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1000 Cranes for Chris and Susan’s Wedding at River Ridge Ranch

Chris and Susan had an amazing wedding at the River Ridge Ranch in Springville, CA.  As the bride’s sister humorously pointed out during her speech, the Ranch is a gorgeous, eco-friendly property to which we all flew and drove hours to attend the wedding.  🙂  Family and longtime friends came from all over (including Bridesmaid/Sister of the Bride who brought her family all the way from Italy!) to attend, and the couple used as many opportunities to include them in their wedding. Children were all invited for a children’s parade at the beginning of the ceremony, while also given the gift of RED converse shoes!  Friends were included to perform readings, and the Bride’s childhood friend performed violin.  It was a whole weekend event at the Ranch with many activities planned for the guests who made it out.

Susan did an amazing job scouring Etsy shops for wedding decorations. Everything was given great thought to being eco conscious and personal. Pebbles that reminded the Bride of summer holidays at Plymouth Beach with her family were used as buttons and adorned the crane garlands. Songs were carefully selected, as well as readings for the ceremony. Susan’s earring and bracelet were gifts from her sisters.

In honor of the groom’s partial Japanese and Mexican heritage, Susan incorporated two elements: the Mexican Wedding Lasso, and lest we forget, the biggest theme being Cranes.  During their bicoastal engagement the bride decided to fold 1000 origami cranes, a task called Sembazuru.  Legend states that if you fold 1000 cranes, you are granted one wish.  In ancient Japan, a bride-to-be would perform Sembazuru to have a long and prosperous marriage.  Susan folded 1001, an extra for good luck!  But, she didn’t stop there.  Each of her bridesmaids were given necklaces with little crane pendants.  The children’s parade kicked off the ceremony with each child hanging an origami crane at the altar.  Crane stamps adorned much of their stationary.  Paper crane garlands hung around the reception space and at the altar.

The wedding was fun, and the family and friends were fantastic.  The food was good (thanks to Castillo BBQ and Catering), kids ran around freely, and as the sun went down, everyone gathered around the huge fire pit for warmth, smores, and good conversation.  It was a great wedding.

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

I loved the origami crane stamps!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

The bride’s dress, as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses, the mother of the bride’s tunic, and wedding party’s ties were all made by Yvonne Chu of Kimera Design, while the wedding party’s vests were made by Audrey King of FrenchKnotWeddings.

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Eco-friendly dried flowers from TheFlowerPatch and FamilyDriedFlowers

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Mexican Wedding Lasso

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

It was hard to see their through the wedding lasso for the ring exchange!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

The bride surprised the groom with a special outfit change…

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

and a matching tie!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

This yummy dessert table featured sweets made by friends and select bakeries.  There were brownies from Cafe 50s and macarons from Les Macarons Duverger.

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
Confession, macarons are one of my favorite desserts to have while visiting my family in France.
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

1000 cranes, proper Sembazuru style, from NineVoltHeart

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Pink origami crane garland in honor of those affected by breast cancer

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Vases designed by the Groom’s cousin filled with cranes, tortoises, pine, bamboo, and cherry tree blossoms
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Origami cranes and roses on sticks from Meiorigami
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Crane garlands made from pages of Tolkein’s The Hobbit from SmilesFromMe

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Colored marshmallows from HaveItConfections!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

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2 responses

  1. I love her dress update! And his reaction when he’s getting the tie! OhMyGolly! They are just the sweetest couple!!

    February 4, 2013 at 8:32 am

    • Aren’t they the sweetest? This was such a thoughtful wedding. Thanks for the comment, Emily!

      February 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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