PHOTOS BY Christianne Taylor
On Location at Whispering Rose Ranch
Every bride is more than her wedding portraits, whether she considers herself
a spirited cow girl, an esteemed professional, or a glamorous trendsetter. Many couples become overwhelmed by the wide variety of gorgeous wedding ideas available online and in magazines and books and lose track of their own personal tastes.
One way to assure you find a wedding style that you will love is to look inside your own closet. What fabrics, cuts, and colors do you lean toward? Is your closet full of clean lines and modern looks, or do you find yourself choosing soft fabrics and romantic pastels? The décor of your home can be of similar use. Let the styles you have always enjoyed inform your decisions, from the venue to the dress.
Envision Your Wedding
It’s also a good idea to make some big decisions before getting bogged down by the details. Working with a wedding stylist and meeting with a few photographers will help you develop a visual image of what your special day will look like. Find a setting that suits your style, has meaning, and presents the perfect backdrop for you and your fiance/e, and the smaller decisions will come more naturally.
A wedding at Whispering Rose Ranch, for example, offers numerous ways to exhibit your unique style, from glamorous to casual. One of the most elegant ranch estates in the world, Whispering Rose is set on over 100 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley of California. The Vista offers incredible views for bridal portraits, after which the bride may choose to arrive at the Park for the ceremony in a vintage horse-drawn carriage. Other parties may choose to set up a long farm table on the outdoor Sycamore Lane, with chandeliers strung from the sycamore trees while horses graze on either side.
Creating your wedding requires planning and patience. Keep it fun, keep it imaginative, and keep it your own. The secret to having the wedding you’ve always wanted can be as easy as following your heart.