A Country Romance Wedding: Traci + Eric

lace wedding dress

Traci + Eric were married in Julian, California at Pine Hills Lodge. Traci is a country singer and country loving girl, so she wanted a rustic setting for their wedding, but she also wanted it to also be super romantic – love that combo! The details by Sitting in a Tree Events are simply stunning! A perfect balance between rustic + romantic. I’m totally head over heels for all the mirrors used as the ceremony backdrop where they had written portions of their vows – GORG!! Thanks so much to Rachel + Rico with Studio Castillero for the amazing photos and congrats to Traci + Eric!

caligraphy wedding invitation

bridesmaids in free people


From Traci, If I had only two words that I could use to describe my wants for our wedding, it would be “southern romance.”  So often people think of country as picnic tables and hay rides. Though there is nothing wrong with that, I wanted it to be intimate, inviting and romantic.  For a lifelong country music lover like myself, I wanted our day to feel like a country song – real, honest and emotional.  Besides, it felt only natural to wear cowboy boots under my dress – I think anyone who knows me would agree!  In terms of finding our venue?  Well, finding a wedding venue is like finding a husband – when you know, you know!  Go with your gut!

hang your hat sign

vintage frame ceremony altar

vintage frame ceremony altar

vintage frame ceremony altar

indoor ceremony

Well, for me - there were three. Standing before my now husband and exchanging our vows was one, my first dance with him to Neal McCoy's "No Doubt About It" (I'm a 90's country freak) and my tear filled dance with my dad. Those are the three images I flash on most when I think of our wedding day.

indoor ceremony

indoor ceremony

indoor ceremony

bridal party

white bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

gold frame reception words

gold frame reception words

white sofa lounge area

window writing

outdoor reception

old books guest book

old book guest book

outdoor reception

gold wedding details

gold wedding details

gold wedding details

antique tea mirror table wedding

indoor reception

gold frame rings

first dance

wedding exit

Big thanks to Aqua Vivus for sharing the sweet video they created for their day!

My advice is this - be authentic. Go with what feels like you. Don't get caught up in other peoples wants, opinions or that stack of wedding magazines you have piled high in your living room - you will make yourself crazy! Be in tune with who you are, what your relationship represents and allow that image to reflect through your day. This is your moment and the more "you" you put into it, the more uniquely "yours" your day will feel - and have fun, would ya!?!"

coordinators + event designers: Sitting in a Tree Events // photography: Studio Castillero // videographer: Aqua Vivus // dj: DJ Austin Hendrix // florist: The Floral Lab // venue + catering: Pine Hills Lodge, Julian, CA // bride’s dress: Watters // bridesmaids dress: Free People // pie: Apple Alley Bakery // vintage rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals // invitation design: Andres Montano

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  1. I love this wedding! The vintage decor, the rustic background, the unique bridesmaid dresses, the gorgeous floral arrangements…it all works so perfectly!

    Pieceful Wedding

  2. I love how they paid attention to everything, even the smalest detail!
    Wish you all the best!

  3. i love this! traci – your dress is absolutely perfect. the details of this wedding came together perfect and I feel like every image captures the emotion of the day. love the bride and groom shots as well as the last one with the bubbles.

  4. This is just amazing! I adore a country wedding! You can just tell that so much went into this wedding, down to the littlest detail! So gorgeous! Congrats to the beautiful couple on their amazing wedding and their happiness to come!

    Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach

  5. What a beautiful wedding! I love her dress!

  6. I’m really struck by the images of the words inside of the frames, there’s a poetic beauty about it. Not to mention the beautiful location and couple. All in all, truly amazing and creative shots!

  7. Beautiful wedding from start to finish! We love the Bride’s statement necklace & beautiful dress!

  8. Gorgeous wedding! And I love the redesign of your site!

  9. Studio Castillero = Awesome. This is a gorgeous wedding.

  10. Can we just talk about that sofa! Oh I just need it.

  11. This wedding blew me away. It was so easy to see all the different ways the bride and groom put themselves into the ceremony and reception. Inspirational

  12. I loved the rustic beauty of this wedding! I also love that the bridesmaids’ hair wasn’t all the same! Keep it natural with hair and makeup when you’re going outdoors!

  13. Gorgeous wedding. Who was the make-up and hair stylist?!

    • Thank you! :) Paula Mayer of Mayer Studios (located in San Diego) did both my hair and make-up. She is AMAZING, so professional and reliable – I’d recommend her to anyone!

  14. I’ve gone through what feels like every single adorable wedding on this site… Literally! But yours is my all time favorite! Pathetically cried watching your video!!! Simply beautiful. Congratulations!!!

  15. it’s difficult to find a good photographer – we’ve just found one, hope that pics will be like those. Theme for wedding is awesome. Can’t wait … soon 500 days left.

  16. OMG got emo watching your vid! gorgeous dress! gorgeous wedding! just gorgeous!

  17. What a magical wedding! Love the use of frames as a backdrop…I have a wall of empty frames in my house that is quite the conversation starter :-)

  18. What a magical wedding! Love the use of frames as a backdrop…I have a wall of empty frames in my house that is quite the conversation starter :-)

  19. Such kind comments, I feel compelled to say something! :) Thank you to everyone who offered such kindness, what a special day it was – we sure owe a world of thanks to all of our vendors, helpers and supporters who had a hand in making our day extra sweet – thank you! Happy planning to all of you future bride & grooms-to-be, may your day be magic!

  20. So sweet!Love the bride´s necklace and mirrows…

  21. Not only the best wedding, but the best shot wedding I’ve seen this year. Hands down. I’m in awe of everyone who was involved. Absolutely beautiful.

  22. Where we’re the grooms mans suits from? They are super nice!!

  23. These photos of Traci & Eric’s wedding are amazing. I reaaly like the style and the couple portraits are just stunning.

  24. Where is your necklace from?
    I absolutely love it and I have been trying to find something similar and I have yet to come across anything…Stunning wedding as well!!

  25. i love this wedding style! i will be getting married most likely in Mississippi on the coast, and i love the cowboy boots! for the bride any tips on where to find a wedding-ish style like yours?!


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