Handmade Southern California ranch wedding: Emily + Ryan

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dahlia ranunculus poppies and succulent bridal bouquet | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

It’s not everyday we get to share a wedding where the bride sewed all of her bridesmaids’ dresses by hand… And embroidered the burlap table runners… And crafted those fun crepe paper streamers over the altar entrance doors… And hand stitched all the groomsmen’s neckties with the help of her groom. Emily + Ryan’s DIY list goes on and on. And with Matthew Morgan Photography capturing all the beautiful light and handmade details, there’s a whole lot of pretty going on here.

Eyelet BHLDN wedding dress | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

polka dot garland | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

dahlia ranunculus poppies and succulent bridal bouquet | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Emily’s gorgeous jewel-toned bouquet recipe: dahlias, ranunculus, hydrangea, poppies, amaranth, succulents, roses, bougainvillea, and purple Joe Pye weed; Emily’s flower crown recipe: ranunculus, hydrangea, roses, succulents, craspedia, silver brunia, and protea leaves

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

colorful bridesmaid dresses| photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

red bridesmaid dress | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

The design for the bridesmaids dresses was based on the serape wrap dress from Harvey Faircloth’s first collection. Remnants of each bridesmaid’s groomsman escort’s tie fabric were used for each of the dresses, which was a fun little secret detail.

mustard bridesmaid dress | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

diy colorful streamer ceremony backdrop | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

diy colorful streamer ceremony backdrop | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Rustic ceremony wedding decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

From Emily… My paternal Grandma came to the U.S. from Scotland to marry my Grandpa in the ‘40s, and we still have so many wonderful relatives there. I’m very proud of this part of my heritage, and since neither of them could be there (my dear Gran suffers from severe Alzheimer’s now, and my Grandpa passed away in late 2010), I thought bagpipes would be the perfect way to honor and include them in some way. For my walk down the aisle, our bagpiper played “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” For our recessional he played “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles (Ryan and I are both huge fans).

Rustic ceremony wedding decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

dahlia ranunculus poppies and succulent bridal bouquet | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

We both love being outdoors. For our honeymoon for instance, we ended up going back to our favorite country, Iceland, where we enjoyed grueling hikes in sub-zero temps… because we might be a little nuts, but also because we love this wild and beautiful planet we all call home. That love of the outdoors and nature really informed our venue search.  When we saw pictures of The Parker Ranch, an amazing looking open site with majestic old oak trees and prickly pear cactus in abundance, we both fell in love with what we saw. It’s a gorgeously remote little place.

Eyelet BHLDN wedding dress | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

rustic reception decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

rustic reception decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

rustic reception decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

rustic reception decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

When I reflect back on everything, I think in a lot of ways the unofficial theme of our wedding day was “home.” A lot of the decorations we had at the site were either brought from our apartment in NYC, or picked up at thrift stores in Southern California, which is where we’re originally from. I think for people who have seen our home, a lot of the wedding décor made sense. When I look back at pictures of the day, I basically see our apartment splashed all over our desert site.

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

rustic reception decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

rustic reception decor | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

chalkboard escort sign | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Southern California ranch wedding | photo by Matthew Morgan | 100 Layer Cake

Major congratulations are in order. Best wishes, Emily + Ryan!

Photographer: Matthew Morgan Photography / Event Planner: Bride & Groom / Venue: The Parker Ranch / Hair: Jazmin Marcos from Flip Salon / Makeup: Irena Segarich / Floral Crown & Bride’s Bouquet: Honey and Poppies / Cake: Friends and family of the couple / Catering: Tamarindo Taco Truck / Invitation Designer: Jon Klassen DJ: Madison/LST / Dance Floor Rental: Atlas Party Rentals / Chairs & Glassware Rentals: Signature Party Rentals / Table Rentals: Baker Party Rentals / Airstream Trailer: RentAnAirstream.com / Event Staff: Life of the Party / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Brooch: Gift from groom’s mother / Engagement & Wedding Rings: Mociun / Lipstick: MAC Lady Bug / Groom’s Shoes: J. Crew / Wedding Band: Monciun / Tie: DIY by bride & groom / Bridesmaids Dresses: DIY by bride / Groomsmen’s Shirts: Theory / Pants: Banana Republic / Ties: DIY / Bagpiper music: Stephen Wilkinson

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Rebecca on Aug 28, 2013

Invitations by Jon Klassen, the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator? I wanna see them!

Party Rentals Orange County on Aug 29, 2013

Each and every details of decoration is done so beautifully. The arrangement of the chairs looks unique and interesting.

NY Wedding Photographer on Aug 29, 2013

What a beautiful wedding! The details are so fantastic, especially the back detail of the bridesmaids dresses, to match their groomsmen. That is so unique and creative.

April Dewitt on Aug 29, 2013

So beautiful, so original, so many unique details. I wish you many happy, loving years together thanks for sharing your wedding photos.

Michigan Wedding DJ on Aug 30, 2013

It looks more like a green wedding. Actually, they have gone too classic in the selection of dress as well as chosen an open space for the wedding party. Laughingly, I think what DJ did they have chosen for the party, classic or modern?

Stephen Wilkinson, Bagpiper on Sep 11, 2013

It was my great pleasure to bagpipe for Emily and Ryan. It was a beautiful day and I was so glad that I was able to transpose "here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles onto bagpipes. Here's my take on things: http://bagpiperstephen.com/a-southern-california-ranch-wedding/

Jella on Sep 25, 2013

Oh gosh this wedding is amazing !!! LoVe every single detail. I'm getting married next July in France. And i'm looking for a little detail with skeletons to embodied the "jusqu'à ce que la mort vous sépare" and this little plate is great. Thank you for the idea I now have to find one ;)

Natalina Kauffman on Feb 24, 2014

It is an indeed an ideal wedding, very descriptive and fascinating! I so wish a wedding exactly like this. I have even chosen the engagement ring, for my girl from one of this sites http://bit.ly/1epeX2p as they have an assorted collection of rings.

Caro on Nov 18, 2014

I just love the color concept of this wedding. The bouquet, the crown, the bridesmaids' dresses and the decoration - it all matches perfectly without being too much. And the groom's tie is fabulous!! It all looks like a big, but cozy family meeting on a perfect summer day.

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