Ariel loves to entertain and plan. As of now, hosting is more of a hobby, however, who knows what the future may hold as it is something she is passionate about and could see doing long term. From planning small backyard gatherings and girls’ nights to planning her own wedding, she found herself right at home putting together all the pieces that made her and her husband’s big day a memorable one.
When sitting down with our wedding coordinator, one of the first questions she asked was, “What is your wedding style?” Not being able to stick to one “theme” I came up with Rustic Glam. In two words I was able to sum up what I was going for- a somewhat country chic setting with a touch of sparkle.
Once I knew there was a wedding to plan, I just picked up and ran with it figuring out the details– small and large– and creating many of the pieces on my own. So, this welcome sign was a fun project for Doug and I to both work on together. This was the first thing our guests saw as they walked in and we thought this sign to be a nice personal touch that welcomed them to our “Happy Ever After.” Since the wedding, it has also served as a sentimental keepsake that we now have in our backyard.
Doug and I both have had two wonderful men that played huge roles in our lives– and both enjoyed a good party. We wanted to be able to honor Papa and Uncle Tom. Even though we know they were not physically there with us, they were in our hearts– as well as our family’s– on this special day.
Touches of Gold:
Maravilla Gardens has a beautiful array of flowers, various plants and lush trees– not to mention a killer view overlooking farmland (which hit close to home with Doug).
With all these colors and backgrounds, I didn’t want to underwhelm what the property organically provided and overwhelm the ceremony and reception with a rainbow of colors. Bringing the glam to this country chic setting, I chose gold as a color to accent.
From gold rimmed plates to gold frames throughout the setting,
and a (little over the top but totally necessary) gold sequined table cloth, this color brought the elegance and pop of glam I was looking for on our wedding day and added to the beauty of our surroundings.
Invitations & Printwork:
With the help of Mel and her husband, our invitations turned out beautiful! By not ordering through an invitation company and assembling these on our own, we were able to cut the costs tremendously. I enjoyed the creative design and process of making these invitations and being able to collaborate with two very talented friends was a huge plus!
We saved on another cost by printing one large seating chart versus individual table cards. It did help that we had a little connection to have this board printed but I am so happy with how this came out and I thought it was a great visual for guests as well as space saver.
For our guest book, we both didn’t want something that we knew would just collect dust and never get looked at. Having a photo album of our engagement photos for our guests to sign was a fun way to share our beautiful photos from our very talented photographer Rich Lander. Plus, it’s something we can display in our home and want to look at from time to time when we are feeling sentimental.
Photo Ops & Favors:
I love a good photo op and wanted to give guests the opportunity to capture their memories of our special day! This LOVE marquee was a hit, as was the hanging frame for a makeshift photo booth. And of course no wedding these days would be complete without a hashtag- #ACDC0605.
Doug and I went back on forth on different ideas for favors that our guests could take home. The idea of giving them a cookie came suddenly and once it was in our heads there was no turning back. Not everyone knew that our first date was at Diddy Riese in Brentwood, CA so this was a fun way to share this “fun fact” with our guests. Plus, we knew they would enjoy a sweet treat as a takeaway (or, as we heard from multiple guests, something to munch on before dinner)!
Having this wall of photos was a fun way to display our childhood memories as well as our lives together. As I was looking through pictures our moms had given us, I found a lot that matched. So, I thought it would be fun to connect our childhoods by choosing photos that were similar– from the standard baby bathtub picture to preschool photos to riding our first ponies. I even found a picture of Doug and I wearing very similar bucket caps (thank you 80’s). It was great for guests to be able to see where we came from and where we are now and it was a great trip down memory lane for our families and family friends.
Our wedding was a dream come true and I loved being able to incorporate so much of me and Doug on this day. It was so special having our closest family and friends there to celebrate with us and there’s nothing better to hear than, “This was one of the best weddings I’ve been to” from multiple guests. We poured our hearts and souls into this day and it could not have turned out more perfect. What a great start to the next chapter in our life together!
Photography by Rich Lander from Chard Photo.