Jennifer and Casey’s Rustic California Deer Farm Wedding

Most couples find planning a wedding – even an intimate one – stressful, but not Jennifer and Casey. The couple included their friends in the planning process making the whole thing a team effort – and a downright pleasurable one at that! Their friends even arranged a few special musical surprises for the bride and groom, making it a truly special and memorable day for everyone involved.

Special thanks to Shannon Moore for sharing their beautiful wedding with us today!

California Deer Farm Wedding

Jennifer, 36 & Casey, 36

Templeton, CA

Wedding Date: July 19, 2014

Number of Guests: 60

Wedding Cost: $26,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Dancing Deer Farm, Templeton, CA

Wedding Reception Location: Dancing Deer Farm, Templeton, CA

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

The process of entering into a relationship, getting engaged, and planning a wedding was moving and overwhelming. We wanted the people who had been integral in our process to be there celebrating our marriage. Sharing that day with those directly involved in our love was very important to us. Also, we had a wedding weekend, so that we all had time to spend together and connect before the actual ceremony. It was beautiful!

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

In my opinion, it was more fluid to plan an intimate wedding because everyone was involved and it was more of a team effort than just a couple planning a wedding. Our friends are amazing and the planning was quite pleasurable!

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No, we felt very certain about being surrounded by friends who love and support us and the decision on the guest list was quite easy!

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

No issues! Casey and I both have cut contact with our families and so our guests included friends only and we invited every friend that was important to us in our lives.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

So many! Unbeknownst to me, all of our friends had gotten together and recorded a song that was played as I walked down the aisle. So beautiful! Our friends, Joe & Nikkia, sang a song to us during the ceremony. We let them choose the song and it was a surprise revealed during the ceremony. They blew us away with a lovely and moving choice. Also, at the very moment that our officiant, Jono, was talking about the future, our friends’ two year-old son ran up to us on the podium with an orange popsicle. It was classic.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

Again, so many! The speeches by our bridal party had us both in tears the entire time. Standing on the veranda and watching all my friends clicking away with utter joy and goofiness in the photo booth was priceless. We had a late night dance party in the barn on the property and watching everyone dancing their hearts out was great!

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

I got to spend time with the people I love!

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

DO IT! Getting married is such a monumental life transition and it’s meant to be nurtured by those around you who love you. Also, having an intimate wedding offers the opportunity to connect more with your guests and make the day memorable for everyone!

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Photography: Shannon Moore – Plum Jam Photography

Flowers: Erin at Sprigs Floral Designs

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Statement Earrings: Wedding Trend

When it comes to bridal jewelry, the necklace is usually the star of the show. With the trend for bold necklaces growing ever popular it’s time for a bit of a revamp. A pair of statement earrings can be a great alternative to a necklace. Earrings will give you all of the impact that you need and complement your dress style without being a distraction.

A minimal dress with thin straps can be easily elevated with the addition of a birdcage veil, and gorgeous oversized chandelier earrings. If you’re not into hanging earrings then you can go for a stud with plenty of detail that reaches up on the ear. An updo worn with a strapless dress and statement earrings are a winning combination. san_francisco_fairmont_black_white_wedding_8

We can’t get enough of these black and gold druzy earrings! Emerald jewelry has a look of opulence and old-Hollywood glamour, making them a must-have for fifties-inspired nuptials. Whether you believe in the tradition of wearing something blue or not, you certainly don’t need an excuse to rock some cobalt blue earrings.

The shape of your earrings are just as important as the stone. Teardrop settings have a timeless quality that still manage to look delicate in larger sizes. Likewise, going for classic stones and cuts will ensure that your earrings can be worn way beyond your wedding day or preserved and passed down. bhldn

This bold pair consists of smaller crystals in a wider shape that has a different look to the larger stones. For vintage brides, a pearl drop earring is the way to go. It will complement your style and you can also pair it with a hair accessory to complete it.

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Cool Blue: 5 Ice Blue Color Palettes for your Wedding Day

With the recent  popularity of Disney’s runaway hit, Frozen, we have no doubt that more than a few brides will be looking to the animated fairytale for a little wedding inspiration this winter; so, this week, we thought we’d help those brides out with a few color schemes inspired by the film. These 5 ice blue palettes are chic and contemporary, and, best of all, they’re perfect for Disney and non-Disney lovers alike.

This color palette filled with cool icy tones is perfect for the ultimate Frozen fan out there. It’s Queen Elsa approved!

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For a less literal interpretation of the film, this color palette mixes warm autumnal tones with cool blue hues, for a rustic, cozy feel.

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Three shades of blue make this fresh, contemporary palette perfect for any season.

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If you’re planning your wedding for when the ice has already started to melt, this palette incorporates a little wintery ice blue action with lots of spring green, making it ideal for April nuptials.

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Another perfect palette for spring, this pretty color scheme pops to life with two shades of pink.

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10 Ways with Copper

With a burnt, rustic and metallic finish, copper details are a great way to incorporate the feeling of fall in your wedding. It’s an understated alternative to gold and silver which complements many themes and color palettes. We’ve picked  10 ways for you to embrace all things metallic and use copper in your decor.

1. Water for the Table

Sometimes a plain jug of iced water just doesn’t cut it. If there’s any occasion that is deserving of an extra fancy pitcher, then your wedding is surely it!

2. Metallic Cake Stand 

This copper stand is the perfect way to complete the look of this delicious cake setting. As if the dripping caramel wasn’t tempting enough…

3. Skinny Belts

We love the contrast between a lace wedding dress and a skinny metallic belt. The copper tone in the belt can be used to complement peach flowers in your bouquet or rose gold jewelry.

4. Flowers in Copper Vases

Vases are so versatile, you can use so many things that you might already own to hold your floral arrangements in. You can use glass bottles and paint them with a copper finish to create a lovely centerpiece. Mixing them with gold and clear bottles will create a stylish mismatched look.

5. On Tap

Keep your guests warm with hot drinks, blankets, bonfires and outdoor heating. Ideal for a nostalgic camp theme. This copper camp dispenser is such a neat way to serve up warm jugs of apple cider.

6. Escort Cards

These copper escort cards are reminiscent of old hotel keys. They have a rustic look that still has a polished quality. Plus, your guests would love these as keepsakes. Definitely a keyring or luggage tag in the making.


7. Shoulder Accessories

If you’re wearing a strapless dress and looking for a necklace with an  impact, this is a special alternative. A chain that wraps around your shoulders is a delicate choice that is unexpected. It really gives the dress a much needed finishing touch.

8. Copper Invites

These copper-hued invitations are perfect for fall. The metallic envelope is a great statement and the subtle copper typography is very appropriate for the season.

9. Steampunk Centerpiece 

For fans of the steampunk aesthetic, this centerpiece will fit in well with your wedding decor. If you’re good with DIY projects then you can try your hand at making these with plumbing accessories, glasses and candles.


10. Lanterns

Lanterns not only provide a source of lighting, but they make great centerpieces. You can place white candles in them and  decorate with white flowers. Copper lanterns can also be used to frame the aisle for the ceremony.

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Tara and Steve’s Beachfront Ontario Wedding

Having a Frisbee thrown at you on the beach where you cottage, might not sound like the most romantic way to meet your future husband, but that’s exactly how Tara met Steve at the age of 14. When it came time for these two lovebirds to finally tie the knot, they couldn’t think of a better place to do it than the spot where it all began; so, surrounded by family and friends, the couple exchanged their vows just down the beach from where that fateful Frisbee had brought them together 13 years earlier!

A huge thanks to Jennifer Moher  and Hugh Whitaker  for sharing Tara and Steve’s wedding with us today.

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Tara, 27 & Steve, 27

Long Point, Ontario

Wedding Date: August 22, 2014

Number of Guests: 30

Wedding Cost: ~$5000

Wedding Ceremony Location: On the beach

Wedding Reception Location: Groom’s parent’s cottage for dinner; Bride’s parent’s beach front cottage for bonfire

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Both of our families have had a cottage on Long Point since we were kids. We grew up there and it’s our favourite place in the world! We met on the beach when we were 14 years old. Steve threw a Frisbee at me, and the rest is history! Looking back, I can’t image our wedding day anywhere else.

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Trying to explain our non-traditional wedding day proved difficult in the beginning. Once our families understood, they were on board 100% and helped us bring our ideas to life.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Yes, but we knew the wedding day that we envisioned wouldn’t work with 150 people.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Nope, no issues. Our family and friends are pretty incredible and supportive people.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

One of our best friends performed the ceremony. Having someone who knows both of us so well, together and individually, speak about our love was so special. Saying our vows with our toes in the sand, just down the beach from where we met, was pretty incredible too.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

My cousin is a chef, and together with his wife, they made the most incredible meal. We all got to sit at one long harvest table, like a big family dinner! Our first dance was on the beach at my cottage. My brother played the guitar and sang with my mom, while Steve and I danced under the stars. We did our speeches around the fire, which created a really intimate atmosphere. The speeches were sincere and from the heart. After a show of fireworks, there were s’mores, hanging out around the fire, and dancing under strings of lights. It was perfect!

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Every person there played such a huge role in making our day so incredible. It never felt like the day went too fast or like we missed out on anything. There was time for everything and everyone. It felt real and full of emotion. There were a lot more tears than I anticipated, but I think that’s because we felt so connected to each part of the day and everyone who was there.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Do it. If an intimate wedding reflects who you are as a couple and the type of celebration you envision, make it happen!

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Photographers: Jennifer Moher Photography and Hugh Whitaker Photography

Custom Wedding Dress: Everywear

Make-up Artist: Myth Makeup Artistry

Hair Stylist: Kayla Goodlet – Rumours Hair Design 

Caterer: Chris & Ashley Sheldon 

Succulent Center Pieces & Wild Flower Bouquet: Jess McDonald 

Rentals: Affordable Elegant Rentals

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