Elegant Pop-Up Barn Wedding: Laura + Rob

California wild west ranch wedding

Laura + Rob knew they wanted a barn wedding, but with their 350 person guest list, finding one to hold that many people in their desired area of SoCal was next to impossible. Instead of giving up on their ideas, they brought on a team who could bring their vision to life and then some. No barn? No problem. The amazing design team, Crosby + Jon, were immediately up to the challenge and set out to make a 300-person clear tent look exactly like an old barn – yes, that barn above is not a real barn!! Amazing, right? Let’s hear a bit more about it from Regina and Krista of Crosby + Jon

We were working with a bare patch of acreage owned by the bride’s father. No kitchen, no hotel staff, no parking lot, no electricity, no water. Yet on a wintry day in December, guests arrived to what appeared to be a century-old barn in the middle of a field. It was an old-fashioned barn-raising of what we now refer to as the “Pop-Up Barn.” It took months to plan and a week to construct, but when it was all finished, it almost looked like a tent was added to enclose some old standing barn walls. It was perfect.

There’s sure to be a lot of pressure on the photographer hired to capture a scene that was such a labor of love, but Chris and Kristen Photography didn’t miss a beat. We’re in love with their stunning photos from L + R’s perfect day…

California wild west ranch wedding

rustic little ones

rustic wedding party

bridesmaids

barn tent ceremony

Although Rob + Laura are a down-to-earth country couple, they also wanted their special day to be elegant and sophisticated. Bringing in french-inspired furniture pieces from Archive Rentals was a perfect way to make sure the elegance didn’t get lost in the ‘Wild West’! Lush, romantic greenery + thousands of white flower petals helped up the luxury factor, too.

vine covered wagon

wooden pews in ceremony

bride with red rose bouquet

California wild west ranch wedding

wagon wheel chandelier

Donna Urban Events says, The best part of the Pop-Up Barn was that inside had a bright, open-sky feel, which allowed for a winter time barn reception where guests could still dine during sunset and dance under the stars.

wild west round bar

vintage bar sign

Every single detail is totally spot-on!

wooden crates stacked up

vintage lounge

grilled cheese and soup cocktails

wild west ranch food station

wild west ranch food station

wild west ranch food station

Want to throw your own elegant Wild West wedding? We don’t blame you one little bit! Shop Laura + Rob’s gorgeous celebration below to get a head start:

wild west seating chart

barn tent reception

From florist, Krista Jon: When Laura explained that she loves red roses, I was thrilled.  So do I, and they are often under used.  However, after a few meetings I learned that she loves only red roses, no greens and no ‘other’ flowers.  And, because their wedding was so close to Christmas, she didn’t want the designs to look like Christmas.  The challenge was how to use only red roses, keep it from looking Christmas-like, and also prevent it from looking like standard ballroom balls of roses.  It wasn’t easy!  But through trail and error and glasses of wine, we all got there.  It turned out to be one of my favorite weddings because the saturation of color and volume of florals had a such a strong presence that it was exactly what was needed to fill the huge space.

red rose centerpieces

wooden animal plate setting

leather table numbers

wooden animal plate setting

mr and mrs chairs

donut bar

More from Donna Urban EventsThe meal was capped with two of the most spectacular of dessert stations; an entire ‘room’ within the tent filled with all of the bride’s favorite treats displayed under a huge antique crystal chandelier. And a surprise for Rob from Laura, we built a fully stocked retro donut shop within the tent, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the groom who is an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy along with his father, brothers and friends. The space was filled with black and white photos and well as memorabilia to honor the department, so the donut shop received cheers of delight at the end of evening when the Bride pulled back the curtain to reveal the surprise and welcome guests in for donuts and coffee.

donut bar

chalkboard dessert menu

desserts

cowboy cake topper

bistro lighting

airstream

sparkler exit

The perfect night ended with a fun sparkler exit before Laura + Rob hopped into their get-a-way car, a 1967 Mustang that
belonged to the Laura’s dad!

We’re in love with how inventive this amazing wedding is! Such great inspiration and proof that the sky is the limit when it comes to bringing your dream wedding to life!

Congrats to L + R and thanks for sharing your day with us!

wedding design: Crosby + Jon // photography: Chris and Kristen Photography // wedding planning + stationery: Donna Urban Events // venue: Private acreage, California // rentals + lighting: Archive Rentals // florals: Krista Jon for Archive // wedding dress: Blush Bridal Couture // cake + dessert bar: Turnip Rose Catering // band: Pickleback Shine – www.newcountrymanagement@cox.net // groom’s attire: Friar Tux // 
bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom – Jenny Yoo // hair + makeup (bride): Ashley Esser // hair + makeup (wedding party): Beauty and the Beach // catering: Chief Chaplain Sandy Otsuki // wedding + engagement rings: Robbins Brothers

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Stunning Icelandic Anniversary Session: Julie + Shane

Iceland Day After

Julie + Shane are an adventure-loving couple who never stop exploring together. They got engaged while riding camels in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, so it was only natural to celebrate their anniversary in a pret-ty big way…and they decided on a day-after session in beautiful Iceland.

It was a given that they’d call up Lauren Fair Photography (who photographed their wedding last year) to have her document this incredible experience + occasion. They explored the stunning country over several days + were able to shoot on an abandoned plane crash on black sand beaches, in waterfalls, and ending at the stunning glacier lagoon at sunset…

We also had to share the exciting news that Lauren Fair Photography is currently running a elopement special of $2500 + travel expenses (as opposed to their regular $4200 starting rate) + they would love to connect with any rad couples planning intimate celebrations all around the world! Lauren says, With a focus on stunning scenery, romantic imagery + intimate connections, we would love to document these love stories in 2015 and 2016!

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Julie is wearing one of our most fave ensembles – BHLDN’s Elsa Gown paired with the Elsa Tulle Skirt!

Iceland Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Unreal, right?!

Iceland Waterfall Day After

Gerard Butler

And they even had a celeb run in with Gerard Butler! How totally random + fun, right?! :)

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

BHLDN wedding dress

Abandoned Plane Iceland

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Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Abandoned Plane Iceland

Iceland Day After

Quite possibly the most amazing thing our eyes have seen. If you are tying the knot in this magical place, please be sure to tell us a bit about your plans in the comments below!

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

BHLDN wedding dress

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

Iceland Day After

See more from this ultra-sweet day in the film below by Willow Tree Films:

Congrats to these cuties on one amazing-sounding year! Here’s to many more :)

photography: Lauren Fair Photography // videography: Willow Tree Films // dress: Elsa Gown and Elsa Tulle Skirt by BHLDN

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California Apple Orchard Wedding: Jen + Jim

rustic bridesmaids

We can’t think of a better way to start this Wednesday than with Jen + Jim’s insanely cute apple orchard wedding designed by Heather + the team from Amorology. Since J + J met while working as managers for Trader Joe’s, Heather played up their story with lots of fun nods to love in a grocery store. Seriously, just wait ’til you see!

Aside from the playful TJ’s details, the florals, palette, and design plan were totally on point. Heather tells us, Blush, coral, and peach florals from Sweet Marie Designs set the tone with touches of red and hunter green. The couple was surrounded by ladders filled with blooms and apples ripe from the picking as they read their vows. Of course we couldn’t resist having as many apple-related items as possible, including a caramel apple martini specialty drink and mini Dutch apple pies in place of a traditional cake for guest favors and dessert. 

So, so cute, right? We’re pretty glad Brittany Dow Photography was there to beautifully capture this one!

apple orchard inspired invitation

pink bouquet

pink bridesmaids

rustic wedding party

ladder ceremony backdrop

ladder ceremony backdrop

Jen: My most memorable moment of our wedding when we were up in front saying our vows to each other. Marriage is very important to me and to make the promises Jim and I did to each other means the world to me. To hear his vows was such great moment for me because I know that he worked so hard on them to make sure they were perfect and he poured his heart into them. It was just another moment that I knew I was making a great choice in marrying him. At the time, though we had all 130 sets of eyes on us we were just there with each other and I will never forget how I felt during that moment. I am so lucky to be able to share the rest of my life with someone like him.

Jim: The first dance. It was our first dance as husband and wife and a moment for us to share with each other that was just us. It gave us time to reflect on everything that was happening around us and the all the hard work everyone had to put in to making our day the most memorable and best day we could have imagined.

ladder ceremony backdrop

outdoor ceremony

Processional: All of Me – John Legend

Recessional: Best Day of My Life – American Authors

First Dance: I don’t Dance – Lee Brice

love on aisle 4 wedding

love on aisle 4 wedding

check out stand

More from Heather, We incorporated the Trader Joe’s theme with paper bag invitations from Peanut Press and a sample bar of our own including caramel apples, mini pies, and the store’s famous Cookie Butter. Our escort display read “Check Out Here” and featured apple pie filling cans with each guest’s name and seating assignment. We encouraged guests to take “a walk down the aisle” to find their table numbers among the stacks of cans. Guests were favored with mini cutting boards that also doubled as place cards, and larger boards served as their table numbers.

custom food cans

vintage pieces

wedding banner

dahlia decor

check out stand

custom food cans

vintage lounge

vintage bar

apple martini

rustic apple farm reception

dahlia centerpiece

The florals by Sweet Marie Designs couldn’t have been any prettier!

wooden cutting boards

apple pie favors

juliet rose centerpiece

cutting board table numbers

lilly

table pies

Love those personalized cutting boards, too!

sample bar

wooden apple sign

sample bar

apple pie box favors

Planning a wedding is probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Trying to juggle what life throws at you to working full time and going to school was not an easy task. But remember that all the stress you felt and fights you will go through with your fiancée (you will have them whether you believe it or not) your wedding will be the best day of your life. It is a day that will remember forever. Even if certain things do not go the way you wanted them to you will make the best of it the day of to ensure you have a great time. Enjoy your new husband and all the amazing people that have joined you to celebrate your love.

photography: Brittany Dow Photography // planning + design: Amorology // venue: Private Residence in Julian, California // florals: Sweet Marie Designs // videography: Water Tree Events // catering: Personal Touch Dining // paper bag backdrop: Backup Backdrops // rentals: Abbey Party RentalsClassic Party Rentals // vintage rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // linens: La TavolaWildflower // dj: Waveform Events // pies + apples: Candied Apple Pastry // calligraphy: Twinkle & Toast // stationery: Peanut Press Creative // hair + makeup: Swell Beauty

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