks after, still brings warmth to my heart– having everyone we love together in one place, goofing around, helping each other out, pitching in to get everything done, laughing, drinking. Life gets so busy, as adults you rarely get uninterrupted days with your friends – that time was priceless.

spring ranch little river California wedding venue

Big Day DIY Projects 

  • My mom and I are both super crafty, so we wanted to supply all the décor for the wedding ourselves. We knew it was a big feat, but we wanted the day to be unmistakably “us.” We searched consignment stores & friends’ garages for months collecting vintage tea sets, mason jars and vases – my mom even poured all the candles herself!
  • I wrote all the signs myself, on chalkboard we cut & placed into a handful of frames we had. It was definitely a long process, but totally worth the end look and amazing feedback from the guests – the welcome sign to the reception was one of my favorite décor items of the entire day!
  • My mom is a big quilter so we both wanted to incorporate fabric into the décor. From her endless collection we made some bunting, strip curtains & aisle décor – I loved the airy & cherry feeling it added to the day
  • Kenny and I aren’t big picture people, so we didn’t want a slideshow or such, but my mom had one dire request: baby pictures. She worked with Kenny’s mom to print out pictures from both our childhood that aligned – birth, 1st birthday, sports, high school graduation, etc. – and put them in little frames on all our dinner tables. Looking back now, I am happy my mom didn’t back down on her request – it gave our family members who were meeting for the first time conversation starters!
  • Our parting gifts for our guests were little boxes of my mom’s homemade toffee – it’s legitimately the best thing in existence. Many of the guests admitted later to taking multiple boxes.
  • My mom even made my headpiece, she is amazing!

rustic floral wedding invitation full wedding suite

Wedding Stationery Suite 

  • Jenna and Kenny designed their charming wedding stationery suite with Wedding Paper Divas. The suite perfectly captured their unique style and turned out to be just what Jenna and Kenny were going for. Take a look into how the couple picked out their wedding stationery and just how perfectly the suite they chose represented their big day, here.

bride and groom holding each other candidly in a field with beautiful golden hour lighting

Jenna’s Advice For Brides Planning Now 

  • Enjoy it! It’s stressful for sure, but it’s going to go by in a blink of an eye.
  • Get a day-of-planner. I am super particular so this was a challenge for me, but the day of your wedding you want to be focusing on the happiness of the day, not stressing about flowers – let them handle that!
  • Get a wine glass with a cover and a straw. Just trust me. It’s amazing.

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April 30

Congress Park in Saratoga Springs Wedding

This week’s Real Wedding features Adee and Alex’s intimate and elegant Saratoga Springs wedding in Congress Park in New York. The couple chose to incorporate different themes together for their wedding. The garden, country, nature themed wedding had many DIY and personal details to make their day unique to them as a couple. The cake was hand-made along with the pine cone escort cards, program board, and balloons for their first look tradition. They used a unity plant for their unity ceremony, a thumbprint tree guest book, and the maid of honor even made her own dress. They also kept it modern by creating their own personal Spotify wedding playlist.

The bride would like to add a piece of advice for your wedding planning. The prize at the end of it all is a marriage which is precious, incredibly rare and sacred, so keep your eye on the prize. Her favorite wedding quote is, A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day, you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly! Beautifully said Adee!

Photographer: Tim Ryan Smith

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

Saratoga Springs Congress Park Wedding

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April 23

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding

This week’s Real Wedding features Natalie and Mitchell’s traditional church wedding at San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura California. The couple chose to make wedding planning less stressful so they hosted a non-traditional reception at Peirano’s Restaurant with no DJ, no first dance, or wedding cake. They served mini cupcakes and lemon bars from a local bakery, and after dinner their guests hung out, drank wine, and socialized with each other.

The couple also chose to keep the reception decor simple and elegant. They had mismatched gold chargers they borrowed from different family members. The flower vases were purchased at various thrift shops, and when they decided they needed more they used a few of the grooms beer growlers he had due to his craft beer obsession.

The bride chose a Sarah Seven bridal gown with Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps. Hair and makeup by Hey Beautiful.

The couple chose Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitations Inlaid Flowers in the color Winterberry.

Photographer: Anna Delores Photography

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding Photos

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding Photos

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding Photos

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding Photos

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding Photos

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding Photos

San Buenaventura Mission Wedding Photos

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May 4

Real Weddings: Luanne and Michale

Today’s Real Wedding features the wedding of Luanne and Michale, which took place at Sea Ranch Estate in Islamorada, Florida. The motto of the event was Live, Love and Laugh, as is clearly depicted in the beautifully edited video of the wedding. Here are some of the gorgeous photographs courtesy of Arturo from Pinnaclebride.

Luanne + Michale

 

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March 23

Real Weddings: Paula and Jacques

Today’s Real Wedding features the wedding of Paula and Jacques, which took place at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens in Florida. Since Paula was very busy with her medical school schedule, Jacques did most of the wedding planning. He flew down to Miami to meet with the flourist and caterers by himself. Paula actually saw her beautiful bouquet for the first time on the day of the wedding! Here are some photos of the event, courtesy of Hitz Photography.

Paula + Jacques

 

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March 16

Real Weddings: Aileen and Jason

Today’s Real Wedding features the wedding of Aileen and Jason, which took place at Historic Jordan Springs in Winchester, Virginia. Our Vintage Print invitations were the perfect choice for a fall wedding set in the Virginia countryside. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had fresh, hot cider donuts along with a whimsical cart for the guests to enjoy. We just love the beautiful harvest hues used in the wedding as well as the charming caramel and candied apple favors. Here are some beautiful photos of the event, courtesy of Terra Dawn Photography.

Aileen + Jason

 

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