Handmade Wedding at Parker Ranch: Lauren + Daniel

flower crown bride

Lauren + Daniel really wanted their wedding day to be enjoyed with their closest friends + family with lots of handmade details. From Lauren, “We wanted it to feel as if we invited our guests over to our house and we were all hanging out, having a good time. It was a super relaxed day which I loved!” The Parker Ranch in Trabuco Canyon, California was the perfect location – an open field with trees and plenty of space to make it their own. Since they were on a pretty tight budget (be sure to read all Lauren’s tips below, she has some great ones!), they ended up making most of the details themselves. Friends and family helped with the centerpieces. In fact, Lauren and her bridesmaids spent many nights watching the Bachelor and wrapping wine bottles with yarn! Fun times. :) Big congrats to Lauren + Daniel and thanks so much to Jessica Claire for the gorgeous photos!

wooden backdrop invitation

I made and printed the invitations myself (I graduated with a graphic design degree so I had to!) which helped save a lot of money but took a lot of time to make. I am super happy with how they turned out though! My mom helped me assemble them and as well as Daniel.

bride and groom


groom wearing bow tie

groom socks

first look

first look

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

I bought my Jenny Packham dress from a sample sale store that sold dresses for half price. I scored my dream dress that I never would have gotten if I had to pay full price!

succulent bouquet

bride and groom

branch arbor

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

My favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony. It was God centered which was the most important to us and it was so filled with emotion and love. We were surrounded by people we love. I was tearing up before the doors even opened up and found out my soon to be husband was too. The moment those doors opened and I saw him was surreal. When we said our vows, I could tell how much Daniel meant them when he was looking at me. We were both tearing again and apparently everyone else was too. I was so focused on Daniel I didn't notice until people told me! My other favorite part was when our bridesmaids and groomsmen all surrounded us and prayed over our marriage. It was so cool!

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

So love seeing that Lauren used our Flower Crown DIY for the reception! It came out so pretty Lauren!! :)

bride and groom

bride and groom

wooden wedding signs

yarn wine bottles

guest book

bookcase decor

yarn wine bottles

We didn’t care to have formal table seating so we worked with the picnic tables that were at the venue and made some tables out of free crates we picked up off Craigslist free section! That is the best kept secret on a budget, Craigslist free! We got crates, the sweetheart seat, and the mailbox from there. Goodwill is another great place. We got the couch, random decoration pieces and the dresser for next to nothing.

yarn wine bottles


burlap bunting

wedding cakes

dinosaur cake toppers

chalk board

outdoor reception

first dance

Friends and family were a huge help with the day of setup. We seriously couldn’t have done it without them. They made my vision for the wedding come to life. We did a mock set up two days before, took pics and labeled bags that matched so day of set up was super easy for them. We also couldn’t have done it without our amazing vendors! We hand picked everyone of our vendors because we love what they do and have an important role in our lives.

photographer: Jessica Claire // venue: Parker Ranch in Trabuco Canyon, CA (contact Barbara Parker 949.278.6876 for details) // flowers: Mission Viejo Florist // day of coordinator: cortney helaine of cortney helaine events // dress: Jenny Packham // grooms suit: Hugo Boss // bow tie: urban outfitters // makeup: Kelsey Clay of beauty heaven // hair: Rachael Scotti from ecco salon // dj: Peter Merry of Peter Merry Weddings // cake: made by grooms aunt // catering: ascent events // vintage rentals: OC Prop Girl

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  1. Gorgeous–simple yet so incredibly thoughtful and beautifully detailed! Love the colors, the cakes, the banners, the vignettes–congrats to the beautiful bride and groom!

  2. This wedding is stunning! I love the simplicity of it and how it draws the focus to the bride and groom, yet it’s obvious that so much time and attention was paid to the details. Congratulations!

  3. Wow, I love this wedding…it’s so creative with its warm and inviting details, stunning location, and gorgeous bride and groom!

  4. AHH so fun seeing our wedding here!! We had the best time that day. Thank you so much to Jessica Claire for the amazing pictures and Green Wedding Shoes for the post!

  5. I love this wedding! I love the banners and chalkboard



  6. Well, I just pinned practically this entire wedding. I’m a huge sucker for a wedding surrounded by gorgeous nature and this couple did a great hob of matching the theme of their wedding to their beautiful natural surroundings!

  7. This is an amazing wedding! Super creative and I love all of the tips – thank you so much! Can anyone tell me which sample sale store the bride got her wedding dress at? I also live in the nearby area and am still looking for an affordable wedding dress that definitely doesn’t compromise beauty! :)

  8. I had such an amazing time working with everyone on this wedding! Thanks Green Wedding shoes for publishing it! One of the greatest couples I have worked with! Congrats Lauren and Daniel!

  9. Super, super gorgeous wedding… So fun to see how it all came together after dropping the benches off for the ceremony. Beautiful Pictures by Jessica as always.

  10. Gorgeous couple and beautiful wedding. Amazing pictures!

  11. Loved this wedding! So lucky that I got to add a few pieces… loved the creativity and whole team of talent!

  12. Love the setting of this wedding. I got a great kick out of the bride and groom dino!

  13. gorgeousssssss!!!! love the bride dress and veil :X

  14. Love the flower crown – such a cute idea!

  15. The prayer circle is such a sweet moment : ) Love all the personal details too!

  16. beautiful wedding and love love love your veil! can you tell me where you got it – this is EXACTLY what im looking for

  17. The bride’s vintage-inspired veil is gorgeous! Where is it from or who is it by??

  18. Wow! Such a gorgeous bride and a lovely wedding …. Would you pretty please mind telling me where you sourced your cake toppers from? They’re AMAZING!!

  19. Love his socks! What a beautiful wedding!

  20. Love the creativity of this wedding. My sister recently got engaged and fell in love with this venue from these photos. We contacted Barbara, but apparently Parker Ranch is not doing weddings anymore!? Does anyone know why? Thank you in advance!

    • I too, want to get married here next year. I left Barbara a message, but after reading this comment I don’t think she’ll be getting back to me. I want them to get a permit already!

  21. Amazing wedding. Love the look. Great photos Jessica. Its great to see Peter Marry listed as the entertainment! I have always been a fan.
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