Brittany, a California girl, makeup artist and all-around glamazon and her fiance Travis, a country singer/songwriter from Georgia weren’t interested in the standard wedding traditions. They preferred a casual, down-home feel with a touch of glam and elegance and to make it all happen they hired the planning and deign gurus at RO & Co. Events. The team transformed San Ysidro Ranch with color palette of warm neutrals with pops of deep and moody oxblood and rich purple tones and glammed up the dinner space with beautiful antique silver flatware, vintage glassware and sophisticated floral arrangements by Moon Canyon Design. The merging of contrasting styles is totally inspiring and we’re so lucky that Max & Friends Photography was on hand to capture all the details for us.
What made you wedding day unique?
Travis: A rocking bluegrass band, a non-minister minister, and hay bales.
Brittany: We did a love lock only 3 months into dating and it was always a really special thing for us. We used vintage locks for the escort cards. The music was really cool. Travis put together a bluegrass band with world class players / friends. It was really unique and fit our vibe as a couple perfectly. Also, we had a cow. A plastic life sized cow. My family is in dairy and I grew up on a dairy farm so it felt like a really fun / quirky cool thing to have rather than a typical photo booth backdrop.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I tried on probably 25 dresses on several different occasions and had no idea what I really wanted. All of the ladies in my family were coming to L.A. to do a big dress shopping trip and I was starting to get worried that I was never going to have my magic dress moment. The day before everyone arrived I decided to pop into Les Habitudes just to have a quick peek with my mom. I saw a stunning white gown on a mannequin that they happened to have in a blush tone! It had all of the elements that I liked – beading, illusion neckline, not strapless, magic!! The next day I pretended to try on dresses at one or two appointments before I spilled the beans that my wedding dress and already been found! It was made by a Spanish designer, YolanCris.
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
The couple’s special song title “Maybe It Will” (a song that Travis wrote for Brittany) made an appearance a few times, first on the beanbag game for the guests at cocktail hour and later at dinner where we stamped muslin bags that carried a thumb drive with a digital book of the couple’s favorite recipes and a collection of Travis’s songs. He assembled a group of his talented musician friends to form a bluegrass band to play throughout the evening of celebration. To add a personal touch, Brittany’s talented sister hand calligraphed some of the event day signage and the beautiful name tags that we added to the wedding party’s bouquets and boutonnieres.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
Travis: My favorite memory was dancing with my mother. It was the first time I’d ever seen her dance. Better late than never I guess. Also EVERYTHING else.
Brittany: There’s too many to choose one. Stealing away for 15 minutes of alone time before the ceremony was definitely one of the best moments. We could really sit down and soak up the excitement of the day before it started rolling.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Travis: It was a dark night. A dark and hopeful night. A friend and I wandered into a downtown Nashville bar after a long day’s work. My friend noticed a table of beautiful girls celebrating a birthday. He desperately wanted to “Hello Ladies” them. So I wing-manned. I was so good at being nice to Brittany’s other friend (rule #1 in hello ladiesing) that Brittany almost immediately gave her number…to him.
Nine months later I got a friend request from what I was certain was a questionable website. People that beautiful don’t just naturally occur in the wild. Turns out it was in fact Brittany. I messaged her and she assured me that we had met in real life. So…confirm! Two months after that, I worked up the nerve to go back to Nashville and ask her to coffee. From that day to this, my heart has not been my own.
Brittany: We got engaged a little over 2 1/2 years of dating. Travis took me on a quick getaway to Big Sur with the idea of proposing at sunset with a beautiful view of the ocean. It ended up raining nearly the whole trip which killed that plan! We went out for a quick hike when the rain stopped. He started taking a selfie video and saying all of these really sweet things then pulled out the ring. I was stunned and of course said yes! I’m so happy that he recorded the proposal to have that memory and to share it with our friends and family. We got married on the fourth anniversary of the day we met.
Brittany & Travis lock it up from travis howard on Vimeo.
This version of John Mayer’s “Wildflower” that appears in the video was performed by the bride and groom!
Event Design and Planning: RO & Co. Events // Photography: Max & Friends Photography // Florals: Moon Canyon Design // Stationery and Signage: Prim & Pixie // Venue: San Ysidro Ranch // Dessert: Vanilla Bake Shop // Furniture Rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals // Tabletop Rentals: borrowed BLU // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Videography: SharkPig // Photobooth: Insta Party Box // Bluegrass Band: Erik Kertes, David Steele, Jimmy Stewart, & Brian Simpson // Hair: Alexandra Ellis / Carissa Mestaz // Makeup: Angela Rae Beauty / Joanna Wood / Michelle Sfarzo // Transportation: Gold Coast Limousines // Officiant: Friend of the bride and groom, Tate // Wedding Gown: YolanCris / Les Habitudes // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bride’s Accessories/Jewelry // Vintage Diamond Earrings & Diamond Cuff: Family // Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos / Pants / Jacket Ted Baker // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell for Nordstrom // Hay Bales: Ventura Hay Company // Cow: Dapper Cadaver