A Rustic, Autumn-Inspired Wedding at Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley, California

Since Nicole Mundle's (28 and a marketing director) profession involved planning, we weren’t surprised that she and Bentley Mundle (30 and a golf prof

Since Nicole Mundle's (28 and a marketing director) profession involved planning, we weren’t surprised that she and Bentley Mundle (30 and a golf professional) searched high and low before settling on the ideal ranch venue for their natural, rustic wedding. “We had had seen every site to possibly hold an event on the Monterey Peninsula, and this by far was the most awe-inspiring venue," the couple says. Having no desire to be limited with a strict color palette, the couple chose a variety of natural shades that went with the fall season and mixed in wooden accents. Guests were invited to the rustic occasion that took place at Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley, California, through simple invitations printed on white stationery that were accented with burnt orange and a horse design, which appeared on signs and linens throughout the day. Nicole made sure to use her vintage cowboy boots, which she wore with her champagne-colored wedding dress accented with lace that was designed by Naheem Khan. Buena Lane Photography captured the couple getting married outside on the open ranch property, where wooden folding chairs lining the aisle were decorated with orange ribbon. Guests were given small handblown glass terrariums filled with moss and succulents to remember the wedding day. What really caught our attention were the vibrant rose and sunflower arrangements accented with dusty miller and placed inside white pumpkins, inspired by the autumnal seasonal palette as well. "The best advice I can give anyone planning a wedding or event is to plan for perfection, but not to expect it," Nicole says. "It is your special day and things will go wrong. Roll with the punches and know that you are the only one who will know."

Silver Wedding Rings With White Ribbon
Wedding invitations were printed on classic white stationery with black text, along with a horse design on the front. “The stationery was custom-designed by Hen & Co. to incorporate Nicole’s love for horses, since she has a deep history as an equestrian,” the couple says.
Nicole’s champagne-colored wedding dress was made of silk and accented with eyelash lace, while her bridesmaids wore emerald green dresses that they picked out themselves. They all wore a pair of vintage cowboy boots in different hues of brown to fit with the wedding's rustic style.
Wooden Wedding Sign With Horse
An assortment of boutonnieres were arranged on top of a wooden circular holder, which were made with succulents and eucalyptus wrapped with burlap.
Light wooden folding chairs faced the front of the ceremony space where the couple were married. The chairs on the end that lined the aisle were tied with orange pieces of ribbon. Lush sunflower and rose arrangements were placed inside white pumpkins to go along with the fall theme and season, which were propped up on a wooden barrel.
Flower girls wore simple knee-length white dresses and white flip-flops with fabric flowers on the top. The two girls wore matching colorful flower crowns arranged with a variety of roses, and held moss-covered baskets filled with rose petals for the ceremony.
Nicole wore a pearl beaded necklace with her champagne-colored wedding dress, which was accented entirely with lace. She wore her hair in a down style for the wedding day, which was pinned on the side with a sunflower.
The bride and bridesmaids wore vintage cowboy boots in different hues. In addition to the boots, bridesmaids wore knee-length emerald green dresses while the Nicole wore her champagne-colored wedding dress accented with lace.
Nicole held a colorful bouquet filled with flowers that were inspired by the fall season. Inside the bouquet was a lush assortment of bright roses and chrysanthemums accented with green succulents and leaves.
Horse Design on White Napkins
A flower arrangement filled with yellow sunflowers, pastel-colored roses and dusty miller mixed with greenery was positioned inside a white pumpkin. The arrangement was positioned on top of a wooden barrel.
Nicole’s love for succulents showed through the choice of wedding favors, which were handblown glass terrariums filled with moss and, of course, succulents. The favors were packed inside boxes and given to guests to remember the special day.
Tan Suit and Succulent Boutonniere