Elegant Rustic California Ranch Wedding: Dana + Joel

I have such a sweet wedding to share with you guys today! Dana + Joel were married on her family’s ranch in Boulevard, California. Dana, along with help from family + friends, created lots of DIY touches – including the centerpieces, which were actually finished a month before the wedding! Dana’s affinity for the whimsical and dreamy shined through the simplest details – big bulb lights strung across the dance floor, ceremony happenings handwritten on chalkboard, and an array of mason jars, cursive cards, and candles. Thanks so much to Sean Walker for letting me share his gorgeous photos!

wedding sign wood

wedding sign wood

From Dana, “I was determined to get married outside and not to have a guest count restraint. When we first started talking about the ranch as a possibility it was more of a dream that I thought couldn’t be a reality. I love the ranch because of all the family memories it holds and the West Valley with its big oak trees and boulders has always been my favorite spot. The more Joel and I talked about the possibility of getting married out there, the more inspired I felt and convinced I was that this was the perfect spot for us!

bridesmaids in different dresses

bridesmaids on swing

groomsmen in suspenders

outdoor wedding ceremony ranch

flowers in glass jars for aisle wedding

I absolutely LOVE the way Dana made her entrance! Dana found matching doors at a thrift store and had the ushers hold them upright for the start of the ceremony. Just before Dana walked down the aisle with her father, the doors were pulled apart. The two entered as Coldplay’s ‘Till Kingdom Come played. What an entrance!!

wedding ceremony doors for aisle entrance

wedding ceremony doors for aisle entrance

flower girl with flower halo

bridesmaids in a row

Cream-colored canvas and garlands of fresh gardenias anchored the wedding site. Dana + Joel walked back up the aisle to “Rise” by Eddie Vedder. And right after the ceremony, a rainbow appeared. “It was such a gift,” Dana said.

wedding ceremony outside under tree

wedding exit

bridal party at a ranch

Dana decided on DIY dried flowers in order to have them ready a month ahead of time, avoiding the stress of making or buying florals the week before. Each bouquet was handmade with love and special care by her maid of honor, sisters, and wedding coordinator, Krystel. For an extra special touch, a few live gardenias were nestled into her bouquet on the day of the wedding.

dried flowers bouquet

wedding portraits on a swing

wedding portraits by a sign

flower girl

I love that they had a children’s table for all the younger guests – what a great idea to keep them occupied. :)

kids table at wedding

Dana had Megan of Mae Mae Paperie design a rubber stamp, which she then used to create their wedding invitations – such a fun idea! All the signs were painted by Kelli Murray (who was also a bridesmaid and we shared her wedding here on GWS!).

rustic wedding invitations with stamp

dessert table with cake

cake with flowers

In honor of Joel’s Texas roots (and the place where the couple’s relationship began), dinner consisted of barbecued delicacies, such as smoked chicken and brisket, prepared by Smokey Joe BBQ. Thanks to some dance lessons, a gift from Joel’s parents, Dana + Joel performed a semi-choreographed first dance to “Better than Love” by Griffin House.

wedding dance outdoors

wedding exit sparklers

What a gorgeous wedding! Best wishes to Dana + Joel. :)

Photography: Sean Walker Photography // Coordination & Event Styling: Couture Events // Wood painted signs: Kelli Murray // Invitation Design (Hand-Stamped): MaeMae Paperie // Catering: Smokey Joe BBQ // Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals // Hair: Heather Molchanoff of Hot Seat Salon // Makeup: Crista Nicole of Crista Nicole Artistry // Wedding dress: Allure Bridal from Bridal and Veil in San Diego // Hair flower: Twigs and Honey // Groom suit: Armani

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  1. This is so beautiful. I’m all teary but it could be that I’m mushy from being 4 days from this myself.

    Best wishes to this couple!!!

  2. Beautiful!!! I love the dessert table and the bouquet is so pretty!

  3. Gorgeous! I love the door idea!

  4. Wow, I love SO much about this wedding. Especially the bridesmaids dresses! I can’t pick a favorite, they’re all so great!


  5. What a beautiful wedding – and a beautiful bride! Love the doors, that is the coolest touch. And her dress is gorgeous! So pretty and a little different. The bridesmaids and the color palette is totally swoon-worthy.

  6. What a beautiful wedding, the bride’s dress is divine she looks incredible! I love the subtle colour palette running through, so unusual and so individual, love it :)

  7. one of my favorite styled weddings to date. love the work you share. really.

  8. So much love for this wedding. The dress is gorgeous, i love the swing pictures and i think the doors idea is so cool! The palette is so pretty and the cake table looks so yummy!! Lots of love for the photography as well.

  9. Positively BRILLIANT! I’m in love with this wedding. The wedding party and their pose against the rock landscape– exquisite! That boutonniere is very sweet, the mason jars, the dessert table, the use of burlap…all magnificent. But my favorite and the most unique detail: the make-shift doors to hide the bride at the end of the aisle. How creative is that?! GWS: a perfect detail-oriented wedding to post. LOVE!

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  10. Love the aisle markers, dresses, flowers, children’s table, oh so much! Beautiful!!

  11. What a gorgeous location!!!! So so so beautiful!!!

  12. Such a beautiful wedding.

  13. What a PERFECT wedding, I love the images, the details, and the attire. Thank you for sharing.

  14. I just love this wedding! Love seeing it again because everything about it is perfection! The details and outdoor feel is all so beautiful!

  15. So excited to see this gorgeous wedding on Green Wedding Shoes this morning! It is one of my favorite weddings we have done yet, so many wonderful details that perfectly reflect the couples elegant hipster style ! When you get a wedding like this as a wedding stylist & coordinator it’s like finding GOLD!!! You cherish every moment of it and all of its beauty! This couple was amazing to work with and we were so honored and blessed that they chose us to be their coordinators!

  16. This wedding was stunning! All of the intricate details came together so beautifully. Couture Events did a fantastic job capturing the bride and grooms unique style to create such a gorgeous wedding! Love it!

  17. Leila | Be Inspired PR on:

    This wedding is exquisite. Every detail is beautiful with a personal touch. Just so amazing!

  18. As a part of the Couture Events team, this is truly one of my favorite weddings to date! I love how each intricate detail holds a story and is so meaningful to the couple! I absolutely ADORE Dana’s dress-completely stunning and the idea of the reception under the stars and twinkling lights- so beautiful! Congrats to Dana and Joel!

  19. This wedding is like a breath of fresh air, so original and well put together! Very fun!

  20. Yayyy!! This was such a special day!! So good to see it posted here on GWS! (my fav!)

  21. love, love, love, love, love. natural earth tones always make me swoon. the light, the cake, the invites, the SIGNS…. perfecto!

  22. Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous wedding! I love it all, stunning! Beautiful photos!

  23. Lovely and unique!

  24. loving the dessert table and the pretty bridesmaid dresses!

  25. What a beautiful wedding! I love all of the beautiful details! Couture Events did an amazing job!

  26. I love the desert inspiration, and her untraditional bridal party photography. Looks amazing!

  27. Couture Events never ceases to amaze! This is such an elegant and classy wedding and I love all of the creams :)

  28. I just love this couple! This wedding is amazing and so much fun:)

  29. this wedding is SOOOOO gorgeous! all the neutral shades are so stunning!!! love the cake and bridal bouquet!!

  30. Beautiful wedding with beautiful details! Love all the rustic touches.

  31. This was spectacular!!!

  32. The door is an amazing detail!

  33. What a creative wedding!!!!
    I love the bridal entrance it was so cool!
    I love the kids fun table… great idea! :)
    cheers to the couple! :)

  34. LOVE the bridal party attire…the soft colors, mismatched dresses…perfect!

  35. How much was the dress?!?! This is EXACTLY what I’m looking for!! gorgeous wedding all around!

  36. This wedding was absolutely beautiful! I loved the doors Dana used to make her entrance as well as the lights that made it a romantic evening. As most of you would agree, her dress was my favorite part! It was absolutely stunning and my favorite dress to date. I completely agree with Katrina, as a part of the Couture Events team this is still one of my favorite weddings.

  37. What a great looking wedding——-simply beautiful! Well done and thanks for sharing. Lovely flowers too.

  38. Spectacular, natural, beautiful and some of the best wedding photos I have ever seen. So amazed. Love the idea of the kids fun table too – more brides should incorporate that into their own party. Would have liked to see the bridal favors too.

  39. One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever read about, without a doubt!

  40. OH! Till kingdom come is such a wonderful song! My fiance sang that to me when he proposed :)

  41. Can you tell me where the bridal gown is from?! It is exquisite!!!!

  42. Hey Rebecca, So glad you asked! The wedding dress is by Allure Bridal from Bridal and Veil in San Diego.

    • Any chance anyone knows the allure bridals style number for this dress! I am really hoping to find this exact dress and am having a lot of trouble!!! Thank you so much,

  43. what a beautiful wedding! would the family be interested in renting out the ranch for a wedding??

  44. Oh, it was all so PERFECT! Love the bride’s entrance…love all the details! What a fun wedding~!

  45. Gorgeous! Who designed your dress?


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