California weddings, they’re unbelievable, right? Recent bride, Tracy, captured the feel of a Californian wedding perfectly by diving into the unique combination of a laidback elegance. This is the perfect way to combine the natural sunshine and attitude of a Californian vineyard, while maintaining the tradition of the wedding. It also helped that her husband, Austin brought some formal, military touches to the wedding to keep it sleek and formal.
Congratulations, Tracy and Austin! Thank you, Rachel Krueger Photography for these photos!
From the Bride:
We really tried to go for a laidback elegance feel. I love everything vintage so I knew I wanted to incorporate those touches and Austin is in the military so we wanted to have an air of formality. We wanted our wedding to be a blend of both of our styles. For the color palette, we chose cream, navy, and wine. We were surrounded by vineyards after all!
We loved all the natural beauty that our venue had to offer. The large tree behind our ceremony was the inspiration for a lot of our decorations. We then added white vintage chairs along with mason jar flowers to tie in our theme. For the reception, a lot of our decoration was DIY. I hand etched 150 glasses for the guests to take home as a favor. Additionally, I designed and put together our taco dinner menu! I spent almost 2 years looking for discounts and bargains to complete our dream wedding.
The floral for our wedding were all done by a high school floral class in Austin’s hometown. It was yet another personal touch that we added to our wedding. I really wanted crisp and clean looking flowers to contrast with our rustic venue. Instead of having a traditional favorite flower, I love succulents. So naturally, I wanted succulents everywhere! A couple of days before the wedding, my mother and law and I cut succulents out of her garden. She planted them in her garden just for our wedding.
As a lover of vintage, I wanted to incorporate lace into my look. That’s exactly what drew me to my dress. I absolutely loved the bohemian feel of the lace along with the elegance of the cut. It was also versatile in that way that it had a removable jacket that looked like it was part of the dress!
I think what made our wedding so special was that we had a lot of personal touches. The floral class from Austin’s high school put together our flower arrangements, a friend from my hometown baked our cake, and one of our good friends from work was our wedding coordinator. We were also personal friends with our photographer and officiant. I walked down the aisle to “Angel” by Jack Johnson. Austin and I attended the University of California, Santa Barbara California during the 2014 shooting. While everyone was recovering, Jack Johnson, who is an alumnus, performed as a surprise for the students. Austin and I danced at that concert together.
The most anticipated moment of our day was when we said our vows to each other. I am not a public speaker so I was dreading that moment. But as I started to say my vows I caught a glimpse of our groomsmen (who were almost all in tears) and then looked at Austin. At that moment I was so comfortable and just happy. The reading of both of our vows went perfectly and then it was on to the party!
For anyone looking for wedding planning advice I would say to add as many personal touches as you can. That’s what made our wedding so special. We were lucky enough to personally know almost everyone our vendors. But if we hadn’t, I would have done my best to find vendors that matched our style and personalities. I think it is so important that you have a high level of trust with the people that are helping make your big day exactly what you want”.