Colors: Cream, Purple, Lavender, Orange, Peach
Location: Reece Family Farms, Farmington, CA
Florals: Qute Hoots, Fresh Ideas Flower Co
Invitations and Menus: Qute Hoots
Photography: Photography by Jeana
Catering: Fagundes Catering
This past summer Jessica and I had the pleasure of coordinating and decorating the wedding of my coworker’s daughter, Stephanie. She and her family are crafty with tons of cute ideas, so it was our job to offer guidance and execute her vision on the big day.
Brad and Stephanie were married in Farmington, CA at Reece Family Farms on September 13, 2014. The venue was filled with vintage and antique items which went perfectly with the theme. The weather was scorching, over 100 degrees, which posed some issues with florals and candles, but overall we had a blast and everything turned out pretty amazing!
Guestbook and Gifts
As guests entered they placed gifts in a playful set of vintage cases and trunks and signed the photo guest book. I created the floral W using silk flowers, foam board, and a lot of hot glue. It was such an easy DIY!
The ceremony area had so much natural beauty and just needed a few simple touches. Stephanie wanted to incorporate almond logs in her wedding since her family farms almonds, so we lined the aisles with logs and placed a doily on top with hurricanes and candles. At the end of the aisle we used larger stumps with beautiful large flower arrangements made by the ladies at Fresh Ideas Flower Co. We draped silk curtains that the MOB sewed together along the trellis and hung a unique metal heart behind the bride and groom. I loved everything about this look!
After the ceremony guests returned to the barn and patio for the cocktail hour. The bride added so many personal touches from the pillows on the benches to the family photo table in the barn. It was amazing to see that none of the couples in their immediate families have been divorced! I used paper doilies to create a garland at the barn entrance to tie the elements all together. The bride and groom had handled mason jars with chalk labels so their guests could keep their drink with them all night.
To display the escort cards we used an old bifold louvered door. I used Kraft paper, paper doilies, and printed the names on round clear stickers. Remember to always list your names in alphabetical order by last name for quick reference by your guests!
Candy Buffet Favors
The bride and groom eschewed a traditional favor for the always fun candy bar. Stephanie avoided chocolate due to the heat and chose mostly hard candies and her aunt’s famous peanut brittle (which Jessica did spend time chipping with an ice pick later because it melted into a blob…oops!). Can you believe the bride found this desk at a local thrift for $35? With a bit of chalk paint it was transformed into a perfect vintage prop. We used the backdrop of the existing wine barrels since it fit the theme so well.
This was the first wedding where we arranged nearly all the florals! My mom, Jessica, and I created the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpieces. Without my mom this definitely would not have been possible! Stephanie desired a garden gathered look so we used a variety of gerbera daisies, roses, stock, statice, larkspur, lisianthus, baby’s breath, green mist, and eucalyptus seed.
The reception had all of Stephanie’s favorite elements. I loved that she chose plum linens to really set off the flowers. We used mason jars on the tables wrapped with a paper doily that I stamped “love” on and tied with twine with a battery candle inside. The flowers were placed in old barnwood boxes found on etsy. I created menu cards that looked like little chalkboard signs similar to the cocktail hour display. Champagne napkins and crisp white china completed the look.
We added a few special items for the Sweetheart Table. I made the Mr. and Mrs. banner with Kraft paper and Stephanie’s mom sewed together lace doilies for a table runner. We moved the logs and candles behind the table for a beautiful nighttime sparkle.
Once the sun went down it was time to eat and party! The bride and groom chose not to serve a traditional wedding cake and instead had a variety of fall pies from a local bakery that were incredibly delicious. There was much laughter, conversation, and fun which meant we did our job well!