Natalie and John are high school sweethearts that have been together for a decade! Although they live in Minnesota, and most of their guests were from out-of-state, they had their hearts set on tying the knot at the Rio Verde Ranch in Rio Verde, Arizona, on November 14, 2015. This beautiful, rustic ranch not only provided the perfect outdoor setting for their late fall wedding, but it held sentimental value as well since it was built by John’s late grandfather.
John and Natalie’s wedding came together in the blink of an eye – seven weeks to be exact. Knowing they had a short planning time frame, they hired Outstanding Occasions to design and plan their special day. After getting to know a bit about the couple and their vision for their wedding day, Outstanding Occasions designed the wedding to be simply elegant with rustic touches. The color palette was soft and neutral, incorporating cream, ivory, blush, and pale grey with accents of gold and dark green.
The wedding day began with a rustic statement, as guests were guided to the Rio Verde Ranch by grey-stained, wood directional signs with hand lettering and calligraphy by Freed Hands. Once guests arrived, they were in for a treat. The ceremony played off the natural beauty of the Rio Verde Ranch. A birch arch was placed on the large grassy area at the Ranch and was accented in each of its corners with large floral sprays in ivory, champagne and blush, including white hydrangea, Majolica spray roses, Sahara Roses, blush stock blossom, Queen Anne’s Lace and Silver Dollar eucalyptus leaf, with succulents tucked into the floral. The aisle was dusted with ivory rose petals, and wood vineyard chairs from Cre8ive Event Rentals provided elegant guest seating. Natalie and her bridesmaids carried hand-tied, loose, ivory bouquets with touches of blush, greenery and succulents, wrapped in antique white ribbon.
After the ceremony, guests followed a dirt path lined with large rustic lanterns to cocktail hour. Cocktail hour took place at the “cookout area” – a gravel area on the Ranch with a built-in rustic bar and concrete tables. Outstanding Occasions utilized the existing bar and draped the built-in tables with Beatrice Garden Smoke linens and Nuovo Grey linens from La Tavola Fine Linen. With so many tables to fill, centerpieces were kept simple and featured mercury glass votives and clear bud vases with greenery and floral. Guests left their “Advice and Well Wishes for the Bride and Groom” on ivory, silver and green cards, which they placed in an antique wooden bucket hanging from the Ranch’s existing wishing well. The wishing well was accented with a green garland. To bring in another rustic element, Outstanding Occasions arranged square ivory escort cards by Vee Creative on a tall wood palette wall with flowing green garland and hanging ivory ribbon. Hand passed hors d’ouvres by M Catering, an abundance of heaters, fun lawn games including giant Jenga and corn hole, and blue grass music by Arizona Folk Ensemble kept guests happy and entertained.
For dinner, guests returned to the large grassy area at the Ranch where a mixture of round tables draped with Tuscany Natural linen and dark wood Descanso tables were surrounded by brightly shining Portofino lights. An abundance of candlelight and lush floral by Lux Florist provided an aura of elegance to this dinner under the stars. While all tables featured wood vineyard chairs and gold-edged glass chargers topped with beautiful ivory and dark green accented menus by Vee Creative, the centerpieces for the wood Descanso tables and round tables were unique. The Descanso tables featured low arrangements in mercury footed bowls filled with a loose mixture of white floral with touches of blush and a lot of flowing greenery and succulents. Gold candlesticks with white taper candles and clear cylinder vases created romance. The round tables featured low, loose arrangements in ivory and blush with greenery and succulents, but were contained in concrete pedestal vases and bud vases. Heavy wood candlesticks with ivory pillar candles tied the look together. The very long, wood Descanso head table was unique to all the other tables and featured a long green garland with blush and white floral.
The cake by Ruze Cake House was minimalistic and beautiful with white textured buttercream frosting and succulent accents. It sat atop a tall wood Descanso table draped in Cappuccino Venice Lace.
To end the spectacular night, guests headed back to the cookout area where The DJ Firm kicked up the party with the latest and greatest hits! Guests also posed for photos in The Hip Booth, enjoyed scrumptious desserts by Ruze Cake House, and devoured late night pizza from Tonto Verde Clubhouse. Between the gorgeous weather and scenery, a bride and groom with a contagious love, and our amazing team of wedding professionals, this Rio Verde Ranch wedding was absolutely picture perfect, and we’re so happy that we could be a part of it!
Venue: Rio Verde Ranch
Photographer: Rachel Solomon Photography
Florist: Lux Florist
Catering: M Catering & Tonto Verde Clubhouse
Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals
Linen: La Tavola
Dessert: Ruze Cake House
Stationery: Vee Creative
Calligraphy: Freed Hands
Music: Hardwire Production, The DJ Firm, Arizona Folk Ensemble
Photo Booth: The Hip Booth
Transportation: Copper Star Transportation
Hair & Makeup: Glam Lounge