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An Outdoor Wedding in Pala, CA

  • Leigh Miller Photography, San Diego, CA
    Katrina Hetrick/The Cheshire Kat Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA
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Katie & Preston in Pala, CA
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For a just-picked look, Katie held a mix of thistle and wildflowers in earthy tones.
Laura and Blake Bachman/Adair Bachman, Los Angeles, CA
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Bright-red anemones added a pop of color to the bridesmaids’ thistle and wildflower bouquets.
Laura and Blake Bachman/Adair Bachman, Los Angeles, CA
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Preston and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of thistle and wildflowers.
Laura and Blake Bachman/Adair Bachman, Los Angeles, CA
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Katie knew she wanted to wear blue shoes, so when she found a pair made by designer Kate Preston (get it? Katie and Preston), that sealed the deal.
Kate Preston, OffBroadwayShoes.com
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The invitations looked like playbills with tear-off RSVP stubs. Preston’s mom typed everyone’s names onto the envelopes, and Katie had a stamping and stuffing party to get the job done.
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For optimal natural lighting, the ceremony took place about an hour and a half before sunset. The couple stood beneath an oak tree, with a gorgeous view of the valley behind the ranch.
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Preston and his dad made more than 20 benches for the ceremony seating, and the couple rented hay bales as well. They topped them all off with quilts.
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Katie, Preston and their guests had The Condor’s Nest Ranch to themselves for the entire weekend -- including the barn and pool.
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To keep the natural look going, the flowers were set into varying vessels—like pieces of driftwood.
Laura and Blake Bachman/Adair Bachman, Los Angeles, CA
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To make the reception feel more intimate, the couple opted for mismatched plates and napkins, and drinks served in Mason jars.
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In addition to a traditional guest book, the couple set up a photo booth with a few props. Preston made three chalkboard talk bubbles so guests could write messages.
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The couple thanked guests for coming with this hand-painted wood sign.

Katie & Preston in Pala, CA

The Bride Katie Hatfield, 26, a photographer The Groom Preston Vowels, 25, a special education teacher’s aide The Date April 10 Katie and Preston wanted their ranch wedding to feel like home—a look they achieved with loose flower arrangements and mismatched plates, centerpieces and napkins.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Leigh Miller Photography, San Diego, CA
  • Katrina Hetrick/The Cheshire Kat Design Studio, Los Angeles, CA
  • Laura and Blake Bachman/Adair Bachman, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kate Preston, OffBroadwayShoes.com
  • Classic Party Rentals

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