Elegant Ranch Wedding with Touches of Rustic Chic

December 3, 2020 | olivia

When you can’t decide on a venue, sometimes it’s best to go with a place that you’re sure to be comfortable in—like your own backyard. Thankfully for Aubrey and Dimitri, their backyard is their family’s private estate in the mountains of Escondido, California. The gorgeous natural colors of the ranch mixed with some beautiful pops of pink made this couple’s I do’s picturesque, to say the least. 

Almost every inch of this wedding was a “do it yourself” project—making it the ultimate DIY wedding. From a handcrafted arch to the bar inside the barn, this couple created an elegant, rustic, chic wedding with their two hands—and some help from their families too. 

Keep scrolling to see some seriously gorgeous photos captured by Tayler Ashley Photography that include a donut bar, a beautiful red barn reception, and a star-embellished reception gown. 

The Couple:
Aubrey and Dimitri

The Wedding:
Escondido, CA

A Backyard DIY Wedding

The entire wedding was pretty much  DIY since a wedding had never been hosted there before. My dad built the circular arch used for our ceremony. We painted things, we grew flowers, and we added power for lighting in some areas. We also built the deck over the pool to have the ceremony on top of it and then we built the bar inside the barn. We pretty much did everything ourselves.

Two Dresses Are Better Than One

My wedding dress had a little bit of every style that I loved. Wedding dress shopping was definitely a highlight, but it was very difficult because I really liked every dress I tried on. I wanted something A-line, but also fitted—something with 3D flowers and sparkle. The dress I chose had it all. My Wedding gown is Muse by Berta in the style “Caroline.” I got it at The Bustle store in Del Mar, California. This store is the only location in San Diego that carries designer Berta dresses. My Reception gown or “Cake Cutting Dress”  was a Willoby by Watters Orion gown that I got from Bhldn. I fell in love with it because of the stars. Knowing this would be one of the only opportunities to wear such beautiful gowns, I decided I might as well take advantage and wear two!

Backyards Are A Perfect Venue

My family’s ranch was always in the back of my mind as a venue option. After touring a few different venues, none of them felt special. I wanted our wedding to be one-of-a-kind and knew that hosting it at my family’s ranch would be incredibly unique, and meaningful to me. It’s where I grew up and I wanted to create more memories in that place.

What Planning An Elegant Ranch Wedding In A Backyard Really Means

As far as planning a wedding “in your own backyard” versus a normal venue—it’s a whole new world! There are many details that you have to think about when having a wedding at your own home. Like, “how many people can you fit in this area? Is there power, lighting, restroom availability, wheelchair access, shelter for bad weather, parking?” The list of questions you have to think about goes on and on. However, there are a lot of positives too. We were able to work on it whenever we wanted, try our ideas out, have rentals delivered a day or two earlier, basically there are none of the limitations. My favorite bonus is that you get to put so much of your time, money, and effort into your own place.

Don’t Stress The Small Stuff

It’s not all going to be perfect. At the end of the day,  it feels like it was perfect though. Go over your timeline a bajillion times and then do a walk through at the actual times to see what your lighting, etc will be like in those moments. I didn’t think I needed to say this, but remind your vendors that you’d prefer they dress to blend in with the background or with your guests. Otherwise, you might end up with vendors drawing attention in a way that you didn’t expect.

Wedding Advice For Nearlyweds

Research vendors carefully! Don’t feel pressured to choose someone you’re not excited to work with just because they are all telling you that you’re running out of time. If they aren’t exactly what you are looking for, don’t commit.

The Wedding Team:
Photography – Tayler Ashley Photography
Floral Design – Ruby Bloom Floral Design
Catering – URBN Catering
Cake – VG Donut and Bakery
DJ – Leeds Entertainment
Videography – Shutter and Sound Films
Invitation Design – BlushandBloomArt
Makeup Artist – Lindsay Ann Makeup
Hair Styling – Hair by Kayti
Wedding Dress – Berta
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Apparel – The Black Tux
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Men’s Warehouse
Rentals – Platinum Event Rentals
Transportation – Royalty Limousine


Congratulations to Aubrey and Dimitri on their beautiful ranch wedding! Big thank you to Tayler Ashley Photography for capturing this ceremony and for sharing it with us. Need more backyard wedding inspiration? Check out this rustic fall backyard wedding and this cozy backyard boho wedding.

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Bachelorette Party Shirts and Outfit Ideas

December 2, 2020 | riley

Image by Gabriel Conover.

While wedding planning can be extremely stressful, the process does have its perks–like the bachelorette party! There’s something special about spending time with your bridesmaids before getting hitched. Using this opportunity to grow closer as a group is the key and one way to do that is with matching outfits. However, there can be some—how do we say this gently—tacky options out there. You and your closest friends should feel confident when rocking bachelorette party shirts while out on the town.

Whether you’re lounging around the beach, hitting all of the hottest bars, or throwing a small get-together in your backyard, these bachelorette party shirts will ensure that you’re doing so in style.

Bachelorette Party Shirts

Heading out for a girl’s night out and want everyone to know that you’re celebrating your love? These bachelorette party shirts not only get the job done but they’re also super cute.

Blush Bridesmaid Shirt

Rose Gold Rebel Wife of The Party Shirt

Retro Bachelorette Party Shirt

retro bachelorette party shirts and hat

Cards Against Humanity Bridal Shirts

cards against humanity bachelorette shirts

Clueless Inspired 90’s Bridal Shirt

clueless shirts

Nauti Bachelorette Theme Shirts

bachelorette nautical shirts

Babe Bachelorette Shirt

bride and babe shirts

Winter Babecation Bachelorette Party Long Sleeve

three women wearing beanies

Custom Embroidered Bachelorette Party Shirts

stitched outfits

MTV Inspired Mrs. Bridal Party Shirt

fun tshirt ideas

Ride or Die Bachelorette Party Shirts

bachelorette party shirts

Rock n’ Roll Bachelorette Party Shirt

rock n roll bridesmaid shirts

Custom City Bachelorette Party Shirt

cute bachelorette shirts

Bachelorette Party Camp Sweatshirt

camp style bachelorette party sweatshirt

Diagonal Monogram Sweatshirt

monogram sweatshirt

Bachelorette Swimsuits

Matching t-shirts aren’t the only option available for your group. If you’re spending your time working on your tan at the beach or by the pool, these bachelorette swimsuits might be more up your alley–and they also make for one cute Instagram pic.

Floral Bachelorette Swimsuit

swimsuits and matching bags

Custom Bachelorette Swimsuit

bride and babe swimsuits

Reversible Bachelorette Party Swimsuit

bachelorette swim suits

More Of Our Favorite Bachelorette Outfit Ideas

Now that you’ve got your bachelorette party shirts figured out, you need to plan the party itself! Don’t worry, we’ve got 9 unconventional bachelorette party ideas that you’re going to love.

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Cozy Chic Romanian Wedding at Casa Boema

December 2, 2020 | riley

One look at Ramona and Tomas and you can tell that the fashion-forward couple would plan one epic wedding. They did not disappoint. The couple tied the knot in a gorgeous church with high ceilings, white pillars, and a chic backdrop covered in florals and pampas grass before moving the party to Casa Boema. There the two celebrated their love with their closest friends and families under cafe lights and vintage-inspired lanterns with dancing, live music, and one serious dessert table. Tomas even got up and played guitar for their guests.

While we could obsess over their wedding for hours, we have to highlight the adventure shoot they did with Radu Benjamin. While dressed to the nines, the pair trekked the Romanian mountains to capture some of the most epic photos we have ever seen. From portraits in front of waterfalls to the couple wrapped up in blankets on green cliffs overlooking the ocean, one look at these photos and you’ll be packing your own bags. Just don’t forget your hiking boots!

The Couple:

Ramona and Tomas

The Wedding:

Casa Boema, Faroe Islands

Shop similar headpieces: Rose Gold Leaf Wedding Tiara ($74.25); Lisali Pale Rose Gold Floral Tiara ($39); Rhinestone Botanical Bridal Tiara ($74.25); Genevieve Rose Gold Tiara ($110.40)

Wedding Planning Advice From The Bride

Give yourselves plenty of time for the planning so that you can enjoy the process and not get stressed out. Also, prioritize your planning and avoid having to work on multiple projects at once or at the last minute. Doing these things on a timeline will help you create a peaceful environment.

Cozy And Intimate Vibes at Casa Boema

The style we were going for was vintage bohemian, which was reflected in both the church and reception hall venues, as well as in the decorations and our choices in clothing. However, we wanted the overall atmosphere to be cozy and intimate

Shop similar boots: UGG Adirondack III Waterproof Boots ($249.95); Chaco Cataluna Waterproof Hiker Boot ($149.95); Shoe The Bear Dev Chelsea Boot ($160); AllSaints Harris Mid Zip Boot ($243)

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Radu Benjamin
Ceremony Venue – Casa Boema


Congratulations again to Ramona and Tomas on their cozy chic wedding at Casa Boema. Big thank you to Radu Benjamin for sharing their special day with us. If you’re planning your own adventure wedding, check out these ideas to complete an adventure-themed wedding

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