Playful Summer Ranch Wedding: Vanessa + Calvin

summer camp wedding signs

Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer and with the start of summer comes the summer Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings – on newsstands today! Today we are sharing a small sneak at one of the fun weddings from the issue. Captured by Chris and Sarah Rhoads, this wedding is all fun + games! Vanessa and Calvin thought of every way to get their guests in a playful mood at their weekend-long gathering at the Dawn Ranch Lodge in Guerneville, California. With witty wording, a punchy palette, and lots of interactive activities (crosswords, wordfinds, cards) it just oozes with fun. :)

summer camp wedding

number signs for ceremony

Love this surprise! Vanessa + Calvin’s guests wanted to do something special to surprise them, so a friend rounded up a dozen people to “score” the first kiss. When the couple turned to face the crowd after their kiss, signs proclaiming “10” or “9.5” shot up!

In lieu of signing a guest book, partygoers circled their names in a giant word search made by the bride’s brother (also a graphic designer) and mounted on an easel. All the other fun printed elements were designed by Jack & Ginger.

crossword wedding guestbook

wedding fan

wedding favor bags

See more from their wedding in the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and online here.

And more fun news! The summer issue is their annual Design-It-Yourself issue with pages packed with ideas that are all over the DIY spectrum (from do it yourself crafts to design it yourself ideas that help you personalize your fete with ease). And one more thing you can also do yourself? Download their new iPad version!

Cover: Photography by Raymond Hom/Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2012. Copyright 2012.
Story: Photogaphy by Chris and Sarah Rhoads/Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2012. Copyright 2012.

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  1. Such a beautiful wedding. Seriously fabulous. I love all the little details. It’s the little things that count.

  2. Love the plates “I’m fan of”, great idea! I will use it!

  3. Those giveaways are extremely cute! The theme is so cool!


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