Handmade California Ranch Wedding: Brittany + Anthony

romantic outdoor wedding

Brittany + Anthony’s romantic wedding, held at Walnut Grove in Moorpark, California, was the perfect balance of rustic elegance + vintage chic! The day was a total DIY affair, and Brittany + Anthony spent many early Saturday mornings together, hunting for eclectic treasures to incorporate into their day. In the end, literally every decor element + piece of furniture included was handpicked + fixed up by the two of them, making their wedding full of personality + a sweet reflection of their unique style. Here’s more about it from Brittany:

The inspiration came from really wanting it to be an extension of ourselves on such a memorable day. I love anything gold, floral or glass and finding an outdoor venue with gorgeous trees was a must. Both of us love simple but elegant- and we kept that vision throughout the planning process. From the very moment we got engaged, the yardsaling, thrift store shopping, designing and budgeting was all done together. I think that really built up the excitement of the day even more to see how it would all come together.

Brittany + Anthony, congratulations on a beautiful celebration + big thanks to Valentina Glidden Photography for sharing these beautiful images of their day with us!

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fabric bouquet

bride


To keep with the vintage vibe of the day, Brittany created all the floral arrangements + bouquets using Balsa wood stems purchased from Save on Crafts + paper flowers purchased from CinnamonWillows on Etsy. Love how it all turned out!

romantic pink bridesmaids

pink bridesmaids

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groom

groomsmen in suspenders

vows sign

flower girl

I have so many moments I wish we could do it all again it was so much fun! We chose not to see each other before the ceremony and I can't even explain the emotion I felt when I saw Anthony at the end of the aisle – and then seeing my little girl off to the left waiting for me, knowing I would soon be his wife and we would unite as a family was amazing, such surreal moment. I really breathed it all in. Also the father daughter dance, I lost it, crying mess the whole time – but it was a moment for my dad and I to say a few words to each other and quickly reminisce (between tears)!

paper flowers

groom


Brittany has a six year old daughter named Jadyn and on the day of the wedding Anthony also became her dad. During the ceremony, Brittany + Anthony read their vows to each other, and then Anthony read his vows to Jadyn, promising to take care of her, and promising to be her daddy. He then put a ring on her little finger! The day wasn’t just about the fact that Brittany + Anthony were becoming husband + wife, but that Brittany, Anthony + Jadyn were becoming a family. So, so sweet!!

romantic outdoor ceremony

romantic outdoor ceremony

romantic outdoor ceremony

wedding party


Brittany wore a beautiful dried flower halo by The Sunflower Stand, which she paired with a Twigs & Honey veil for the ceremony. Such a pretty look!

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wedding family

wedding family


These portraits of the brand new family seriously melt my heart!

wedding family

bride and groom

bride and groom

romantic flower crown bride

bride and groom


And as I’m sure you’ll agree, there were so many sweet details at this wedding, like these darling paper flower guest favors! The pretty signage was designed by Rifle Paper Co.

bottle favors

seating chart

dinner menu

instagram sign


Totally adore their family “sweetheart table”, too! :)

bride and groom table

custom chairs

bottle table centerpieces

calligraphy print

favors

hanging vases

vintage books

vintage dessert bar

first dance

ribbon wand exit

You don't need to spend a ton of money on every item. Pick what matters to you and splurge on that – in our case it was the venue and honeymoon and we worked our budget accordingly.

Not to care if you aren't being as traditional as others think you should be. I had some people ask why we weren't using real flowers or why we were making our own desserts. They don't have your vision nor do they need to – it's your wedding day, make it completely what you both want and enjoy the entire process. Ultimately it's not just a wedding – it's about the marriage and your commitment to each other long after the wedding is over. Keep all the planning in perspective, be organized, don't procrastinate and have a blast with it!

photography: Valentina Glidden Photography // venue: Walnut Grove Moorpark, California // day of coordinator: Michele Spring of Mia Bella Weddings // floral design: Balsa wood and CinnamonWillows // wedding dress: Nicole Miller // hairpieces: The Sunflower Stand // veil: Twigs & Honey // shoes: Vince Camuto // jewelry: Odette NY & Catbird // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21 // make up: Done by the bride // hair: Jonathan Gognavec, Harlow Salon // groom suit: 3 Day Suit Broker // videography: Jason Shelton // paper goods: Rifle Paper Co. and BHLDN // catering: Command Performance // cake: diy by family and friends // music: DJ JKino // flower girl dress: Chasing Fireflies

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Engagement Session in the Fjords of Norway: Sati + Paul

Norway engagement

Sati + Paul met on the top of a mountain in a small village in India called Bir; a pretty epic location to meet the love of your life! :) Each adventurers in their own right, their relationship has also been filled with travel + excitement and they wanted to capture that sensation in their engagement session with Nordica Photography. We’d say they definitely pulled it off big time! These images are some of our favorites to date + we’re pretty sure you’re going to love them, too…

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Norway engagement

Norway engagement


Sati + Paul spent two days with Cole + Jakob of Nordica traveling around the compellingly beautiful Fjords region of Norway, exploring the area’s awe-inspiring landscape. Sati adds, We were greeted by sheep, little villages, green hills, waterfalls and majestic fjords. Our photo shoot turned into a spontaneous adventure, making decisions on the fly and it worked out beautifully. 

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement


A detail of the shoot that was extremely special to Sati was that her mother lovingly handmade several jewelry items for her to wear. The bracelet was made from a piece of the sash from her wedding a dress and a piece of my future wedding dress that was cut off during alterations. She also attached a little metal sparrow to the bracelet that seemed to fly in the Norwegian winds during our shoot.

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Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

waterfall

Norway engagement

boat

Norway engagement


The scenery is so amazingly gorgeous, isn’t it?!

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement

Norway engagement


Sati + Paul, congratulations on your engagement + thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us today!

photographer: Nordica Photography // sati’s dress: Kimchi Blue // sati’s belt: Linea Pelle // sati’s white bracelet and earrings: Handmade by her mother // paul’s clothes: H&M

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Laid-Back Cali Ranch Wedding: Sam + Brian

outdoor ranch wedding

Sam + Brian are a fun-loving couple who wanted their wedding day to be laid-back + lighthearted. After finding Diablo Ranch in Walnut Creek, and being inspired by all of its existing character + charm, they knew they’d found the perfect spot to exchange their vows. And by bringing in just a few personalized details – like sweet garlands of Instagrams that they’ve taken of each other over the years! – they were able to really make their day a reflection of their love, all while keeping an easy going + playful vibe! Here’s a bit more about the day from Sam:

We knew this much right off the bat: it was going to be outdoors, there were to be elements of my favorite color – mustard yellow, and we would serve only the best food. Brian and I are also blessed to have such talented family and friends who put flowers, dessert and other details together.

Thanks so much to Erik Clausen for the truly stunning photography and big congrats to Sam + Brian!

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groomsmen

outdoor flower crown girl

bride

outdoor farm bride

outdoor farm bride


Such cute first look photos! And don’t you love Sam’s summery bouquet of daisies + feverfew?!

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first look

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outdoor farm ceremony

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outdoor farm ceremony

Saying our vows. There were more than 200 people watching and listening, but in that moment, I only remember seeing him.

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

stone seating card


Their escort card display turned out so great! And although it would be a bit time consuming, this would be such an easy DIY, too. Perfect for a rustic wedding!

stone seating card

bridesmaids

flag table numbers

flag table numbers

sunflower centerpieces

rustic outdoor farm dessert bar


For dessert, guests were served the couple’s favorite cookies + cupcakes, baked by friends + family members…

cookies

grand entrance

reception

sunset bride and grooms


And these portraits of Sam + Brian during golden hour are just incredible!

sunset bride and grooms

sunset bride and grooms

sunset bride and grooms

Processional: Bridal Party: Come Go With Me – The Beach Boys; Bride: Come Thou Fount (performed live by Grow + Twine)

Recessional: Best of My Love – The Emotions

First Dance: Crazy Love – Van Morrison

first dance

silhouette

Have dates where you don’t talk about the wedding. DIYers, delegate! At your wedding, everyone is watching you, but take some time to watch as well.

photography: Erik Clausen // venue: Diablo Ranch Walnut Creek, California // event planner: bride and groom, April Gray at Diablo Ranch // florals: Ivanka Matsuba // wedding dress: Wtoo Mimi Wedding Gown // hairpieces: David’s Bridal // shoes: Seychelles // bridesmaid dresses: varied, bridesmaids picked their own // hair: Esther Yoo  // makeup: Amy Quattrociocche // groom suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suit // paper goods: bride and groom, Timothy Santos (bride’s brother) // catering: Tako Bar // cake: Cookies by family members, S’mores and Neopolitan Cupcakes by Sara Masis

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