Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Vintage inspired, Rustic Country Wedding

This wedding is the epitome of rustic, and vintage country charm, designed collaboratively by the bride, her mother, and Donna Putnam of Forget Me Knot Events.  The bride and groom were married at the groom’s parent’s ranch in Fallon, NV where horses normally graze on local alfalfa, and a variety of fruits grow in the family orchard.  Countless handmade, detailed special touches, and heartfelt tributes punctuated this affair that made nearly 300 guests feel welcome, comfortable and like part of the extended family.   With Kendall Price Photography behind the lens, we are able to see the day unfold from a sunny, afternoon Ceremony into a lovely evening, touched by country breezes, twinkly lights and a crescent moon.   

For a warm and welcome entry into an otherwise dry field of alfalfa and horses, the bride’s father created a set of rustic doors, flanked by lavender, hay bales, and alfalfa.

Lanterns lit the way to the Ceremony site, over the irrigation ‘river’ and through the orchard ‘woods’, where re-purposed, hand painted barn wood signs greeted guests.   

Custom program paddle fans created by No Ordinary Day of Rocklin, CA helped keep guests informed of the day’s events, and cool in the over 90 degree heat. 

Happy tears hankies were tied with jute twine and available for the taking as guests viewed photos of those who are gone, but not forgotten hanging in the orchard trees on the way to their seat.   

First look photos were taken in a wooded piece of property that has been in the family for generations.  Here among tall trees, a groom sees his lovely bride for the first time and tender moments are spent whispering to one another while seated on a fallen tree, and later on the bumper of a vintage truck.

For the Ceremony, the bride wanted the natural beauty of the Orchard to be accented only by mason jars filled with hydrangea blooms on shepherd hooks, and a sprinkling of rose petals lining the aisle of wood chairs.  

Bridesmaids wore a dress of their choosing in variegated shades of lavender to create an ombre effect, with what else but cowboy boots, of course.  Floral designs by Florabella of Reno, NV continued the ombre theme through to the hand-tied posy bouquets with lace wrapped stems.    

The bride’s bouquet  featured primarily yellow roses – a nod to her late grandfather who played an integral role in bringing her and her groom together.  Charms with his photo, and that of lost others encircled the stems. 


The groom and his men wore true Ranch attire with boots, black hats, black jeans and buckles, complimented with the Bride’s preferred color of purple. 

And how else should the flower girl distribute rose petals but by using a cowboy hat to hold her precious cargo, of course! 
The touching Ceremony, officiated over by the bride's cousin, brought tears to even her eyes and use of those hankies by most in attendance.  

A cocktail “lounge” was created in front of the tent by CamelotParty Rentals of Reno, NV, complete with quilt covered hay bale seating, barrel bars of appetizers, and decanters of self-serve refreshments with mason jars and purple striped straws.  

Guests were able to write a love note to the bride and groom on wooden hearts to be placed in a custom engraved box, and place their gift on a table adorned with a vintage picnic basket for cards with a handmade bunting trim, and a custom Thank you print.  The Fallon Elk’s Lodge provided all bar services as a nod to the bride’s father’s membership in his local California Lodge.  

A hearty, country buffet dinner of Tri-tip and Chicken by A Perfect Pear Catering, Reno, NV was served to open seating tables bedecked in beautiful satin linens of eggplant purple, and lace from Creative Coverings, Reno, NV.  Burlap runners trimmed in lace were lovingly handmade by the Bride’s grandmother.   

 Local wine with the appropriate title of “Purple Cowboy” served as a convenient accent to table décor provided by Florabella of Reno, NV.  A mix of rustic centerpiece designs were complimented by pops of yellow from locally grown sliced lemons.   

Handmade items and touching moments continued to punctuate the Reception, especially with a custom song, written and recorded by the Bride’s father.  His gifted vocals and touching lyrics brought tears to a typically stoic crowd and created a tender moment between Father and daughter, to say the least.

 This touching moment was followed by an equally poignant tribute to the bride and groom’s grandparents in the form of a Dessert bar of their favorites.  Homemade and hearty country pies in lieu of cake were handcrafted by the Courtyard Café of Fallon, NV.  Each was brought in by a son, daughter, or member of the bridal party and placed on a barrel bar pre-set with vintage scales, colanders, antique plates, rustic pedestals, and burlap trimmed custom signage. 

Not to be outdone, the delicious wedding cake also served as a feast for the eyes in its purple ombre layered interior.   

As a sweet ending, guests later received favors of lavender jelly, homemade by the Bride’s mother.   

As the sun set on this charming evening in late June, the bride and groom stole away to enjoy a solo dance in the alfalfa fields, as the headlights of their ranch truck lit the path of their new lives together. 

A special thanks to all of the incredible Vendors who helped make this day a reality, and to Kendall Price for the phenomenal photography provided here. 

Wedding Planner/Event Designer:   Donna Putnam - Forget Me Knot Events, Ltd.
Photographer:  Kendall Price - Kendall Price Photography
Assistant Photographer:  Heidi Huber
Bar Services:  Fallon Elk's Lodge #2239
Bridal Gown: Swoon Bridal 
Catering:  Sarah Russell -  A Perfect Pear Catering Co.
Chalkboard Signage:  Donna Putnam - Forget Me Knot Events, Ltd.
Dessert Bar: Deb Nelson - Courtyard Cafe
DJ:  Robert White - Auditory Sensations
Florist:  Nisha Hallert - Florabella Reno
Garter:  BellaSposaCouture 
Hair/Make-up:  Edin Carpenter - Edin Carpenter Make-up Artistry
Invitations:  Invitations by Alecia
Linens:  Nancy Stoltz - Creative Coverings 
Program Fans & Printed Signage: Jenn Hugunin -  No Ordinary Day
Ring Bearer Box & Guest Book:  My Swedish Farmhouse
Tent & Rentals:  Deisi Gonzalez & Douglas Barrera -  Camelot Party Rentals