I had the pleasure of featuring Lindsey & Anthony’s rustic country engagement shoot last October, and now I get to share their rustic country wedding. How exciting! Lindsey & Anthony celebrated their special day this last June at Lake Oak Meadows in Temecula, CA. Perfectly captured by Kayden Studios, and filled to the brim with pretty-as-can-be details; this wedding has all the reasons why I love rustic weddings so much.
From the Photographer, Kayden Studios:
Rustic country weddings never so looked gorgeous! From the shotgun shell boutonnières to the Cap-gun favors complete with the tag “kiss kiss-bang bang” every country chic detail was covered. All the guys and girls wore cowboy boots. The ladies looked stunning in blue dresses in all different styles and the guys turned out dapper in blue jeans and tan vests. The flowers showcased the theme with soft blushes, whites and light peach colors!
From the Bride, Lindsey:
How did you meet?
Anthony and I met in high school through mutual friends. We started dating in October of our Sophomore year in 2015, He was 16 and I was 15. This October will be our 9 year dating anniversary.
What were your Wedding Planning Inspiration and Style?
I love the simplicity of the country rustic. Especially after watching my now sister-in-law plan her wedding. I loved the cowboy boots;they are fun and also very comfortable. I am also not terrific in heels and the venue was an outdoor venue so boots were perfect. I got lots of great ideas from Pinterest and then would just personalize it to fit me. One idea I loved was I saw toy cap guns set out in a basket at the ceremony. I took that idea and used them as wedding favors. I tied Kraft paper tags on them that said “Kiss, Kiss – Bang, Bang” with a thank you note on the back. The idea was that guests would fire them as we entered the reception and as a way to see us kiss.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
I loved getting ready for the big day. Getting my hair done and my makeup done just felt so pampering. I also was very relaxed. Makeup and hair might have been running a little behind (as it does frequently) but I didn’t let it bother me, I just wanted to enjoy it.
The portraits with Anthony and me were also a great memory;we just bring out the best in each other.
My third favorite Memory I would have to say was when I was getting driven on the golf cart to where I’d be walking down the aisle. I was to walk down these beautiful stairs with grapevines on either side, I then met my dad at the bottom where he fluffed my dress and led me down the aisle to my future husband. But as I was being taken to the top of the stairs the driver taking me stopped in a blind spot so that I could peak at the ceremony beginning. That was the one moment I got choked up. Neither of us cried during the ceremony, I think because after being together so long we were just so excited and content that it was finally our day.
Do You have any advice for other brides?
I don’t know that I have great advice, only because everybody is so different. I would just have to say make the details of your big day really reflect you and your future hubby. Sure, compromise on little things to please the family but in reality it’s about what you want. We really wanted to be able to invite more friends and people our age with keeping the head count in mind. So, for a lot of family friends that we knew weren’t “musts” we invited them to what I called a “just married” party. It was a secondary reception type party that we had at one of our family’s houses and there is where we could invite whomever else we wanted. Because as much as we like to sometimes you just can’t invite everybody.
Also who designed your dresses?
The bridesmaid’s dresses were from Alfred Angelo. My mom, maid of honor, and I went and picked out a color and the MOH dress (which was off limits to the other girls). The other girls could then pick a style that fit them best and they felt comfortable in. I did want to approve the dress but there weren’t too many that I didn’t like. So in the end, all of the girls had picked their own dress and they all came in the same color.
My dress was from Bonny Bridal. It was a strapless, sweetheart corset with a full bottom. The bottom was beautiful soft sort of messy ruffles. There was beading around the waist in a leafy pattern which tied in great with our venue being in Temecula Wine Country. Also one of my favorite things about it, besides it being very comfortable, was that it had a slit in the skirt which was perfect, it was fun and allowed my cowboy boots to peak out.
Photographer: Kayden Studios|Reception Venue: Lake Oak Meadows |Wedding Coordination: Celebrations by Di |Cake: Bo Cakes|Flowers: MFG Floral Designs|DJ: Good Time Djs|Make Up Artist: Heather Pastorello|Hair Artist: Shannon Geddis|Linen: Temecula Catering|Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo |Wedding Dress: Bonny Bridal