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 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.