Spanish Charm Lights up Rancho Valencia

A Spanish-Inspired garden wedding—complete with rustic tiles and bright, saturated florals—has us wishing our thumbs were so much greener.

Married at the über-charming Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Liz and Allen knew they wanted a wedding that felt worlds apart without ever having to leave California. Liz enlisted the help of one of our all-time favorite event gurus, Francine Ribeau of Francine Ribeau Events to bring all of her oh-so Spanish dreams to life. The couple did away with the traditional arch and, instead, opted for a colorful half-moon Spanish garden full of stark-green vegetation and pops of pink, coral and, the couple’s favorite color, orange. Meandering Spanish tiles defined the aisle that Liz walked down and the guests signed a charming tile display instead of a traditional guestbook. We love that everything about this day—from bottled lemon olive-oil escort cards to Liz’s romantic ruffled gown—screamed Spanish charm. Guests dined family-style amongst rustic lanterns and some of our all-time favorite floral arrangements. Our favorite dreamy detail, by far and away, though? The couple’s 8-month-old daughter who donned an orange sundress and stole the show. So kick back, throw some firewood in the chiminea and get ready for old-world Spanish charm like you’ve never seen it before.


Rancho Valencia Resort
Rancho Santa Fe, CA


Event Planning: Francine Ribeau Events
Photography: Marisa Holmes
Floral Design: Isari Flower Studio
Venue: Rancho Valencia
Paper Design: Smock Letterpress
Bridal Gown Designer: Lillen Collection
Calligrapher: Wendy Ware Designer
Tables: Farm Tables and More
Officiant: Patricia Coleman
Hair & Makeup: Team Nicole

About the Author

Christina Farrow
Christina Farrow

As Aisle Planner’s President and Founder, Christina Farrow spends her days dreaming up ways to empower wedding professionals to lead more balanced (and more organized) lives. She loves few things more than her toes in the sand, a glass of champagne and the promise of a great adventure with hubby, daughter and Caucasian Shepherd pup by her side.

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