Sunset E-Sesh on a Rustic Ranch in Santa Fe

Categories Real Weddings

Ashley and John Paul’s sunset engagement photos were shot at El Rancho de las Golondrinas–a living history museum located in a rural farming valley near Santa Fe, NM. With natural beauty in abundance, this rustic property also boasts a historic water wheel and a lovely reflecting pond–providing great photo ops for Ashley and John Paul. And, ironically, winds from massive fires in Arizona and New Mexico blew smoke over the Santa Fe area which diffused the light–casting a warm glow over this already stunning sunset session. Beauty from ashes in a way… Enjoy.

Engagement sesh at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

El Rancho de las Golondrina water wheel engagement session

Engagement photos at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

Natural sun in engagement session at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

Engagement photos at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe

Engagement session at El Rancho de las Golondrina living history museum in Santa Fe, NM

Engagement pictures at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

Engagement picture at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

sunset engagement photo at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

Engagement photo at sunset at El Rancho de las Golondrina in Santa Fe, NM

Are you having a rustic engagement session?
MagnetStreet has an array of rustic Save the Dates to browse–from full photo templates to trendy patterns and nature-inspired designs.


Photographer:  Ell Photography | Other Location:El Rancho de los Golondrinas | Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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Intimate Rustic Wedding With Barn Reception

Categories Real Weddings

Carey begged Alexis to go out on a date with him 13 times before she said yes! Well, Carey’s perseverance paid off… These two lovebirds were married at The Vintager Inn B&B–located near the New Kent Winery in New Kent, Virginia. Laura Matthews Photography captured all the gorgeousness of their rustic chic wedding. The ceremony was held in the rear yard of the main house and was followed by a barn wedding reception. What a beautiful day they had–and these wedding photos certainly prove it! Some of our fave highlights include: Alexis’ single flower hairpiece and beautiful smile, charming DIY touches, coral accents, a twilight double rainbow, and finally, their sparkler send-off. Enjoy!

rustic chic wedding

bride getting ready

groom's pink bow tie and turquoise cufflink

father daughter walking down aisle

Virginia outdoor rustic wedding

fountain at outdoor wedding ceremony

rustic outdoor wedding ceremony

wedding kiss

outdoor wedding ceremony

white hydrangeas and coral roses wedding bouquet

bride in cowboy boots

sweetheart table

lace doilies

heart cake toppers

bride and groom eating wedding cake

bride tossing the bouquet

unique wedding ring shot

double rainbow over barn reception

bride and groom first dance

sparkler send off

Congratulations Carrie and Alexis!

Photographer: Laura Matthews Photography | Dress Store: Caryn ‘s | Second Shooter: Hollie D Photography | Event Venue: The Vintager Inn | Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Lush English Garden Outdoor Wedding

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

We are thrilled to feature Ben and Robin’s colorful California wedding today. Ben and Robin were married this past February at Twin Oaks Garden Estates–a gorgeous historic venue surrounded by a giant forest and lush English gardens. One of our fave focal points is the arbor walkway and its canopy of twinkling lights…wow! These gorgeous grounds are the perfect backdrop for Robin and Ben–our playful, joyful bride and groom whose “unofficial” wedding theme was colorful. Julio Fonyat of Fonyat Photography did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of the grounds and the essence of this captivating couple. Enjoy as our lovely bride shares wedding advice and moments from their big day.

Wedding Style: Rustic & Playful
Wedding Colors: Royal Blue & Yellow
Ceremony & Reception: Twin Oaks Garden Estates, San Marcos, CA

photo Save the Date and Thank You Card

Photographer: Julio Fonyat, Fonyat Photography
Save the Dates & Thank You Cards: MagnetStreet Weddings

adorable bridea and groom

Highlights from the day…
Oh man! Everything! Lol…really though, it was just a fantastic, wonderful day. Some highlights would probably be getting the entire wedding to join us in for our first dance, an epic conga line, and a precarious chair-lifted kiss.

getting ready

garden wedding signs

blue wedding shoes

Tell us about your dress, shoes …
The dress turned out beautifully, a trumpet gown with a simple front and an elegant chiffon flowy back. Though, it was almost a bit of a disaster, since my original tailor cut a bit too much off here and there and we didn’t get it to actually fit until about three days before the wedding! You gotta take it all in turn. I ended up putting straps on for the ceremony to ensure I wouldn’t pop out, but it was great because I sort of felt like I had two dresses! I went with a birdcage veil–which I absolutely loved, as well. My shoes were bright blue.

bride holding colorful wedding bouquet

Is there advice you’re glad you took?
Absolutely. Hire experts and then trust them. They do this for a living, you don’t know more than they do. Your opinion matters, of course, but if they say that something isn’t a good idea, then you’re probably best off skipping it. Also, the first look can be a wonderful experience–a few private minutes with your loved one before the chaos of the day begins.

first look wedding photo

first look wedding photos

first look wedding photo in a garden

California real wedding party

Is there advice you wished you’d taken?
Don’t buy dresses online to save money. Seriously–nothing like ordering rush bridesmaid dresses because no online dresses fit.

What advice would you like to give?
Choose what you want your wedding to feel like, not to look like. The best thing we did in our wedding was to include our guests in special ways: having friends and family share quotes during the ceremony, having them all give their blessing before our vows (with a big “We Will!”) and turning our first dance from a slow romantic one to a crazy one with all our favorite people on the dance floor. If you’re having a wonderful time and show it, everyone else is going to follow suit.

wedding ceremony flowers

father walking daughter down the aisle

walking down the aisle

father and daughter at the altar

bride and groom reciting wedding vows

wedding party at the altar

bride and groom at the altar

plugged in wedding ceremony

What was the best part of the whole wedding day?
The overwhelming, and even surprising, outpouring of love and support. I did not realize how tangible it would all be in the moment, and how alive the night would make me feel with my new husband. So ultimately, the best part of the whole wedding day (besides, you know, getting married to my favorite person in the world) was all the people who came out to share it with us.

outdoor wedding ceremony

chalkboard wedding sign

tall floral wedding centerpiece

reception table decor

white wedding cake with cascading flowersfirst wedding dance

first dance

wedding reception dancing

chair on the dancefloorwedding reception speeches

black and white wedding photo

outdoor wedding photos

tree canopy of lights

bride and groom under canopy of lights

Congratulations Ben and Robin–thanks so much for sharing your day with us! It was truly magical. 


Wedding Pro Shout Out

Julio Fonyat, Fonyat Photography. The BEST EVER.
I was extremely impressed with Julio’s work. He is an incredible value for what you get, and was practically invisible the day of the wedding. Even guests remarked how they barely noticed the photographers (he had an assistant) the entire night. I couldn’t be happier with my wedding photos.

Jerri Disney, Florist
I was super impressed with our florist as well, and couldn’t believe the gorgeous job she did. I literally had a total of one meeting with Jerri and she had everything she needed to run with for the wedding. Of course there were a handful of phone calls and emails, but I had never seen any samples/etc before the day of. But she totally delivered - she did incredibly beautiful work, especially since my husband and I decided to keep our floral budget low. She did a lot with a little.

DJ Mark Huntzinger
This guy IS weddings. He’s done…I think…1100 weddings? He knows exactly when to make a joke, play a good song…just naturally good at reading the crowd and adapting. He did a fantastic job at keeping the party going all night (seriously, the dance floor was never empty) and was extremely easy to work with. Very reasonable price, and he helped us plan our timeline from beginning to end, with suggestions on what he has seen work and what has not. Without Mark, the wedding would not have run nearly as smoothly. He was essentially our wedding coordinator for the night.

MagnetStreet Weddings
I was pretty impressed with MagnetStreet (plus the save the dates box ended up being our wedding storage box all year!) – what attracted me was the prices. Weddings are expensive enough these days! The customization process was super easy, and I LOVED being able to order one to test {Just One® Program}. We ended up ordering singles of about half a dozen designs we created (yeah, I know, so decisive), which ultimately helped us choose our final one. It is fun having all those on our fridge right now, though.

I was about to go for the super cheap for Thank you Cards as well, but Magnet Street had much nicer designs, and also really reasonable prices. We definitely liked the idea of having the front be an entire picture, and liked the overlay of the Thank You on the one that we chose. It was obvious enough to see, but didn’t over shadow the picture.

We chose a fairly generic save the date, but chose colors that we had in our wedding that made it look a bit more fun. We did the same with the thank you cards–loved the full front pictures, and was able to customize the Thank You on front to a color that fit well with the picture.

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Color Monday: Modern-Vintage, Upscaled Rustic

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

Memorial Day Sale | 20% Off All Wedding Stationery | Expires 5/27/14 Code: WEMEM20 Shop Now.

Color Monday: a modern-rustic color scheme of brown, ashwood and peach.

“Upscaled Rustic” is another wedding and stationery trend that is shedding new light on summer weddings. Some of what this trend comprises are romantic woodland settings, showy florals and elegant DIY touches. Additional trimmings for these rustic refined affairs include beautiful, ambient lighting and swanky outdoor seating. And to start setting the tone right away, we chose Floral Lace a Save the Date Card that echos a rustic modern wedding style. Are you a fan of this rustic elegant wedding trend?

Upscaled Rustic wedding inspiration and lace Save the Date card from MagnetStreet

Floral Lace Save the Date Card

Floral Lace Stationery Suite
This pretty design has a charming tension to it–the background emulates the look and feel of kraft paper, while each accompanying stationery item in the suite features cascading, flowery lace. This lovely pairing of elegance with a rustic look and feel is a hallmark of the Floral Lace design. This suite renders beautifully across a variety of wedding styles–from rustic elegant to modern vintage. Browse the entire Design Suite.

Get these colors! Or, visit the Color Boutique to:

  • create your own color palette
  • request free color swatches in your own color palette
  • New! while browsing designs, look for the My Colors icon to edit your colors and save your colors!

Rustic wedding color palette from MagnetStreet



With permission to use their photography, much thanks to… 

Bridesmaids and Dresses by Eden Day Photography {via Wedding Chicks} | Bouquet by Timwill Photography {via A Low Country Wedding} | Couple, Barn and Dessert Table by Justin Michau Photography {via 100 Layer Cake} | Cake Topper by Lisa Leonard Designs

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