Condor’s Nest Wedding: Lauren + Taylor

bride and groom with dog

Lauren + Taylor wanted their wedding to feel relaxed, easy and natural – sounds pretty perfect to me! :) They made sure to hire great creative artists for their day as well as put together a bunch of DIY projects. Their wedding took place at one of my favorite rustic venues, Condor’s Nest Ranch in Temecula, California and it was truly a labor of love as every detail had special meaning to them. Big thanks to Swoon by Katie for the photos and congrats to Lauren + Taylor!







Lauren: The entire day was perfect from start to finish, but if I had to choose one moment it would probably be our first dance. We really made it fun and let our personalities shine through. “Shakin it” for the first time as husband and wife is something I will never forget.

Taylor: Seeing Lauren for the first time. We did a first look with our photographer and it was so great to have that time together before the ceremony began.

bride and groom

bride and groom

Taylor built the refreshment stand that we used to serve margaritas and water before the ceremony.

lemonade stand



Processional: Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: Ho Hey – Lumineers

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

We planted all of the succulent centerpieces in milk glass that I have been collecting for over 10 years.

succulent plants

We chose Altoids as wedding favors because when Taylor proposed he had the ring safely hidden in an Altoids tin.

altoid favors

dessert bar

My dear friend and bridesmaid, Brooke, baked our delicious carrot cake cupcakes.

bride and groom

Surround yourself with vendors who you respect and who inspire you. I am so grateful for the ladies who helped us create our wedding and I am thankful that they have become our friends in the process!

This may sound cliché, but the day really does fly by. Take a moment to appreciate and thank all of your friends and family who have come to support you and help celebrate your love. Also, set aside a few minutes from the busy timeline of your wedding day to spend with your new husband. Having a sweetheart table gave us the opportunity to really enjoy each other in the midst of everything else that was going on around us.

venue: Condor’s Nest Ranch // photographer: Swoon by Katie // florist: Modern Bouquet // floral centerpieces: Bride and Groom DIY // wedding dress: Christos // wedding shoes: Anthropologie // hairpiece mignonne handmade // bridesmaids gifts: earrings from Tina Eva Renee, robes from Plum Pretty Sugar // groomsmen suits: H&M // groomsmen shoes: Vans // hair and makeup: His Blushing Bride // photo booth: Magnolia Booth // catering: 220 Catering // paper goods: Bride DIY // ceremony music: Acoustic Guitar Ron Santee, Friend // reception music: Universal DJ Services Jacob Corirossi // rentals: found vintage rentals

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  1. Love that first shot with the dog in front of the trailer. What a sweet wedding!

  2. That ring is amazing. and that doggy is cute. Awesome photographs! Wonderful wedding.

  3. Love this wedding!! And I think that dog is a Doodle. I have a mini goldendoodle so I’m a little obsessed :)

  4. Courtney @ Sweetchic on:

    I love the wedding favors. The fact that its just a simple gift, but the meaning behind it is so big…it’s just so heart-warming.

  5. love the shots with the pup. too cute!

  6. can’t get enough of the mis-matched bridesmaids dresses. and what a fun first dance song!

  7. Love the succulent center peices and the use of milk glass!

  8. Beautiful wedding! Love the different bridesmaid dresses.

  9. Wow! Such a cute wedding! I also love all the bridesmaids dresses! Where did they find them? Especially the 2nd ones in on either side! <3

  10. Beautiful wedding and I especially love the desert bar….

  11. LOVE this wedding. Beautiful job Katie!

  12. Thank you so much for the feature Jen!!! Love this couple and everything about them and their wedding. One of the best of 2012 for me!

  13. Love all those beautiful details captured by Katie!

  14. Great job on the photos Katie!

  15. Such a gorgeous couple – the bride looks so beautiful, love the flowers in her hair! The wedding looked like great fun

  16. Thank You Jen! LOVE everything about this one! Beautiful Couple -both inside & out, great photography –great shots of all of the creative beautiful details!, love the milk glass, love the robes for all the girls, the pup, the dessert bar, everything is amazing! – especially the smiling faces of Lauren and Taylor!

  17. hi, love the diy center pieces. curious, how many milk glass planters were used. im doing something very similar for my wedding coming in november! i will have 50 guests and using long buffest style tables as well :) also how many succulents would be necessary? thank you so much! beautiful wedding!!! i


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