Condor’s Nest Ranch | Allison and Justin

By, June 14, 2016

Recently, Allison and Justin celebrated their lovely outdoor wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch in Pala, California. This working ranch is tucked away deep in the mountains, and has an authentic rustic style. The property features an assortment of authentic barns, tractors and farm animals, which completes the rural aesthetic.

Bride and Groom kissing in rustic barn on wedding day

Before the ceremony, Allison prepared in the Ranch House, which is located on the property (see below). The room’s country vibe, amplified by the wood tones and antique props, created the perfect contrast to her modern high-neck halter dress from Casablanca Bridal.

Modern bohemian bride in wedding dress by Casablanca Bridal while holding rustic bouquet Bride shows off ring to bridesmaids for funny reaction Modern Hipster Groom wearing tux from Men's Warehouse poses for photos

The ranch spreads out over 20 acres of property, giving us lots of opportunity to play with the natural landscape. We also made good use of the structures onsite, like in the photo below.

Groom and Groomsmen outside rustic barn

Later on, these cattle stole the spotlight with a classic photobomb of Justin.

Groom poses in front of cattle at rustic outdoor ranch on wedding day

The intimate property sits 1800 ft. above sea level, and overlooks a picturesque valley. To exchange vows, the couple chose the romantic outdoor ceremony site below, featuring breathtaking scenic views.

Wide-angle perspective of bride and groom tying the knot during rustic outdoor wedding ceremony

Allison made her entrance down an aisle of flower petals with Dad by her side (below).

Father walks Bride down flower aisle during wedding ceremony Groom looks on and smiles after seeing Bride come down aisle during wedding Groom dips Bride during First Kiss at outdoor wedding ceremony overlooking mountains

After the ceremony, we walked with Allison and Justin around the ranch’s vast property. By taking advantage of the rural environment and vintage charm, we were able to showcase a variety of backgrounds in the portrait photos.

Bride and Groom embrace one another after rustic outdoor wedding ceremony during beautiful california sunset on ranch Modern Bohemian Bride and Groom pose for photos at rustic ranch Romantic bride and groom look into each other's eyes and touch noses Bride and Groom hold hands and romantically look at one another in rustic greenhouse shed at ranch weddingBride and Groom stand in front of rustic barn door after outdoor ceremony Modern bohemian wedding couple embrace one another before rustic outdoor wedding ceremony at Condor's Nest Ranch in Pala, California.

Allison’s bridesmaids chose alternating dress colors, which added a personalized flair, as well as a vibrant pop of color.

Bohemian modern wedding bridal party outside vintage 76 gas station Black and white photo of wedding couple walk with bridal party at rustic ranch

As the day progressed, Allison and Justin invited guests to the ranch’s pool area, which served as the reception site. As you’ll see in the photo below, the festivities were kicked off with a romantic first dance :)

Bride and Groom share romantic First Dance during rustic outdoor wedding reception

During dinner, tables were decorated with mason jars, as well as floral centerpieces mixed with succulents.

Colorful pink, green and white centerpieces during rustic outdoor wedding reception on ranchCustom rustic wicker chairs for bride and groom during outdoor reception

Throughout the night, Allison and Justin incorporated a bohemian twist to their details, and entertained guests with old-school popcorn machines.

Fun and creative vintage popcorn machine during rustic outdoor wedding reception

In addition, there was a delicious dessert table designed to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.

Dessert table with wedding cake, cookies and candy during rustic wedding reception Bride and Groom hold knife and begin to cut cake as guests watch during outdoor wedding receptionBride prepares to toss bouquet during outdoor reception Bride and Groom's ornate diamond rings placed on vintage typewriter at rustic ranch wedding Creative long-exposure of outdoor rustic wedding reception on ranch at night


Venue: Condor’s Nest Ranch
Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals
Wedding Rings: Adiamor (Bride Engagement Band) Its A Little Thing (Bride Wedding Band) & Ben Bridge (Groom)
Makeup: Sunshine Hair Design
Hair Stylist: Sunshine Hair Design
Coordinator: Condor’s Nest Ranch
Officiant: Pastor Glenn Hirashiki
Catering: Dalena’s Catering 2 U
Disc Jockey: Universal Weddings and Events

Check out more romantic moments from Allison and Justin’s rustic outdoor wedding


A Wild Wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park | Flowers by Simply Adina Floral Design

By, March 07, 2013

When I met with Meredith and Mark, they knew they wanted a tight, clean look for their October wedding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They came to me in February, well before their wedding date, to make sure we had ample time to solidify a floral design. The overall concept was to create something that would be simple, yet still “pop”, and complement their day without overwhelming it.


There is so much texture at The Safari Park, and it’s predominantly green, in varying shades & hues. Because of the park’s striking beauty, with its lush, shapely foliage in every direction, we agreed on beautiful shades of burnt orange as the theme color. The orange delivered a visual punch and a simple, crisp look, and it played off the natural beauty of the surroundings.


Meredith’s bridal bouquet was a simple cluster of Mango & Flame, which are two kinds of mini Calla Lilies. I opted to use both varieties because they provided different textures & variations, all within the same narrow color scale. Her bouquet was clean, understated, and beautiful!


Mark’s boutonnière was a single Mango Calla Lily, which was wrapped in a shiny gun-metal ribbon. It was designed to mirror the table linens at the reception!


For the reception chairs, we added Circus Roses down the aisle side, providing another accent and color. We also included a few “Kermit” Button Mums, Bear’s Grass, and Lemon Tip, which mimicked the shades and shapes of the Safari Park’s wonderful greenery.


For lighting during the ceremony, the original idea was for a vintage chandelier to hang over Meredith and Mark during their vows. However, after much discussion, we knew we needed more of a visual impact than even a very large chandelier could offer! Instead, we suspended lanterns at varying heights and distances. The result was a breathtaking, romantic display that kept the guests focused on the bride and groom.


The centerpieces at the reception were simple clusters of Circus Roses & Lemon Tip, placed atop shiny, gun-metal linens. The design flow was cohesive, and remained intact from the beginning of the event to the end.


Simple, clean designs can be deceiving. Sometimes, they are actually extremely complex to pull off! But I love the act of practiced restraint. These types of designs force me to work within very narrow parameters, for a finished look that is timeless and elegant. Meredith & Mark were a joy to work with!


Florist: Simply Adina Floral Design
Photography: True Photography
Officiant: Ceremonies by Bethel
Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride
Disc Jockey: JMC Events
Makeup: Lipstick & Luster
Venue: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Check out more photos from Meredith and Mark’s wedding.

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