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 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.”