A Californian Ranch Wedding: Natalie & Dave

July 24, 2012

The ranch location of Natalie & Dave’s wedding helped to set their theme. With crafty DIY details creating a rustic charm, this wedding was one with a real relaxed vibe. The Californian sunshine probably helped as well! “I am not sure what to call our theme really,” began the bride, “because it was outdoors we used berlap, wildflowers and wine barrels which gave it that country feel. But I also liked adding lace, pearls and hanging lights to give it a more elegant look.”

“Throughout the whole wedding process we tried to stay grounded and recognize what the most important part of our wedding was. For us it was that we ended up married by the end of the day, and that people there were having a blast, including Dave and I. Whenever things seemed to overwhelm us we would just remember these two things we were going for. Because of this approach I feel we were both able to completely enjoy our wedding and stay in every moment remembering what is really important.”

“Family and friends are very important to us, we loved seeing all of them!” she continued. “So many of them traveled from out of town, and some from out of state to support us. We loved seeing all the kids having a blast on the train as well as all the adults and see loved being able to express how we feel about each other, to share that with our loved ones and to celebrate it for a whole day!”

“Jude, Dave’s son, was a huge part of this celebration. He was the ring bearer and his friend Jamison June was the flowergirl. Not only was this day about Dave and I spending a life together, it was also about us as a family. Dave is an incredible father and he is helping me become a great step mom. As a family unit we are excited about our next adventures together.”

“Two people told me this before the wedding and it was the best advice I have ever been given,” Natalie concluded. “They said ‘at one point take a moment with Dave to step away from the festivities and get grounded. Look around and enjoy what is there in front of you’. Things were so surreal that day, we definitely took time to do this and I am so glad we did. It flied by in in instant!”

Gorgeous! Thank you to Natalie & Dave and their photographer Jeremy of Still Music Photography for sharing.