Real wedding: Kristen + Ben

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We’ve got a major weakness for rustic and romantic coastal weddings, and these photos of Kristen & Ben’s wedding totally deliver. Josh Goleman is the photog responsible for these stunning images, but Kristen & Ben deserve a ton of credit, considering they designed and built pretty much everything you see here themselves – even if it meant learning to use a super antique sewing machine and silkscreen printer!

This venue (Oz Farm) was a perfect choice for this event, btw – what with the gorgeous scenery, barn, redwood grove, cabins, and swimming stream.  Soooo pretty and full of natural beauty.

This gorgeous retro-French looking poster featuring silhouettes of the couple was a fab idea!  The colors are awesome, too, as is that clever little book/ring pillow.

Super sweet idea right here.  Guests wrote notes to Kristen & Ben on these 100 year old French postcards and put them in a 200 year old antique letter box during the ceremony… oh the things you can find on eBay!  They plan on reading them on their tenth anniversary.

Loving all the colorful details here, it fits so well with the simple hues of the wedding party ensembles.

We LOVE this little bit here – each placecard featured the guest’s silhouette.  We can only imagine how long that took but – yeah, so worth it.  Amazing, and such a great thing to take home.  All the paper goods were printed on birchwood by the couple, except for the invites and poster, which were made by Night Owl Paper Goods.

What super gorgeous photos!  That silhouette is so classy.  Love every little thing about this, congrats Kristen & Ben!

Venue: Oz Farm / Stationery & design: Kristen Landgrebe Vandivier, Charlie Paper / Photography: Josh Goleman, Wedding Artists Collective / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Container & decor rentals: Artiste Fleuriste / Wedding coordination: Kristen Carnes (Events Etc.) & Cindy Kahan / Bluegrass band: Knuckle Knockers / Square dance caller: Evie Ladin of the Stairwell Sisters / Flowers: Garden by the Sea / Cake & pastries: Franny’s Cup and Saucer / Hair: Judy Cecere / Gown: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s wear: John Varvatos / Bridesmaids gowns: Nataya / Flowergirl gowns: Beane and Co. / Groomsmen wear: J.Crew / Veil: Tia Mazza / Shrug: Cassin / Bridesmaids hairpieces: Brenda’s Bridal Veils / Garter: The Sparkling Cocktail / Invitation printing: Night Owl Paper Goods / Rehearsal dinner catering: Bones Roadhouse / Ringbearer book “pillow”: The Dainty Woods / Photobooth props: Maro Designs on Etsy

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Lace.and.Likes on Oct 25, 2010

OH MY GOODNESS that ceremony under the trees!!! gorgeous

Annie @ Marry You Me on Oct 25, 2010

What a stunning wedding! I love the venue and location, especially the ceremony location in front of those trees, and the tables on the lawn in front of the barn. So many thoughtful details!

Kim @ Inspired Goodness on Oct 25, 2010

Love that sod aisle runner and all the vintage paper goods. So lovely.

Gina at Temporary Nest on Oct 25, 2010

Oh what a beautiful wedding. Somehow the overcast skys work with the color palette. And the paper goods are all so cute! Love it!

Leila Khalil | Be Inspired PR on Oct 25, 2010

LOVE the rustic feel of this wedding and the pastel color palette is fantastic. The set up under the trees is so lovely! Such a beautiful ceremony, congratulations!!

Megan Clouse on Oct 25, 2010

OH my goodness I love this wedding! So pretty! And her bustled dress is stunning!

Jacqui-Bay on Oct 25, 2010

I have been trying to find a place that sells birchwood paper, but have had an awful time of it! Any ideas on where this lovely couple found theirs?

Kristine on Oct 25, 2010

Oh, wow, how absolutely gorgeous. My jaw has dropped wide open and I can't get enough of looking at their photos. Everything, even down to the bridesmaid dresses, is just glorious. Thanks to them for sharing their wedding with us.

Heather on Oct 25, 2010

Hands down one of the most beautiful weddings on the blog! I love the faux chapel made with the linen and trees. Sooo pretty.

Michal @ Navy & Lavender on Oct 25, 2010

This is one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen! So organic in its beauty and details, from the books, to the desserts, to the paper design. And of course, I love a black and white wedding!

Kirby on Oct 25, 2010

I think little details are so important. I'm trying not to go overboard with them, but as I'm going along I think of little things I would like to incorporate and it makes me giddy to think that something so little will have such a special meaning. xo Kirby

Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on Oct 25, 2010

This is so lovely! so many charming little details!

RentMyChurch on Oct 25, 2010

the ceremony under the trees is so beautiful!!! Luv it!!

Lacey @ Lacey Wagner Events on Oct 25, 2010

That aisle runner is so sweet , and having those gigantic trees as the backdrop for the ceremony...swoon!

michelle chafin on Oct 26, 2010

Beautiful photos. I love the postcard idea. Everything is very perfectly matched and themed.

Alexis - OMG I'm Getting Married on Oct 26, 2010

Loving the colourful details - the rainbow is so cute!

macy nikolaevich on Oct 26, 2010

from what i could see, the bridesmaid dresses were so neat looking! i would have loved to have worn those!! ♥♥ beautiful!!!! ♥♥ try for a limited time david's bridal and other wedding related shops are offering cash back through them. it's helpful savings if you're having to purchase a bridesmaid dress for a friend's wedding or even your own wedding gown and shoes!

Kristen Vandivier on Oct 26, 2010

So cool to see these comments. Thanks to everyone for their compliments. This is Kristen, the bride from this wedding. I just wanted to reply to Jacqui Bay's comments about the birch paper. We ordered large sheets of it from Hiromi Paper out of Santa Monica and cut everything down to the size we needed. It took the Gocco printing well and we even ran it through our Epson for a couple things. Just be sure to use a top loading printer, and it only works with the grain one way. For the invitations, we had them printed on birch at Night Owl Paper Goods out of Alabama.

Laurie Landgrebe on Oct 26, 2010

I am the bride's (Kristen) sister, and this was one of the most beautiful weddings ever. The photographer did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the day...and my sister was the most beautiful bride...EVER:)

Lola Griffin on Oct 27, 2010

Ben and Kristen: What a beautiful wedding. Gale told me about it, but to see all the beautiful pictures it really puts everything into perspective. The two of you put so much into your special day. I'm sure that you will remember and treasure it for years to come.

Charleston Photographer on Oct 27, 2010

The details and the colors are amazing. Love the location!!

Chanda on Oct 28, 2010

Beautiful beautiful!

Shannon Myers on Dec 3, 2010

Beatiful Wedding! Can you tell me who made you chic retro-french wedding poster? I have been looking for an artist to do something like this for our home and I would love to hear more details. You can email me at Thanks, Shannon

Katie on Oct 11, 2011

What a beautiful wedding. Truely an inspiration for personal touches and unique design!

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