Holman Ranch Outdoor Wedding

We are adventurous and passionate people who like to create ideas and make them happen. We are starting our married life off in Boston, a drastic change from the Southern California college world where we met. After years of on and off long distance, we can’t wait to be roommates! And in the same zip code :) We love each other and the beauty in everyday life.

I wanted the wedding day to be authentic, local, and organic. We had a lot of out of town guests coming to California, so I wanted the wedding to be an experience for them. We chose muted grays and pinks to compliment the organic whites, tans and greens. We used local start up companies like Alissa Bell Press, Josh Harney Productions and Lilify, who were incredible to work with. Finding and collaborating with passionate artists who share your vision is inspiring.

The goal was to plan and pull off a DIY wedding without it looking like one. I went for crisp and simple DIY projects like the chalkboards, place cards, tone-on-tone burlap runners, table numbers, the invitation design, and succulents that complimented the overall aesthetic. The key is picking one or two trends and implementing them in your own way. For everything else, do what you love, not what everyone else is doing.

Favorite Moment: Our first look, for sure. Carter would say my walk down the aisle. I loved seeing him just the two of us. It removed all the pressure from the ceremony and we got to enjoy it and be present in the moment. Also, the guacamole and margaritas. So good.

Advice: Don’t compare. Instead, be inspired by blogs, Pinterest and your friends ideas. Use them as a launch pad to come up with your own ideas, or change them in ways represent your creativity. It is easy to compare, but this is your day. Do what you love and be confident in your selections and hard work! Spend more time focusing on your marriage than the wedding. Planning an awesome party is a blast, but don’t forget the reason you are doing it all–to be married. Also, finding a photographer that has mastered their craft while being organized and quick is rare but necessary. Jacob and Christin were able to get breathtaking shots while taking very little of our time. Find an artist who you trust who also allows you to enjoy your day. We Heart Photography was that for us–they are incredible!

Musical Choices: Processional: Come Thou Fount by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; recessional: Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, performed by live acoustic musicians, Page and Aaron Mitchum; first dance: Real Love by Regina Spektor; exit song: Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake.

Paige + Carter Wedding Film // Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley, CA [3.16.13] from Josh Harney on Vimeo.

Photography: We Heart Photography | Venue: Holman Ranch | Catering: Baja Cantina | Florist: Lilify | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Gown Designer: Sarah Seven | Men’s Formalwear: H & M | Linens: Chic Rentals | Entertainment: DNA Entertainment | Videography: Josh Harney Productions

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10 Responses to “Holman Ranch Outdoor Wedding”

  1. Rosalind

    BEAUTIFUL! Those trees are amazing – nature makes the best photography props :-) If I did it all over again that is just how I would envision my reception! gorgeous.

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    • Paige (bride)

      Hi Jamie! We got the bridesmaids dresses at J.Crew and the junior bridesmaids (pictured) each found their own dresses in a pale pink color. Two are from Forever 21, one is from H&M.

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