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Sweet and Intimate Wedding at Historic California Ranch Monday, April 2, 2012 ~ 8:40 a.m.

Hello, Hello! I was so excited when I woke up this morning because I saw tons of rain (or snow?) clouds in the sky! I know that sounds weird, but it has been in the 70s and 80s here in Denver for weeks now, and I want some variety! I can get this weather back in California. I bought a rain coat a month or two ago and I haven't even had the chance to wear it yet! Anyway, the storm is only going to last for a day or so, but I plan to enjoy it! First on the agenda? A hot cup of coffee and some blogging, of course :)

I'm actually mixing it up this Monday morning with a real wedding feature, before my regular Bridal Fitness on Paper blog post that I still have scheduled to go up later on today. This intimate wedding welcomed only 40 guests, but serves as proof that a small wedding doesn't have to lack the details that we all know and love most! Photographed by Nicky of Eight20 Photography, Hannah and Mark were married last August at the historical California ranch, Rancho del Diablo Dormido. The name of the venue located in Malibu, California actually means "The Sleeping Devil," and I'm told that as you look out over the mountains that surround the property, one of the mountain tops actually looks like a sleeping devil!

The bride relied heavily on both Etsy and her own craft skills with a few big DIY projects, which included the wedding invitations and programs, wedding favors, seating chart display and menus. Although Hannah dedicated much of her own time traveling back and forth to Michaels before her wedding, she credits her Aunt for the "most amazing DIY element": her bouquet! "Early on in the wedding planning process, I came across these brooch bouquets. I loved their vintage feel and that they were made using items from people that were special to you. I showed a picture of one to my Aunt, and she said, 'I want to make this for you,'" said Hannah. Hannah's handmade bouquet included roses made from the fabric of her Aunt's wedding dress, cufflinks from her grandfather, pins from her mom, pearls from her mother-in-law and even the cork from the bottle of wine that her and her husband-to-be, Mark, shared to celebrate their engagement. Such a neat idea, and something she'll be able to keep forever, and maybe even pass onto her daughter one day :)

Besides Hannah's meaningful bridal bouquet, the wedding featured small arrangements of hydrangeas, lisianthus, freesias, dahlias, roses, tulips, succulents and sea thistle. The outdoor reception was made all-the-more intimate because of the couple's choice to have one long banquet table so that everyone could sit together (I did that, too!), which was Hannah's favorite wedding day detail. Guests enjoyed a meal by Daniel Molnar Private Catering, with music by the fabulous band, the Leftover Cuties.

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Sweet and Intimate Wedding at Historic California Ranch - Vendors & Credits

Photographer: Eight20 Photography
Floral Designer: Far East WholeSale Flowers
Event Venue: Rancho del Diablo Dormido
Day-of Coordinator: Dana Barrett Gabriel
Caterer: Daniel Molnar Private Catering
Wedding Invitations: Handmade by bride
Officiant: Eric Schwartz
Band: Leftover Cuties
Hair & Makeup: Brittany at Guy Matthews Salon and Merav Peleg
Dessert/Cake: Tifa
Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller
Bridal Accessories: Shoes by Cathy Jean, earrings from Ann Taylor, hair pins via Wire & Wool and single layer, elbow length veil via Thousand Oaks Bridal Collection
Groomsmen Attire: Theory
Bridesmaid Attire: Tea length blue dress by Neiman Marcus

From Etsy...
Place Cards: Timeless Paper
Invitations: Stamp via Norajane
Bridal Party Gifts: Rings by Found in California
Wedding Favors: Plantable hearts & flowers by Recycled Ideas, and bags via Le Box Boutique

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Stephanie Elizabeth (California)

Apr 2, 2012 10:09 AM

Such a beautiful wedding!

Kristina - New Haven CT Wedding DJ (United States)

Apr 2, 2012 6:47 PM

Great pictures! I love it! The wedding bouquet is unique. Thanks for sharing.

Emma - Aphroditeswb (UK)

Apr 3, 2012 1:28 AM

This is stunning - looks like a fun wedding!

Kim (The Netherlands)

Apr 12, 2012 12:28 AM

WOW! SO simple but so great! I'm engaged but will use this as an inspiration for our wedding in the future!