Wedding Wednesday: California Rustic Wedding Inspo

It’s really easy to forget that while I live in a bubble of weddings, sunshine, and the ‘California’ aesthetic, not everyone is a 30 minute drive from the magic that is wine country, or an hour outside of Carmel! Rustic luxury is a wedding ‘theme’ (I hate that word) that came into the popular spotlight in the last 10 years, and it’s major. Perfectly in tune with California’s look (golden hillsides, perfect sunsets, vineyards and ranches galore), rustic doesn’t have to mean your wedding happens in a barn or that it looks overtly ‘Pinteresting’ – the key to this look is simplicity and an abundance of natural elements. In keeping with easy breezy west coast style, California weddings are really popular, and they’re typically characterized by incorporating some of the outdoor beauty of the event venue into the design and styling of the event. You can get married in a garden, in a field, or in a forest – the idea is to keep the vibe ‘natural’.

Here are 5 key components that many rustic California weddings have in common:

Detailed & Delighted // Wedding Wednesday: California rustic weddings

1. An outdoor venue space, like this grape-covered area at Holman Ranch, in Carmel Valley

Detailed & Delighted // Wedding Wednesday: California rustic weddings

2. Natural wooden furniture, like these bistro chairs and farm tables (Photo by Michael Radford via Style Me Pretty)

Detailed & Delighted // Wedding Wednesday: California rustic weddings

3. Lots of natural light and fine art photography (Photo by Delbarr Moradi via Style Me Pretty)

Detailed & Delighted // Wedding Wednesday: California rustic weddings

4. A loose wildflower aesthetic, bonus points for peonies and dahlias (Photo via Inspired Bride)

Detailed & Delighted // Wedding Wednesday: California rustic weddings

5. Natural greenery elements, and un-stuffy desserts and presentation, like this naked cake on a wooden cheese board, adorned in olive branches and tea roses (Photo by Jemma Keech)

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