Being the follow up to such an amazing ceremony (seen on Monday’s post: Vintage Rustic Wedding Ceremony) was not an easy feat. However, Rachel and Maddie’s big day continued with many well thought out, personal touches. We still aren’t sure what our favorite part of the reception was; the vintage rustic decor, dancing under the stars, the all organic and locally grown dinner selections, or the root beer float bar? Rachel and Maddie’s vision for their perfect day was truly brought to life. 

This working ranch in Walnut Creek, California was the perfect backdrop for their wedding reception.

Guests found their table assignments on this handmade wooden holder (that Maddie built). Each tag was hung carefully with a clothespin and included a table number that meant something to the Brides (i.e. the date they met, the address of the home they share, etc.)
Each round table was set with a centerpiece of candles in mason jars, wild flower arrangements created by Maddie’s cousins Josh and Sema, and brass table numbers on a wooden plank. 
Paper menus were added to each place setting to let guests in on a little secret … what’s for dinner? 

Dinner (prepared by Kate) was served family style and was all organic and raised or grown locally on California farms. Carafes of white and red sangria were added to each table as well. 
Rachel and Maddie shared their first dance to “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash and everyone else quickly joined in.

Although it was definitely a dancing crowd, there were other options for entertainment throughout the venue; a whiskey bar was set up in the saloon, Blackjack was dealt by professional dealers, pool was played, and the children each received a camera to play a special game of I-Spy (in which they were encouraged to take a picture of someone dancing, their favorite flower, etc.)
Bartenders served signature floats for dessert including the Traditional (root beer and vanilla ice cream), a Texas Tumbler (cream soda and butter pecan ice cream), and a California Cooler (ginger ale and vanilla ice cream). 
As the speeches were made, the last shots of whiskey were consumed, and guests danced to the final song, we looked over at Rachel and Maddie’s smiles which never left their faces and knew that this day could not have been more perfect. Everyone grabbed a plant your own basil take home favor on their way back to the shuttle (where the party continued) and will be talking about this event for years to come. 

All photographs taken by the amazing photographers at Weddings to the People. You can follow them on facebook at

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