Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding: Kelsey + Robbie

This Irvine Ranch DIY wedding is beautiful! Kelsey and Robbie were married last June at the Katie Wheeler Library and surrounding ranch in Irvine, Calfornia. Their wedding has plenty of DIY details, a wonderful story, and amazing photos. Read their story and check out all of the photography captured by Peterson Design & Photography

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Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding

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Their photographer Marisa tells us, “We had perfect weather, a gorgeous venue, and a wonderful couple! Our day started out with Kelsey getting ready. We documented all the beautiful details including her stunningly beautiful wedding dress, to which she had elegant lace and sleeves added. After Kelsey’s mom and twin sister had helped her get dressed, she took a peek outside to see Robbie who had just arrived. She was overwhelmed with joy and shed happy tears upon seeing him! Next was their first look near the side of the historic ranch house (now a library) where there were some more happy tears. As the sun set, the party danced the night away until Kelsey and Robbie were sent off in style, driving Kelsey’s heavily decorated yellow Mustang. Most of the wonderful details and personal touches at this wedding were DIY by the bride and groom and their family and friends. They filled the wedding with many sweet personal touches.”

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Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

What was your something old, new, borrowed, and blue? She told us, “New: My wedding dress. Although my mother would have liked me to wear hers, it would never have fit me. But mine did end up resembling her dress! Something old & borrowed: my mom’s pearl jewelry. Something blue: I had my seamstress add a blue button to the back of my dress! I also had a sixpence in my shoe given to me by a friend of my grandmother.”

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Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

“What is your favorite wedding day memory? Seeing Robbie from my bridal room arrive at the venue all dressed up and ready to go when I was all dressed up ready to go. That made it all finally seem real for some reason.”

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Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

“Ceremony & Reception Decor: All of this was pretty much DIY stuff. We bought decorations from Michaels like tulle and flowers, then decorated away. The gazebo had small heart doilies hanging from it that were from my great grandmother’s craft collections.”

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

“After we took family and bridal party photos, it was time for the ceremony. Kelsey and Robbie exchanged vows of love in front of the gazebo in the middle of the property.”

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Irvine Ranch DIY Wedding | via http://emmalinebride.com/real-weddings/irvine-ranch-diy-wedding/

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“After the ceremony, we spent some time with the bride and groom in the ranch’s lovely orange groves.”

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“When the bride and groom entered their reception, they went straight into their first dance. Next we all enjoyed a delicious barbeque dinner, followed by sweet toasts by the bridal party, the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the cake cutting and the bouquet/garter tosses.”

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Did you DIY anything for your wedding? If so, what? She told us, “We did a bunch of DIY stuff. Our invitations were printed at home, we bought and painted all the bird houses and various bird decorations around the venue, as well as put together and arranged the decorations for the gazebo that we stood under. All the flowers were arranged by the flower girl’s mom.”

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“Each guest table at the reception had a wooden bird perching in the flower centerpiece, which was also an item from my great grandmother. We bought a bunch of small bird houses and painted them as a part of the love birds theme.”

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Other Wedding Vendors:
Videography – Charles Amante
Flowers – Tucker Floral Design
Musicians – Da Capo Players
Food & Beverages – Tulsa Rib Company
D. J. – Peter Kunstt
Rentals – Create-A-Party Rentals
Invitations: Self-printable invitations from Michaels
Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Dress Alterations: David’s Bridal would not put a bodice & sleeves on my dress, so I had a friend of a friend custom make the sleeves and top for me, just the way I envisioned!
Hair/Makeup: Remedy Hair Shoppe
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: 3 Mens Suits 129 in Corona.
Jewelry: I wore my mother’s jewelry that she had worn on her wedding day. The Ivory pearls complimented my Soft White dress perfectly!

If you loved this Real Wedding, then check out Peterson Design & Photography! You can also visit their preferred California wedding photographer listing in our wedding vendor guide.

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Wedding Map for Guests? – Ask Emmaline

We love to hear from our readers, especially when there’s a wedding question that needs answering. (That’s what we’re here for!) When Steph wrote us about her wedding invitations, we knew she had a question that other brides-to-be might be asking, too. Take it away, Steph!

I’m planning a destination wedding at a resort and many guests are traveling to attend. I am nervous they’ll feel out of place or not know where to go and when. Should I include a wedding map for guests, or just print out details on an insert for where to go and when? Should this go out with my wedding invitations?

Great question, Steph! You certainly can make a list of places near your venue and print on an insert, but we recommend going one step further with a wedding map. A map can be included with your wedding invitations and is more visually appealing for guests. It can also be more helpful, too, for guests to see what is nearby without having to map it out on their cell phones or GPS devices. When it comes to wedding maps, one place you can find them is Designer Maps by Zoe. We like these because they’re customized just for your event and they’re totally hand-drawn. These maps are like little works of art! And, they’re definitely worthy of being included with your wedding invitations.

Wedding Map for Guests

A map can show your ceremony venue, reception venue, hotel, restaurants nearby, things to do, highways, beaches, and more! Here are a couple we spotted in this shop:

wedding map for guests via http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-map-for-guests/

wedding map for guests via http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-map-for-guests/

wedding map for guests via http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-map-for-guests/

You can even have a map for your entire wedding weekend:

wedding map for guests via http://emmalinebride.com/planning/wedding-map-for-guests/

A map makes a sweet memento for your own home, too! We recommend framing it along with your wedding invite.

To find these maps and see more details, check out Designer Maps by Zoe, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.

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-E.

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Mason Jar Save the Date Card

Happy Monday, loves! We are so excited to kick off a brand new week of wedding inspiration with you. Did you have a nice weekend? We sure did, but talk about a fast few days! At least it’s finally March, which means spring isn’t too far away so we can finally start enjoying fresh flowers and sitting out in the backyard sipping on lemonade. You know, the spring and summer dreams that make even the harshest winters (like ours, this year) so worth it. Speaking of mason jars and flowers and pretty things, we spotted this floral mason jar save the date card and just had to share it with you. It’s from Lucy Loves Paper, new Featured Artist in The Marketplace. You’ll be seeing more from her in the future, so keep an eye out. Today, we’re sharing this save the date which is available in two mason jar styles: chalkboard or mint. And, as Lucy puts it herself, it’ll make your guests, “want to frame it and hang it for decor.” We couldn’t agree more. Go on, take a peek!

Mason Jar Save the Date

We are serious about all things chalkboard, but we love both of these! Which one do you like better?

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You can find out more about this save the date card here.

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-E.

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