As if planning a wedding isn’t enough of a time-consuming endeavor, Andrea & Moya just opened a brand new bakery and wedding cake business, Crisp Bake Shop, a few weeks prior to their nuptials.

“We literally planned the wedding in two weeks,” says Andrea, adding that friends and colleagues played a big role in helping them pull it off in such a short period of time.

The spontaneity of the intimate wedding didn’t take away from charm of the event; in fact, the opposite is true.

“If it had been planned further in advance, I don’t think we would have enjoyed it as much. The spontaneity added a lot to the occasion,” says Andrea.

Thanks to photographer Megan Clouse for sending over these beautiful images!

 

California ranch wedding

Andrew & Moaya

Wedding Date: April 29, 2012

Glen Allen, CA

Number of Guests: 21

Wedding Cost: $4,000

Wedding Ceremony Location:  Beltane Ranch, Glen Ellen, CA

Wedding Reception Location:  Starks Steakhouse, Santa Rosa, CA

California Beltane ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

Purple wedding bouquet

purple wedding bouquet

Why did you have an intimate wedding? 

We’ve been engaged for a year and half and hadn’t made any plans about what we wanted to do for a wedding. My (Andrea’s) parents were going to be out visiting from New York and so we decided to just put something together. We just started a new bakery and wedding cake business, Crisp Bake Shop, on April 1st so it was kind of a crazy plan, but we are thrilled we did it. In fact, if it had been planned further in advance, I don’t think we would have enjoyed it as much. The spontaneity added a lot to the occasion.

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

succulent centerpiece

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

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

The biggest challenge was making sure we had something to wear. Andrea has been working in the wedding industry for a number of years, so I was able to ask for help from friends and colleagues and everyone jumped right in to help us with all the details.

Black and White Wedding Dress

Strawberries in champagne

California ranch wedding

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list? 

Not really, although we started off thinking it would just be 10-12 people given the time frame we were giving people. We got to a point where we had to say no to a few people. If we had a slightly larger wedding, there are definitely additional guests that we would have wanted to include. It was so amazing that some people were able to rearrange their schedules to be there. Andrea’s sister flew in from New York, some friends drove from Arizona and the locals all worked it out to be there.

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

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

We were a little saddened that a few close family members couldn’t make it, but I think we actually wanted to make sure they understand that we felt bad for planning something that quickly. We couldn’t blame anyone for not getting here with 7 days notice.

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

What were the highlights of the ceremony? 

Having Moaya’s cousin Laurie, a judge, marry us. She did an amazing job. It was a beautiful ceremony, but it was also funny and casual.

California ranch wedding

California ranch outdoor wedding ceremony

California ranch wedding

California ranch outdoor wedding ceremony

California ranch outdoor wedding ceremony

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding ceremony

California ranch wedding ceremony

California ranch wedding ceremony

California ranch wedding ceremony

What were the highlights of the reception? 

We are both chefs so our reception was just a great dinner party. We had excellent food, amazing wines (provided by our own cellar, plus some real gems provided by our friends from Groth Vineyards) and delicious desserts and wedding cake (provided by Crisp!)

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

wedding kilt

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Well, for us, it was being able to plan it so quickly. No stress.

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

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

Just do it! We wouldn’t change a thing. It was a perfect day.

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

California ranch wedding

Vendors:

Photography: Megan Clouse

Venue: Beltane Ranch

Officiant: Justice Laurie D. Zelon (Moaya’s cousin)

Florals: Spiral Hand

Makeup: Glowing Bridal

Hair: Stella Stevens

Cake: Crisp Bake Shop

Reception: Stark Restaurant

 

 

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  1. Posted by Megan Clouse on June 18th, 2012 at 11:44am

    It is so fun to see their wedding all over again! I can't say enough good things about planning an intimate wedding. Thank you for featuring!
  2. Posted by Moaya Scheiman on June 18th, 2012 at 12:15pm

    Thank you for sharing our wedding- it is fun to see the great Pictures that Megan took for us! I would like to make a small correction- we planned and executed the entire affair in two days! not two weeks... we decided on a Saturday to try and do this and by Monday morning we had everything booked and under control and got married the following Saturday. The added drama of the Dress alteration could add another day ... but ...we both think that had we allowed the planning process to go any longer our small wedding would of turned into an elaborate affair that would of been nothing like either of us wanted. Speed is what kept this affair picture perfect!
  3. Posted by Beth Foster on February 27th, 2013 at 10:54pm

    This is a lovely story! But I don't understand - I would love to know how you got Beltane Ranch for less than $12k on a Saturday?!
    I desperately want to get married there but costing out the house + catering was $20k!
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