A Romantic, Rustic Chic Wedding at Burlingame Country Club in Burlingame, California

 Natalie Hammonds (28 and a wedding planner) and Ry Sanderson (27 and works for Franklin Templeton) planned a romantic mid-summer affair with a color

 Natalie Hammonds (28 and a wedding planner) and Ry Sanderson (27 and works for Franklin Templeton) planned a romantic mid-summer affair with a color palette of warm pink, champagne, ivory and gold hues. As a wedding professional herself, planning was an effortless exercise for Natalie. “I am extremely fortunate to have seen and worked countless weddings of all different styles and at venues all over the Bay Area. Plus, I know some of the very best wedding vendors in the business,” she says. “And as an admin at a floral studio, I have seen hundreds of arrangements, centerpieces and bouquets. So when it came time to design my own wedding, I pretty much knew the exact look and feel I wanted to create and the people I wanted to work with.”

A rustic chic aesthetic with a sophisticated, personalized feel evolved naturally out of the planning process, with the innate beauty of their venue — the Burlingame Country Club in Burlingame, Calif. — providing endless inspiration. The day started with an outdoor ceremony under the shade of two majestic trees. Wooden benches lined accented with arrangements of romantic peonies, hydrangeas and roses framed the aisle and the couple exchanged vows under a whimsical curly willow wedding arch with undeniable secret garden-esque flair.

Dinner and dancing took place on the lawn under a stunning, open-air Sperry tent. Wooden farm tables and French country chairs covered the grassy lawn, lending a charming Provencal vibe the decor, while strands of bistro lights strung across the tent filled the space with romantic ambiance. In lieu of traditional table linens, Natalie and Ry lined the center of each table with lavish arrangements of peonies, hydrangeas, roses, dahlias, jasmine, anemones and ranunculuses displayed in gilded vases and distressed wooden planter boxes. Nods to the couple’s dog Denver were incorporated throughout as fun personal touch, like the customized wolf magnet escort cards and table numbers. “The magnets were by far the coolest part of our wedding,” says Natalie. “All the little Denver details really made the wedding feel personal and unique to us.” After dinner, the band N’Demand took to the stage and kept the party going — and the dance floor packed — late into the night. A tip for the taking from Natalie: “Laugh, be true to yourself, communicate and respect each other.”

“I once worked a wedding where all the bridesmaids wore long gold sequin dresses and fell in love with the look,” says Natalie. “Needless to say, when it came time to pick my bridesmaid dresses, I knew exactly what I wanted them to wear.” To put her own personal twist on the look, she gave the girls free reign over their look, specifying only that they choose a knee-length style and a shade of gold. “These dresses are what really kicked off the golden accent colors throughout the wedding.”
The day started with a ceremony on Burlingame Country Club’s expansive lawn. The pair picked a shade spot under two majestic old growth trees to say their “I do’s” and infused the outdoor space with rustic, romantic flair with wooden benches and arrangements of full garden-inspired blooms.
Galvanized vases overflowing with lush romantic florals like peonies, garden roses and hydrangeas and shades of pink, ivory and white lined the ceremony aisles, injecting the wooden benches with elegance and vibrancy.
The florists at Floramor seriously delivered when it came to the ceremony decor. The team crafted a curly willow wedding arch that captured the wedding’s romantic, rustic theme through lush groupings of hydrangeas, garden roses, peonies, succulents, stock and eucalyptus.
Before whisking guests off to the reception tent for a night of lively celebrations, Natalie and Ry exchanged vows on Burlingame Country Club’s perfectly manicured lawn. A romantic custom wedding arch draped in classic garden florals and curly willow framed the couple as they shared heartfelt “I do’s.”
“I knew I wanted to incorporate our dog Denver into our wedding,” says Natalie. “He pretty much runs our lives and we knew we couldn’t say ‘I do’ without him.”  In addition to making Denver their ring bearer, the pair incorporated a wolf motif into the design of their invitations and had gilded wolf magnets made to hold their handcalligraphed escort cards. “The magnets were by far the coolest part of our wedding,” says Natalie. “All the little Denver details really made the wedding feel personal and unique to us.”
Dinner and dancing took place on the lawn under a stunning, open-air Sperry tent. Wooden farm tables and French country chairs covered the grassy lawn, lending a charming Provencal vibe the decor, while strands of bistro lights strung across the tent filled the space with romantic ambiance.
Little Miss Press took the reigns on Natalie and Ry’s menus, creating whimsical cards, which they personalized with the names of each guest.
Natalie put the pros at Floramor in charge of all of the day’s florals and the talented team didn’t disappoint. For the reception, the team created luxe arrangements of peonies, dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, willow branches, jasmine, veronica and succulents that brought the wooden farm tables to life. Gilded vases tied into the tables’ glam details, like gold-rimmed glasses and golden charger plates, while distressed wooden planter boxes played up the decor’s rustic feel.
In addition to their Denver-inspired (their dog) escort cards, the couple displayed each table number in complementary gilded wolf holders, adding a playful touch to the rustic chic tablescapes.
To bring an element of glamour and elegance to the rustic tabletops, Natalie and Ry opted for gilded charger plates and cutlery with a high-shine finish.
After dinner, Natalie and Ry treated their guests to a piece of wedding cake, as well as bourbon and freshly rolled cigars with personalized labels at their cigar and bourbon bars.