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A Rustic Outdoor Wedding in Kern County, California

Bryn Stamper (22 and a student) and Mark Stamper (23 and a law student), met on a blind date in May 2011 in Los Angeles, California and became instant

Bryn Stamper (22 and a student) and Mark Stamper (23 and a law student), met on a blind date in May 2011 in Los Angeles, California and became instantly inseparable. Mark proposed to Bryn on the beach in Santa Monica, California with a gorgeous solitaire round-cut diamond on a white gold band. Mark and Bryn had their wedding in the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, California. "We chose this location because was one of the only places that could fit our large guest list, and I always wanted an outdoor wedding with a rustic feel," Bryn says. The couple describes their wedding style as "vintage-chic." They took inspiration from their venue, an old home in the country, and worked with an earthy, neutral color scheme of white, gray, tan and black with some coral accents. We went with white, grey, tan, and black with some coral accents. "My favorite decor had to be either the white lights we strung throughout the reception, or the arbor over our head table," Bryn says. "The arbor had three black chandeliers hanging down over us." The bouquets followed suit with the neutral color palette, and were comprised of white roses, peonies, and hydrangeas. For their reception, Bryn and Mark chose a three-tier buttercream cake with strawberry filling. They wanted their reception to have a fun, lighthearted vibe, and Bryn says their DJ had everyone on their feet dancing. Bryn and Mark also worked their love of a good brew into their wedding, by giving their guests each a small burlap bag of coffee beans. "We love coffee and wanted to share that with our guests," Bryn says.

Strapless Ball Gown Wedding Dress
Bride Getting Ready in Strapless Ball Gown
The groom proposed to the bride on the beach in Santa Monica, California with a round-cut solitaire ring on a white gold band. The groom had a matching white gold wedding band.
The bride chose a strapless ivory dress by wedding dress designer Liancarlo. It had hand-beaded crystal embroidery that tapered off into a fluttery tool overlay. She paired a long veil with her ivory ball gown.
Outdoor Ceremony with Chalkboard Decor
The bride and groom had their wedding at the Kern County Museum because it was one of the only venues that could fit their large guest list and the bride wanted a rustic-themed wedding.
The bride and groom went for a neutral color palette to bring out the rustic feel of their outdoor wedding. The reception decor featured some coral accents, like this rustic window frame with a custom sign.
The bridesmaids wore coral dresses with pink undertones from Ann Taylor to play up the coral accents throughout the wedding decor. Each bridesmaid picked out their own style of dress to show off their personality.
The groom and his groomsmen wore textured charcoal suits by Vera Wang. They chose gray instead of traditional black suits to blend in with the wedding color palette of white, gray and earthy neutrals.
Bride and Groom with Pink and Gray Wedding Party
Bride and Groom Garden Ceremony
Reception Decor with White Roses
The bride and groom wanted to incorporate their love of coffee into their wedding. They gave each of their guests a small burlap bag full of their favorite coffee beans.
The bride and groom had six different styles of centerpieces. Some included silk  white orchids, silk white hydrangeas, and all had rustic pieces included.
Rustic Lantern Decor
Rustic Outdoor Garden Reception Tables
The bride and groom had a simple cocktail hour before their reception, featuring custom bottles of wine, a full bar and appetizers cheese, bread, crackers, and assorted dips.
Pink Liqueur Bottle
Bride Throwing Bouquet of White Roses