By Mallory Recor
This California wedding was such a celebration, it lasted the whole weekend at the bride’s family’s ranch. Three days, filled with love, friends, family and flowers. Oh the flowers. The team at Blooms by Martha Andrews outdid themselves with the flora of these heartwarming nuptials. There were fresh and gorgeous flowers everywhere – the hands of the bride and her lovely ladies, lining the isle, hanging from doors, and adorning the fabulous tents. Even the whimsical, vintage carousal horse was bedecked by the fab foliage. If you haven’t landed on the floral design for your big day yet – pay close attention, we have lots of steal-worthy blooms! And even if you have, who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful bouquet? Blooms has even more of this great day on their blog here and here!
From the bride … Planning our wedding was a process that started with an intimate beachside ceremony and evolved to a three-day celebration at my family’s ranch. Once we chose the venue, the rest of the pieces started to fall into place. Chris and I wanted it to be quality, with good music, good food, and good drinks. For us, the ultimate key to enjoying the process was the vendors, and we were incredibly fortunate to compile an amazing team that understood our vision and ran with it.
We were married on a rustic arbor build by my father. My mother drove me in horse & buggy to the wedding; she and our friend also sang at our ceremony. Our florist created a scene at the ceremony site with a simple heart shaped flower out of butter mums hanging from an old cabin door, orchids hanging from the pine trees, and a white rose petal scroll down the aisle.
Following a short cocktail hour with a local three piece jazz band, the reception kicked off with a Rat Pack cover band. A dinner buffet followed. Most impressive was how good the food was, especially because the caterers were not working with a full commercial kitchen! The head table was decorated by our florist, Blooms by Martha Andrews. The key to pulling it all together was having an amazing coordinator who poured her heart and soul into our wedding.
Despite all of the stress and time involved with planning such an event, Chris and I feel that it could not have been a better celebration or a better weekend with those we love.
Venue: Lassen Meadows Ranch / Coordinator: Joanna Robinson of Rick Herns Productions / Caterer: Global Gourmet Catering / Florists: Blooms by Martha Andrews & Gray’s Flower Garden / Tents: Raj Tents/ Photographer: Bonneau Photography / Videographer: Dream Video / Cake: Upper Crust / Jazz Band: Greg D’Augelli and Group / Rat Pack Band: The Dean O’Holics / DJ: DJ Matteo