The wedding you’re about to view here is what happens when a wedding planner/floral studio assistant/photography dabbler gets married! Yes, that’s right, a beautifully executed rustic chic wedding with all those pretty little details and design elements that make a wedding undoubtedly romantic. Natalie and Ry were married earlier this year at a private country club. Since Natalie is basically a wedding expert, I’m turning my blog entry over to her so she can explain all the details and decisions behind the wedding style. Scroll to the end of the images to read all about her planning and inspiration. Brides- take note of all the wedding professionals who pulled off this stylish celebration. You just might need to contact them for your wedding day.
From the bride, Natalie:
“Let me just state I had a major advantage when it came to planning my wedding. My profession is a wedding planner and an assistant to a floral design company, Floramor Studios. As a wedding planner I am extremely fortunate to have seen and worked countless weddings of all different styles and at venues all over the bay area. Plus I know some of the very best wedding vendors in the business. As an admin at a floral studio, I have seen hundreds of arrangements, centerpieces, and bouquets. So when it came time to designing my own wedding I pretty much knew the exact look and feel I wanted to create and the people I wanted to work with. All things that I would find totally unfair if I was a Bride jumping in blindly. That being said, its not easy to be a wedding planner getting married. On a daily I would have people tell me “your wedding is going to be perfect right? Because you plan weddings.” My response, “fingers crossed” and then panic internally. But this is why we have people like myself, wedding planners, because all the stress that unfolds when getting married can be a lot for a Bride to handle. So I hired & recruited all the help I could get to create and plan my wedding. And it is thanks to all of them, all the planners, vendors, friends, and family that our wedding was a total success.
Now, back to the good stuff… After narrowing down all the different ideas I decided I wanted to create a wedding that was rustic chic, personal, sophisticated yet playful, and undoubtedly romantic. I knew I wanted to incorporate our dog Denver (a husky/wolf) into our wedding. Since he pretty much runs Ry and my lives we knew we couldn’t say “I do” without him. So we made Denver our ring bear, had mini wolves engraved on our wedding invitations, and even had magnetic wolves created, by CoolFactory on Etsy, as escort card holders / party favors. The magnets were by far the coolest part of our wedding. All the little Denver details really made the wedding feel personal and unique to us.
Our colors were browns, light greens, pinks, whites, champagne, with gold accents. Our venue was The Burlingame Country Club. Why? Because its beautiful, in our budget, has an excellent staff, and is easy to travel to. The one tricky part for me was not making the country club something it wasn’t. I love the look of wine barrels as cocktail tables but the club is miles away from Napa and any vineyards so using wine barrels would have felt out of place. At no point did I want our wedding to feel like we were trying too hard; nor did I want to add anything that would take away from the already beautiful setting. I think we succeeded.
For our ceremony, we had a branch and floral arch made to create a slightly structured feel and focal point on the open lawn. Floramor created an archway that, to me, screamed secret garden and romance. It was filled with lush groupings of different flowers, succulents, and branches. I chose to use a lot of wood to create the rustic appeal; wooden farm tables, wooden chairs, and wooden ceremony benches. I wanted everything to be outside- ceremony and reception. We tented the lawn for the reception area to make it feel intimate. We had the tent strung with tee-lights and didn’t put down a floor (minus the dance floor) which made it feel relaxed yet still very romantic.
Flowers: Peonies, ranunculus, anemones, garden roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, willow branches, jasmine, veronica, dusty miller… Honestly I can’t put into words how perfect our flowers were. Since we used farm tables without linen runners, I wanted the flowers to act as runners. We filled the center of each table with different sized pale clusters of flowers and succulents with golden touches here and there. I wanted it to feel soft and free flowing but clean.
Furthermore, we knew we wanted everyone to dance all night. So a good band was key- correction- a great band was key. We hired N’Demand, which I can confidently say having heard a good amount of wedding bands, is the best band from here to LA (totally biased opinion I know). As a bonus we hired Brian Bergeron and his trio band as our cocktail and ceremony musicians. I had worked a wedding with Brian the summer before and thought he was truly magnificent. From Rolling stones to the Avett Brothers Brian does not miss a beat.
Attire: I had once worked a wedding where all the bridesmaids wore long gold sequin dresses. I fell in love with this look. Thus needless to say when it came time to pick my bridesmaids dresses I knew exactly what I wanted them in. However I’m not one for the matching look so I let each girl choose their own gold sequined knee length dress. These dresses are what really kicked off the golden accent colors throughout our wedding. For the groomsmen we wanted them in simple black suits. Ry wore a very dark navy tux with black lapels.”
Wedding Planners: Natalie Hammonds, Floramor Studios & Lisa Duffel, Aloe Events
Florist & design:Floramor Studios
Photographer: Arrowood Photography
Venue: private country club
Ceremony & Cocktail: Brian Bergeron
Reception Band: Jordan Entertainment N’Demand
Hair: Lindsey Davis, Lavish Hair
Makeup: Julie Dy
Eyelash Extensions: Stellar Lashes
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Wedding Earnings: Margaret Elizabeth
Grooms Suit: Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Tuxedo
Cake: Perfect Endings
Wedding Invitations & Menus: Little Miss Press
Wolf Magnets: CoolFactory Etsy
Tent: Zephyr Tents
Rentals- Tables & Chairs: Classic Party Rentals