Cheryl & Jared fell in love with the rustic surroundings of the Reptacular Ranch for their wedding ceremony and reception. The venue inspired the entire feel of their rustic wedding with exotic animals the icing on the cake for their colourful wildflower wedding day. This wedding was a labour of love for both the bride & groom as well as their close friends and family, who helped with everything from collecting or making the boho vintage decor, to remaking Cheryl’s 1877 wedding gown, to assembling the bouquets and flower crowns.
“We used vintage Gucci scarves as a base for design & took it from there. We did not want to select a color palette, our goal was to include ALL colors in the rainbow. “Wildflower Vintage” was our theme” shares Cheryl, “Most of our wedding decor consisted of Knick-knacks collected by our families through the years. It was really interesting to see these meaningful items that graced shelves in our homes, it felt really amazing to have everyone see them for the first time at our wedding! Through the weeks leading up to the wedding, we visited many secondhand shops since our style is typically “vintage/cluttered”. I did all of the graphic design for the wedding using vintage Gucci for inspiration, hand painted S’mores sticks, made all of the favors, & more. With the assistance of a co-worker that graciously offered her stylist skills, we were able to come up with a beautiful & affordable design. The macrame arch was lovingly made by one of my bridesmaids, she spent weeks creating this for Jared & I, and even flew across the country with it. It will now be on our wall forever, we will treasure this gift always.”
“While driving home from work one day & on the phone with my future husband, I drove by a tiny little vintage shop that had a dress hanging from the outside awning, blowing in the wind. I yelled “I’ll call you back! I just found my wedding dress!”. After walking in to the shop Canonball & Tilly, I realized their selection was even greater than I thought. I waited until my future mother-in-law came to visit & brought her with me to pick a dress from their collection. I ended up selecting the dress that was originally hanging from the awning, it was so delicate, made in 1877. I contacted a designer friend of mine, he offered to rebuild the dress and added his own touches to create literal perfection. Johnny the dressmaker happened to be a contestant on Project Runway prior to our meeting, my mother & I were big fans, so it was an honor to have him create this masterpiece for me. Before the reception, Vinny the Zebra decided to eat some of the dress, so he added his personal touch as well. By the end of the night, I was ripping pieces from the back of the dress and making tie-on bracelets for folks on the dance floor. I wore a vintage locket around my neck that was given to me by my mother-in-law, inside were photos of my late mother & father.”
“The flowers were all purchased (day of) at the Flower Market in Downtown Los Angeles. Our flower choices were eccentric, we wanted people to look at the flowers in our wedding and say “wow, what is this?!”. Thistles, Billy Balls, & other assorted florals that I can not pronounce graced our wedding and now are displayed dried in vases around our apartment. We ordered flower crowns, bouquets, & boutonnieres from a florist & paid quite a lot of money, unfortunately, when they arrived, they were poorly made, unfinished & falling apart. In a panic, the wedding party had to rebuild them all within 20 minutes in the bride’s trailer. We ripped them all apart & made piled of flowers in the trailer, each bridesmaid masterfully created a bouquet & flower crown for herself. I created mine & Madelyn’s, our flower girl. Thankfully, we have artistic friends!”
“We ordered customized Vans for the men in our wedding party, and Jared ordered “fall themed” Vans with a busy leaf & acorn design. Jared wore a beautiful engraved pocket watch that was given to him by his Mother before the wedding, inside was a lovely photo of his late Father, Theodore Kozemko.”