Romantic California Barn Wedding: Dianna + Brian

california barn wedding

Dianna + Brian’s California barn wedding was just about as romantic as they come! But don’t just take my word for it, you’re about to see all the prettiness for yourself! Dreamy, layered hues of ivory, peach and gray provided the perfect base for a slew of charming DIY details, handmade by the bride herself. And the floral design + flower crowns by The Little Branch integrated so naturally into the design, you’d swear you were walking into an environment that had been styled this way for ages. Everything fit so well into the setting at Graf Barn and had a serene, organic feel. Definitely a nice dose of inspiration for other DIY brides who are handcrafting their day! Here’s a bit more about it all from Dianna:

We were inspired by nature and vintage love. We wanted the day to be earthy yet romantic. We added so many of our own DIY elements – from the vintage door chandelier photobooth, to the homemade soap and candle guest favors, and then of course the moment I changed into my mother’s wedding dress just for the father/daughter dance. The personal touches were endless and the feel and look of the venue radiated what we both love to escape to when we travel on our many roadtrips together.

Big thanks to Love is a Big Deal for sharing Dianna + Brian’s gorgeous photos with us and congrats to the newlyweds on a beautiful day!

lace bootie heel

california barn bouquet


robed bridesmaids

california barn bride

california barn first look

Dianna + Brian’s first look was one of the sweetest I’ve seen – and was also Brian’s favorite moment of the day!

california barn first look

california barn first look

Dianna’s look was so ethereal + romantic. Her dress was by Tara Keely which she paired with booties from BHLDN.

bride and groom

bride and groom

flower crown cali bride

And how pretty do the bridesmaids look in their mismatched Jenny Yoo gowns?!

neutral bridesmaids

lace veiled bride

ceremony sign

hanging cages

ribbon chairs

california barn wedding

california barn wedding

Dianna: The most memorable moment of the day for me was the ceremony and the exchanging of our vows. We each wrote our vows the night before, alone in our hotel rooms (yes we are both terrible procrastinators) But they couldn’t have been more real and raw and somehow this was the clearest part of the entire day, while everything else seemed to fly by. I was so unbelievably nervous for that moment, but it ended up being so peaceful and feeling as if it were just the two of us up there together.

Brian: The most memorable moment for me was the first look. I got super emotional as I stood there waiting for her to walk up. I had my back turned and I knew when I turned around my soon to be wife would be standing there. It was pretty awesome and actually hard to put into words.

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Processional: Can't Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson

Recessional: I feel it all – Feist

First Dance: Wonderwall – Ryan Adams

california barn wedding


balloon tassles

striped straws

I’m beyond in love with their escort card display, which featured mismatched vintage handkerchiefs denoting the seating layout. The casual arrangement of the props + flowers gave the setting the feel of an old-fashioned shop or market. So sweet!

handkerchief bunting

handkerchief favors




barn reception

The barn, where Dianna + Brian hosted their reception, exuded so much charm! Loving the lace textiles, hanging candlelight and mismatched place settings.

table numbers

rustic tablescape

rustic tablescape

patterned napkins

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barn reception

bunting cake

Brian: I suggest that anyone planning a wedding should plan to do a first look. It really helped calm us both down and the alone time was great. Once the ceremony happens the day becomes even more of a whirlwind.

Dianna: Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many of the tiny details. Remember to have fun, eat your dinner and have lots of cake! I forced Brian and I to sit and thoroughly enjoy our first meal together as husband and wife because I knew once we got up the night would fly by.

photography: Love is a Big Deal // venue: Graf Barn in Oxnard, California // event design: Dianna Talbert and Ann Ryan (Bride and Mother) // floral design + hairpieces: The Little Branch // wedding dress: Tara Keely Style TK2161 // shoes: BHLDN Chantilly Booties // bridesmaid dresses: Jenny Yoo // hair: Katie Galvan and Franchesca Meza // makeup: Erin Lockard –, Alicia Pluma, Franchesca Meza // robes: Singing Slowly Bridesmaid Robes // groom suit: J Crew Ludlow Suit // videography: Amari Productions // paper goods: Smitten on Paper // catering: Laina Graf // cake: Laina Graf and Matchbox Kitchen // music: Steve Stock – //calligraphy: KAKalligraphy

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySmitten on Paper, Love Is a Big Deal, and The Little Branch are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Our Favorite Cakes + Dessert Tables from 2013

The wedding cake! Such a fun wedding element and so many lovely cakes from the past year. Whether it was one stunning cake or a dessert table with lots of sweets, we saw so many gorgeous – and yummy! – options in 2013. Here are some of our favorites…


Cortnie + Donny’s whimsical cake with little bears was so sweet! Cake by Cupcakes Couture + photo by Jose Villa

naked rustic cake

Naked cakes were quite popular in 2013 and this one was one of my personal faves – cake by The Sugar Suite + photo by Best Photography

palm springs gold wedding cake

A gold cake? Yes please! Cake by Whoa Nelly! Catering + photo by Joielala Photographie from this wedding

paper triangle backdrop

Really loved the dessert table from this music inspired wedding – desserts by Sweet and Saucy Shop, design by Gather Events + photo by Brandon Kidd Photography

pink wedding cake

We loved this pretty pink + gold cake from this wedding – cake by Chef Scott Green + photo by Delbarr Moradi

gold flower tiered cake

The gold succulents on this cake are so perfect! Cake by Sweet & Saucy + photo by Birds of a Feather

modern rustic dessert bar

We love macaroons, so this dessert table had our hearts! Desserts by O’Cakes + photo by Svetlana HillKovich

changing seasons cake

The textures + anemones on this cake made it a fave – cake by Cakewalk Bake Shop + photo by Apryl Ann Photography

cookie and cake bar

Love this dessert table with milk + cookies too! Desserts by Brown Betty Dessert Boutique + photo by Alison Conklin Photography

UK cheese cake

A fun take on cake with this cheese cake from this wedding! Cake by The Cheese Shed + photo by Ed Peers

painted wood slice backdrop

Loved the cake + backdrop from this feature. Backdrop by The Confetti Committee, cake by Michelle’s Patisserie + photo by Loft Photographie

Looking for more of our favorites from 2013? Check out our favorite wedding decor detailsfavorite wedding dressesfavorite engagement photosfavorite bouquets and the top 10 most popular weddings from 2013.

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Whimsical + Romantic Smog Shoppe Wedding: Lisa + Ed

smog shoppe wedding

When Lisa + Ed began planning for their wedding, they started with the easy stuff they knew right away: they wanted to host a whimsical + romantic celebration and share the day with their closest family + friends who truly know them as a couple. They then began to brainstorm ideas for crafting a day that was not only elegant, but personal + unique. And once they found their talented coordinator, Esther Kim of My Bride Story Weddings and Events, their vision truly began to take shape. Lisa + Ed’s day included some super charming details that I’m sure you’re going to love, like romantic floral wreaths above the tables, an eclectic paper flower backdrop behind the cake, and the prettiest color palette of pink, ivory, gold + mint. So much loveliness to be inspired by!

Thanks so much to Esther Sun for capturing the sweet and joyful vibe of Lisa + Ed’s wedding and sharing it with us today!

pink bridesmaids

pink bridesmaids

flower girl and ring bearer


pink ceremony decor

vintage crates

Processional: Can't Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson

Recessional: You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

First Dance: What A Wonderful Life – Louis Armstrong

smog shoppe cermeony

wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

The lovely paper goods by The First Snow were the perfect fit for Lisa + Ed’s dreamy celebration!

floral invitation set

bride and groom table

ribbon chandeliers

chevron table numbers

pink florals

And their reception exuded such a festive + romantic feel. I love the chevron runner, punchy florals by Kristine Shin Designs + warm candlelight.



floral menu

tabasco favors

But their cake backdrop is my ultimate favorite detail! The oversize paper flowers + cute poster quoting their fave Lumineers’ song is just so incredibly sweet!

paper flower backdrop



paper flower decor and cake

The best advice for those planning now is to hire a professional wedding coordinator. A coordinator is by far the best investment you could make considering how hectic planning for a wedding can be. Also, trust your vendors and your coordinator. They have far more experience and expertise than anyone.

photography: Esther Sun // venue: Smog Shoppe Los Angeles, California // event design: My Bride Story Weddings and Events // event planner: Esther Kim of My Bride Story Weddings and Events // florals: Kristine Shin Designs // wedding dress: Pronovias // shoes: Badgley Mischka // bridesmaid dresses: Max & Cleo // hair + makeup: Leann of Kelly Zhang // groom suit: Z Zegna from Nordstrom // paper goods: The First Snow // catering: Shin Mi Catering // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // mc + dj: Shine Entertainment // rentals: Pretty Vintage TableLuna Party Rental

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySmog Shoppe and Sweet and Saucy Shop are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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