Well, it's official. My first blog post of 2014! I can't believe we've made it this far. Sure, I'm only blogging a couple of times a week now that I have my little Jack, but man, A Paper Proposal has come a long way since my first blog post in November of 2011. It has been a labor of love for me, and while it hasn't always been easy (and it sure doesn't pay the bills!), I honestly can't imagine giving it up! While blogging, I have gotten married to the love of my life, and had the most awesome (AWESOME) little boy in the world. I just appreciate each and every one of you who has supported A Paper Proposal by visiting, sharing, submitting and commenting over the past three years.
All right, now on with it! Today's featured wedding, with images by Equals D Photography, is a great blend of rustic and chic. Lucky for the bride, her mom is a very talented designer who created all of the wooden signs, chevron centerpieces and other adorable displays decorating the ceremony and reception. I think this wedding is a perfect example of how you can incorporate many ideas from different themes and still make it look beautiful and cohesive. Just because you like vintage doesn't mean you can't throw some modern gray chevron into the mix! The lesson here is don't ever let a particular theme hold you back!
Surrounded by a variety of rustic chic DIY details, Amanda and Josh were married in October at the picturesque Ranch at Bandy Canyon in Escondido, California. Amanda and Josh's relationship started in the best way possible - with a friendship - after first meeting in college. A romantic proposal at Crescent Bay in front of all of their closest friends and family soon followed. Their wedding turned out to be a perfect reflection of the two of them. "Make a conscious effort to plan a wedding that represents you and your future spouse. Do not make it about pleasing others or throwing the party of the year. A wedding is a celebration of the decision the both of you have made to spend the rest of your lives together. Don't forget that is the reason you are doing it," advises the bride.
"Also – spend more time planning for your marriage than the wedding, because the wedding is just one day that is quickly over. You will not regret any time spent preparing yourselves for a healthy marriage. Finally, don't sweat the small stuff. Mentally prepare for the absolute worst outcome and decide to be okay with whatever happens the day of – because all that matters at the end of the day is that you will be married to the one you love!"
Rustic Chic Wedding in Southern California - Vendors & Credits
Photographer: Equals D Photography
Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
Caterer: Bellamy's Restaurant
Floral Designer: Olivia Reese Weddings
Cupcake Designer: Baby Cakes
DJ: Gabrielle Weiman
Hair and Make-up Artist: Ashley Bello
Wedding Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner and veil from Jinny's Bridal
Bridal Accessories: Kate Spade New York Charm Heel and Nina 'Celine' Pave Crystal Y-Necklace via Nordstrom