A Rustic Destination Wedding in California
Samantha and Jason
Samantha Magowan and Jason Burkhart met at an art show she had curated. Though a spark was ignited, they didn’t actually go out until several years later when he invited her on what would turn into a 6-hour date. Inseparable ever since, the Los Angeles-based duo (she’s a fashion stylist and he’s a music manager) decided to make it official April 27, 2013. Rustic elegance became the common thread through contrasting the natural and wild setting with the polish of a black tie wedding.
A Custom Flag
The Invite Suite
Mr. Boddington's Studio set the tone of the soiree with a palette of green and cream and horse and horseshoe illustrations.
The Bridal Party
For the black-tie event, bridesmaids wore long black gowns of their choosing, and the one gent in the bridal party sported a coordinating suit.
A Sweet Trio
The only thing Samantha was really obsessed with from the moment she became engaged was the flower girls. "I think there is just nothing sweeter and more charming than flower girls at a wedding," she said. Luckily she had several willing participants: Her niece and Jason's cousins carried baskets of herbs and flowers and wore rosemary-and-rose head wreaths along with their Crewcuts by J.Crew frocks. The little ladies also spent the night following the bride around carrying her veil.
Samantha was escorted down the aisle by her father.
Programs outlined the service and were finished with patterned ribbon.
A Song by Dad
Jason’s father also played a part in the ceremony, performing an original song titled "On Your Wedding Day" as a surprise to the couple. He played it on a weathered upright piano that the groomsmen helped carry across the grass to the ceremony lawn.
Samantha's mother's minister married the couple.
Instead of Confetti
Clementine Floral Works, the couple's florist, hatched the idea to combine several types of herbs and flowers into a mix that guests could scoop into their own paper bags before the ceremony. They corresponded with clusters of herbs at the end of each row, and when the newlyweds walked up the aisle at the ceremony’s conclusion, they were overwhelmed with the fragrant, evening air as the greenery was tossed around them.
Jason built large chalkboard signs for the reception which Samantha painted on. One outlined the signature drink offerings during cocktail hour: Pimm's Cups and Moscow Mules.
Horse Shoe Cards
Jason spent several weeks collecting horseshoes from Samantha's barn, scrubbing, cleaning, and removing the nails so they could be used on the wedding day. They symbolized luck and the couple's love of horses. Tea-stained old manila cards were calligraphed and tied to each shoe as an escort card.
Guests feasted on a family-style dinner of warm cornbread with guacamole, slow-roasted beef tri-tip, grilled salmon with lemon and thyme, macaroni and cheese, crunchy coleslaw with lemon and fresh mint, white beans and roasted tomatoes, sautéed swiss chard with golden raisins and toasted pine nuts, and roasted beet-and-sweet-onion salad with honey Dijon dressing. Half of the menu was vegan, as noted on the printed cards at each place setting.
The Reception Tables
Samantha's mom's collection of milk glass vases and antique hand-painted vases was bulked up with apothecary jars sourced by the bride on Ebay and old tins that were rented. These unique vessels held flowers atop burlap runners on each rustic wood table, which were set with mismatched antique plates.
Under the Stars
Tons of twinkling bistro lights hung across the lawn for dinner, casting a magical glow on the couple and their nearly 200 guests.
With perfect weather accented by a full moon, the night under the stars was everything the couple could dream of. It was made particularly memorable by Jason’s grandmother’s toast.
A Classic Cake
Around the Fire
S'mores kits were set out by an inviting fire for guests to indulge their sweet tooth further. Many of Jason's musical instruments were also on hand so skilled guests could play tunes after dinner.
Photography: Matt Edge
Location: Zaca Creek Ranch
Catering: Michele Economou
Flowers: Clementine Floral Works
Officiant: Rev. Diane Monti-Catania of Salisbury Congregational Church
Stationery: Mr. Boddington's Studio
Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher
Cake: The Butter End Cakery
Makeup: Heather Cvar
Lighting: Ambient Event Design