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A gold-dipped ranch wedding in California

A gold-dipped ranch wedding in California

Written by Katie Byrne

Rachel and Matthew filled their wedding day with fifty shades of pink, and endless pastel florals


Rachel, 30, an events manager, and Matthew, 32, a project manager, married at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California.

The atmosphere...

We love getting dressed up and having fun, so we wanted a glamorous day which would reflect us as a couple.

While much of the flowers and décor was inspired by the grounds of our venue, which boasted a rustic vineyard and carriage house, I’d also fallen in love with our linen swatch – a gold and white sequined chevron pattern – and so many of the glitzy details were inspired by that! 

The look...

I’d first seen my Vera Wang dress back in 2011, so when Matt proposed, I was keen to track it down. I eventually found myself in Nordstrom’s bridal boutique, looking at a similar style.

When I explained what I was looking for to the assistant, much to my surprise, she informed me that they were going to receive a sample of my dream dress the following week! It was the only gown I tried on and it fitted perfectly.

Our bridesmaids wore floor-length dresses in a palette of blush, peach and mint-green, complete with statement gold necklaces, and Matthew wore a classic black tux. 

I carried a bouquet of peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, senecio foliage and berried eucalyptus in a palette of ivory and light peach, and the maids complemented me with posies of poppies, chrysanthemums, peonies, ranunculus, stocks and berried eucalyptus.

The details...

I wanted my late grandmother to be a part of our day, so we used some tulle and lace from her wedding dress to create a floral arch for us to marry beneath – it was beautiful.

Later, we held our reception out on the patio; we had long tables dressed in white linen with sequin runners, and each table featured crystal chandeliers adorned with flowers. There were also smaller arrangements displayed on gold trays and vintage books in mercury glass vases and crystal decanters.

Cake- and pie-pops were dotted around the setting to complement our whimsical styling. 

My favourite moment...

I loved having all of our family, who had come from all over the country, together in one place. 

My tip for brides-to-be...

Research your suppliers carefully to build a dream team. And don’t forget to put your husband first – make sure he feels part of the process.

Steal their style!

Photography: This Love Of Yours

Venue: Holman Ranch, California 

Flowers: Asiel Design 

Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas 

Table linens: The Linen Bar 

Dress: Vera Wang at Nordstrom 

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Donna Morgan 

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