A DIY Garden-Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Fontana, California

Using a neutral ivory, green, yellow and beige color palette, Maddy Bognot (30 and a transcriptionist) and Trey Ruff III (45 and a service manager) ha

Using a neutral ivory, green, yellow and beige color palette, Maddy Bognot (30 and a transcriptionist) and Trey Ruff III (45 and a service manager) had an organic backyard wedding at their home in Fontana, California. They loved having complete control over the space, so they could tailor it exactly to their tastes. “We are very outdoorsy, nature-loving people,” Maddy says. “So a simple, natural style was what we were going for.” Wanting their wedding to be ultra-personal, the couple had only 34 guests and made almost all the details themselves. Maddy made the whimsical stationery, her mother made all the floral arrangements, her nieces created all the chalkboard signage, family members made the eclectic desserts and Trey even made the dance floor. “The fact that our wedding was DIY made the wedding truly our own,” Maddy says. “Having creative control of all the wedding elements allowed us to really put ourselves into this wedding in a way that our guests could see it.” Ashley Durham Studios beautifully captured all the details of the day. Since Indian food is their favorite, the couple had an Aroma Indian Grill and Banquet-catered buffet for dinner, with everything cooked fresh on site. At the end of the day, Maddy and Trey’s favorite part was being surround by the people they loved most. “We think the fact that we kept our wedding small and very intimate allowed our guests to really feel like they were a part of our big day, not just witnessing it,” Maddy says.

Maddy made all the stationery herself including the whimsical invitation suite. The modern stationery was inspired by the couple’s natural ivory, green, beige and yellow color palette.
Maddy wore a lace wedding dress from David’s Bridal. It was the first dress she tried on, and she loved the intricate beading and buttons up the back. It was simple enough for her backyard wedding, but classic enough to match their garden-inspired theme. She completed her look with white freesias in her updo by hairstylist Eulain Almazar.
Maddy’s mother created the boutonnieres for the wedding. She paired white orchids with baby’s breath for a shabby chic look. The stems were tied with a rustic piece of burlap twine. Trey wore a Kenneth Cole navy pinstriped suit for a classic look to complement Maddy’s dress.
Maddy’s mother created all the floral arrangements for the day, including Maddy’s yellow and white bouquet. She carried daisies, calla lilies, roses, baby’s breath and ferns in her lush bouquet. The hand-tied stems were wrapped with burlap twine to add a little rustic feel to the whimsical wedding.
Maddy and Trey exchanged vows in their backyard in Fontana, California. They loved that they could tailor the wedding space to their taste. Plus, it was a huge money saver. The couple exchanged vows under the shade of a tree for a garden feel. With only 34 guests, the ceremony felt very intimate.
A Simple Single Pearl Bridal Necklace
Rustic, DIY Chalkboard Menu Display
Maddy and Trey decorated the reception tables with yellow and ivory centerpieces, including lilies and alstroemerias, which Maddy made herself. To complete the whimsical garden feel of the wedding, the couple added branchy garland down the tables accented with floating candles. The bronze chargers perfectly complemented the natural, neutral color palette.
Maddy made all the escort cards herself with brown paper and leaf-inspired decorations. She tucked them into a burlap band that added a rustic feel to the backyard wedding. Since she and Trey love nature and are very outdoorsy, they wanted a natural feel at their wedding. The leafy garland and bronze chargers perfectly complemented the ivory, green and beige color palette.
Maddy created all the centerpieces herself as a fun DIY project. They included roses, lilies, and alstroemerias in shades of green, yellow, ivory and pink. Maddy and Trey loved how the lush centerpieces complemented the garden theme of their backyard wedding. To match the invitations, Maddy numbered the tables with simple black-and-white folded cards.
Maddy’s sister and nieces created the tasty desserts for the wedding. In addition to their wedding cake, the couple served chocolate-covered strawberries, ice cream, macrons and popcorn. The desserts were displayed on rustic wooden pieces decorated with moss for a woodland feel. They also added some vintage birdcages to tie the whimsical theme together.
Maddy and Trey enjoyed a three-tier rustic textured buttercream wedding cake from Cucamonga Cakery. One layer was a champagne white cake with fresh strawberries and cream filling; the other layers were citrus cake with cream-cheese filling. The outside of the cake was topped with white freesias, yellow alstroemerias and thin branches to match the natural wedding aura.