Bow ties, pies, black and white chevron, and a quick stop at a retro burger stand… Marion and Ryan’s wedding is a perfect example of choosing elements that you love, and not worrying too much about following a strict theme or style – and evidence that it can all come together beautifully! Pics by Kate Harrison.

The invitation suite included a fun hint at the playful wedding to come with a bow tie band and a pie banner that said Blessed be the pie that binds.

The couple’s favorite part of the day? “Seeing each other for the first time,” says Marion. “We both cried like babies.”

After their church ceremony, the couple stopped by Gott’s Roadside for a chocolate shake and some fun pics.

Black and white chevron table runners added a modern pop to the romantic, rustic flowers and setting.

Says the bride: “We live by the rule that that every good party has a theme. Thus, we themed our wedding ‘Pies and Bow-Ties’, requesting gentleman (and ladies if desired) to wear bow-ties and only serving pies for dessert. We felt that this aligned well with the country chic and fun California wedding concept.”



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We were looking for the perfect country chic outdoor wedding reception site and stumbled across Farmstead. We are quite the foodies and Ryan has a flare for Southern cooking so when we tried the food, we were sold. Can we say to-die-for ribs and cheddar biscuits?

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We tried to pay homage to our families by getting married in the Episcopal Church. The cake cutter and champagne flutes were used in Marion’s grandparents’ wedding. Marion’s sorority has a dance to Jimmy Buffets’ “Margaritaville” that was a hit on the dance floor.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Don’t sweat the small stuff. Also, get a great lip color and re-apply regularly, lots of pictures make it to Google+ and Facebook and around the office.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Make your wedding you. Read the blogs and magazines to get the wonderful ideas, then take those ideas and add your personal flare for your wedding.

Photographer: Kate Harrison / Event Planner: Karin Kamb with Clever Girl Consulting / Venue, Catering, Cake: The Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, California / Dress: Rivini, Ted Baker / Shoes: Kate Spade / Grooms attire: Vera Wang / Bow tie: Bird Dog Bay Bowtie / Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier / Stationery: Twig & Fig / Floral Designer: Centerpiece Floral and Home / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Music: Spinheads /
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  1. Kate Harrison

    Hooray! Marion & Ryan’s wedding was such fun & full of personality, love & laughter. And the dancing was the best I’ve ever seen. :) Thank you for the feature!

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  2. marturii nunta

    Love the colours,the flowers,those chocolate things look so yammi.Very beautiful!!

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  3. Occasions In Print

    Love the Pies and Bow Ties theme! So original!

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  4. Melanie Saucier

    Aah chevrons! I couldn’t do without it at my wedding as well ;) I’ve published a special post for my wedding, if you’re curious come over here:
    About crying like babies…I know what she’s talking about!!!

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  5. Elaine {Events by Elaine}

    So many great details….the chevron as well as all the signs and stationery. very memorable wedding.

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  6. Kristina

    I LOVE that they stopped at Taylors, erm, Gott’s! It looks like the reception was tons of fun too!

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  7. NY Wedding Photographer

    Love the theme!

    Great details, I love the Chevron.

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  8. Lauren

    What a fun wedding! Love that they stopped by Gott’s! We’re having our rehearsal dinner there this Friday. Congrats!!

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  11. Chris Link (uncle)

    The prefect combination of traditional land contemporary. Very personal and creative touches throughout the three days of fun. Bride and groom were picture-perfect. The attendees added to the entire success; a truly great bunch of people. My daughter Rachel did the pies, too, and I love pies over dry cake. I cannot think of any item that one could improve. It was a pleasure to attend.
    Oh yes….The bride was a knock-out!!!

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  12. Chris Link (the elder)

    Oops. In the comments above I meant that my daughter did the pies at her own wedding , not the beautiful pies at Marion and Ryan’s wedding. I thank my wife for noted this potential glitch. My compliments to the pastry chef. The church and the Homestead were perfect locations. The weather gods were smiling, too.

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