The first time I visited Circle Oak Ranch in Sothern California I was taken aback by the beautiful grounds and wonderful venue owners. So when we asked them if I could come to do a shoot to highlight their property they graciously gave an excited “yes!”
The vision that came to mind was a palette of clean and fresh alfresco florals, with an emphasis on tabletop elegance, and of course, topped off by a gown style that was full of luxe. I truly love the juxtaposition of those different elements and the swoon factor it evokes. When designing for such a wide-open location with so much greenery and trees in the background, it’s important that each area of florals makes a strong visual impact in and of itself -or the effort could get lost in the vast space. So, starting with the property’s iconic 500-year-old ceremony oak tree, I gave it a lush installation of blooms directly onto the trunk in shades of white with a slight hint of peach and blush. This created a well defined focal point for the “altar.”On the cocktail patio, we arranged a seating vignette with neutral upholstered furniture pieces(again, keeping the look “fresh”) to highlight the way guests can experience a warm and relaxing spot to unwind before moving on to dinner. Small arrangements accented the seating area with pops of light color, and floral clusters adorned the gorgeous dark stone fountain, creating a conversation piece where guests could gather and visit around. For the reception table design, we used a white-washed wooden farm table and anchored it with walnut chairs to play off of the wood of the massive surrounding trees. A pretty blush sheer fabric runner draped off the ends of the table, softening up the masculine surroundings. Florals were abundant, kept low, and were loosely arranged in stone urns with full and ruffled garden roses as the focal point accented by dainty Japanese butterfly ranunculus and feathery foliage. Tall gold candelabras gave a bit of height, and candles are always a good idea for outdoor receptions!
The individual place cards were probably one of my favorite details – names were handwritten on white glazed lantern-shaped tiles and placed on top of each napkin with a sprig of greenery to welcome guests to their seats. I just love little details like this! Our bride carried a flared, hand-tied bouquet with silk ribbon tails to accent her vine laced gown.
Blooms such as peonies and ruffled garden roses speak volumes all on their own, making a very elegant statement while still having a loose and natural look. Using foliage that is light and airy also keeps the bouquet visually balanced. Hair and makeup were glamorous without being overdone, and jewelry was dainty also in a vine-like design to tie it all together.
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Florals and Design concept- RSVP Florals
Venue- Circle Oak Ranch Estate
Tables- Rustic Events
Stationary- Something Lettered
Cake- Cakes To Celebrate
Rentals- Signature Party Rentals
Hair and Makeup- Sandra Michelle Artistry
Dress- The Dress Theory
Headpiece- All About Romance
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