Nature’s Splendor: How to Style your Outdoor Wedding
Three Ways to style your alfresco wedding—whether you’re planning a summer morning Soiree, a fall afternoon Affair, or winter evening Nuptials.
1. Summer Country Chic
Celebrate your nuptials on a warm summer morning.
The Wild West meets leather and lace for a romantic feel at a historic ranch.
Play off the unique aspects of Reinstein Ranch’s historic California ambience. Have your ceremony out under the open sky with sweeping vistas of rolling grassy hills. 8201 Highland Rd., Livermore, (925) 583-4950, reinsteinranch.com.
Evoke the images of elegant women walking down dusty streets in a high-neck dress accented with lace and delicate buttons from Kinsley James Couture Bridal. Choose simple accessories that won’t distract from the details of the dress—and don’t be afraid to tousle your hair in an Edwardian fashion. 1623 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 330-9228, kinsleyjames.com.
Build on the elements of the ranch that are already there: rusted chains, leather saddles, dark wood. Start with rustic chairs from Pleasanton Event Rentals and add dainty floral details. Include light lace runners on your tables, set with elements from the ranch. Accent your menu and bar with repurposed wood signage and bright white calligraphy. 7066-A Commerce Cir., Pleasanton, (925) 468-0624, pleasantonrentals.com.
Avoid structure. Opt for floral touches that remind your guests of wildflowers picked right from the field—a vision Pleasanton’s The Petal Company can help you perfect. Wild greens, white blooms, and pops of brick will accent free-form bouquets and bursts of flowers. Pleasanton, (925) 245-0008, thepetalco.com.
No true ranch wedding should skip the whiskey bar. Delight your guests with etched glass tumblers for samples of your favorite grain elixir. Check out Livermore’s Sutherland Distilling Company for its early 2016 release or Berkeley’s Mosswood Distillers to stock your bar. 3189 Independence Dr., Livermore, (925) 447-0873, sutherlanddistilling.com; 2619 Seventh St., Berkeley, drinkmosswood.com.
2. Fall Whimsically Woodsy
Let the midday sun light up your big moment.
This wedding appears whimsical yet elegant, with a mixture of natural elements and feminine touches.
Take your love of vintage fabrics and the flavors of autumn to the woods and let Mother Nature set the canvas for your day. The redwood grove at the UC Botanical Garden is a fairytale spot for your ceremony. 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley, (510) 642-3352, botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu.
Now’s the time to choose something unexpectedly natural. Match the tone of the wedding with a boho-chic lace dress from Free People, and keep the vibe simple yet elegant with minimal accessories. 1540 Olympic Blvd., Walnut Creek, (925) 952-8426, freepeople.com.
Mix rustic with classic. When combined with delicate plates, beige linens with vintage stitching add a romantic feel, while fall fruits such as pomegranates and pumpkins add seasonal color. Make a bold statement with bursts of copper, from charger plates to flatware. Pleasanton Event Rentals, 7066-A Commerce Cir., Pleasanton, (925) 468-0624, pleasantonrentals.com.
Delicate blush petals and deep purple flowers pair well with lots of greenery for your natural setting. Sarah’s Garden can help you choose the perfect pairings, from berries and eucalyptus to café au lait dahlias and burgundy scabiosa. Danville, (415) 699-8206, sarahsgardendesign.com.
Opt for cupcakes with a homemade feel, and choose the flavors of the season. For fall, try pumpkin spice cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from Sarah’s Sweets. Danville, (925) 389-3371, sarahmeskin.wix.com/cupcake.
West Side Salon, (925) 743-0745.
Makeup by Adele, (925) 683-8548, makeupbyadele.com.
Lindsay Lauren Events, (925) 683-8547, lindsaylaurenevents.com.
Heartcrafted Co., heartcraftedco.com.
3. Winter Vineyard Elegance
Party well into the night after exchanging vows.
An intimate affair is the perfect way to bring a whole lot of warmth to a winter evening, especially when set in an elegant winery courtyard.
Vineyards shouldn’t be enjoyed only in the daytime. Twinkling lights and softly flowing fountains are charming for evening nuptials, especially in a setting like Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton. Here, you’ll feel as if you’ve escaped to a world made just for you.
During the Winter months Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery offers winter wedding enhancements. These include hot chocolate served upon guests arrival, a fire pit with cozy lounge seating and s'mores fixings, romantic candlelight decor, and outdoor market lights in the garden. 410 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 931-0200, casarealevents.com.
A simple dress from J’aime Bridal pairs well with dramatic accessories. Shield yourself from the cold with a fur stole and gloves in a jewel tone. 719 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 846-8459, jaimebridal.com.
Couches and oversized arm chairs will make your guests feel right at home by bringing the indoors outside. Drape soft pashminas over chairs for a touch of cozy and furnish quiet corners for candlelight conversations. Market lights strung from tree to tree give an inviting, somewhere-special feel to the elegant setting. Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery as part of their Winter Decor Wedding Package, 410 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 931-0200, casarealevents.com. For additional outdoor decor, try Pleasanton Event Rentals, 7066-A Commerce Cir., Pleasanton (925) 468-0624, pleasantonrentals.com.
Dark florals adorned with emerald greenery are a dramatic contrast to soft lighting and delicate fabrics. With help from Nicole Ha Designs, select flowers in burgundy and dark fuchsia, which will add glamorous pops of color. 1721 Rogers Ave., Ste. O, San Jose, (408) 421-0388, nicoleha.com.
Supply s’mores fixin’s such as chocolate-sprinkled marshmallows from Concord’s Rachel Dunn Chocolates and hot chocolate in koozie-wrapped mugs. Gather around the fire pit to keep the festivities going all night. 1021 Detroit Ave., Concord, (925) 798-4321, racheldunnchocolates.com.
Hair and Makeup
Lindsay Skog, PMA, (925) 240-3360, pmastyle.com.
Alyssia Lundgren, Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, (925) 931-0200, www.casarealevents.com; PJ Rude, Texture, instagram.com/_texture_.
Jennifer and Lindsay Skog, jenniferskog.com, lindsayskog.com.