For their “gypsy fairy tale” wedding with a romantic, bohemian aesthetic, Jessica Geiser and Marty McClain selected a bucolic ranch in the Santa Susana Mountains, less than a half an hour from Los Angeles, California.
The ceremony took place in a shady tree grove. Rustic wood chairs were lined on either side of an aisle runner featuring a bohemian pattern. An instrumental version of “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton was played for the processional. The bridal party passed beneath an iron arch structure decorated with coral-toned ribbons and arrangements of peach, fuchsia, and red blooms, and greenery. Jessica was preceded by an angelic pair of feather-winged flower girls in short-sleeve dresses featuring gold sequined bodices and pastel pink skirts with tulle overlays.
The bride made quite an entrance when she arrived at the service riding a white horse. “The look of surprise on Marty’s face was priceless!” Jessica reminisces. “It was also a really special way for me to honor my mother, Cindy, who is no longer with us – she was an avid horse lover and breeder of Arabian horses.” The free-spirited bride donned a positively romantic empire-waist gown by Claire Pettibone with exquisite gold and silver embroidery, smoky touches, and flutter sleeves. She topped her loose braid with a cathedral-length veil she had fashioned herself, which was fastened by a golden crystal halo. A pearl necklace and gold bracelets finished Jessica’s look. Though she wore blush ballet slippers while on horseback, she quickly slipped them off. “I actually didn’t wear shoes for our ceremony and most of the evening. I felt like a barefoot princess!” she exclaims.
In honor of their Scottish ancestry, Jessica and Marty’s fathers were attired in traditional kilts representing their clan tartans. The couple also incorporated a handfasting ritual to their vow exchange. “[Our] hands were literally bound to one another’s with a sash of Marty’s clan tartan,” explains Jessica. The bride and groom said “I do” beneath a crystal chandelier suspended from a branch.
After a poolside cocktail hour, the festivities moved to a grassy area framed by oak trees and strung market lights overhead. Bare wooden tables were decorated with florals that showcased a palette ranging from pastel pink to fuchsia, accented with crimson, peach, and yellow blossoms. Place settings were set upon cloth napkins reflecting this color scheme and topped with flowery handkerchiefs. Adding another point of interest, a closed vintage suitcase overflowing with blooms and verdure was set in front of the head table beneath a whimsical sign.
Looking back on her big day with fondness, Jessica concludes: “I had so much fun styling this event with [my wedding planner]. She has such a creative mind and is not afraid to work outside of convention to achieve every little detail that makes the event of your dreams come to life.”