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Rustic Romance

Farmhouses, rolling green hills and natural accents created the perfect pastoral setting for these three couples to say, “I do.”
 

EMILY ROUGIER & STEVEN SARTEN

The bride’s Jim Hjelm gown was imprinted with oversize blooms 

EMILY ROUGIER & STEVEN SARTEN

Florals consisted of peonies, roses and fresh greenery.

 

EMILY ROUGIER & STEVEN SARTEN

Birch-wrapped mason jars served as centerpiece vases. 

EMILY ROUGIER & STEVEN SARTEN

The whimiscal cake topper on a strawberry-cream-filled confection was one of Emily’s favorite details 

JULIE SAWAYA & JOE DEJEAN
 

“Everything about our wedding felt personal to us,” says Julie about their wedding, which incorporated a mix of handmade and vintage items into the decor. 

JULIE SAWAYA & JOE DEJEAN

A charming naked cake was made by a close friend 

JULIE SAWAYA & JOE DEJEAN

Holman Ranch’s wood sign fit in perfectly with the couple’s theme. 

JULIE SAWAYA & JOE DEJEAN

Roses, white peonies, dahlias and greenery made for a beautiful bouquet. 

KRISTINA SCHULTE-EVERSUM & OMAR ELMINOUFI

“We decided to create our own ceremony with elements that mean something to us personally, and leave out what had no deeper meaning to us,” says Kristina about how they planned the wedding theme 

KRISTINA SCHULTE-EVERSUM & OMAR ELMINOUFI

Kristina and Omar’s matching platinum wedding bands

 

KRISTINA SCHULTE-EVERSUM & OMAR ELMINOUFI

The couple used vintage tables and decor for the reception.

 

KRISTINA SCHULTE-EVERSUM & OMAR ELMINOUFI

The couple’s engagement photos, which were taken in Bali, were part of the decor 

1. SONOMA COUNTY | EMILY ROUGIER & STEVEN SARTEN
June 9, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Olympia’s Valley Estate
Photography by One Love Photography
Emily Rougier and Steven Sarten’s first go at romance didn’t stick. The duo dated for five years before parting ways. Then Steven found and reconnected with Emily three years ago, proving that sometimes the second time is a charm. A year later, they met in Sonoma, where he asked her to be his wife.

Once the wedding planning commenced, Emily knew immediately that she wanted a laid-back vibe. “My style is already rustic, so it was an easy fit,” she says, describing her aesthetic as a mix of country and beach cottage styles: warm, inviting and not too formal. With its vintage farmhouse, expansive green pastures and idyllic barn, Olympia’s Valley Estate in Sonoma County was the perfect venue for their big day. Emily especially loved the special touches on the property, like an old pickup truck and swing, both of which made wonderful backdrops for their pictures. Emily and Steven also added some handpicked details to make the space their own. Metal buckets, mason jars and birch boxes were used to hold flower arrangements; little birds served as a cake topper; and the couple made signature drink menu signs. All in all, it was the ideal setting for their intimate 30-guest dinner in the barn, where a whole roasted pig and wood-fired pizzas were served. The couple enjoyed every minute of time with their family and friends before escaping to Bora Bora for a secluded honeymoon getaway.

WEDDING RESOURCES 
Bride’s Gown
Jim Hjelm
Bride’s Shoes Betsey Johnson
Bride’s Jewelry Mother’s gold pearl earrings; late grandmother’s wedding ring
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Jenni Huse
Groom’s Tuxedo Jos A Banks
Catering Ring of Fire food truck
Florals Aimee Lomeli
Linens Encore Events Rentals

2. CARMEL VALLEY | JULIE SAWAYA & JOE DEJEAN
May 29, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Holman Ranch
Photography by Carlie Statsky

A simple holiday party meet-cute led to a 3 ½-year long-distance relationship between Julie Sawaya, who lived in San Francisco, and Joe DeJean, in Chicago. The distance was no match for their connection, and on a fated Midwestern day, Joe surprised his bride-to-be with a ring, along with a weekend away with her best friend and sister. When the engagement bliss subsided, the couple knew that family would be central to the wedding planning. “Our vision was an elegant outdoor dinner party filled with family and personal touches,” says Julie, who deemed rustic California elegance as the official theme. Upon seeing Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, the couple instantly knew it was the the venue for them. For Julie, who went to boarding school in Monterey, it reminded her of home. “We were thrilled to welcome our family and friends to this special place,” she says.

Every detail had a touch of countryside beauty, from the bouquets of seeded eucalyptus, wild sage, garden roses and white peonies to the burlap satchels filled with chocolates from Joe’s hometown in Indiana, which were affixed with handwritten recipe cards from the bride’s family. Julie handled all of the decor, augmenting the rustic setting with vintage-style frames and cake stands from Pottery Barn, and handmade decor from Etsy. And when it came time to say “I do,” everything was perfect. “The ceremony was the most special half-hour of my entire life,” says Julie. “I’ve never felt more fully present yet overwhelmed with love and gratitude.” The couple celebrated with their family before embarking on a safari adventure in South Africa.

WEDDING RESOURCES
Wedding Planner Allison Silber at Engaged & Inspired
Bride’s Gown Monique Lhuillier 
Bride’s Shoes LK Bennett
Something Borrowed Bridal bouquet brooch from bride’s paternal grandmother
Something Blue LK Bennett wedges, and a garter with blue detailing
Bride’s Hair & Makeup The Hair and Makeup Company
Groom’s Tuxedo Canali
Catering Paradise Catering
Florals Julie Martin, Willi Wildflowers
Linens Chic Event Rentals
Invitations Rifle Paper Company

3. OXNARD | KRISTINA SCHULTE-EVERSUM & OMAR ELMINOUFI
May 7, 2016
Ceremony & Reception: Private Estate
Photography by Michael Segal

When Kristina Schulte-Eversum, a cinematographer and creative director, was looking for a house after moving to Los Angeles, she found realtor Omar Elminoufi instead. They eventually built a life together. One day, when Kristina came home to play with Ziggy, their dog, she found an incredible surprise: an engagement ring tied to his collar. The couple’s wedding style grew organically as they determined the design of the big day. “We realized quickly we were looking for something more natural, something with an outdoor space with trees and a garden, but not too arranged,” says Kristina, adding that a friend’s home, just north of Malibu, was the perfect venue. “It was us. Our cultural backgrounds, personalities and taste determined everything from there on out.” They created an eclectic mix of decor with Arabic and Moroccan lanterns, frames, sheepskins and cowhides as a nod to Omar’s heritage, and European pieces, like vintage dishes and candlesticks, to represent Kristina’s German background. The touches were all personal, right down to the handselected stems in each floral arrangement, all of which had a personal meaning to Kristina. The dining decor consisted of a menagerie of uncovered vintage tables. “The look of the bare wood, with every table having its own unique color and texture, was more than fitting to our eclectic mix of guests and cultures,” adds Kristina. In lieu of a honeymoon, Kristina and Omar opted to spend time with the family and friends who traveled from around the globe to share their special day.

WEDDING RESOURCES
Bride’s Gown
Jenny Packham
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo
Bride’s Jewelry Vintage Art Deco pieces
Something Borrowed A section of veil from the grandmother
of one of the bride’s oldest and closest friends
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Ada Trinh
Groom’s Tuxedo Hugo Boss
Florals Stems By Kate
Invitations Self-designed