Vintage European-Inspired Barn Wedding

bridal gown by Vera Wang

Heather and Garen met and fell in love while they were both living abroad in Spain, so it wasn’t a big surprise they wanted to incorporate the European culture they grew to love in their big celebration. Their venue, an old barn in Oxnard, California, was decorated both inside and out with rustic and vintage furnishings and embellishments to create the old-world, laid back atmosphere they were looking for.

Be sure to read on to hear so much more from Heather about their special day — especially their full budget breakdown. Don’t miss any of the inspiring details from this vintage European-inspired barn wedding in the full gallery here, all stunningly captured by Vis Photography.

earrings from Nadri Jewelry Group and shoes by Enzo Angiolini

tan bridesmaid dresses

groomsman looks

From the Bride:
Since Garen and I met and fell in love while we were living in Spain, we really wanted to incorporate Spanish culture into our wedding. We were also looking for something unique, rustic, elegant and intimate. We wanted to have an outdoor wedding and an indoor reception that was filled with candles! We found all of that at the Graf Barn!

mason jar florals

wedding ceremony decor

It was even better that Laina, the owner and caterer, lived in Portugal for some years with her family because she appreciated European culture and was able to capture the look and feel of what we were aiming for (basically an old-world charm/laid-back California vibe). The food was Mediterranean-inspired and we were lucky that Laina was familiar with Spanish cuisine and cooked some of our favorites for the cocktail hour!

vintage furniture at cocktail hour

rustic hors d'oeuvre table ideas

vintage cocktail hour ideas

rustic drink table ideas

yard games during cocktail hour

Garen and I would spend the weekends leading up to the wedding checking out the local flea markets in search of vintage postcards. We looked for cities that we had visited and ended up using those as our “table numbers.” So instead of Table 1, a guest would be at the Madrid table (for example). We also brought back the wine corks of bottles we had shared together and put the place cards in them. We wanted to add little, special touches to the wedding that made it more personal.

Laina had an old monastery table and a French stained-glass church door which we absolutely loved (again little details like that which complimented the whole look).

vintage escort card ideas

vintage decoration ideas

vintage wedding ideas

wedding table decor

We absolutely love all of the stunning vintage decor and the little antique touches that wrapped everything together into one gorgeous wedding. One simple detail that accentuated the romantic atmosphere, gave a pop of color and would be easy to do yourself was the addition of lavender sprigs to the table settings. To hold it in place tie it with a cute complimentary ribbon!

rustic vintage decoration ideas

wedding lighting

vintage cake table ideas

I think if we had more of a budget, I would have hired a wedding coordinator. While Garen and I did a great job of managing everything ourselves, I think it would have alleviated a bit of stress to have someone help with the planning and organizing.

Luckily we have AMAZING friends and family that we were able to delegate tasks to which really helped in the end. Other than that, everything was truly perfect. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing! Okay maybe perhaps eating before the wedding — they always tell brides to do that, but we never do and end up starving by the time the reception rolls around :)

polaroid cameras at wedding reception

Can’t get enough of this vintage European-inspired barn wedding? Then you simply must watch the wedding film from Nick Radford Photography below!

Photographer: Vis Photography
Hair: Vicky Garcia of Salon Rouge
Cinematography: Nick Radford Photography
DJ: Bill Child of DJ Mister Bill
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Groom's Attire: Hackett London
Jewelry: Nadri Jewelry Group
Shoe Designer: Enzo Angiolini
Stationery Design: Jorge Lawerta of Lawerta
Stationery Paper: Paper Source
Flowers: Erin Ridley (Bridesmaid) using Far East Wholesale Flowers
Coordinator & Event Designers: Bride and Groom | Makeup: Nicole Finnegan | Venue: The Graf Barn | Cake & Caterer: Laina Graf | Officiant: Phil Graf

Read on to see how much this vintage European-inspired barn wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: green, peach, white
Styles: backyard, rustic, vintage

Chaviano Couture Fall 2013 Bridal Collection

Chaviano Couture Fall 2013

After designing her own wedding gown when she was unable to find the perfect one, Annette Thurmon decided to pursue her dreams and started Chaviano Couture in the spring of 2009. Her collection debuted at New York Fashion week in 2010 and her company has continued to grow by launching new collections, being featured in magazines and even publishing a book, A Lifetime of Happiness.

Annette is a firm believer in encouraging others to follow their dreams. Because of this Chaviano Couture not only specializes in creating custom, one-of-a-kind gowns for their brides, but they also donate 20% of their proceeds to help people around the world — most recently orphan girls in Haiti. Read on to see what Annette has to say about her Fall 2013 collection and be sure to check out the rest of the gowns in the full gallery here.

Chaviano Couture Fall 2013

Chaviano Couture Kristy gown

From Annette Thurmon:
Our newest collection embodies romance and timeless elegance. Beautiful silhouettes that flow with tulle and gorgeous lace. For this collection we created a one-of-a kind gown with the help of Kristy Rice. A beautiful ball gown with endless yards of hand painted silk organza by Kristy in a pattern exclusive to Chaviano Couture. It is our favorite gown in the collection.

Our collection is unique with delicate details including pockets, hand applied beading, hand sewn lace, horsehair braid, and some extra sparkle! We truly believe wearing a wedding gown should be an unforgettable experience. Proceeds from each gown sold go to a charity or mission project around the world. We aim to leave a lasting impression not only on our brides, but in someone’s life as well. We hope you love this collection as much as we do!

Chaviano Couture Kristy gown

Dress Designer & Veil or Hair Accessories: Chaviano Couture
Photographer: Melissa Schollaert Photography
Styling: Carlee Sizemore | Model: Kacie Boguskie

Categories: Bridal Collections

Rustic Ranch Wedding In San Luis Obispo

Whitney Darling Photography

Dave and Jamie tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Holland Ranch located in San Luis Obispo, California. With a combination of rustic and vintage decorations, this wedding is full of details that are sure to both impress and inspire. Don’t miss anything this rustic ranch wedding has to offer by viewing the full gallery here, all stunningly captured by Whitney Darling Photography.

light blue bridesmaid dresses

ceremony programs

rustic wedding sign

From the Bride:
The day before my wedding my father was hospitalized for Pancreatitis. Everything is fine now and he is healthy, but he wasn’t able to make it to the wedding as they had to send him to a hospital closer to home. My brothers stepped in at the last minute to walk me down the aisle. They even all took turns dancing with me during what should have been the father daughter dance, along with my uncle (my dad’s brother).

Thanks to technology and wonderful friends, my dad was able to Skype in from the hospital to see the ceremony and got to say “Hi” to me before the wedding. While I of course would have wanted my father there, it became a wonderful bond my brothers and I now share.

wedding ceremony at Holland Ranch

outdoor wedding ceremony at Holland Ranch

My husband and I discussed whether we would have done anything differently awhile back and our answer was no. We felt that we had plenty of time to plan and every decision was well thought out so we didn’t have any regrets. In fact, we were pleased with the “extra” things we thought we ordered. We had a videographer, which we hadn’t initially planned on. She is a friend of mine and gave us an affordable deal, so we went for it.

It turns out it was a blessing in disguise because of my father’s hospitalization. I couldn’t have changed the fact that he was sick, but I am able to share a video of that day with him, to make him feel part of his daughter’s wedding (which he has shown to his co-workers over and over to the point where they are now sick of it!) So, my advice to brides would be that you can’t plan for the unexpected, but you can prepare to treasure your memories and share them by having them captured in videos and photographs that will last a life time.

cut maps used for escort cards

rustic wedding ideas

door knob table numbers

Wonderfully enough we have a DIY project that gives you step by step on how to create similar door knob table numbers.

door knob table numbers

outdoor reception at Holland Ranch

On the Baker:
Enjoy Cupcakes was established April 1st, 2009 and currently has one storefront location in Los Olivos, California, but they will bring the bakery to your party, wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, holiday gala, retreat, or corporate event. Guest will ENJOY treats served out of an adorable restored vintage Shasta trailer with twinkling lights that will make your event unique & unforgettable!

You me Oui

Legos used as cake topper

cupcakes and vintage trailer courtesy of Enjoy Cupcakes

wedding reception at Holland Ranch

wedding dancing

Watch the wedding film from Caterpillar Weddings below to get a closer look at this rustic ranch wedding!

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Flowers: April Flowers

Photographer: Whitney Darling Photography
Cake: Enjoy Cupcakes
Cinematography: Oakley Anderson Moore of Caterpillar Weddings
DJ: Dan Curcio
Dress Designer: Pronovias
Stationery: Minted
Shoe Designer: Toms
Hair & Makeup: Rhonda Johnson
Second Photographer: Cory Kendra Photography | Venue & Coordinator: Holland Ranch, San Luis Obispo | Caterer: Guest House Catering

Read on to see how much this rustic ranch wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, brown, peach
Styles: rustic, vintage

Rustic Midwestern Destination Wedding at Juliane James Place

Rivets and Roses photographer

After entering and winning (by a landslide) the 2012 photography giveaway from Rivets and Roses, Kirsten and Graeme tied the knot at a woodsy outdoor ceremony at Juliane James Place in Northern Minnesota. To make their wedding day everything they hoped for this Canadian groom and American bride enlisted the experts at Bash Collective, who coordinated and designed their event to perfection.

Be sure to read on to hear so much more from Kirsten about their special day — especially their full budget breakdown. Don’t miss anything from this rustic Midwestern destination wedding by viewing the full gallery here, all beautifully photographed by the talented Louisa Podlich of Rivets and Roses.

hummingbird wedding invites

A graphic designer by trade, the bride designed all of the stationary and paper goods herself. Using the poem Tale of Two Hummingbirds as inspiration, Kirsten added a personal touch with the custom invitations, ceremony programs, wedding favors and seating placards. You can read the entire poem below.

Tale of Two Hummingbirds
Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time,
Carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration.
Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world
And inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends.
Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer
And to celebrate the joy of everyday.
The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.

pink, white and green bridal bouquet by Munster Rose

pink and green bouquet by Munster Rose

floral dog collar

ringbearer looks

After meeting at a Phish concert in September of 2011, Kirsten and Graeme fell in love and were engaged two months later! They also didn’t waste any time getting married and set the date for their wedding on the one year anniversary of the day they met. Living in different countries, these lovebirds decided to have a destination wedding in the Midwest and chose Juliane James Place as their venue.

hummingbird wedding program

vintage outdoor ceremony seating provided by Juliane James Place

rustic outdoor ceremony ideas from Bash Collective

rustic outdoor wedding ceremony at Juliane James Place

From Bash Collective:
We collected vintage oil lamps, mismatched china, antique apothecary bottles, and matching vases for willows for the couples decor. Tall curly willows in vases added more height, whimsy, and contrast to the soft pastels of the table decor. Antique apothecary bottles were filled with blush and pink roses, scabiosa pods, and baby’s breathe.

Munster Rose created lush, beautiful florals that complimented the pastel color scheme of the wedding and the couple’s desire to let nature and the environment they were in, shine through. The bride cried when she saw her bouquet for the first time.

rustic tables

vintage birdcage used as decoration

wedding favor used as escort cards

favors used as escort cards

This Vintage Natural theme extended to the couple having their dog, Keeva, next to them all day, including at dinner where she was a very good girl and laid between her parents on a gray fainting sofa that is part of Juliane James Place‘s permanent furniture collection.

The uniqueness of the wedding was added to when the couple’s parents did a flag exchange of an American (Kirsten’s home country) and Canadian (Graeme’s home country) flag and promised to fly them on Independence and Canada Day respectively.

rustic reception decor ideas from Bash Collective

rustic table decorations

vintage bottle used as vase

sweetheart table ideas

seating placards

desserts by Sweets Bakeshop

From the Bride:
I was pretty relaxed when it came to our wedding weekend, but do wish I would’ve done a few things differently. I wish I would’ve had the wedding earlier on in the day so that we could’ve had a longer reception/dance.

As for the day and the setting, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. It was beautiful! I would’ve worked harder at having more alone time with my fiance before the wedding and the night/day after. Unfortunately we didn’t get much privacy.

bird cage wedding veil

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Flowers: Munster Rose

Photographer: Louisa Podlich of Rivets and Roses
Coordinator & Event Designer: Bash Collective
Venue, Rentals & Lighting: Juliane James Place
Veil, Hair & Makeup: Chelsea Gjovik at The Ultimate Look
Cake: Sweets Bakeshop
Caterer: Savories Catering
DJ: Flow Event Group
Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini
Groom & Best Man Attire: Macy's
Jewelry: Anthropologie
Shoe Designer: Geox
Groom's Bowtie: Brooks Brothers
Maid of Honor Attire: J.Crew Wedding Collection
Rings: River City Jewelers
Stationery: The Bride

Read on to see how much this Midwestern destination wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you. (more…)

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: brown, pink, white
Styles: rustic, vintage