I met Morgan and Jake through a previous wedding couple, and so was excited to work with their family and friends again. Morgan and Jake are both artists, and planned and created most of their details themselves, and perfectly tailored the decorations to the setting. Morgan prefers the country, and Jake favors high-fashion, and together they developed a feel of rustic elegance. I loved, loved, loved their wedding, and the fact that they are so cute and in love blows away even the fabulous job they did with decorating.
Here are some words from the bride:
When planning our wedding, one of the most important things to Jake and I was that our wedding felt like us. Despite my Southern California upbringing, I am a total country girl at heart! I love the family-oriented culture, the warmth of Southern hospitality and the natural beauty of the agricultural environment. I was thrilled when we discovered the Walnut Grove in Moorpark – a stunning orchard only 20 minutes away from home. Jake, although a city-styled guy himself, was sweet enough to encourage my dream. We quickly booked the Walnut Grove for our June wedding.
Jake and I are both artists so we knew we wanted art to be a big influence for our special day. I painted our table numbers -each a different size and shape- with copper-metallic paint on unprimed canvas material and framed them each in gold frames I borrowed from my parents’ house. We attached chicken wire to the back of larger frames my mom purchased at an antique mart to hang seating arrangements and hung the frames from a tree branch in the venue’s cocktail area. We have always loved the idea of a photo booth but desired something a little more formal. To accomplish this, we hung a rustic gold frame from a tree branch with linen ribbon. During the cocktail hour, guests gathered in different groupings behind the frame with the breath-taking orchard as their backdrop. We were thrilled with the result!
We capitalized on the naturalness of the venue by ordering fresh fruit and vegetables to be displayed around the bar, lemonade stand and appetizer table as decor. In a further attempt to personalize our day, we each chose signature cocktails to share with our guests. Jake’s: Gin or Vodka Tonics. And mine: Peach Bellinis & Shirley Temples. We avoided a formal tiered wedding cake and instead opted for two of our favorite desserts from one of our favorite restaurants: the Cheesecake Factory! We saved a ton of money ordering individual cakes and both options were smashing hits!
A close family friend was unbelievably generous and patient with us, custom-designing all of our printed materials: invitations, menus, signage, favor labels, and love note cards that guests used to write us thoughtful messages on our big day.
I wanted our favors to be personal, as if each guest was leaving our wedding with a hand-crafted gift from us. To accomplish this, my sister and I bonded while making 13 batches of walnut-toffee which we broke into small pieces, packed into mini brown paper bags from Paper-Source and sealed with a custom label.
As I suffered through my last semester of college finals, my mom was instrumental in bringing our magical day together. Our table clothes were custom made from a beautiful fabric my mom found during one of her many trips to the LA fabric district. Our wedding was FILLED with fantastic antique-styled pieces that she discovered in niches and corners of antique shops in our area. Our centerpieces consisted of both birdcages and birdbaths that had been filled to the brim with gorgeous flowers. We tried to create a homey, conversational atmosphere by setting up benches with linen pillows throughout our venue and kept the night alive with tons of candles.
Jake and his groomsmen wore rented black tuxedos with black ties. They were a great compliment to my bridesmaids full-length, blush dresses. I wanted each girl to really like the dress they wore so they each chose their own styled dress from the Amsale, ruffle-chiffon collection. My Maggi Sottero dress was a perfect fit for my personality and our wedding day. I fell in love with the french-vanilla color and the way the ruffles on the skirt resembled giant roses.
We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful weather – warm and sunny with a slight breeze. The last step was to fill our wedding with the people we love the most. Joe from Command Performance Catering was a delight to work with! Our guests raved about the food and our DJs (Martin & Justin of Waveform Events) kept everyone on the dance floor.
We had a fantastic day and couldn’t ask for anything more. We admire the pictures and think on the fond memories of our wedding constantly!
Venue: Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada – Moorpark, California
Catering: Command Performance Catering
Day-of Coordinator: Desiree Russo Wedding Planning
Florist: King Dahl Event Design
Print Materials & Graphic Design: Dorothy Castel; Castel Design
Dress: Maggi Sottero – Dynasty
Jewelry: Nadri Jewelry