Stunning Rice Field Wedding Ceremony
Elise + Tristan
DJ/Band – DJ Eddie Z, email@example.com
Twin Creeks Ranch (private residence)
How did you meet? We actually met online on eHarmony!
Where was your first date? Biba in downtown Sacramento
Where did you get engaged? On a beach in Kauai…on horseback, no less!
What was you first impression of each other? Elise: Tristan was dressed in khaki shorts and a collared polo shirt, which was not what I was expecting knowing he was a farmer – he cleans up nice! I thought he was good looking, outgoing, friendly, and a great conversationalist. He just made me feel comfortable right off the bat…which is likely why we ended up being the last people in the restaurant that night! I also remember him calling me when I got home to make sure I’d made it and to tell how much he enjoyed our date – it was really sweet! Tristan: When Elise walked in the door the first thing I noticed was her tall, slender, athletic stature. She was a natural beauty that demanded respect, and commanded the attention of the room. As we ate dinner, and conversed throughout the night I was amazed to find that Elise was as intelligent and funny as she was attractive. I knew from that first night that I had found someone special.
When did you start planning your special event? Within days of our engagement. We had our date set by the time we left Kauai!
What was the most fun detail in planning your wedding? The personal features, especially considering our wedding was held at Tristan’s family’s ranch. And, of course, the dress! However, food and cake tasting was pretty great too!
How did you choose your style/theme? Considering the venue was the family ranch and Tristan is a farmer, we knew we would have a country theme. That being said we still wanted an elegant, classy, and timeless event. I think Ramona coined the theme as “country elegance,” which fit the event perfectly.
What was the most difficult detail to agree on? We actually seemed to agree on just about everything when it came to planning. Luckily our visions were pretty in line! Maybe the only parts that took some discussion were items that were a lot more expensive than we had anticipated that were still really important to either of us. The single most difficult task was cutting down our (initially WAY too large) guest list!
What was the most unique detail about your ceremony? Reception? I think the location of our ceremony was pretty unique. We bused guests out to an island on the ranch and circled everyone under a giant old oak tree. Tristan and his crew also worked to mow a curved path in the shoulder-high brush back from the aisle so no one could see the wedding party until we reached the beginning of the aisle – it turned out really neat and also created a very intimate amphitheater -type feel! As far as our reception, I think the single most unique aspect was that we closed off one end up the lawn area with a lineup of Tristan’s largest tractors and hit them with up lights. So many of our guests ended up taking photos on the tractors, and the kids loved dancing in front of the up lighting, too!
What personal touches did you include in your ceremony? Reception? We wrote and read our own vows, and Tristan’s cousin Aubrey provided a beautiful, personal blessing to begin our ceremony. Tristan and I each have a sister and wanted to include them both in the ceremony as well, so we selected a reading about marriage that the two of them read together before we said our vows.
What was the inspiration behind your flowers? So many Pinterest pins! I wanted soft pinks and peaches, as well as lots of greenery. Tristan farms rice, and our wedding date was just before harvest, so we were actually able to work with our florist to incorporate accents of rice into most of our floral pieces!
How did you choose your wedding colors? Our wedding was in September, so it’s not really summer and not quite fall yet. I knew I wanted champagnes/golds as accents, and the soft peaches and pinks seemed to fit the between season well.
Did your pet play a role in your wedding? Unfortunately not – our dogs would have been too crazy!
What was the inspiration for the dress you chose? Who is the designer of your gown? In line with everything else about our wedding, I wanted something timeless, elegant, and not overly complicated or fancy. Considering the venue, I knew I wanted lace, but also some sparkle. My dress had just enough sparkle and pearl detail to make it elegant, feminine, and special without being poofy or too much of a “princess dress.” The dress also had to pass the “dance test” to make sure I would still be able to party on dance floor! The dress was by Casablanca and was purchased at Miosa Bride.
In one paragraph, please describe your wedding day.
Our wedding day was special because of all of the friends and family who came to celebrate with us. The morning started off with each of us getting to spend time getting ready with our friends and family who were in the wedding. At one point, I caught myself having so much fun with my bridesmaids, my mom, and mother-in-law that I almost forgot what we were all getting ready for! Some time before the ceremony, Tristan and I had our first look. We were hesitant to do a first look because we didn’t want to “ruin” the surprise of seeing each other at the ends of the aisle, but honestly the first look was incredibly special for both of us. It provided a bit of a calm before the storm and a moment to reflect on how important this day was for us and how lucky we were to have found each other and to be in that moment together. I’d say I was cool, calm, and collected most of the day, but there’s something about those final moments before you walk down the aisle that can really put it all into perspective! Our ceremony was perfect for us and provided the right balance between sentiment and humor. I will never forget how much the words in Tristan’s vows completely blew me away that day. I am SO glad we had a videographer to capture it all. As far as the reception, both of us just wanted to get the party started and enjoy time with our family and friends. Our number one priority was to keep all our guests on the dance floor all night, and I’d say we succeeded! We actually had such a great time we didn’t want to stop the music for cake cutting or garter/bouquet toss, so we decided to audible and skip those traditions altogether. At one point Ramona asked me what we wanted to do from then on and I distinctly remember saying, “We want the buses to stay longer, we want the bar to stay open, and we want the DJ to keep playing!”
How did your wedding reflect the dream wedding you had as a child? It was truly more beautiful than I ever imagined. The ceremony location felt almost magical, and the design of the reception was just gorgeous. When I look back at the pictures, it all feels like it really was a dream!
If you could go back and change one thing about your wedding day, what would that be? I probably would have quadruple checked with the bus company we hired to make sure they knew where they were going, no matter how many times they said they understood!
How did you pick your first dance song? What song was it? “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw. We actually had another song picked out, and a few days before the wedding Tristan told me he just didn’t think it was the right song. I played him My Best Friend that night in our kitchen because it is the song I used to say I would use as my first dance song back when I was in high school. As soon as we listened to it together, we knew it was the absolute perfect song for us.
What was the funniest OOPS moment of your wedding day? There were 2 and they both have to do with the dress! After being introduced at the reception, our wedding party made a tunnel for us to run through. At this point, my dress had already been bustled. Tristan was behind me as we were going through the tunnel and accidentally stepped on the back of my dress, ripping out my bustle and all the bustle hooks along with it! I believe I turned to him and said “Babe, you busted by bustle!” He felt so bad, but honestly I was so far on cloud 9 it didn’t bother me much! Luckily, my MOH came prepared with safety pins, and fastened a makeshift bustle that held up for the rest of the night. It wasn’t exactly pretty, but it worked! Later in the evening during my brother/sister dance, my brother dipped me to finish out our song and during the dip, one of the straps on my dress popped off! My MOH came to the rescue with her safety pins once again…and once again it wasn’t the prettiest fix, but it held for the night!
Any other details/comments you would like to share? Tristan’s grandfather had not been well for some time, but was able to make it to our wedding. Sadly, he passed away shortly after. We can’t help but think that he was holding on just long enough to see his grandson get married. Our wedding will always be that much more special because all of the family came together and got to see Grandpa one last time, and we have such beautiful photos with him from that day.