Rustic Camarillo Ranch Wedding

Matt and Stacie are both from Wisconsin and  made the big decision to have their wedding in California at Camarillo Ranch. As you see, they made the right decision and had a spectacular wedding with a little help from a stellar wedding team – Krista Mason Photography and You & Me Events to create a wedding that was entirely them.

This rustic wedding was infused with personal do-it-yourself projects like a processional pom pom toss and a beautiful wine box ceremony with a homemade box made by  Matt’s brother-in-law. Those are just a few of the details that made this wedding entirely Matt and Stacie. As always, you can see all the images in the full wedding gallery here and read on to hear more from the bride.


Some of their DIY Projects
pom pom processional toss, “M” & “S” raffia letters for the barn doors, escort cards (made on a retro label maker), menu cards. My bridesmaid’s mom made all of my jewelry & my hair piece as well as the bridesmaids’ jewelry & hair pieces. We did the wine box ceremony during our ceremony and Matt’s brother-in-law put his heart and soul into creating an amazing box for us. It was so much better to have one built from love rather than purchasing one on eBay. It’s our “love capsule”. Matt’s sister made our fingerprint tree for us. The roots symbolize our family since that’s where we are rooted and the leaves and branches symbolize our friends. The whole drawing and finished fingerprint tree is very symbolic for us.

We wanted to honor where we are both from, so we decided to have a CA vs. WI cheese bar at cocktail hour. It is a big rivalry, after all. We played with the happy cows vs. cheeseheads theme and every one of our guests loved it!

We love getting beef jerky from gas stations when we go on road trips, so we decided to hand out beef jerky from Santa Barbara as our wedding favors.

My advice to future Brides is to get a photographer that you feel comfortable with. This is HUGE! WE felt so at ease and relaxed with Krista and Aldo and we think it is reflected in our pictures. We suggest hiring a planner. Our wedding planner, Jessi, had so many great ideas for us and always guided us with terrific advice. We are so grateful that she was a huge part of our day!

Once you make a decision on one detail, stop looking for additional inspiration. We did this because trends come and go and new ideas are always being revealed, so we didn’t want to be disappointed if a new, bigger and better idea was out there. Take one big group photo and try to make it to your cocktail hour if you can. Also, everyone says not to worry about the little things and while I do completely agree with this, I do think that they ARE important and I love thinking back to those little things that made our day special. Lastly, I would highly recommend inviting whom you want to invite. Since we were in charge of our guest list, when we looked around we knew each and every person that surrounded us on our wedding day. It made us less nervous about the day and even more excited to celebrate!

We weren’t crazy about having a big ol’ traditional wedding cake and since we love pie and were having our reception in a barn we joked around about doing a three tiered, wedding pie…and our caterer made it happen! We hid the wedding pie behind the barn door so that we could slide back the door for a big pie reveal later in the night.

Matt surprised me with a serenade during dinner. In high school, he was part of an a capella quartet with his three best friends. Since they were all in the wedding, they worked it out with the DJ to stop the music at a point during dinner. Which I actually noticed and felt like it was getting awkward that there was no music. Then, Matt and his best friends stood up and started serenading me to “Still of The Night.” Though Matt was singing lead, he grabbed my hand and we danced while they all sang to me, it was completely unexpected!

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Photographer: Krista Mason Photography
Event Designer: You & Me Events
Venue: Camarillo Ranch
Caterer: Contemporary Catering
Cinematography: Well Spun Weddings
DJ: Cal Sounds
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Flowers: The Little Branch
Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux
Lighting & Prop or Furniture Rentals: Town & Country
Bar Service: Liquid Catering

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  1. -100. Grace says:

    I love everything about this wedding. Everything about this wedding looks great!

  2. -100. @WeddingPlanr says:

    Rustic Camarillo Ranch Wedding: Matt and Stacie are both from Wisconsin and  made the big decision to have the…

  3. -100. @weddingchicks says:

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  4. -100. Tina says:

    Adorable!!! I get excited looking at the pictures & remembering how much fun it was! Best wedding ever!

  5. -100. Debbie Nacke says:

    How were the menu tags around the napkins done? Was it a stamp or done with a printer? DO thode tags go through a printer?

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. -100. @TownCountryLA says:

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  7. -100. @JoelleDuff says:

    I love the bright confetti for the recessional! RT @TownCountryLA Rustic Camarillo Ranch Wedding

  8. -100. @kristamason says:

    Thanks for the feature @weddingchicks Rustic Ranch Wedding w/ @camarilloranch @maggiesottero @LBFloral @friartuxshop

  9. -100. Krista Mason says:

    Thank you so much for the feature! We love this wedding, couple and everyone that made it happen. ;-)

  10. -100. Jessi Kaufman says:

    Yay! Thank you for the wonderful feature. Matt and Stacie were a dream to work with and their wedding day was so fun and special…just like them!

  11. -100. @YouandMeEvents says:

    Yay! Thank you @weddingchicks for the beautiful feature! With @kristamason @contempcater via @po_st

  12. -100. @YouandMeEvents says:

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  13. -100. @contempcater says:

    Excited to be on @weddingchicks w/ @youandmeevents @kristamason @LBFloral from our wedding at @camarilloranch!

  14. -100. @kristamason says:

    thrilled to have our rustic barn wedd on @weddingchicks w/ @YouandMeEvents @contempcater @LBFloral @camarilloranch

  15. -100. @contempcater says:

    So fun! RT @YouandMeEvents: Yay! Thank you @weddingchicks for the beautiful feature! With @kristamason via @po_st

  16. -100. @weddingPR says:

    Love it! RT @contempcater: Excited to be on @weddingchicks w/ @youandmeevents @kristamason @LBFloral @camarilloranch!

  17. -100. Laura L says:

    How cute is that pom pom toss! It looks great in the pictures. What a seriously awesome idea.

  18. -100. Jennifer says:

    I love the color selection. The little pom poms were great, very creative. The reception setting looks great, love the table arrangements. Beautiful dress!!!! Jennifer with

  19. Love the new country chic wedding trend.

  20. -100. @brevelry says:

    Instead of rice, throw pom poms. ❤

  21. -100. @MagnetStreetWed says:

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  22. -100. @WedWeekly says:

    RusticRanch Wedding…So Beautiful all The Colors! Love the Ceremony Send off! @WeddingChicks #WW_RealWeddings

  23. -100. Stacie Kelso says:

    Thank you everyone for your kind words! Our wedding day was the best day of our lives, and I’m so happy our photos have been featured on this wonderful site!!

    Debbie Nacke, the menu tags were made from a custom made stamp from Etsy. I can get you the seller if you’d like. We weren’t able to find a way to feed them through the printer, so this was our next best solution.

  24. -100. Debbie Nacke says:

    Yes, I would love the name of the Etsy store where you purchased the stamp for the menu stamp. Thanks for sharing.

  25. -100. Stacie Kelso says:
  26. -100. @WeddingDates says:

    Loving the bridesmaids different shades of coral dresses in this wedding!

  27. -100. Patsy says:

    Love your amazing wedding. Can I ask how guests you were able to fit in the barn.

  28. Absolutely love this wedding, especially the incorporation of the cheese feud :)

  29. -100. Trisha Nichols says:

    I need to know about your venue. Wedding date is April 13,2014.
    We have 120-150 people. I need to know the rules on catering, pricing of food, if linens, tables, utensils, plates, are included. What does the rental includes?
    Please let me know asap.
    Sincerely Triha

  30. -100. buy baby bib says:

    What’s up, I log on to your new stuff regularly. Your story-telling style is witty, keep up the good work!

  31. -100. HenorStag says:

    This wedding is just perfect! I love the sign post with the directions, very unique! The bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous, so too are the grooms men very cute dickey bows!

  32. -100. Heather says:

    Your wedding was gorgeous! I am getting married in June and am looking for table linens. What kind of linens do you have on the tables? I love them! I was looking into burlap but am afraid it will shed. Thanks!

  33. -100. Stacie Kelso says:

    The linens are from



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