• Relaxed California Barn Wedding

    Relaxed Barn Wedding | Orange Owl Photography on Oh Lovely Day

    As one half of a high school sweetheart couple myself, I’m always drawn to other childhood sweethearts out there.  Tanya & Andy made every detail of their wedding personal and really thought about their guests’ enjoyment during the planning. Plus, they were high school sweethearts. Ah, romance. Plus, look at that bouquet! 

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    Your inspiration for the day? We wanted to have a rustic, but elegant feel. We wanted to make sure it was a warm and an inviting environment where our guests could feel at home. My Father-in-law put so much time and effort into making our personalized bean bag toss game and our “Best Day Ever” sign.  I was able to make all the lawn signs by hand using an old pallet.  

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    Advice for couples planning now? The best advice I can give is, take a deep breath, it is going to be chaotic and it is going to be stressful, but all worth it in the end. This is a day to celebrate your love and journey, and ultimately, you need to make decisions that will make you happy, not everyone else. Decide on what is really important to you and splurge a little (i.e.: photographers, food & beverage, flowers), everything else is so minuscule in the end.

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    I think our favorite moment of the day was our last dance. The entire barn was cleared out and it was just us and the music. The lights were turned down and everything was dripping in candle light. It was a quiet moment where we held each other close and we were able to reflect on the day and our lives ahead of us.

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    How did you make your wedding YOU?

    We were able to put so much of us into the wedding making it very personal. Our ceremony, conducted by our long time friend, gave everyone a glimpse into our long traveled road and our handwritten vows were very intimate and personal. We also wanted to show our personalities through our food selections; we’re kind of foodies (Beer Bread for him and Red Velvet for me). Finally, a dance party was what we really wanted to have and that we did. We wanted to make sure that the music played reflected us as a couple, we choose every song that was played, everything from Johnny Cash and Creedence Clearwater revival to Daft Punk. We danced the night away with family and friends, drinks and koozies (per my husband’s request) in hand!

    High school sweethearts who wanted a personal wedding and a dance party? My husband and I have so much in common with this couple. I love how personal each detail was, from the food choices to the musical selections. That is how you make your wedding YOU. Congrats to Tanya & Andy!

    Oh, I have a little reader survey going on right now to help me know what content you want to see in the coming year. Could you spare two minutes to fill it out? Then leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win a fab little thank you gift.

    {Vendors} Photographer:  Orange Owl Photo / Makeup Artist: Amy Clarke Makeup Artistry / Reception Venue: Graf Barn (for inquiries please contact tableofgrace.graf@gmail.com) / Floral Designer: KM Floral Design / Bridal Gown: Tara Keely /  Hair: Brooke Collier of Blush Salon (Corona, CA) / Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan / Groom’s Attire: J Crew / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties: Knitcole / Groomsmen’s Suspenders: H&M / Table Numbers: Etsy – The Paper Walrus / Cake Topper: Etsy – Better Off Wed / Monogram Pillow: Etsy – Polka Dot Pears / Favors: Koozie Vibes

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    3 Comments

    1. Stacy Bergschneider
      Posted Oct 28 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

      Beautiful wedding! Hope I helped out by taking the survey- Best of luck with your blog!

    2. Posted Oct 28 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much Chandra for featuring Andy and Tanya’s wedding. You’re awesome and it’s always a pleasure working with you!

    3. Pamela
      Posted May 26 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Would love to get the information on this venue if you have it.

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