This black and white striped wedding on our wedding blog not only takes place on the bride’s family ranch but is also filled with DIY-ed details that definitely make the day one the bride & groom can call all their own. There’s classic details everywhere, the bride’s stunning lace gown and the neutral color palette, enlivened and personalized with black & white accents in the bridesmaid dresses and decor. A carriage ride to the ceremony and a twinkle-lit barn are just a few of our favorite things about this wedding, and the bride’s recollection of the day is another:
On my family’s 2,000 acre cattle ranch in Northern California, Adam and I were blessed with the most picturesque setting: after a winter with nearly no rain, we received just enough sprinkles to let us gather in a seemingly never-ending, emerald green, sun drenched heaven. We were wed under the giant oak tree where I played as a little girl. Our reception was held in the red barn I grew up in, climbing haystacks and saddling horses. My family worked endlessly to turn a working ranch into a wedding haven of our dreams.
My maid of honor and I are both designers, and after a lifetime of producing beautiful products for other weddings and businesses, we were able to create the most perfectly authentic wedding for Adam and me. We turned all of our ideas into real, dream-like creations because we had to opportunity to put our heart and soul into the detail.
It’s hard to find a detail in our wedding that didn’t have some sort of significance. I knew from the very beginning of the planning process that we would incorporate dogwood absolutely everywhere in honor of my groom’s mother who passed away just five short months before we were married. Our wooden invitation, hand-created on an antique foil press by yours truly, is my most favorite detail. Our leather keychain favors (only appropriate for a cattle ranch wedding!), also handmade by my maid of honor and myself, displayed our wedding verse, Hebrews 6:15. As two Italian families, eating like a family was of upmost importance. We made extra large lazy-susans for the center of each table, making the family style ravioli dinner a truly authentic experience. Finally, my bridesmaids wore black and white striped dresses, throwback to our beloved 1940s and 50s, and we carried that theme over throughout the wedding, including a black and white striped curtain draped over the door of the barn and black and white ribbon tied around each place setting.
Paper goods: Studio 22
Catering: Johnnie’s restaurant & Lounge and Divide Ranch
Venue: Divide Ranch
Event Design, Favors, flowers and Accessories: The Idea Emporium
Photography: Tre Creative
Event coordinator: Chico Event Specailists