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I am so excited to share my passion for the world of bridal with you, my fashionable bride-to-be’s. I am dedicated to sharing with you the latest wedding fashion trends, the most beautiful real weddings, inspirational receptions, gorgeous hair and beauty ideas, dream honeymoons and much, much more.

To give you a bit of background on myself, I got my first taste of weddings at the tender age of 23 when I was lucky enough to attend the A-list celebrity wedding of Victoria and David Beckham. I didn’t realise it at the time but the Beckham wedding ignited my passion for the wedding industry.

After editing Cosmopolitan Bride magazine, and freelancing for national bridal and non-bridal magazines, I decided to launch Style & the Bride.

I know that you are about to embark on one of the most exciting times of your life. My aim is to help you achieve the most incredible wedding day, your style, your way.

Marina

Marina Licht, Editor


A dreamy photograph of Abby and Patrick at their romantic rustic wedding
26th April 2017

An Utterly Dreamy & Romantic Rustic Wedding In California

I am delighted to share with you Abby and Patrick’s dreamy & romantic rustic wedding in California.

The couple married on August 8th 2016 at Temecula Creek Inn in Southern California. Abby and Patrick are childhood sweethearts. They dated for six years before Patrick proposed on the day of Abby’s college graduation. ‘We were taking graduation photographs on the bridge that overlooks the Nashville sky line,’ says Abby. ‘When I turned around, Patrick was on one knee!.’

Abby chose an A-line ballgown wedding dress from Bonny Bride for her romantic rustic wedding. Without a doubt, her shoes were her stop stopping accessories. She wore Badgley Mischka‘ Romance’ embellished wedge sandals that she found at Nordstrom. Apparently, they were the last pair in the USA!

According to Abby, their romantic rustic wedding was also very classic. They opted for a colour scheme of ivory and blush pink with navy accents.

Abby’s mother Barbara Sullivan helped her do all the planning for their wedding weekend. ‘We did have a fabulous wedding day coordinator,’ says Abby. ‘Her name is Aubreyana Pataky from I Deux Weddings.’

The couple’s florist was a friend of a friend, Lisa Davies. Abby carried a cascading bouquet of garden roses and eucalyptus eaves and a sprinkle of Gypsophila ( baby’s breath). Her bridesmaids’ bouquet were similar, but with more greenery.

Whilst Abby and Patrick were having their wedding photographs taken, their guests enjoyed ‘cocktail hour.’ A table was set up with croissants, cinnamon rolls and brownie bites inside the stone house. Their cake was displayed in the corner on a table, surrounded by photographs, flowers and a lace table cloth. ‘On the hutches the venue provides, we set up photos of us throughout out dating years – from high school dances to our engagement,’ explains Abby.”Outside on the big oak tree, we hung pictures of both our families growing up, and placed a wooden sign that said “Family Tree” above them.’

According to Abby, the highlights of her romantic rustic wedding included her brother in law playing a rendition of ‘Here Comes The Bride,’ by The Beatles. ‘I also had the privilege to have my father walk me down the aisle and give me away,’ says Abby. ‘He was diagnosed with cancer earlier that year and just finished his last round of chemo a week before. After that health scare, I felt very grateful to be escorted by my father to my future husband.’

Abby and Patrick’s wedding was photographed by Georgie Carlos from We Love by Georgie. ‘I fell in love with the rich colour and tones of her photos,’ says Abby. ‘They felt romantic and professional, and I wanted her to capture us (a not a typically photogenic couple) like she captured so many others. When we were delivered our pictures, I was in awe. I could not believe the beauty that Georgie had captured!’

If Abby could give future brides one piece of advice, she says it would be to splurge on your wedding photographer. I couldn’t agree with her more! ‘Besides the wonderful marriage, the pictures are the only thing you get to take with you into the future, explains Abby. Trust me, you’re going to want to remember your perfect day forever just as it was.’

A romantic rustic wedding in California

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Abby and Patrick at their romantic rustic wedding.

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Abby’s flower girls helping her get ready. Abby and her bridesmaids’ hair was by Emma Bass at Gold & Braid Salon. 

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The couple’s beautiful invitation.

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Aren’t Patrick’s accessories smart?

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The perfect ceremony set up for their rustic romantic wedding.

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How cute are the flower girls?

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Abby on the arm of her father.

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Exchanging wedding vows.

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A kiss for the happy couple.

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How jubilant does Patrick look in this photograph?

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Abby, her bridesmaids and her flower girls. Abby’s bridesmaids wore dresses from White by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal. 

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I love this photograph of Abby and her bridesmaids.

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Patrick and his ushers looking very smart.

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The couple’s lovely rustic romantic wedding reception.

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Abby and Patrick had a sweetheart table (table for two) at their reception.

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This cake most definitely suits their romantic rustic wedding. It was by Cakes to Celebrate by Debbie McLaughlin

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The couple cutting their cake.

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How pretty is this floral table arrangement?

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Patrick delivering his speech.

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Abby and Patrick on the dance floor.

Wedding details

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I adore this sign.

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How pretty is this pink napkin?

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The couple’s bar at their reception.

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Gorgeous flower details.

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Do you like the idea of doing something like this for your own wedding?

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More rustic decor inside.

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