California Summer Inspired Temecula Wedding at Tucalota Creek Ranch

When we found out that Heidi and Josh’s wedding at Tucalota Creek Ranch included a “hooch hauler” and a Harley reception entrance, we were completely sold! Going for more a party vibe than a formal wedding, the couple worked with 9TwentyEight Weddings & Events to create a celebration worthy of their love — that was also budget-friendly and DIY-heavy. The couple treated their guests to an outdoor summer wedding that showcased the best of SoCal, complete with citrusy floral centerpieces designed by Bloom Babes, yard games, and the one-of-a-kind Hooch Hauler that the groom made especially for this occasion! Our words will never be able to do this wedding justice, so just do yourself a favor today and set aside lots of time to marvel at the pure wedding magic Alexes Lauren Photography captured in these photos!

The Couple:

Heidi and Josh

The Wedding:

Tucalota Creek Ranch, Temecula, California

We both had our hearts set on an extended honeymoon in Europe and had even considered eloping at one point since neither of us was drawn to the more traditional style of a wedding. With our honeymoon travel plans on the top of our priority list, and our hopes to grow our family soon, we agreed we wanted to keep a very reasonable budget and think of our special day as one where we could celebrate and enjoy so many people we love dearly all in one place at one time. We envisioned a party to kick off the next chapter of our lives together and used our budget constraints to encourage us to get creative in our wedding design and decor.

We quickly decided on Tucalota Creek Ranch, in Temecula, which also happens to be Josh‘s parent’s property in wine country. The variety of picturesque areas on the property gave us the freedom to create a completely unique yet intentionally low-key wedding with the personalized vibe we had dreamed of.

Our close friend Ryan served as our officiant, and we encouraged him to completely surprise us and to feel free to be funny and lively. He worked in some hilarious fun facts about us which had the guests and us laughing through it all. We loved it!

I will never forget the moment when we were announced as husband and wife! There is one specific picture Alexes took right after we kissed and are about to walk back down the aisle, and every time I look at it I remember so clearly that feeling as if I might burst with happiness!

We knew from the very start that we wanted our big day to be more of a fun and eclectic party that happened to also be our wedding party. We set the tone from the start with Save the Dates that read “Free Drinks, and a Wedding on the Side.” We wanted a completely unique event, with an intentionally low-key vibe, yet creative and personal to us.

The decor was inspired by my obsession with lemons, bright colored wildflowers, and summer nights enjoyed under the stars. I definitely wanted an abundance of color and floral arrangements that were a bit more unkempt. The girls from Bloom Babes absolutely made my vision perfection with a romantically messy bouquet of colorful flowers that even included kumquats. The farm tables were lined with delicate loose greens, fresh cut citrus, candles, and a variety of potted herbs.

A special surprise for our guests was the reveal of the Hooch Hauler — a fully functional mobile bar built by Josh from an abandoned horse trailer left at his parents’ ranch. The result of many “work weekends” and an expensive ER bill (when Josh nearly cut his finger off), it was truly a passion project that we are so proud of. It was one of the many unique DIY additions that made our day authentically us!

One other surprise was at our reception when we rode out on a Harley, which was originally gifted from Josh‘s Mother to his Father for their 25th wedding Anniversary. The guests told us later that they all guessed that we would ride out on a horse since the ranch is an active horse ranch which boards and trains many horses, so it was fun to completely surprise them with something that was unexpected and also a sweet nod to my husband’s parents!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Alexes Lauren Photography
Event Planning – 9TwentyEight Weddings & Events
Venue – Tucalota Creek Ranch
Floral Design – Bloom Babes
Catering – Harvest Kitchen
DJ – The Creative Music DJ
Videography – Prince Weddings
Makeup Artist – Beach Bridal Beauty
Hair Styling – Genna Khein
Wedding Dress – Love & Lace Bridal Salon
Rentals – Rustic Events
Mobile Bar – Hooch Hauler


Congratulations to Heidi and Josh, and a big thanks to Alexes Lauren Photography for sharing this incredible wedding at Tucalota Creek Ranch with Junebug! Love these cool California vibes? Then you’ll love this colorful and crafty California wedding at The Living Desert!

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Get Your Boho Beachy Vibes Fill from This Seal Beach Pier Wedding Inspiration

December 15, 2018 | juliette

Macrame and gold table decor? Check. Asymmetrical floral and pipe ceremony backdrop? Check. Two gorgeous Watters wedding gowns? Check and check! This Seal Beach Pier wedding has all the dreamy boho wedding goodness you could hope for, and it was all captured in impeccable detail by the oh-so-talented Dearly Beloved Photography. From the ceremony in the garden to the sweetheart table under the pier to the sandy sunset portraits, Events by Dish and the team of vendors left no detail unattended in creating a beachy wedding inspiration that would be perfect for any summer-loving, boho bride!

The Talented Team:

Photography – Dearly Beloved Photography
Event Planning – Events by Dish
Venue – Seal Beach Pier
Floral Design – Fleur-ish
Cake – Hapacupcakes
Cookies – Sweet Erwyn’s Baked Goods
Videography – Rolling Tides Film
Stationery – Creative Amme
Hair and Makeup Artist – Blush by M. Marie
Wedding Dresses – Watters (Coded PR)
Macrame Bouquet Wrap – JM Valentine Macrame
Ring Box – The Mrs. Box
Rentals – Provenance Rentals
Table and Chair Rentals – ATK Party Rentals
Linens – La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Table Top Rentals – Bright Event Rentals
Models – Nicole Sopher and Kim Troung


Our biggest thanks to Dearly Beloved Photography for sharing this beautiful Seal Beach Pier wedding inspiration with Junebug! Planning a beach wedding? We’re certifiably obsessed with the boho beachy vibes in this Ana y José Tulum wedding — and we think you will be, too!

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Rustic Rose Gold Whidbey Island Wedding at Crockett Farm

December 14, 2018 | juliette

All your rose gold dreams are about to come true in Jacqui and Shea’s PNW wedding at Crockett Farm! With the help of the planning and floral design team at Whidbey Island Weddings, the couple created a truly unique celebration that was romantic and bohemian, while simultaneously edgy and modern. Maya Lora Photo knocked it out of the park capturing every dreamy moment of this day, from the couple’s sweet and secluded first look in the woods to their whimsically fun newlywed portraits out in the farm. In keeping with that edgy bohemian feel, the bride chose a wildly romantic Rue De Seine gown and paired it with rose gold accessories to complement her rosy locks. Every detail of this wedding had that perfectly curated yet completely effortless and natural feel that we’ve come to love about PNW weddings!

The Couple:

Jacqui and Shea

The Wedding:

Crockett Farm, Whidbey Island, Washington

The most important thing to us in planning our wedding was that it felt like “us”. We definitely have a certain vibe. We really enjoy good food and drinks, enjoy good music, love a good adventure and getting out in a beautiful natural setting, and love where we are from. We wanted to combine all of that in a somewhat intimate setting to share our love as we took the leap into the next chapter of our lives! Shea was also pretty keen on wanting a venue outside of the city but that still felt really accessible for our friends and family to join for an amazing weekend together.

One of my favorite moments was our first look. I was so nervous for Shea to see me in my dress. I’m not typically much of a girly type, typically going for a more minimal style But, for this day, I had a really romantic and bohemian vibe that I was feeling and it just all came together with my hair, makeup, and shoes. The softness of my entire look made me feel like a bride — tattoos and all! It was lovely, and Shea was blown away. He had no idea what to expect and said the dress was very fitting and unique, like me. 

We chose our venue because we wanted something a bit out of the city, where we felt like it was a destination, yet it was only a ferry ride from home. Whidbey Island is stunning and we felt the sweet romantic vibes as we explored the island and venue, and knew right away that it was right for us. Our venue also provided coordination, floral design, and immediately picked up on our vision for the day, so we knew it was the perfect fit!

I think that the vibe of our wedding really stemmed a lot from our engagement. Shea proposed on a sunset gondola ride in Venice, Italy with the most amazing rose gold pear-shaped diamond ring (of my dreams) that he custom designed himself. Total surprise! He chose the design to be unique and fitting for a girl like me who enjoys a bit of edge in a chic modern way. Rose gold totally became an inspiration for our day (and fitting with my rose gold hair color). The sweet romance of the proposal lead us to a simple, romantic, and bohemian vibe for our wedding.

I knew immediately that my dress was going to be at The Dress Theory in Seattle and that Rue De Seine would be the designer. Their dresses just made me feel so gorgeous and looked amazing with my colorful hair and tattoos. It was love at first sight. I also wanted a dress that fit my personality and unique style…something unexpected…and Shea said I delivered. I fell in love with the modern, romantic, bohemian vibe of Rue De Seine and wanted that for my beauty look, as well. We went with a simple, glowy look to complement my rose gold hair. I loved my blush suede Jeffrey Campbell shoes, and for jewelry, I just wore my engagement ring, a minimal hammered rose gold ring, and a simple rose gold diamond necklace.

One of the things that was important to Shea and I was to have our dogs, Goonie and Yoshimoto, be a part of the ceremony. They are totally our babes and it was so special to have our pups be able to share in the love of mom and dad getting married (and the guests loved it). Our officiant is a very good friend of the family, and it was awesome to have him offer to take on this important role of marrying us, as someone who knows us both really well. We also wanted to bring some things that are just “us” into capturing pre-ceremony moments and that detail was our polaroid guestbook. Shea and I take polaroids of all of our travels and special occasions, some of which are displayed around our home, so it was fun to incorporate this touch into our day. Our friends and family loved it! And it was so sweet to go through it on the ferry ride home and read the notes everyone left us, and to have a photo of everyone on our special day.

Give yourself lots of time! The best thing I did was to start early so that when it starts to get close to crunch time, I never felt too overwhelmed. I booked the venue and photographer first (within the first 2 months), and I feel that that was a key move if you are planning a summer wedding.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Maya Lora Photo
Event Planning – Whidbey Island Weddings
Venue – Crockett Farm
Floral Design – Whidbey Island Weddings
Catering – Serendipity Catering
Cake – CJ & Y Desserts
DJ – Integral DJs
Videography – Nuanced Film
Stationery – Minted
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine via The Dress Theory Seattle
Bridal Accessories – Nordstrom
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Apparel – SuitSupply, Dazi, and Donald J. Pliner
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Menguin and Dazi
Rings – J. Rankin Jewelers
Rentals – Whidbey Island Weddings


Congratulations to Jacqui and Shea, and our biggest thanks to Maya Lora Photo for sharing this beautiful wedding at Crocket Farm with Junebug! Love the rose gold theme this couple used? Then you have to see this rose gold and burgundy Audrey’s Farmhouse wedding in Wallkill, New York!

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