A Fun Saloon Wedding by Daniela Melfi

I am so into the wedding I’ve got for you today peachies. Marie and Ryan were wed in one of the coolest settings ever – Long Branch Farm, a family run venture that celebrates the wild west heritage and infuses all things old west. I loved that Marie was so inspired by their venue that she styled the day around its rustic and western vibe using lots of DIY details! Beautifully photographed by Daniella Melfi, it totally captured the essence of Long Branch Farm to perfection.

Bride Marie shares, “I had been looking for something that was simple and comfortable and elegant while being a good fit for an outdoor wedding. The dress I wore was actually my 2nd choice since the one I ordered didn’t come but looking back it ended up being the perfect one and I’m glad the other one never came.”

“We met through an on-line dating service. We had actually met 5 years before our first date when he was on a date with a friend of mine. It just took us a few years to figure out who should be with who.”

“Ryan proposed in the Grand Canyon. We were sitting next to a beautiful waterfall called Havasu Falls and he waded into the water next to the rock I was sitting on and pulled the ring out to propose. I had no idea he had picked up the ring and was totally surprised.”

“A friend did the flowers and was amazing. She took the time to understand the look and feel I wanted. I wanted to flowers to be like a wildflower bouquet but with some style. She created bouquets that looked lovely and natural and reflected the brightness and joy of the day.”

“We live in northern California where there is so much beauty and we wanted to be able to incorporate that. So we searched and searched for a redwood grove to be married in a peaceful place in the middle of some majestic beauty. And we wanted our reception to be like a family picnic for all of our loved ones. When we found Long Branch Saloon and Farms with all of the fun games and such a festive atmosphere, we knew it was perfect.”

“Our ceremony site was a bit DIY since it was actually at campsite at a county park and we found a place that would be great for the ceremony and fit all of the chairs. We decided to do paper flowers for centerpieces and did a mix of tissue paper and decorative paper flowers along with glass bottles and metal objects from flea markets for the centerpieces. We made wooden signs with wedding vows and Bible verses about love for the ceremony. My mom sewed themed bean bags for the games and my dad built one of the games. My sister dyed coffee filters and friends strung them on twine for the garland. We covered the letters of LOVE in fabric and made thank yous for each place.”

“My most memorable moment was seeing my husband-to-be for the first time and kissing the man I was about to promise to love for the rest of my life.”

“The best detail was that my husband and I bought matching bright blue tennis shoes for the wedding. It was perfect because since they were they wedding color and we matched, we could get away with comfortable shoes and add to the fun at the same time.”

Photographer: Daniella Melfi / Florist: Jaclyn Nesbitt / Stationery: DIY / Celebrant: Travis Marsh / Ceremony Venue | Wurr Flat, Memorial Park, Loma Mar, California / Reception Venue: Long Branch Saloon and Farms / Dress Designer: Galina via Davids Bridal / Shoes: Nina / Cake: Tara Cakes / Hair: Mizu Salon / Make up: DIY / Bridesmaids Dresses: ModCloth / Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Caterer: Cameron’s Catering.

  • YAY! It looks beautiful Sandra! Thank you so much :) xx

  • I may be biased coming from Central Coast CA but there is nothing lovelier than a wedding in the redwoods!

  • Beautiful wedding dress ,and gorgeous long veil. Love the bridesmaid’s dresses!!

  • Sara

    Love this wedding! My fiance and I are getting married at Long Branch in the fall and I’d love to know where the redwood grove this couple found for the ceremony is. Beautiful!