Monday, April 8, 2013

You’re Invited: to a rustic chic wedding


Whew.  It’s been a crazy time around here.

Last week both the boys were off for their Easter break and it was a definitely a whirlwind of busy-ness and blessings. We did a lot of hanging out together and we finally got to meet Patrick’s girlfriend Allie who came up from San Luis Obispo for a visit… and if that wasn’t enough specialness happening, this past week was also our first little wedding job.

Do you remember Anne and Ryan’s rustic chic wedding? Well last Friday they finally got married and Kirsten and I ended up making all of their floral arrangements as planned.


Here’s a shot of some of the wedding roses on my dining room table alongside the tissue balls I made. We picked up the roses, hydrangeas and ranunculus a few days early to leave them at room temperature so they could begin to open.


almost finished: the chalkboard menu

And here’s the chalkboard I was working on in the living room. It has the wedding menu on it and it was the biggest chalkboard project I’ve done so far. Lots of words (and gulp, lots of time).


At the sweetheart table a Lego wedding couple sits on top of Grandma’s old lace tablecloth.


This wedding was overflowing with so many personal touches I thought you’d enjoy seeing some photos.

Anne and Ryan chose to say their wedding vows at the exact spot he had proposed to her. It’s a gorgeous vista point on a hill overlooking the Folsom lake. And they invited close friends and family to witness their ceremony which meant that everyone had to hike about a half mile to get to the spot.

(Older folks got a ride in)


Along the way, the bride and groom made sure no one could get lost. They made cute wooden signs pointing out the direction…which read…

Roses are red


Violets are blue


this way to…


a dream come true

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The groom made this trellis himself.

He didn’t want anything obstructing the view and we can see why. Isn’t this an amazing place to say your personal vows?

Now are you ready for a little more romance?

Ryan decided to surprise his bride. He arranged for a friend to bring his beautiful horse to the spot where Anne would begin her walk to the wedding site. Everyone knew about the horse but her.


The horse had daisies braided in her tail and a turquoise blue (the wedding color) blanket with scalloped edges.


I wasn’t there, but I heard Anne was completely beaming. She was on the horse when the guests and her groom spotted her in the distance.


The guests sat under clear blue skies and the wedding party walked down a aisle of green grass while the horse grazed in the background.

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The father of the bride with his daughter Anne walking down the “aisle.”

Anne wore a wedding dress lovingly made by her mother, Connie.


the wedding

After the wedding everyone got back into the cars and headed to

The Flower Farm in Loomis, California.


The Flower Farm is located in a working citrus orchard and includes a Bed and Breakfast (where the wedding party stayed) and a charming red barn-styled reception hall complete with stained glass windows and thick wooden beams.

The short winding road is lined with fluffy chickens, and blooming flowers.


A tissue ball welcome

The morning of the wedding while Kirsten and I were adding finishing touches to the tables, the father of the bride was high on a ladder hanging these balls. I got up there later to fluff them.

If you’ve never made tissue balls for an event, you really should. They’re easy to make and so pretty, don’t you think? Click HERE for a tutorial.


Remember THESE DIY mason jars we tinted turquoise blue? They really added that unifying color to the tables.

They were placed on long burlap runners made by the mother of the bride. We filled the large jars with white hydrangeas, white ranunculus, hot pink roses, lavender and white snapdragons, fuzzy lime dianthus, magenta wax flowers and leather ferns.


Here’s a close up of the flower colors we used. I took this photo while we were setting up. Not the best quality but at least you can get the idea. In real life the snapdragons stood out in the jars.

We made a total of 25 centerpieces for the reception tables, the outdoor bistro tables, cake table and lounge area.


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Each jar was wrapped with raffia.


We also made 32 small jars with baby’s breath.

The distressed wood table numbers were made by the groom’s mother. Everywhere you looked there were handmade touches.


Each guest got a favor that read, “Keep the fire alive.” It’s a fire starter kit chosen by the groom who was described  as an outdoorsman by his bride.


Tissue balls were also hung over the dance floor.

Anne is a professional dancer and her wedding list included lots of her fellow dancer/friends who filled up the dance floor.


This is the floral arrangement I made for the place card table.


The bride was there in the morning setting up the place cards …


…she made using her collection of wine corks.

I was next to her taking this photo

when I said, “Can you believe you’re getting married today?”

And she smiled and admitted she wasn’t nervous at all, only excited and happy.

“I just want to be married to Ryan. I just love him so much.”


The final addition to this tablescape were the childhood photos of the bride and groom  hung on a piece of rough twine with turquoise & gold glittered clothespins.


Instead of a guest book the guests signed a bench.


Don’t forget to take your popcorn ball from the old copper tub.


Don’t they make an adorable couple?


Just Married.

I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the details of this rustic chic wedding. The wonderful part of this event is that at each step of the way the bride and groom were relishing it all. I’ve never seen such a calm and relaxed wedding couple. We had so much fun doing their flowers and we wish them all of God’s blessings.

And now, it’s back to reality.

I’ve missed you all and can’t wait to catch up on my blog reading and comments!




I’m linking up with these friends:



Debra@CommonGround said...

LOVE it. That last photo is priceless!

Unknown said...

Oh Leslie - what a gorgeous wedding!!! You did a beautiful job - and that horse - well I better not tell my daughter about that - she's getting married in June and is completely obsessed with horses!
Took note of every little detail with much appreciation - thanks so much for sharing!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Wow! I love it all. Your flowers look fabulous! And the tissue balls are very ool. I must go and watch the tutorial.

Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth

Gypsy Heart said...

Everything is just perfect! I love the personal touches that were added. The last photo is definitely "frame worthy". Outstanding!


Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

The flowers are gorgeous! I love that the arrangements are in the tinted jars - perfect for the rustic wedding! Beautiful combination of blooms and colors! Congrats on a job well done! Hugs, Leena

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

oh my!!! absolutely gorgeous and perfect!!!!!!!!!

Patty said...

I really enjoyed reading about this rustic wedding and seeing the Ball jars. So pretty. You did such a great job. They are a darling couple.

Linda said...

That's my kind of wedding!! Down to earth..
My daughter married on our property.
Actually on our front porch in front of 100 guests.
We rented a large tent with floors and a dj and bar tender...tables,chairs and had it catered. Quite the hoe down....
We live in the country.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh my! How very lovely to see it all! I think you did a beautiful job. I love the little signs along the way and the idea of signing a bench was just wonderful!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Leslie, My eyes are wanting to tear up and I wasn't even there. Thanks for sharing all the gorgeous photos. They are a sweet couple. You outdid yourself though. What a great thing to be able to participate in such a meaningful way in someone's special day.

Unknown said...

Looks like a beautiful wedding and the flowers you did were gorgeous!

Pitter and Glink said...

Oh my goodness! SO beautiful!!!

Art and Sand said...

Oh, my! What a beautiful setting. If they were married in the summer the rolling hills would have been California golden hills. And, it would probably be unbearable in the heat.

I love all the little touches. Your flower arrangements are beautiful.

We have yet to do a wedding. Oh, the amount of work that goes into it.

Thanks for sharing.

Brandy~GreyLaneHome said...

This looks like a beautiful wedding. And I know I already told you, but WOW WOW WOW on the flower arrangements. The large one in the urn is stunning.

Rita said...

What a beautiful wedding! If you get a chance, please link this up to my sunday linky party:

Jeanne Henriques said...

Fabulous Leslie..what a special way to celebrate the day. I love how people express themselves these days...xx

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

What a sweet wedding. So many thoughtful touches, made by the groom as well. He sounds like a keeper! Great job on all the pretties!

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Leslie, those tinted blue mason jars looked fabulous on the tables with your gorgeous floral arrangements. I have to scroll back through all the images, there is just so much to see. The view is simply breathtaking. They look like such a fun and lovely couple!

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely, heartfelt wedding. The flowers are beautiful. I love all their personal touches, thanks for sharing their day with us. Patty/BC

The Divorced Lady's Companion to Living in Italy said...

It's lovely to see such beauty and happiness! Do send some over my way, especially the gorgeous flowers and setting, and the romantic groom. I'm feeling like a spring wedding after this! Xx

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

How lovely! Everything looks amazing :) Autumn greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

Vanessa said...

Hi, Leslie

What a beautiful wedding. I love ever detail and those flowers are gorgeous! What a elegant wedding.


Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! My daughter is getting married in September. I am going to show her this. We live on a hobby farm and have horses. She wasn't planning on having the wedding here but now I almost think she should. Thanks so much for sharing this with us! Visiting from Coastal Charm! Blessings!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a beautiful wedding Leslie! I love all the personal touches and the natural rustic feel. What a joy to be a part of such a lovely moment in time. Best wishes to the bride and groom!

Lori said...

What a gorgeous wedding Leslie ~ I love all the little personal touches. You did a great job on all the florals and tissue balls too ~ you ARE a talented one aren't you! xo

must love junk said...

LOVE these photos! What a gorgeous, special day!

Dirt Princess said...


Monica said...

Wendy this is gorgeous! I'm not surprised that you were involved in all of the gorgeous wedding details. PS - I didn't know the name for Rafia - thanks for informing me!!

Christy James said...

Beautiful share, Leslie! Love the picture of them exchanging vows beneath the clear blue sky!

Leslie said...

Hi Leslie, Thanks for stopping by my blog! This is a beautiful wedding and your floral arrangements are lovely. I think if I were to do it all over, I'd have a rustic outdoor wedding. Such a beautiful setting!

I grew up in Southern CA and my husband worked in SLO for a while. My brother is a wine maker and has lived in that area ~ Santa Inez. Such beautiful country.

I'll add you to my blog roll and follow along on google.

Thanks again for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!


Anita at Cedar Hill said...

Leslie, your link was the top viewed one!! I'm writing the post for tomorrow. Can you send me a photo today? I am writing the post where I highlight the top 3 viewed posts. As you know, I can't download photos from your blog.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Pure awesomeness. Not sure how I missed it first time around, but what a great occasion.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Such a relaxed but purely beautiful wedding. Glad I was able to see your post. Visiting over from Cedar Hill Ranch.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a beautiful and memorable wedding.

Thank you for sharing with us.

Happy November ~ FlowerLady

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