Real Wedding: Hilary + Josh’s California Country Wedding

I love when readers share their wedding day with me. Today’s wedding was sent over from reader Hilary and it is so original and so them. Hilary was sweet enough to share a bit about the day… My husband and I are both professional artists (of the painting kind), so we wanted to make and do as much of the wedding prep as we could ourselves so that every detail was infused with our style. Ceremony and reception took place on a hot October afternoon at Paramount Ranch (an old movie filming location in the hills with a western town and all). We are both from California but have spent time living in the south so we wanted a country feeling to the event.

Each bridesmaids dress was a different shade of warm golden yellows, chosen by each bridesmaid to reflect their individual personalities. Dresses were from J.Crew, Down East Basics, Newport News, Macy’s, and vintage Fred Segel. They wore earrings from Etsy vendor jewelinspired. All of the groomsmen had different grey dress pants and vests with matching teal ties from Kohls and grey vans. Every boutonniere and corsage was hand made by myself out of felt, vintage fabrics, and feathers. No two were the same.

The ceremony was in the middle of a large meadow under a big old oak tree (I grew up in Thousand Oaks, Ca and the invitation suite had an acorn and oak leaf motif). We made the arch that stood behind us together out of bamboo, twine and mums. And the flowers blew in the wind with the breeze. I made our programs and the paper was held together with twigs.

The reception was held in the western town with picnic tables and all. We made all of the unbleached muslin tablecloths for the tables and the floral arrangements were assembled that morning by friends and family – meant to look like fresh picked wild flowers. In the year preceding the wedding, my mother collected all of the vintage blue and green mason jars.

The guest book was a collaborative creation of my husband and I. It was a large hand-drawn tree on which guests could leave their finger print and sign as a visual memory of the day. We are now selling these custom made on Etsy. Visit Bleu De Toi to check them out!

My groom’s ring was also found on Etsy from a vendor, fabuluster, that makes unique wedding bands with finger impressions on them. His was cast in white gold with an imprint of my finger as a texture on the outside of the ring. It was a surprise and he didn’t see it or know about it until we said our vows and exchanged rings.

Photographer: Vis Photography
Videographer: Nick Brosco of Blue Edge Media… here is a trailer of the wedding highlights:
Florist: Greenwich Floral Design
Caterer: Milano’s Italian Restaurant
Bride’s Dress: A designer vintage reproduction found on ebay for a steal. It was 3 sizes too big and completely re-sewn by my mother.
Accessories: The bride’s veil was made by my mother and I. The necklace and medallion is a family heirloom that all of the women in my family have worn on their wedding day for 3 generations. My great-great grandmother won it in an “expression” competition in high school. The earrings were from Etsy vendor amandamacky.

Thank you so much Hilary + Josh for sharing your creative day with us! Thanks also to Leah at Vis Photography for sending over the photos. Leah + Rob are a husband + wife team based out of Riverside, CA. Check out their blog to see more of their work.