Posts Tagged ‘country’

One-of-a-Kind Vintage Charmer by Oz Visuals
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

If I had to describe Danielle and Cody’s day in two words… darling and dreamy are the two that come to mind. These college sweethearts planned a wedding centered around summer and their deep appreciation for family and friends.  Danielle is from Iowa, Cody from California, so their families are spread far and wide.  They knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get all of their loved ones in the same place at the same time, so the week of the wedding was like a family reunion!  Everyone came together to help out with last minute details and the result was so lovely.  Get ready to swoon over the handmade details, gorgeous setting, and unforgettable vintage style, all photographed by Oz Visuals

Danielle is a country girl at heart, so Honey and Poppies used a variety of wildflowers and pastoral blooms in the floral design.   The bridesmaids wore fun, vintage style frocks by etsy designer Miss Brache.  A palette of teal, coral, yellow, green and white gave the romantic celebration a splash of sweet summertime whimsy.

The ceremony took place under a rustic floral archway on the awe-inspiring Saddlerock Ranch property.  Guests found shade under pastel parasols, as they reveled in the couple’s heartfelt vows.  Cody’s sweet expression of commitment moved Danielle and half the crowd to tears.

After a perfect ceremony, guests enjoyed a casual cocktail hour with blankets on the lawn, baskets of food, and bocce ball.  The reception was an absolute dream, with lights hanging from trees overhead, an elaborate spread of charming, eclectic décor and family style tables that encouraged conversation and connecting.  Danielle and Cody poured themselves into love-filled DIYs and you can tell that every last detail was thoughtfully planned and executed.  What a charmer!

There’s more to see, go to the full story….

Photographs by Oz Visuals

Coordination by Krystal Nietzke, Memories Everlasting

Florals by Honey and Poppies

Bridal Gown by Enzoani; Bridesmaid Dresses by Miss Brache

Venue:  The Saddlerock Ranch

Brides Shoes by Bamboo via

Catering by Contemporary Catering

Reception Entertainment by No Vacancy

Cake by Cake Monkey Bakery


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A Rustic Chic Real Wedding by Allie Lindsey Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Ali and Troy’s Oceanside, California wedding aimed to be casual, rustic and fun. From the looks of these gorgeous photos, courtesy of Allie Lindsey Photography– goal accomplished! The palette of navy, grey, burlap and splashes of green (think succulents) was perfect for this relaxed wedding with California country flair.

Ali’s fit and flare Alfred Angelo gown is perfectly chic, especially with that coordinating navy accent sash!  The maids wore lace frocks from Banana Republic, paired with cowgirl boots.  Love that look- it gets me every time.  Leaf it to Lexi Floral Design created ethereal baby’s breath bouquets that tied it all together.

The bride and groom went to high school together, but weren’t friends at the time. Eight years later, Alison’s brother-in-law, who was Troy’s best friend growing up, introduced them. They married in Heritage Park on an amazing, cloudless day in May.

Alison got a lot of her ideas for detail from Pinterest. Those personalized bottles are definitely a Pinterest-worthy highlight!  The reception was catered by the Delicioso Food Truck (how fun)! and the cake table  was crafted by Sweet Thing Bakery. A photo booth played the role of ‘guestbook’ and provided fun favors.

Coordinated by Main Thing Events, this rustic celebration was as sweet as it gets. From the optional quilt seating for the ceremony (which kids loved) to the taco truck and photobooth (which the adults loved), Ali and Troy’s wedding was a hit.  The relaxed vibe allowed for the love to flow- between family, friends, and of course, between the adorable couple <3

Photos by Allie Lindsey Photography

Coordination by Main Thing Events

Bridal Gown by Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaids Dresses by Banana Republic

Florals by Leaf it to Lexi Floral Design

Venue: Heritage Park

Catering by Delicioso Food Truck

Cake by Sweet Thing Bakery

Favors by The Photobooth Company



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Vintage Barn Wedding in California by Oz Visuals
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Wendy and Seth met in 2004, right before they graduated from Cal Poly State University.  They share a deep friendship and an interest in cattle ranching, so a barn wedding it was, after eight years of being together!  They had a fun, easy planning period that led up to a relaxed wedding day- they made it all look so effortless!  This rustic gorgeousness makes us want to just jump on a horse and ride off into the hills…Enjoy their album, captured like a dream by Oz Visuals.

Wendy was the picture of elegance against the the scenic backdrop of ranching country.  She raved about how comfortable she felt in her sophisticated, all-lace Jim Hjelm gown. Don’t the bridesmaids look rather lovely in a rich shade of peacock from David’s Bridal?  That color is just so yummy…  and was a gorgeous contrast to the bouquets of pale beauties, designed by Flowers by Kim.

Wendy and Seth married just outside the barn, then took a stroll for portraits in the countryside, among rolling hills and wild horses.  They utilized a plethora of authentic ranching gear for their reception- the appetizer and buffet table were old doors found around the barn, the gift “table” was an old 1959 Jeep pick-up, and flowers and lights hung in mason jars around the space. The bar was built out of a 100 year old redwood that was saved from when the barn was rebuilt. Wendy and Seth’s laid-back approach and use of the setting made for a day of pure country goodness!

Their approach to the reception was to make it fun for everyone with music, food, a bar, and loved ones… and they didn’t stress about the rest!  The ease of simplicity and effortless elegance shone thru.  All our best to Wendy and Seth ♥

Photography by Oz Visuals

Florals by Flowers by Kim

Bridal Gown by Jim Hjelm via Swoon Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses by Davids Bridal

Venue: San Simeon Creek Ranch

Officiant: Tom Allen

Hair and Make Up by Diva Day Salon

Event Rentals by Unlimited Events Inc.

Catering by Good Time Catering

Cake by Two Little Birds Bakery


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DIY Wedding in the Heartland by Paper Antler Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Today, a little handmade prettiness from the heartland.

Josh and Heather married in Oakland, Iowa this past October.  It’s not often that we feature weddings from Iowa… Not for any reason of course, we just don’t hear much from the Iowan folks… so it’s such a treat to have come across this gem of a wedding, photographed by our friends Jonny and Michelle of Paper Antler.

The bride is an artist and she created nearly all of the cute little details and things shown below!  She-so kindly- sent over all of her DIY instructions too, so that you can see how she pieced everything together!

DIY Whimsical Signs
Supplies: Old wood (both flat & in stick form), paint, wood glue.
Paint a white background almost to edges on flat wood. When dry, add letters (J + H) or words
(Wedding with an arrow or Just Married or Mr. & Mrs.) using a bright color (I used teal). Glue stick to
sign with wood glue and allow it to dry. Dig hole and secure in ground or nail signs to trees.

DIY Invitations
Supplies: Card stock, bird punch, edge punch, silver thread, computer, RSVP template, glue stick.
Print invitation information on card stock for RSVP cards and wedding invites. Punch edges to give them a classy, professional look (I used Martha Steward brand for edges and the birds). Punch out 2 birds on
invites. Wrap thread around top of invites. Add a fun scrapbook paper under the bird cutout using a glue stick. I made postal stamps using my artwork (bird-themed) at easy and affordable.

DIY Happy Tears Table
Supplies: Old table, old picture frame, paper, hankies, sweet little bin, spray paint.
Find an old table, sand it down and spray paint it a color you like (I used robin’s egg blue). Make a sign
that says, “Happy Tears, Please Take One” and frame it. Arranged old and new hankies in a bin you
enjoy and place on table for guests to use during the ceremony.

DIY Treats Table
Supplies: Old-fashioned or favorite candies and treats, vintage bowls, decorative take-away bags, cloth.
Collect candy and treats (I made white/dark chocolate covered apples) and arrange them neatly in vintage, decorative dishes. Cover table with a vibrant cloth. Have guests take away candy using fun bags. If you
desire, make a fun sign to hang above table (mine said, ‘sweets’  and I used leftover paper and glue).

How lucky we are to get a peek into this DIY maven’s planning process.. Thanks, Heather!

All the best to You and Josh!

Photographs by Paper Antler Photography

Ceremony & Reception Site: Big Grove Country Inn

Paper Goods & Décor by the bride- Heather McDonald- of Wildflowers & Grace

See her etsy shop too!

From the Bride: Riding home on the airplane from San Juan, Puerto Rico, I was elated after accepting Josh’s sweet proposal to me in a garita at Castillo de San Cristóbal, a fortress built by the Spanish in 1783. We opened up my journal that I take everywhere and penned our autumn, vintage-themed wedding, “Elegantly Antique.”

We excitedly planned October 8th, 2011 and hoped this wedding would be enchanting- boy was it ever! We wanted to showcase who we are as people while making everyone who would attend feel relaxed and at home.  Joshua is a brilliant writer and I am an artist who finds creating to be my therapy, so much so that I am studying to be an art therapist; we had ideas aplenty. We put our love-struck minds together and let our creative energies flow in hopes of making the vision of our dream wedding a reality. We scoured many antique shops in Wisconsin, where I am from and in Nebraska, where Josh is from, collecting trinkets and unique finds until we ran out of space to store them. I was busy designing wedding invitations, wedding programs and much of the décor that would grace the wedding site.

We stumbled upon an adorably perfect, four acre, rustic Iowan wedding site which included a Bed and Breakfast, a 100 year old chapel, a one-room school, a quaint reception hall, horseshoes and a merry-go-round, and an outdoor patio with a fire pit and scenic cornfields as far as these excited eyes could see.

Being a lover of nature, I found myself drawn to white birch trees, whimsical birds and various shades of goldenrod and aqua. I envisioned a palate of these colors on my bridesmaids and groomsmen as they stood in the charming country chapel.

Josh’s sister was busy making yellow antique rosettes for my maids’ hair and one for me made out of a blue antique flower pin and fabric from Josh’s grandmother’s wedding dress. We gathered old-fashioned candy for our loved ones to nibble on and mason jars to make hanging lanterns out of. The summer flew by as we made paper and pom-pom garland. I printed beautiful framed 4”x6” prints of my artwork to hang from twine with clothespins that would be parting gifts for our guests- to take a small piece of us with them when they went.

The wedding plans started to come together and finally the day arrived. Everything was lovely and even the weather decided to cooperate. My favorite part of the day was the beauty of love bringing all this together, that and, after the ceremony, a vibrant rainbow appeared in the sky over the Iowa corn and we ran out in the misting rain to capture shots of the glorious moment.

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