This isn’t your conventional bridal inspiration shoot, but isn’t that what we want? Style that is out of the box and images that go above and beyond what we thought was possible to inspire us to create something similar in real life? Rustic and boho do little to describe this photoshoot in full but hint at the wooden touches and woven, wicker, and macrame elements you will see throughout. Lula Belle Events incorporated so many cool decorations into the shoot, playing with a super cute horse trailer turned bar as the focal point. And could the backdrop of blossoming Almond trees be any more beautiful? We think not! Below, they describe the boho bridal inspiration in detail, and how you can bring elements of it to your own spring wedding day.
The designers share… Spring breathes new life into the world around us and that’s just where our inspiration began for this styled wedding editorial. The almond orchards in Northern California bloom only a few short weeks out of the year so it was the perfect opportunity to use nature’s background as the layout for this editorial, providing a soft and romantic venue to celebrate love. The fresh white blooms paired with wood tones created a gorgeous natural aesthetic. Pops of green found in orchard rows, an olive garland, a fiddle leaf fig, and a rosemary cocktail garnish added another dimension of color while still adhering to the natural color palate. The Horseshoe Bar perfectly complemented the look and feel of the shoot and incorporated plant-based cocktail garnishes of rosemary and lavender for a touch of color and an organic element. Florals by Alana Marie elevated each area with stunning white blooms to reflect the beauty of the Almond Orchard, an olive garland draped across the bar, and a bohemian and organic crown and bouquet for our bride. Our stunning model, Danielle Donohue was also the driving force behind the styling of the lounge and decor pieces. Each lounge piece from her collection at Danielle’s Farmhouse added a new textural element, all within our neutral color range, giving the overall look a modern, bohemian vibe. Woven dreamcatchers and macrame garlands provided contrast from the wood and wicker found in the seating and baskets. The bridal gown, provided by La Soie Bridal, showcased an elegant lace design perfect for a bride looking to celebrate her day in a stylistic but relaxed manner, surrounded by family and friends.
We introduced some subtle metallic elements to make things pop. The copper arch and tassel garlands from Lifted Balloons added a whimsical feel. More copper could be found in the hammered mugs which decorated the bar. Brass trays and gold rimmed glassware served up signature cocktails. A neutral toned balloon garland added a fanciful and modern touch to the bar. The boho bridal inspiration with the cutest horse trailer you ever did see was captured by the talented Ashley Baumgartner who brought each element and detail to life through her photography, shot on film.
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Planner: Lula Belle Events / Photographer: Ash Baumgartner / Mobile Bar: The Horseshoe Bar / Decor: Danielle's Farmhouse / Model: Danielle Donohue Dress: La Soie Bridal / Florals: Florals by Alana Marie / Balloons + Copper Arch: Lifted Balloons
Bold florals, a gorgeous dress, and the cutest little bar we've ever seen are just a few of the glimmering details from Danielle and Michael's wedding. They met on a BLIND DATE (how fun!) and the rest is history. A gorgeous summer day welcomed guests at the Gatekeeper's Museum in Tahoe City, and Diana Lake photographed the sweet day. Danielle's dress was amazing, the lace sleeves were to die for! Their wedding style was laid back and casual, and the main focus was fun. Rustic tables, tons of florals, and a huge dance floor greeted guests at the reception. An adorable horse trailed served as the bar and guests danced all night long. Danielle and Michael clearly had the night of their lives at their wedding. When asked what their advice for couples planning a wedding was they said, "Go all out! Get what you want! It will always be the best day of our lives!"
After more than 15 years in the wedding and events industry, Lauren Lundquist saw an opportunity and opened The Horseshoe Bar, Sacramento's first mobile bar. Nestled inside a vintage two-horse trailer, this tiny bar offers a range of drink packages that far outperform its compact size. This "dry-hire bar", meaning you provide the alcohol and their servers mix and serve up the drinks, offers anything from beer to bubbles on up to four signature cocktails. They collaborate with clients to create the perfect custom-designed tipples, and also offer a list of signature cocktails to choose from. According to Lundquist, one of their most popular drinks is "The Mare", a light and refreshing gin cocktail with elderflower liqueur, fresh-queezed lime juice, and simple syrup. Add-on services include extra bartenders, custom-printed menus, glassware rental or disposable drinkware, non-alcoholic drink and self-serve coffee stations, mixers, syrups, fresh-squeezed juices, garnishes, napkins, and festive straws.
"The Horseshoe Bar brought and served out of a refurbished horse trailer. It was our “splurge” because we booked them on a total whim at the Wedding Expo in Sacramento. They made the best cocktails and the whole communication leading us was awesome! Lauren was professional and the Bar was just the touch we wanted. People flocked to it and they pumped drinks out all night!"
Doesn’t everyone want a fairytale romance? Well, even if yours doesn’t inspire the next Disney princess movie, you can still add romantic and elegant touches into your wedding day. This submitted styled shoot does just that with a lovely lace gown, soft colors and a show-stopping venue.
Yes, we know the “big game” is on today, but we’re not doing our jobs if we don’t bring you some fab wedding inspiration for you to enjoy in-between the great plays and funny commercials, no?!
Today’s #StyledShootSunday features beautiful details, lush florals and rich textures, along with delicious charcuterie, curated signature cocktails and sweet treats…not to mention the cutest real couple models, Courtney & Lucas! Seriously, could they be any cuter?! Take a break from the game and feast your eyes on this beauty!
Romantic Blue Wedding Inspiration at Bella Vista Farms
“Anthony proposed to Christine 10 years ago but he couldn’t afford a ring at the time so he used his grandmother’s ring. They eloped at a park with only a few close friends and family. They loved their elopement but always wondered how it would feel with the full glam of a big wedding day. The couple teared up at the shoot seeing each other in their dress and suit all done up. We played their first dance song at the shoot and Christine began to cry! It was SO sweet and such a special shoot to be a part of.”
Venue: Bella Vista Farms / Photographer: Brittney Vaughan Photography / Videographer: Smithhouse Films / Design, Styling + Coordinator: Haley Nyal Events / Floral Designer: Flora Wilde Designs / Cake + Dessert Designer: Taylor Made Desserts / Macarons: Rooftop Macarons / Mobile Bar, Champagne Bar + Curated Cocktails: The Horseshoe Bar / Hair Artist: Kourtney Madore / Makeup Artist: Saja Dood / Gown + Earrings: Grace + White Bridal / Paperie: Bailey Louise / Rentals: Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals / Rentals: Rentals by Natalie / Real Couple Models: Christine + Anthony
Ah, the romance of spring…there’s something absolutely magical when the season changes from the doldrums of winter to the rebirth of spring, and today’s #StyledShootSunday captures that feeling beautifully!
"A lot of the weddings done in Sacramento stay in the green, white, and blush palette or go quite moody. We wanted to show that you can bring the romantic spring hues into your design while still keeping it relatively simple and letting the venue elevate the design. We also made sure to include the vibrant colors in the food and drink components to the shoot, since these elements are such a fun way to help tie in an overall design.”
Photography: Denise Apgar Photography / Venue: Blessing Hill Venue, Granite Bay / Coordinator: Talia Eliana Events / Videographer: Philippe Studio / Floral Designer: Bella Nozze / Rentals: Sacramento Event Co, Petite Events Co, Celebrations / Signage: Sugar Pine Calligraphy / Bridal gown: Grace and White Bridal / Hair and Make Up Artist: Butterscotch and Beauty / Cake Designer: The Cake Lady 916 / Macarons: Baking with Kas / Appetizers: Chef Juan Catering / Photobooth: Sac Booths / Neon Sign & Arch: Love at First Light / Officiant: Mountain High Weddings
INTRODUCING: THE HORSESHOE BAR Check out our interview with Lauren Lundquist; corporate event planner, wedding organizer, mobile bar owner, and social media star! When we feature mobile bar owners here on Roll To, we're always intrigued to hear about the varied mix of experiences which make up the backgrounds of our interviewees. We've spoken with men and women from across the country, some with little or no exposure to events and catering, others with a long resumé of corporate or private party planning behind them. Each entrepreneur uses that life experience to bring something uniquely special to their own mobile business.
Lauren Lundquist, owner of The Horseshoe Bar, is no exception. A career in organizing events within the television industry, followed by a stint as a California wedding planner led her to take the reigns of her own bar on wheels. From tackling the painting, staining, and sanding of an old horse trailer herself, to navigating a pandemic hit market, Lauren has seen it all.
Now a five-year industry veteran, she's grown her reputation by providing top quality service whilst projecting a distinctly personal voice on social media (seriously, check out The Horseshoe Bar Instagram account for hilarious mobile bar memes, creative short videos, and epic photoshoots).