An Elegant, Rustic-Chic Barn Wedding at Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California
Although the barn reception venue shows no age—with its beautiful wooden beams that twinkle with string lights and clean stonework on the walls bordering the room—Santa Margarita Ranch has a deeply rooted history that dates centuries in Santa Margarita, California. Keviann Lee (27 and a wedding coordinator) and Ben Dennison (29 and a construction project engineer) booked the ranch for their wedding with an elegant spin, falling in love with the outdoor lawn space surrounded by oak trees and the indoor barn venue that embodied the rustic-chic elements they were looking for. Wedding invitations sent to guests were printed on white stationery tied with yarn, with nude and black whimsical fonts and designs that were captured on camera by Nicole Caldwell Studio. Rows of white folding chairs faced the elevated stone platform outside, where Keviann and Ben had their wedding ceremony. Escort cards were attached to wire bordered by a wooden frame, assigning guests to round dining tables marked by gold metal numbers with a white backdrop. The glittery blush sweetheart table embodied the romance of the day, positioned underneath a rustic hanging chandelier dripping with roses and white linens. We loved that Keviann and Ben incorporated their love for baseball into their wedding day—from the ring bearer holding a baseball mitt down the aisle to the rival baseball-team topper placed on the cake. Our favorite had to be the wooden baseball bat alternative to a guest book, which friends and family signed throughout the celebration. "Make sure you don't dwell on the little things that may go wrong," Keviann says. "The most important thing is that you are marrying your best friend and starting a life together and you are sharing that moment with those who are close to you."