The California sun was shining bright on this dreamy and romantic ranch wedding captured by Sarah Maren Photography. The ceremony atop the rolling hills is just breath-taking! Even though it was a summer wedding, the couple infused their love of fall with rich burgundy and plum hues to pair with their light and summery blush, making the perfect combination. And we love that the bride was able to incorporate some of her beloved grandmother’s gown even though it didn’t work out for her to wear it herself!
From the start, Greg and I knew we wanted a rustic wedding with a barn. We love the barn setting and that just had to be a part of our wedding day. We looked into a few before seeing Taber Ranch and as soon as we pulled in to this beautiful little ranch our minds were made up. The rest of the vision kind of came to fruition once that was decided. I knew I wanted a hint of elegance thrown in with the rustic vision so our color scheme was very natural and romantic. My original hope was to be married in Fall because it’s our favorite season but the timing of everything just didn’t seem to work out that way. So instead of having a fall wedding we had a summer wedding with fall floral colors thrown in. I knew I wanted some burgundy and wine to pop from the blush and creme tones of the rest of the wedding and my florist really hit my vision for that spot on. We wanted it to be a comfortable and carefree wedding!
My grandma, mother’s mom, passed away two years ago and it was devastating for me. She was one of the most amazing people I knew and one of my best friends. It was hard for me planning my wedding and knowing that she wouldn’t be there. I had planned to try and wear her wedding dress but it just didn’t work out so instead I had taken a piece of lace from her fabric and had the seamstress sew it to the inside of my dress. It was something that was so unbelievably special to me and it felt like she was right there with me the whole time. For my something borrowed I used one of her beautiful handkerchiefs and held it with me at the ceremony. These little pieces of her close to me on my wedding day brought me so much comfort and love.
For the bridesmaids dresses, from the beginning I knew I wanted them to be long and for the girls to pick them out on their own. I gave them a cream and blush color scheme to go off of and let them choose whatever they felt the most comfortable in. I wanted them to have the choice for the most part. And I didn’t see all of their dresses together until the day of the wedding and for them not shopping together they all looked amazing and perfectly complimentary! I was so happy!
The whole day was just incredible. I would have to say our first look was one of my favorite moments. We had decided to see each other before the ceremony and we were both so glad we did. Gregory and I both felt so anxious and nervous prior to the ceremony, we just wanted to get married! Being able to see each other before was so comforting and gave us a moment to have to ourselves, a reminder of what our wedding day was about, celebrating our next adventure together.
The ceremony took place on top of a hill overlooking vineyards and rolling hills. It was magical to say “I Do” up there with my best friend. My uncle was our officiant and it brought such a loving and intimate aspect to our ceremony. I will never forget that moment.
Our main colors were very natural with creams and blushes and lots of greenery so I wanted some pops of dark burgundy and wine to bring in a little fall color. My flowers came from a local farm near the venue so we didn’t pick certain types, it was all based on whatever was in bloom around the time of the wedding. Having the flowers be dependent on the season was amazing and made it more of a surprise for me when my florist delivered my bouquet on the day. I loved that they were grown just down the road from our venue, it gave it a very organic an natural earthy feel that I love!
Gregory and I had a hard time deciding on favors. We had been to a number of weddings where the favors were either left behind or just never taken by guests. We really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that no one really needed and would potentially go to waste. Looking through Etsy one day, we came across an artist who sketches portraits and turns them into temporary tattoos and we were sold! It was so us! We sent a picture of the two of us together and she had sketched it spot on with the date of our wedding below. We set up a little temporary tattoo station next to the bar with a squirt bottle and sponge and a sign that read “Grab a drink and get some ink.” It was such a hit! And it was so fun to see everyone walking around with our faces on different body parts just getting a laugh out of it. The best decision we made!
Another favorite moment for us was during cocktail hour. Everyone else went down to enjoy appetizers and our drink “Rosemarry Me” and we were whisked away in a red convertible cadillac to a hilltop with a huge tree that overlooked the reception. We took pictures up on that hill giving the guests a fun way to watch us take our pictures under the sunset while allowing Gregory and I to have another moment together to take it all in.
Just watching everyone enjoy themselves and dance and have a great time was such a nice feeling. We had so many people come up to us and say it was one of the best weddings they had been to which meant so much to us. I could go on and on but our whole day was really so memorable and magical!
Photography | Sarah Maren Photography | Venue | Taber Ranch | Floral | Full Belly Floral | Cake | Freeport Bakery | Catering | All Seasons, All Reasons | DJ | SILVERADO DJ | Gown | Justin Alexander from Bride to Be Couture | Hair | Natalie Nichols | Makeup | Morgan Merrill | Groom’s Attire | Calvin Klein
We’re getting cozy in a cotton field with this charming fall Tennessee engagement session captured by Abigail Volkmann! This couple styled some adorable details for their shoot to show off their love of fall in the south. With a fun vintage bike (complete with dangling painted cans) and a picnic in the cotton fields, this session is too cute! And of course it wouldn’t be complete without some hot cocoa piled high with mini marshmallows!
Photography | Abigail Volkmann
Inspired by chinoiserie vases, this summer affair captured by Fete Photography will have you dreaming of a gorgeous garden wedding! We love this chic and classic look and that the bride’s mom hunted down all of the vases for the reception herself!
Even though we’re both from Mississippi, our wedding was in Asheville, NC. Most of my family lives in the area and I think it’s Bentley’s favorite place in the world! We had both our ceremony and reception at the NC Arboretum because it shows off the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We figured if most of our guests were driving at least 8 hours, we needed to show off Western North Carolina. The Arboretum allowed us to choose very different sites for our ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Our ceremony was a flagstone amphitheater and our reception was a garden setting including a large glass green house. However my favorite was our cocktail hour location- it had an incredible view of the mountains and the centerpiece was a large fountain. We hosted a welcome party for all of our guests and had an intimate wedding so that we were able to spend real time with all of our guests.
We both wanted very classic looks for the wedding. I knew I wanted a classic silhouette and a long train (probably because of my love for Princess Diana). I found my wedding dress on the first shopping trip and even before we had set a date – I never thought it could be that easy! My family and I went to a bridal boutique in New Orleans that has been in business for almost a century. It was a lot of fun making trips to New Orleans for fittings! I knew it was “the dress” when my mom and sister cried and my dad confirmed it was the one. My wedding dress was a Pronovias off the shoulder, silk gown with a dropped waisted and covered buttons.
I’m so glad Bentley and I did a “first look” because I felt so calm before walking down the aisle. I had a long train and had to walk down flagstone steps – I was nervous until I saw Bentley! Our ceremony felt really special to us because our pastor is a close family friend. Bentley and I served communion to our family and friends during the ceremony. It was a really personal and intimate moment we’ll always remember.
The largest decor elements were our dozens of blue and white/chinoiserie vases. I really liked the idea of using navy but wanted the color scheme to still compliment our summer garden location. Our wedding planner did a really great job of incorporating preppy elements like our navy and white, Greek key invitations with classic prints and warm linens. My mom is very creative included quite a few DIY pieces. She found and refinished our vintage lounge furniture and spent almost a year shopping for our blue and white vases! I think this gave made our centerpieces really unique. My dad even helped built the cross for our ceremony and corn hole boards for our reception.
We tried to personalize our wedding with things we thought we would enjoy at a wedding! Even though we had an evening wedding, we wanted the reception to feel really comfortable. We had personalized corn hole boards, intimate lounge seating, and almost all of our beverages were local. Asheville is known as “Beer City USA” because of its large number of both big brand breweries and microbreweries. For this reason, we hosted our welcome at Catawba, a local brewery in Downtown Asheville. We also carefully selected local beers on draught for the reception. In addition to beer, we also served Biltmore wine and craft sodas from Waynesville Soda Jerks which is in my parents’ hometown. We also tried to serve food we wanted to eat including a fun fillings in our wedding cake like pineapple and comfort food like cheesy grits. My favorite personal item had to be the wedding cake server my parents gifted to us. It was made to match my great grandparents’ silverware from their wedding in the 1940’s – they met while both serving in WWII.
Photography | Fete Photography | Venue | NC Arboretum | Planning & Florals | Rachelle Youd Designs | Rentals | Classic Event Rentals | Catering | Saffron Fine Foods | Cake | Karen Donatelli Bakery & Cafe | Bar | Cordial and Craft | Dress | Pronovias | Hair & Makeup | Flawless