Elegant California Wedding Inspiration

Biddle Ranch inspiration

Having recently opened a California office in San Luis Obispo, the crew at Karson Butler Events was excited to design an editorial to showcase this gorgeous region + their new stomping grounds! Aiming to prove that ranch + vineyard weddings don’t always have to be overly rustic, they infused the setting at Biddle Ranch House with a sense of elegance that just can’t be beat.

Emily of Karson Butler says, When designing, we found inspiration in what is already present at the venue – no need to overcomplicate an already gorgeous backdrop! For this shoot, we kept our design plan simple and clean and used olives, greens, blush tones, wood, slate + wicker as our overarching palette. We love San Luis Obispo for its fabulous scenery; great wine and amazing people and think it is a perfect place for a celebration!

For all of you currently buried in nothing but snow, we highly recommend you let Jodi Miller Photography’s bright, sun-soaked photos from this pretty editorial give you a much needed break from nasty weather!

powder blue invitation

Biddle Ranch

cowhide aisle runner

If this ceremony site doesn’t scream modern elegance, we don’t know what does! The vintage theatre style ceremony seating + antique cowhide rugs turned aisle runners from Found Vintage Rentals were key in bringing it all to life.

western inspired wreath

crop top two piece outfit

crop top two piece outfit

crop top two piece outfit

Noonan’s Designs crafted the most perfect florals for the occasion. We’re majorly crushing on that lush protea bouquet!

protea bouquet

Biddle Ranch inspiration

Biddle Ranch inspiration

A relaxed dinner al fresco is exactly what we picture when we envision a California evening wedding.

Biddle Ranch inspiration

protea centerpiece

garland table runner

woven bottle decor

garland table runner

leaf plate setting

Such gorgeous centerpieces. We love their whimsical, overgrown feel…

protea centerpiece

leaf plate setting

whimsical loose protea centerpiece

naked cake with circle wreath

Biddle Ranch inspiration

It just wouldn’t be wine country without a stunning old barn!

blush open back wedding dress

Biddle Ranch inspiration

whimsical protea bouquet

blush open back wedding dress

This bohemian pink wedding dress by Pas De Deux Bridal definitely has our heart.

Biddle Ranch inspiration

whimsical protea bouquet

blush open back wedding dress

Thanks so much to the very talented team below for sharing this beautiful vision with us!

photography: Jodi & Kurt Baier of Jodi Miller Photography // planning + design: Karson Butler Events // venue: Biddle Ranch House San Luis Obispo, California // florals: Noonan’s Designs // rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // vintage green goblets: Dish Wish // dresses: Pas De Deux Bridal // hair + makeup: Paris Courtland for The Queens Bees // stationery: Lupa and Pepi // model: Katy Rogers

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryNoonan’s Wine Country Designs and Found Vintage Rentals are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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DIY Boho Wedding Cake

DIY Boho Wedding Cake

We’re back again with our favorite silk flower company, AFloral, to create a boho inspired wedding cake with silk flowers! Seriously, they look so real right?! We’re also sharing not only how to make this one, but a breakdown of costs so you can see how affordable this one is! It might surprise you. This DIY is perfect if you’re throwing an engagement party, bridal shower or a low-key wedding! Doesn’t take much to make a simple cake really shine with this one.

Thanks so much to The Bride Concierge for lending us their gold rimmed cake plate to pretty this one up!

DIY Boho Cake with Flower Topper

What You’ll Need:
• Afloral flowers: Peony, Ranunculus, Dusty Miller, Clematis, Dahlia, Succulent
• Cake (we ordered an 8″ double under a 5″ double from our local Albertson’s grocery store – feeds approximately 20 people)
• Scissors
• Cake stand

Breakdown of costs: Cake $27.99 + Flowers $39.32 (+shipping) = $67.31

Ordering tip: These costs are based off of what is photographed in the photos, but you may want to order more/less depending on the size of your cake and design you want. Have fun with it!

DIY Boho Cake with Flower Topper

Step 1: Begin by cutting your focal flowers (Peony + Dahlia) down to a short stem and placing into the top of the cake.

Step 2: Fill with some filler flowers (like Dusty Miller) to add some texture. Use the icing to your advantage and stick the flowers into the cake to hold.

Step 3: Next move down to the middle and add some smaller focus flowers (Clematis + bud of a Ranunculus) as well as another sprig of Dusty Miller.

Step 4: Move to the bottom of your cake with a few bigger focal flowers again (Succulent + Ranunculus). This will create great symmetry with your cake.

DIY Boho Cake with Flower Topper

DIY Boho Cake with Flower Topper

DIY Boho Cake with Flower Topper

DIY Boho Cake with Flower Topper

DIY Boho Cake with Flower Topper

Such pretty spring color inspiration! Lovin’ how realistic these flowers look, too!

If you dress up a cake with AFloral using these steps or supplies, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

*This post is sponsored by Afloral.com. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Industrial New Mexico Warehouse Wedding: Alyssa + Mat

New Mexico wedding

The Yards in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a brand new wedding venue that’s bursting with all that famed industrial charm. Those lovebirds above, Alyssa + Mat, were the first (of what are sure to be many) couple to tie the knot on these totally impressive grounds. They wanted to keep things simple, pulling their inspiration from artistic painting details + vintage finds. They smartly decided against certain traditions that didn’t feel like they’d be a fit and created their own rules by incorporating the things that had the most meaning to them.

Alyssa says, We focused on greenery instead of flowers, made DIY bouquets, and instead of traditional catering, we had a food truck and espresso truck.

We love how the end result was just right for them :) Big thanks to Latisha of Matt & Tish for sharing this gorgeous wedding + stunning new space with us today!

wedding sign

wedding dress

groom

groomsmen

groomsmen

first touch

Are any of you doing a ‘first touch’ in lieu of a first look? We love these photos with emotions running high! So, so sweet.

first touch

first touch

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

Alyssa: When the music started playing and I was turning the corner to walk down the aisle to see Mat for the first time.

Mat: Watching my bride walk down the aisle and praying with her before hand.

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

Processional: Bridal Party: Falling in Love in A Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg; Bride: In My Arms – Jon Foreman

Recessional: 500 Miles – The Proclaimers

First Dance: Fire – Augustana

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

Just look at that space! So great for photos.

industrial New Mexico wedding

industrial New Mexico wedding

dip dyed flag bunting

And while some areas of The Yards feature a grittier city feel, the reception area cleans up nicely with the old, industrial windows being a gorgeous focal point. Long, communal dining tables were a great way to utilize the open space.

dip dyed flag bunting

brown baggie favors

coffee art

exit

Keep things simple, the day will be amazing. And put people to work, weddings can be group efforts. We couldn't have done it with out all of the help we got from our family and friends.

photography: Latisha Carlson of Matt & Tish // venue + rentals: The Yards Albuquerque, New Mexico // event design: Alyssa, Matt & Tish // florals + hairpieces: Floriography // wedding dress: David’s Bridal // shoes: Coconuts // hair: Kim Cornwell Chandler, AZ // makeup: Becca Clay // groom suit: Express // paper goods: Mat Griego-Design  // catering: Conchita’s Creations // cake: Caktini // officiant: Chip Lusko // music: Stuart Laws // coffee: Iconik Coffee, Darren Berry // wedding coordinator: Orange September

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