Elegant Pop-Up Barn Wedding: Laura + Rob

California wild west ranch wedding

Laura + Rob knew they wanted a barn wedding, but with their 350 person guest list, finding one to hold that many people in their desired area of SoCal was next to impossible. Instead of giving up on their ideas, they brought on a team who could bring their vision to life and then some. No barn? No problem. The amazing design team, Crosby + Jon, were immediately up to the challenge and set out to make a 300-person clear tent look exactly like an old barn – yes, that barn above is not a real barn!! Amazing, right? Let’s hear a bit more about it from Regina and Krista of Crosby + Jon

We were working with a bare patch of acreage owned by the bride’s father. No kitchen, no hotel staff, no parking lot, no electricity, no water. Yet on a wintry day in December, guests arrived to what appeared to be a century-old barn in the middle of a field. It was an old-fashioned barn-raising of what we now refer to as the “Pop-Up Barn.” It took months to plan and a week to construct, but when it was all finished, it almost looked like a tent was added to enclose some old standing barn walls. It was perfect.

There’s sure to be a lot of pressure on the photographer hired to capture a scene that was such a labor of love, but Chris and Kristen Photography didn’t miss a beat. We’re in love with their stunning photos from L + R’s perfect day…

California wild west ranch wedding

rustic little ones

rustic wedding party


barn tent ceremony

Although Rob + Laura are a down-to-earth country couple, they also wanted their special day to be elegant and sophisticated. Bringing in french-inspired furniture pieces from Archive Rentals was a perfect way to make sure the elegance didn’t get lost in the ‘Wild West’! Lush, romantic greenery + thousands of white flower petals helped up the luxury factor, too.

vine covered wagon

wooden pews in ceremony

bride with red rose bouquet

California wild west ranch wedding

wagon wheel chandelier

Donna Urban Events says, The best part of the Pop-Up Barn was that inside had a bright, open-sky feel, which allowed for a winter time barn reception where guests could still dine during sunset and dance under the stars.

wild west round bar

vintage bar sign

Every single detail is totally spot-on!

wooden crates stacked up

vintage lounge

grilled cheese and soup cocktails

wild west ranch food station

wild west ranch food station

wild west ranch food station

Want to throw your own elegant Wild West wedding? We don’t blame you one little bit! Shop Laura + Rob’s gorgeous celebration below to get a head start:

wild west seating chart

barn tent reception

From florist, Krista Jon: When Laura explained that she loves red roses, I was thrilled.  So do I, and they are often under used.  However, after a few meetings I learned that she loves only red roses, no greens and no ‘other’ flowers.  And, because their wedding was so close to Christmas, she didn’t want the designs to look like Christmas.  The challenge was how to use only red roses, keep it from looking Christmas-like, and also prevent it from looking like standard ballroom balls of roses.  It wasn’t easy!  But through trail and error and glasses of wine, we all got there.  It turned out to be one of my favorite weddings because the saturation of color and volume of florals had a such a strong presence that it was exactly what was needed to fill the huge space.

red rose centerpieces

wooden animal plate setting

leather table numbers

wooden animal plate setting

mr and mrs chairs

donut bar

More from Donna Urban EventsThe meal was capped with two of the most spectacular of dessert stations; an entire ‘room’ within the tent filled with all of the bride’s favorite treats displayed under a huge antique crystal chandelier. And a surprise for Rob from Laura, we built a fully stocked retro donut shop within the tent, a tongue-in-cheek nod to the groom who is an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy along with his father, brothers and friends. The space was filled with black and white photos and well as memorabilia to honor the department, so the donut shop received cheers of delight at the end of evening when the Bride pulled back the curtain to reveal the surprise and welcome guests in for donuts and coffee.

donut bar

chalkboard dessert menu


cowboy cake topper

bistro lighting


sparkler exit

The perfect night ended with a fun sparkler exit before Laura + Rob hopped into their get-a-way car, a 1967 Mustang that
belonged to the Laura’s dad!

We’re in love with how inventive this amazing wedding is! Such great inspiration and proof that the sky is the limit when it comes to bringing your dream wedding to life!

Congrats to L + R and thanks for sharing your day with us!

photography: Chris and Kristen Photography // venue name: Private acreage, California // event design: Crosby + Jon // planning: Donna Urban Events // florals: Krista Jon for Archive // wedding dress: Blush Bridal Couture // hair stylist: Beauty and the Beach // groom attire: Friar Tux // music: Pickleback Shine -- [email protected] // officiant: Chief Chaplain Sandy Otsuki // stationery: Donna Urban Events // rentals: Archive Rentals // lighting: Archive Rentals // catering including the cake: Turnip Rose Catering // dessert bar: Turnip Rose Catering // 
bridesmaid dresses: Nordstrom -- Jenny Yoo // makeup (bride): Ashley Esser // makeup (wedding party): Beauty and the Beach // wedding: Robbins Brothers // engagement rings: Robbins Brothers