High School Sweethearts Celebrate with a Sweet Blush and Blue Rustic Ranch Wedding

Megan and Chaska have always known they would be together. Their love story began several years ago while still in high school.  Chaska was the star football player and she was the adorable cheerleader.  High school sweethearts, these two were married in the Spring on a beautiful day full of joy, love, and just plain good ol' fun.  Set on the beautiful Heart S Ranch in Cottonwood, Ca., with the sun shining, and a light breeze, Megan, and Chaska entered into their bond in front of their closest friends and family.  Having just graduated from the Citadel right before their wedding day, Chaska will be reporting to active military service very soon.  Their new adventure is just beginning!

Bakery: Cake is the Best Part//Cake Designer: Cake is the Best Part//Shoes:Betsy Johnson//Jewelry:Kay Jewelers//Dress Designer:Maggie Sattero//Second Shooter: Mr N2U Photography//Ceremony Location: Heart S Ranch//Photographer: Kara Hoffman Photography//

Al Fresco Ambiance Makes this San Diego Wedding at Green Acres a Must See

For their extra special San Diego wedding, Kate and Bud loved the urban yet green ambiance of Green Acres, and strived for a outdoor and nontraditional reception.  She loves moody colors so the florals range from different shades of red with lots of textures of greenery all of which paired beautifully with the velvet mauve linens. The outcome was an urban, romantic, al fresco ambiance that we just love!

Do you believe in fate? In lovers that were meant to be together no matter what? When we heard about Bud & Kate, we just knew they were meant to be and it gave us goosebumps!  In her early 20's, Kate was in a bad car accident where, thankfully, a good Samaritan [hero!] bystander pulled her out of the car where she was unconscious. Flash forward a couple years to one night when she was out with friends and spotted a guy that she was very attracted to....they ended up chatting, (he felt the attraction too), and they exchanged numbers.  On their first date they discovered it was Bud that had pulled her out of the car!  You can't call that coincidence! Their connection was instant and so powerful, and they've been inseparable ever since.  

Photographer:   Be A Peach Boudoir//Event Planner: Wynn Austin Events//Other:By Design Films//Other:Green Acre, Campus Pointe//Equipment Rentals:Farm Tables and More//Linens and Coverings: Raphael's Party Rentals//Equipment Rentals: Raphael's Party Rentals//Other:Clara An Photography//Makeup Artist:Makeup by Shelby//Hair Stylist:Riss Hair//Floral Designer: Blush Botanicals//DJ: SGM Events (Sleeping Giant Music)//Musicians: Subito Strings//Bakery: Flour Power Cakery//Restaurant:Green Acre Campus Pointe//

Intimate Lake House wedding brings a West Coast couple home to love

Stephanie and Paul met the way many young people do in Los Angeles, at a whiskey bar! It took a while for Paul to get Stephanie’s attention, but once they started dating, the adventures began. A true West Coast couple, they’d lived together in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, but wanted an intimate wedding with all of their loved ones close to their home. So they decided to throw a small wedding in North County San Diego. It was a beautiful and sunny spring day when they got married at one of our favorite venues and San Diego's best kept secrets in wedding locations! The wedding took place right on the edge of Lake San Marcos at the charming Lake House wedding venue. The furnishings by Archive Rentals and the altar design and florals by Bella Florina Event & Design were so beautiful, and as a fun fact, Stephanie actually made her own adorable wedding cake topper. Congrats! 

Photographer:  Danielle Kamens Photography// Decor: Archive Rentals ////Florals and Event Design and Decor: Bella Florina Event & Design //Shoes: Badgley Mischka//DJ: Dancing DJ Productions//Event Venue: Lakehouse Hotel and Resort//Dress Store:Love and Lace Bridal Salon//Bakery:Nothing Bundt Cakes//

San Diego Featured Wedding Goes Cross Country: The Barn Wedding you've been waiting for!

We've found them. We've found the king and queen of the wedding style that took this year by storm; "rustic elegance." This has definitely been a major trend lately, and Chip and Hollie Williams have mastered the look. We found this couple across the country in West Virginia, where they were married with over 300 guests in attendance! The ceremony was actually delayed due to rain, but with a venue like Virginia's Confluence Resort, we can understand why everyone stuck around! Of course the bride and groom were the stars of the show, however, the barn backdrop certainly is hard to take your eye of off! All of the little rustic details, such as the lace detailing, gorgeous florals and vintage couch, made for stunning pictures. 

Photographer: Kelli Carrico Photography // Floral Designer: Bessie's Floral Designs, Inc // DJ: Cucumber and Company // Cinema and Video: EJF Video // Dress Designer: Enzoani // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jean Ann's Bridal & Prom Fashions //Event Venue: The Confluence Resort

If you're looking for amazing rustic (and beyond) furniture rentals for your wedding....look no further!

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Like many brides today, Jennifer Bean, owner of Rustic Events, wanted a chic rustic style wedding reception. She says "I envisioned a relaxed picnic-in-the-park atmosphere with the family gathered around wooden farm house tables. However, I had a really hard time finding what I was looking for. Then I found the perfect tables –exactly what I wanted! I was floored though when the owner of the business said they were moving and had to sell and **they weren’t booking any more weddings***! I was so deflated thinking my vision wouldn’t come to life." So one thing led to another and thankfully Jennifer and her new hubby stepped up and gave a whole new life to the new and improved Rustic Events! Rustic is now so much more than picnic tables and rustic furniture! Check out some of our fave designs from this talented team of truly dedicated wedding and event decor and rental pros!! And visit Rustic Event rentals at this Sunday's Wedding Party EXPO at Venues Liberty Station where they will sponsor tons of gorgeous lounges, fashion show seating and more with many of their beautiful pieces on display up close and personal!! 

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Here's what Erin L. had to say about Rustic Events: "I came upon Rustic Events, and fell in love! They had these beautiful rustic farm tables, that were exactly what I had envisioned! I contacted them via website, and was instantly impressed! From start to finish, they were awesome! Nicest people ever! If ever you need tables for an event, start your search here! You won’t regret it!"

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And here's more love from Katie B: "These tables are incredible! I found Rustic Events and got the warmest email from Jenn. She gave me details about the benches, and gave me the pricing. The instant I started talking to Jenn on the phone I was sold! She was so nice and had just gotten married herself. I thought it was the best thing ever. They were right on time and they packed all their tables and benches out without a peep at the end of the night. It was so nice not having to worry about them at all. The tables and benches made the look of the wedding so much more beautiful!

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April Showers Brings a Romantic Peony Paradise

April is in full swing and so are those showers [well what passes for showers in San Diego!]. What May flowers are we excited to see this season, you ask? We cannot wait to see peonies galore! The peony is such a perfect option for a multitude of reasons. For one, it's so easy to work them into your budget. Whether you have a large budget to have strictly peony arrangements at every table or you have a smaller budget and just want to add accent peonies throughout your bouquets, this flower is a solid choice. Another reason to love the peony is they look great with anything you put them with. A bouquet of similarly colored roses, hydrangeas, etc is a romantic and elegant option. However, more and more couples are using greenery in their decor, and peonies are a great complement to give your wedding that modern and rustic feel. You'll see what we mean in this Southern styled wedding.  

This San Diego Couple's Rustic Wedding Reception Is One for the Books

Have you ever left a wedding reception and thought, "That was the best reception I have ever been to!!!"? What about the ones where your feet are twice the size they were starting out the night from dancing too much or your belly is so full from delicious food that you have to roll to the car? Or even the ones where you leave with a list full of ideas for your next get together, whether it was the location or decor that won you over? Well, we have found a reception that we think is a contender for Best Wedding Receptions Ever (if there was such a list)! Christian and Kendall Florido's reception was held at the Twin Oaks Garden Estate, an awesome local outdoor wedding venue. To compliment the foliage rich estate, the couple had a beautiful vintage table ensemble that featured gold chargers complimented by mint green napkins on lace runners with charming greenery and those chair bow, adorable! And to top it all off every guest got a yummy mini apple pie. Pie!! After the pies were eaten, the dance floor was a huge hit after Christian and Kendall christened the dance floor with a fun and upbeat first dance. We have to admit we wish we had crashed the Florido's wedding! 

Destination Mountain Wedding Shines with Gentle, Down Home Style

Just looking through this lovely, down home West Virginia [as the song says 'almost heaven'!] wedding can makes a San Diego girl want to throw off her shoes and run up the mountain like Julie Andrews! With a beautiful, historic carriage house as the setting, sweet and simple florals and lots of cookies baked by family, the sun dappled mountain vistas provide the perfect backdrop for the culmination of two families to come together for life. 

Photographer:  Andie Freeman Photography//Event Venue:Adaland Mansion//Bakery:Bake and Memories//Dress Designer: Carrie's Bridal Collection//Floral Designer:Country Blooms//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Olivario's Bridal//

Rustic Ranch Wedding in Alpine shows off San Diego's country side

Happy sunflowers on a sunny day and beautiful farmland as far as the eye can see ... nothing says 'rustic San Diego wedding' like a ranch in East County’s charming town of Alpine. Colibri Ranch, a rich farmland property just east of San Diego, boasts so many unique props and focal points: old rusty tractors, water towers, carts, flower boxes - the locations were endless and created a beautiful, earthy and rustic wedding celebration of love!

Vendor Credits:

Venue: Colibri Ranch

Photography:   Tim Otto Photography

Event Planner: Events by Jamie

Bakery: Heavenly Cupcakes

Caterer: Phil’s BBQ Catering

DJ: Sound Prodigy