A Glamorous, Colorful Wedding at Oak Canyon Ranch in Cornell, California

For their wedding, Lisa Vang (32 and a fashion designer) and Scott Sakakura (27 and a mechanical engineer) were drawn to the privacy and natural beaut

For their wedding, Lisa Vang (32 and a fashion designer) and Scott Sakakura (27 and a mechanical engineer) were drawn to the privacy and natural beauty of Oak Canyon Ranch in Cornell, California. “True to its name, it is surrounded by century-old oak trees and is nestled in a beautiful secluded canyon,” says Lisa, who paired the naturally lush palette with glamorous, vibrant colors: deep crimsons, rich navy blues, yellow and orange. After a creekside ceremony under a wooden arch bedecked with a DIY flower arrangement, the newlyweds hosted their 150 guests in a warmly lit outdoor reception. String lights, chandeliers, vibrant flower arrangements and touches of gold imbued the evening with subtle glamour. Plus, the secluded locale allowed for the party to carry on into the night. “The private location enabled us to have a reception until 11 p.m., which was not offered in most outdoor venues,” says Lisa, who encourages brides to make their wedding their own—and to go big if you can. “Have a wedding you'll never forget. Make memories that you and your guests will never forget. It's your story.” —Carolyn Meers

Lisa's bridesmaids donned deep peacock blue gowns and carried colorful bouquets made with crimson dahlias, zinnias and eucalyptus.
Lisa, a fashion designer, found her gown online and customized it by adding a bejeweled rhinestone shoulder piece and pearls and beads on the bodice.
Lisa and Scott exchanged vows in an outdoor creekside ceremony under a wooden arch adorned with a colorful flower arrangement that Lisa had crafted herself.
"Our favors were a mission in itself," Lisa says. "I was obsessed with having purple seashells with mini air plants. The seashells were found at a wholesale site and the mini air plants were ordered from Airplantsupplyco.com. Friends and family send us photos and stories of their plants' life story, even today."
String lights and chandeliers added warmth and glamour to the outdoor reception. "We added touches of gold in brass candleholders and chargers," Lisa says. "We truly felt that this wedding was going to be a dream come true, and it was. It was the epitome of rustic elegance."
String lights and chandeliers added warmth and glamour to the outdoor reception at Oak Canyon Ranch in Cornell, California. "To go with the elegant chandeliers, we added touches of gold in brass candleholders and chargers," Lisa says. "We truly felt that this wedding was going to be a dream come true, and it was. It was the epitome of rustic elegance."
The colorful centerpieces comprised two-tone anemone dahlias in purple and orange hues, zinnias and pompom dahlias in variations of bold oranges and reds, soft hues of lilac waxflowers, and white coffee beans for added texture and shape.
"To go along with the elegant chandeliers, we added touches of gold in brass candleholders and chargers," Lisa says. "We truly felt that this wedding was going to be a dream come true, and it was. It was the epitome of rustic elegance."
"We went with a delicious cake from Phoenix Bakery in Los Angeles's Chinatown. The bakery has been around for a long time, serving many Chinese pastries and their famous buttercream-strawberry layer cake," Lisa says. "We went with a 12-inch three-layer cake covered with fresh cream and layered with fresh strawberries. It was garnished with fresh dahlias and other blooms."