There’s a good reason why ranch weddings are so darn popular. It doesn’t get much better than the dreamy, relaxed feel of the setting or that sense of rustic charm us city dwellers perpetually crave . Plus, you usually get to take a virtually untouched environment and make it all your own. Lauren + Blake’s situation was exactly that and they did an amazing job of turning their blank-slate-of-a-venue into a beautiful, romantic place to say their I Do’s! While we love it all, we’re particularly smitten with the gorgeous florals by Breier and Bride – so crazy romantic! – and the classic gray + cream color palette. Here’s a bit more about the day from Lauren:
We wanted our wedding to be outdoors, relaxed and natural. We also wanted our guests to feel “free to be you” and comfortable throughout the day. They took the time from their lives to celebrate us, so we wanted to be sure we thanked each person for being with us on our wedding day. Blake and I envisioned every person feeling wanted, loved, accepted, and involved. With close to 180 people in attendance we were able to make everyone feel at home. It was important to us that our wedding felt intimate and personal.
Thanks so much to Bryan Miller for the beautiful photography + congrats to L + B on an incredible day!
The breezy bridesmaid dresses were found at Davids Bridal – major score! And if you’re looking for a dress similar to Lauren’s that has a clean, classic feel, check out BHLDN’s gorgeous lace Poppy Gown!
One of my favorite pieces of decor was our archway. My mom and I stumbled upon the archway in a small flower shop in Los Gatos, CA. Two days later I was shocked and touched to see in our front yard as an engagement present from my parents. They’re pretty rad.
Listening to the speeches/toasts while sitting at our sweetheart table. It was incredibly touching for both Blake and I. Being able to take in the beauty of our day and the faces of our loved ones...little compares.
- Pick a few things that mean the most to you and focus on those.
- Ask for help! And don’t feel bad doing it! :)
- Make decisions that feel right and try not to second guess yourself; it’ll add unnecessary stress and confusion!
- Think outside the box, weddings don’t have to break the bank.
- Take deep breaths along the way. Rest knowing it will all come together, it always does. Besides, all you’re going to truly care about is being wed to the love of your life.
photography: Bryan Miller // venue: Rough Acres Ranch, private residence in California // event design: Lauren Slatten, bride // event planner: Jessica Williams, friend of bride // florals + hairpieces: Breier and Bride // wedding dress: La Sposa // bridesmaid dresses: Davids Bridal // hair + makeup: Veronica Serrano, Lydia Lutz // groom suit: J. Crew // paper goods: Brittney Kerle, sister of the bride // catering: Los Primos Mexican Restaurant // cake: Jeanne Herman, Jeanne Cakes // ceremony music: Stephen Gulley and Band // reception music: Joshua Flynt
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