A Warm and Inviting Wedding in California with Cheerful Yellow-and-Green Details

wedding couple portrait with woodsy background
Jen Rodriguez

Stephanie and Adam—both transplants from California—met at the University of Oregon in 2011, where Stephanie was immediately drawn to Adam's sensitive side. "On our first date we watched the movie Up and though he was trying to play it cool, he cried within the first five minutes," says Stephanie. "I immediately knew that he was a keeper!" After Adam graduated, the couple's two-year age difference meant they kept their relationship going long-distance until Stephanie joined him in Sacramento post-grad.

In February 2019, Adam surprised Stephanie with tickets for a last-minute trip to Nashville, one of their favorite spots, to celebrate their eighth anniversary. Before their dinner reservation, Adam suggested watching the sunset from a rooftop bar. "Adam is a sucker for sunsets, so I thought nothing of it," says Stephanie. "When we got up to the rooftop, I turned the corner and saw someone familiar playing the guitar—it was the first musician we saw on our first trip to Nashville, Jimmy Charles, playing for just us. As I walked in further, I saw rose petals, candles, and the most beautiful sunset setting over the city. It was the most magical day—and so worth the eight-year wait!"

After planning a wedding for August 2020, the couple decided to postpone for a year to ease travel concerns for their friends and family. "And heck, we had waited so long, what was another year anyways?" says Stephanie. So on August 14, 2021, they (finally) said "I do" in front of 230 guests at Greengate Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California. "We wanted our wedding to be timeless, relaxed, and sprinkled with design elements that tied in the rustic elegance of the venue," says the bride. "We wanted our guests to feel as comfortable at our wedding as they do in our home, which definitely played into the décor." Lovelyfest created an outdoor celebration—followed by dancing in the barn—with long farm tables, linen and velvet tablecloths, cheerful yellow centerpieces, and warm olive and wood tones. Personal touches—like the couple's custom puppy illustration beer cans, Nashville candy favors, and a yellow-and-olive palette that subtly referenced their alma mater's signature colors—helped them make the day their own. But the best part, says Stephanie, was "saying 'I do' in front of all of our friends and family. The pandemic, though tragic, made us realize how truly lucky we are to have such an outpouring of love and support. To be surrounded and celebrated by our dearest friends and family was something we will cherish forever."

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Fresh and Floral

green, teal, and yellow wedding invitations
Jen Rodriguez

Stephanie and Adam customized an invitation design from Minted, incorporating their green-and-yellow color palette. "We chose the Whispering Leaves template because it reminded us of one of the beautiful trees on property at Greengate Ranch," says Stephanie. "The leaves were carried over to the RSVP and details cards that were included in the suite. We also added pops of gold through the gold foil lettering that was used on the calligraphy style headers." Their planners created an oval-shaped design with their initials in the center that the couple used as inspiration for escort cards, signage, and place cards.

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Lovely in Lace

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Jen Rodriguez

Stephanie's lace Studio Levana wedding dress featured scallop detailing at the neckline, a flowing silhouette, and draped sleeves. "I instantly fell in love with it—from the off-the-shoulder sleeves to the scalloped hem and all-over lace, I was in awe by the uniqueness of it all," says Stephanie. "When I stepped into it, I just knew this was the one. Not only did it fit the aesthetic of the venue, but it felt like me." She added Sara Gabriel hairpins, Badgley Mischka block heels, and diamond hoop earrings—a gift from her parents.

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Flower Girls

bridesmaids in green with yellow floral bouquets
Jen Rodriguez

The bride chose floor-length olive gowns from Amsale, but encouraged her bridesmaids to select their own neckline and shape. "It was really important to me that each of the girls got to choose their own style so that they felt their absolute best," says Stephanie. The women carried garden-inspired bouquets with lemon-colored roses, cream-colored butterfly ranunculus, white tulips, and Italian eucalyptus from Idlewild Floral.

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Men in Black

groomsmen in black suits walking on lawn
Jen Rodriguez

Adam's three-piece black tuxedo from Samuelsohn included a peak lapel jacket and suspenders. "We wanted to go for the classic and timeless groom look," he says. (The groomsmen sourced their three-piece suits from The Black Tux.) Comfortable shoes for an evening on the dance floor and a Valentino fragrance were wedding-day musts, too. "We saw that it's a fun idea to each pick out our own fragrance to wear on the wedding day, so whenever we smell it again it reminds us of the special day," he says.

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Sign Language

rounded hanging wedding welcome banner
Jen Rodriguez

A sage green welcome sign, created by Lovelyfest, hung from a gold stand accented with pale yellow flowers, and included the couple's custom oval monogram.

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Please Leave a Message

green rotary phone wedding decoration
Jen Rodriguez

At the entrance to the ceremony, Stephanie and Adam set up an After the Tone audio guest book—a green rotary phone that allowed guests to leave a message of well-wishes for the couple.

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A Dramatic DIY

yellow floral wedding arch for outdoor ceremony
Jen Rodriguez

The couple kept their ceremony décor understated, allowing the surroundings and a custom altar frame to take the focus. "The main feature of the ceremony was the altar that my father and grandfather built for us," says Stephanie. "We asked them to create a simple, statement piece that our team at Idlewild could enhance with an explosion of flowers. My dad has always been handy and has a great eye for décor and design, and my grandfather is an architect, so between the two of them, we knew it was going to be special. It was absolutely one of my favorite elements of the wedding."

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Ready to Wed

bride and father wedding processional vineyard
Jen Rodriguez

Lush, rolling hills and blue skies created a scenic backdrop as Stephanie and her father entered the ceremony space to meet Adam. "Adam and I did not do a first look, but instead had our first look when I was walking down the aisle," says Stephanie. "I wasn't nervous at all! I was so excited to finally marry my best friend. He looked so handsome and I couldn't wait to get down that aisle."

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At Long Last

groom smiling as bride walks down aisle
Jen Rodriguez

A sparkling pond and the flower-covered altar framed Adam as he watched Stephanie approach. "I was overcome with surreal joy as I saw my beautiful wife-to-be turn the corner and walk down the aisle," he says. "She had to hide her dress from me for two years and to finally see her in it was something I will never forget. If you look in the pictures my eyes are swelling with pure happiness, joy and love."

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Saying Their Vows

outdoor wedding ceremony with bridesmaids in green dresses
Jen Rodriguez

Stephanie and Adam asked the bride's uncle to officiate their ceremony—"so it was full of stories, laughter, and advice," says Stephanie. "We decided to write our own vows, but we won't be reading them to each other until our one-year wedding anniversary, so we had standard vows at our ceremony." The couple also put a little twist on tradition by standing on opposite sides from where their families were seated. "Typically, the bride's family sits on the left and the groom's family sits on the right, so Adam and I switched sides, so that our families would be able to see our faces," says Stephanie. "Plus, I got to be on my good side for photos!"

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So in Love

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Jen Rodriguez

The newlyweds left the altar as husband and wife to a recording of Beyonce's "Love on Top" for the recessional. "When Steph and I walked down the aisle after the ceremony, and realized the step we had just taken, [that] was my favorite part," says Adam. "We were officially husband and wife. Now we could sit back and relax and have the night of our lives surrounded with our friends and family."

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Puppy Love

beer bottles with dog illustration
Jen Rodriguez

The couple left their seven-month-old puppy, Nash, home for the weekend, but incorporated him into the event with custom artwork. "I enlisted the help of an artist from Etsy who created a cartoon character of him," says Stephanie. "From there, I worked with the team at Eliqs to create a personalized beer can with Nash on the front and the Nashville skyline behind him."

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One-of-a-Kind Signs

wedding cocktail sign on bar
Jen Rodriguez

The oval shape of the couple's monogram inspired cocktail signage blending wood, cane, and laser-cut script.

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Lovely Lounge

outdoor wedding lounge with couches and umbrellas
Jen Rodriguez

Umbrellas shaded on-palette lounge vignettes, where guests sipped their cocktails and mingled post-ceremony

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Arch Support

curved escort card display with yellow flowers
Jen Rodriguez

A curved seating chart display from Lovelyfest referenced the couple's postponed nuptials with an "At Last" header, and incorporated all of the day's aesthetic elements: the pale olive green and bright yellow color palette, wooden shelves, and arched signs listing the table assignments.

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Dinner Al Fresco

wedding reception long tables outside barn
Jen Rodriguez

The couple held their dinner reception outside the historic barn, combining natural wood tones, subtle texture, and understated white, yellow, and green centerpieces. Velvet tablecloths, linen runners, and two types of chairs—as well as overhead string lights—created a "dinner party in the garden" atmosphere.

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Lemon Drop

rounded table number signs with flowers
Jen Rodriguez

Low centerpieces were designed in a variety of compotes and vases for a cohesive but unfussy feel. Custom table numbers tied into the rest of the day's signage with wood, metallic, and arched elements.

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On the Menu

mustard yellow wedding place settings
Jen Rodriguez

At the place settings, modern gold flatware sparkled next to matte stoneware plates. Napkins in white or olive green were wrapped with woven rings, while mustard-colored menus set off the birch wood place cards. Stephanie and Adam worked with Field to Table to design a menu based around the foods they serve at their own dinner parties, including prime rib, herb- and fennel-crusted salmon, pasta pomodoro, grilled vegetables, risotto, and Caesar salad.

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Their First Dance

couple first dancing below wicker hanging lanterns
Jen Rodriguez

As a nod to their shared love of country music—and their trips to Nashville—the couple chose Keith Urban's "Only You Can Love Me This Way" for their first dance. "On our first trip to Nashville, we saw Keith Urban in concert, so he always reminds us of our love for the city and our engagement!" says Stephanie.

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Sweets Talk

two tier wedding cake with flowers
Jen Rodriguez

A petite Funfetti cake from Just Baked was accented with coordinating florals and delicate horizontal and vertical lines to add texture. "We fully trusted Lovelyfest with the vision for the cake and it turned out better than we could have imagined!" says the bride. The couple also provided cones from a Haute Sugar Co. ice cream truck and bags of GooGoo Cluster candy.

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So Happy Together

bride and groom and bridesmaid toasting
Jen Rodriguez

After postponing their wedding, the best part of the day for the couple was experiencing the laughter and joy of speeches, toasts, and time together with their loved ones. "One of my favorite parts was just the laughter, talking, dancing and seeing everyone we care about together in one place after such an anticipated day in our lives," says Adam. "The dance floor was an absolute rodeo and friends and family of all ages were letting loose. It was just the best time."

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couple holding hands and walking on lawn
Jen Rodriguez

Photography, Jen Rodriguez
Venue, Greengate Ranch & Vineyard
Wedding Planning and Event Design, Lovelyfest Event Design
Catering, Field to Table Events
Flowers, Idlewild Floral
Videography, The Chromatic Collective
Stationery, Minted
Cake, Just Baked SLO
Music, Malik Miko
Rentals, All About Events; Avenue Twelve Rentals; La Tavola Fine Linen
Bride's gown, Studio Levana
Bride's accessories, Sara Gabriel hairpiece; Badgley Mischka shoes; Nordstrom earrings
Hair, Nichole Potter
Makeup, The Queens Bees
Bridesmaids' dresses, Amsale
Groom's attire, Samuelsohn
Menswear, The Black Tux
Lighting, Bella Vista Designs
Transportation, Elegant Image Limousine
Bar service, Copper and Crystal
Favors, GooGoo Cluster
Guest book, After The Tone
Ice cream truck, Haute Sugar Co.
Rings, S Curtis Fine Jewelry

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