Chelsey + Jeff knew they wanted to bring their love of farmer’s markets and fresh food to their wedding day, so it wasn’t too difficult to dream up the details of their farm-to-table foodie theme. They quickly secured the design talents of Creative Ram, who worked their magic in branding the day with paper goods + signage that gave off an organic, authentic feel. And they worked with the talented girls at Artsy Heartsy to collaborate on all the little details and design elements that would bring their inspiration + ideas to life. The end result was a truly joyous celebration that felt personal + unique, but still down-to-earth. Let’s hear more about it from Chelsey:
Both of us are “transplants,” having grown up on the East Coast and then traveling the world before finding each other and deciding to call California our home. Two-thirds of our guests were coming from other states or countries, and many of them would be visiting California (or, us in California) for the first time. Because of this, we wanted our reception to provide an introduction for our family and our oldest friends to our life together in California. At the center of this introduction were the landscape of the Central Valley and all its bounty, and our community of talented friends. We stumbled upon and quickly secured a “rustic” ranch in the Capay Valley as our venue. The ranch showcased the beauty of the agricultural valley, and allowed us the flexibility to tailor all the details our way.
Thanks so much to Milou + Olin Photography for the beautiful photos and congrats and best wishes to Chelsey + Jeff!
Processional: Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips (Played live by friends)
Recessional: California Stars – Billy Bragg and Wilco (Played live by friends)
First Dance: Lovely Day – Bill Withers
So much happened in such a short period, being prompted to remember the day never seems to generate the same set of memories. It’s as if each small memory blinks in and out; like fireflies twinkling across a field, you never see the same ones at any one time.
That said, the contributions made by others come to mind most often: our friend’s stunning photography, the processional band, the decor, the photo booth and custom props, and the last minute scrambles to make things work smoothly. The intangible gift that we will cherish forever was the sibling speeches. We more or less dispensed with best man/maid of honor tradition and asked our siblings to say something, instead. Both our families are rather introverted, and the outcome of sibling speeches seemed like a small gamble when we made the decision. But they were amazing! Their stories and witty (but gentle) accusations from the past were touching and, at the time, reminded us of everything we wanted for our future to bring.
If you love the simplicity of Chelsey’s lovely gown, check out Jenny Yoo’s Annabelle Dress! It’s one of our faves!
We completely adore the farm-fresh centerpieces + bet the dinner, catered by Paella del Reyes, was top-notch! Foodie heaven…
C + J sent their guests away with fresh veggies + burlap bags! Now that’s a favor that would be so fun to get, right?!
You don’t need an unlimited budget to celebrate in a memorable and fun way. Dresses don’t have to cost $1,000 and you can throw a fun dance party without a DJ. Guests will enjoy a big plate of homemade cookies and a tub of kettle corn just as much as an expensive wedding cake. If you’re working with a limited budget, make meaningful investments and look to your friends to donate their talents.
photography: Milou + Olin Photography // venue name: Taber Ranch, Capay, California // event design: Creative Ram // florals: DIY // wedding dress: BHLDN // hair stylist: Stacey Tickner, Space 07 Salon // makeup artist: bride // officiant: friend // stationery: Creative Ram // website design: Creative Ram // coordination: brigitte Artsy Heartsy // totes: Revolution Ink, Brian Faucett -- [email protected] // screen printing: Revolution Ink, Brian Faucett -- [email protected] // photobooth: giggle and riot // ceremony music: friends // dance music: DIY with spotify premium // food: Paella del Reyes // groom attire: suit from Ted Baker, shoes from Cole Haan, pocket squares from Hugh & Crye // earrings: J.Crew // centerpiece fruits: farmers market // jam favors: DIY & friends // beer: DIY & friends // cider: DIY & friends // bus rental: First Student Charter