Western Meets European in this Warm and Eclectic Backyard Wedding

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

You might not think to pair Western and European together, but one quick glance through these stunning pictures proves IT WORKS! When Sarah + Loïc began planning their backyard wedding, they knew they wanted to honor both of their cultures, but also be surrounded by everything they both love. For them, that included warm color, Spanish tile details, Dutch-inspired antiques, and Western Wear. For their reception, they combined family heirlooms, handmade signage, and mismatched dinnerware (that they shopped together!) to create an inviting atmosphere for their guests.

S shared more with us about how their combination style took shape:

For our big day there was never a question of where we wanted to make our memories. We knew instantly that we would be married at my parents So Cal Spanish Home, Hidden Hacienda Farms. From there, bringing together everything we love led us on our crazy wedding planning journey, and we wouldn’t change a thing . My family being Dutch, I have always loved Delft blue inspired pottery and all things Van Gogh . While growing up in our Spanish Style home, I was surrounded by terra cotta and rich hand painted tiles. Loïc, on the other hand, is my french-man-turned-cowboy. He is happiest when wearing his hat with a glass of whiskey in hand, and being in the great outdoors. Good people, and great music make him a truly happy man.

You’re going to love these images captured by Angela Mae Photography! Let’s take a look!

Spanish Tile Details

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

How cute are these earrings that S gifted to her bridesmaids?? We love how each girl has something unique! She mentioned that she and her sister had matching hand painted earrings inspired by the Delft Blue pottery she loves!

Girl Squad Goals!

getting ready robes

S and her girls looked beyond adorable in BHLDN getting ready robes! Again, we love how each girl’s personality and sense of style gets a chance to shine!

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Bridal Style

Made with Love 'Billie'

S was a slinky and chic vision in her Made with Love ‘Billie’ gown from Lovely Bride. She paired it with a stunning fringe New Phrenology ‘Amulet’ veil and adorable textured Anthropologie shoes. It made her look beautiful and effortless with the perfect touch of Western style!

Mismatched Bridesmaids

Fall bridesmaids

You guys know how much we love mismatched bridesmaids dresses! S’s girls nailed the color palette of warm yellow, rust, nude and blue with these beautiful gowns from Show Me Your Mumu, BHLDN and Fame and Partners. They look totally chic but also ready for a relaxed backyard wedding!

Fringe Veil

Swoosh! How fun is this veil?!

Dutch-Inspired Florals

yellow poppy bouquet

Region Design Studio took inspiration from some of S’s favorite Dutch painters. These gorgeous flowers were all designed to look like Golden Age still life masterpieces! They absolutely nailed it!!


Lookin’ good boys! L and his dapper gentlemen wore bolo ties that were owned by L’s grandfather and we are in love! This is Western done right!

Sweet First Look

first look

first look

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

These two are the cutest!!

Made with Love 'Billie'

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding Ceremony

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

In love with this sweet and simple arch design featuring S + L’s favorite tile-inspired color palette! This is perfect proof that a backyard wedding can still be stylish and elegant!

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Yay! They’re hitched!

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

Our wedding was in a sense a giant collection of all of our favorite things. We celebrated our European heritage with plates and champagne tours. Got country with hats and whiskey. Spent time collecting together and making everything by hand. Honoring family members by bringing their heirlooms to life to create something truly unforgettable.

Wedding Western Wear

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Giddy up Y’all! S + L wowed in their Western reception wear. How cute are they?! L’s black western top is from Ely Cattleman.

boho wedding dress

Western bridal for the win! Not only is this perfect for their backyard wedding reception, but we would totally rock this look any day of the week! Shop some more Western-inspired bridal attire below:

whiskey bar

S + L are the King and Queen of the DIY! They personally collected these mismatched whiskey glasses and S hand painted that adorable sign! Obsessed!

Wedding Reception in the Garden

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

More Rentals provided furniture and tabletop rentals for S + L’s reception setup. How perfect are those wedding chairs for the overall look?! If you’re thinking of hosting your own at-home event, check out our 10 Tips to Throw Your Dream Backyard Wedding!

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Love the attention to detail S + L!! They made their table numbers from broken tiles leftover from home projects. That’s how you get crafty for wedding day, folks!

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Mismatched Tableware

vintage plates

We love to hear about fun things the bride and groom did together to prep for wedding day! S shared this about how she and L styled their reception:

With all of our independent loves and passions; If there’s something we both live for, its antiquing. Finding old, handmade, one of a kind items to decorate our walls and fill our home is our favorite past time. Family heirlooms fill us with joy and give us stories that last a lifetime. We collected plates and centerpiece vessels with Spanish colors or delft blue designs from friends, family, and our favorite antique spots. The collecting did not end until every guest had something extra special in front of them at our wedding.

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

We would most definitely hang our hat at this adorable sweetheart table!

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

With sweets from Persimmon and Brie and cake from Pollys Pies, S + L’s dessert table was ON POINT!

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

My advice to any bride would be to stay focused on what you love. Trends are fun and inspiring but nothing beats being surrounded by everything that matters to you.

Western meets European Backyard Wedding

Congratulations Sarah + Loïc!! We are beyond impressed with how you merged your two individual styles into one incredible backyard wedding! The GWS team wishes you both all the best married life has to offer!

photography: Angela Mae Photography // venue name: Hidden Hacienda Farms, California, USA // florals: Region Design Studio // wedding dress: Made with Love 'Billie' // wedding dress boutique: Lovely Bride // hairpiece: New Phrenology 'Amulet' // bride's shoes: Anthropologie // bride's ring: Local Eclectic // bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your MuMu, BHLDN and Fame and Partners // getting ready robes: BHLDN // groom attire: Ely Cattleman // paper goods: Paper Culture // handmade details: Sarah Maggie (signs + tables) // cake: Pollys Pies // desserts: Persimmon and Brie // tabletop rentals: More Rentals // furniture rentals: More Rentals