Rustic Romance at California Wedding From Koman Photography

This garden wedding is giving me tons of inspiration. Everything is simply done — or maybe because of the great coordination it seems that way — and everything seems natural, like it’s meant to be there. I’m in love with the decor of this rustic California wedding because it’s subtle but impactful whilst keeping the romantic vibes alive. The gorgeous photos were provided by Koman Photography.

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A Note From the Bride: Wedding planning at one point was the most stressful, overwhelming task that I honestly started to dislike. It wasn’t until I realized a lot of the details do not matter and what really matters is the love you are sharing with your future husband, family, and friends. But it is entirely true. It was hard to let go. I am an artist and can tend to be a perfectionist when I have a vision of how I want something to look aesthetically, so the biggest thing for me was starting to trust in other people to create my specific vision for me.

As the bride, I quickly learned that I was not going to be able to do everything myself, especially the day of. And as for theme, we did not have a theme! I never knew what to say when I was asked “what is your theme?” I guess our wedding had a vibe. I knew I wanted everyone to dress up, maybe a little more fancy than usual. I pictured this fantastic garden party from another era with tons of twinkly lights, soft yet dramatic elements, organic tablescapes, mixed with 1950’s prom decor? That is how my mind works. The most overwhelming aspect of wedding planning, aside from the saving money, and making decisions part, are the endless options out there! The wiser women in my life kept reminiscing on how there were no options back in the day as to how you executed your wedding. Well, the modern day bride is faced with so many options, it can seriously drive one mad! I had to narrow my likes down and I decided to focus on one big decor element that I knew I could make and afford. That element was the ribbon garland that hung above the dance floor. Andrew and I LOVE to dance and it was imperative that we spent the entire night dancing with friends and family. I wanted to create a magical atmosphere on that dance floor.

After I focused on that, everything began to fall into place. I wasn’t afraid to hit up every 99cent store, scour craigslist ads, and borrow decor from family friends. Andrew was such a huge help as well. He was constantly in touch with vendors, making decisions with me, and really being present in the entire experience. I absolutely loved our wedding and have no regrets about anything, except that maybe we should have danced more.

 

Photography: Koman Photography | Venue: Newland Barn | Coordination: Pop the Champagne | Bride’s Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses: ASOS | Grooms Suit: Friar Tux | Catering: Country Garden Caterers | Florist: Petals and Pop | Hair: Katie Ruiz | Makeup: Bride | Cupcakes: Sweet Embellishments | Decor was handmade by bride

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