Strodthoff Wedding : Amy + Bryan

On 7.11.14 Amy and Bryan tied the knot at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in Escondido, CA. This serene and tranquil venue was a breathtaking backdrop for one beautiful wedding. I had the pleasure of Coordinating and help Design their special day, and was impressed with Amy’s DIY Skills for the decor leading up to the big day!

After having Amy and Bryan approve the Ceremony Arch Design, I could not wait to see the final outcome!  Without further adieu, here is a compilation of a beautiful couple’s perfect wedding day, courtesy of True Photography Weddings.
Ceremony Arch, Reception, Wine Barrels-Darcy Oliver Design
Wedding Dress, Wedges, Wedding Bouquet-Darcy Oliver Design
Wedding Ceremony, Floral Arrangements-Darcy Oliver Design
Table Decor, Flowers, Tablescape-Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Party, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen-Darcy Oliver Design
Bride, Groom, The Ranch at Bandy Canyon-Darcy Oliver Design
Bride, Groom, Horse, Ranch, Wedding Rings-Darcy Oliver Design
Couple, Wedding Kiss-Darcy Oliver Design
Ceremony, Reception, Lighting, Wedding Cake-Darcy Oliver Design

 

Vendor Information:

Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Caterer: Bellamy’s Restaurant

Photographer: True Photography Weddings

Wedding Gown: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner found at Prevue Bridal

Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Cristina

Makeup: Erin Martinson at Bella Cheri Salon

Wedding Cake: The French Gourmet

Disc Jockey: Can-Do Productions, Inc.

Wedding Videographer: Spark Films

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Hauber Wedding: Meredith + John

I had the pleasure of working on a beautiful wedding for a beautiful friend of mine. There was not a dry eye at the ceremony of Meredith + John, and this dreamy couple wed in the picturesque hills of Alpine, CA. Between the romantic floral arrangements and delicious Yours Truly Cupcakes, Meredith wore a Maggie Sottero gown reminiscent of a rose. I was so touched to witness two people so deeply in love cherishing every moment, and how the value of family was ever so present.

Meredith wished for a soft pink floral design for her bridal bouquet which consisted of Hydrangeas, Garden Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, and Dusty Miller. The Bridesmaids wore Navy to compliment John’s dress blues, and the subtle variation of the violet and navy hydrangeas in their bouquets brought out the color of their dresses. The romantic candelabra arrangements along with the white Manzanita Trees encrusted with Orchids & Crystals added an elegant touch. Guests were surrounded by candlelight, which set the mood after a gorgeous sunset in the hills.

Bride-Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Photos-Darcy Oliver Design
Getting Ready-Darcy Oliver Design
Bouquet-Darcy Oliver Design
Parents-Darcy Oliver Design
Wedding Decor, san diego-Darcy Oliver Design
Walking Down the Aisle, trees, candelabras-Darcy Oliver Design
Ceremony-Darcy Oliver Design
Bride and Groom-Darcy Oliver Design
Bridal Party, bouquets-Darcy Oliver Design
Yours Truly Cupcake-Darcy Oliver Design
San Diego wedding, flowers, arrangements-Darcy Oliver Design

Floral Designs to Die For

When it comes to budgeting floral arrangements for your wedding, you will be shocked.  Sticker shock that is. In my experience past, when you mention the word “wedding”, vendors double, even triple the cost of what any other event may cost. While floral arrangements are labor intensive, I could not believe what some vendors wanted to charge for flowers! Depending on where you live, the total cost of Weddings are averaging around $25-40+K, if not more.

Yes, this is a down payment on a house or the price of a new car, but this day will be one of the most memorable days of your and new spouse’s life. This is where emotions fly, especially if you and your fiance are footing the bill. The most important factor: Stay Calm. I cannot emphasize this enough. Even when things are not going your way, or a vendor falls through…stay calm. I cannot emphasize the importance of your sanity through this stressful, yet joyous time in your life. At the end of it all, your wedding day may have some oops and downs, but once you say “I do”, nothing else matters.

At Darcy Oliver Design, we work with budgets of all sizes, and we encourage stress-free creativity. Floral Arrangements are supposed to support your style and overall look of what you imagine. From simplistic to extravagant, there is no right or wrong way.  It’s all up to you. If you have no idea what you would prefer, we can help you make it work.  For you. For your Special Day.

Here are some unique and gorgeous Floral Designs that we at Darcy Oliver Design can help you achieve! Helping you think outside the box, and letting your true style shine is our prerogative.

Taken at Puakea Ranch by Photographer Brandon Chesbro, my friend Natalie Katzenbach Edwards wed her beau with whimsical flair. Her Floral Headpiece by Wild Halo in Nashville, TN. looked stunning, and her bouquet of King Protea complimented her breathtaking look.
protea, floral head piece-Darcy Oliver DesignWhile Peonies are hard to come by in August, their heavenly smell and grand blossom make for a beautiful and graceful bouquet. Luckily, I was able to find some of the last Peonies at the floral market to create this Ivory Peony, Pink Spray Rose, and Cymbidium Orchid Bouquet. Since Ostrich Feathers were the icing on the cake for this Marie Antoinette inspired wedding, I added just a few plumes so they would not over power the gorgeous blooms.
bouquet, peony, rose-Darcy Oliver DesignAs I mentioned before, thinking outside the box is what I enjoy most about Wedding Planning. Helping brides see their dreams come to life is what we strive for. While you may see all of your bridesmaids carrying a bouquet, have you considered another angle? This dreamy Bridesmaid Wreath via Ruffled Blog is carried by their side as they stroll on down the aisle. Perfect for an outdoor or woodsy wedding, this is a unique twist on the old bouquet.
wreath bouquet, bridesmaid-Darcy Oliver DesignA mixture of blooms may be what you are after, and a monochromatic look with a touch of soft greenery with the same color saturation will do the trick! This gorgeous bride and friend of mine, Meredith Thornton Hauber carried an assortment of Pink Hydrangeas, Pink Roses, Cymbidium Orchids, and Dusty Miller. Not only did this gorgeous couple make everyone cry during their ceremony, I could not have been happier to help them make their Wedding Day special! More on the happy couple’s wedding to be featured soon!
bridal bouquet-Darcy Oliver Design

Dia de los Muertos Wed-Spiration

Dia de los Muertos is the Day of the Dead which falls on the day after Halloween, and is a Mexican celebration of family and friends that have passed.  As a San Diego native this holiday has been celebrated here for decades, and a Day of the Dead wedding in So Cal would not be far off for the unconventional bride-to-be!   I am in love with Green Wedding Shoes Blog for wedding inspiration, and this featured wedding offers vibrant and beautiful colors and a surprising twist on a Fall Wedding.

I found this Dia de los Muertos Wedding Invitation on Minted, which is where I got our wedding invitations too!  I will have to post more on Minted later, but they do have some fab designs!  This particular design is perfect for a Day of the Dead Wedding, and in fact matches this featured wedding’s color scheme.

The flowers featured in this Dia de los Muertos Wedding are rich in abundance with marigolds, mums, dahlias, succulents and a few peonies in her bouquet.  These arrangements are pretty affordable for the budget conscious bride, and I would definitely play it up with a mixture of high and low vases on the tablescape.  The gold accents accentuate the rich colors, and of course you cannot forget the skulls! We can help you create your Dia de los Muertos Wedding come to life on any budget!

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WEDDING INSPIRATION
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WEDDING INSPIRATION
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS WEDDING INSPIRATION