rustic wedding decor

The Smell Of Summer

When we spotted this summer backyard bridal shower wedding idea on The Sweetest Occasion, we knew we had to share it.

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This bridal shower theme is just so beautiful, isn’t it? From the picturesque outdoor setting, to the classic table scape and the big bright black-eyed susans, this relaxed bridal shower idea radiates a simplistic, fun, elegant and intimate atmosphere all wrapped up into one.

The best part of this idea (besides the yummy banana cake recipe that follows!) is that this super sweet bridal shower is totally cost effective. All of the outdoor wedding decor was put together by Amanda from i am baker for under $20!

Want the “how to”?

Use mason jars and vases that you already have (or buy them on the cheap at the nearest thrift store), use a table you already own (the more used and rustic looking the better!), any old white tablecloth will do, home bake your own goodies from scratch, and if you aren’t lucky enough to have wild black-eyed susans in your back yard, this flower is readily available in flower shops.

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Remember that this bridal shower idea makes such a statement because it’s the perfect example of how “less is truly more” – keep it simple ladies and make sure to try the cake!

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Banana Cake Recipe by i am baker

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe

2 teaspoons lemon juice

3 cups cake flour

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cups butter, softened

2 1/2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Frosting Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,s oftened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/2 cups powdered OR granulated sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 275°

2. Grease and flour a 9×13 pan (or whatever you choose)

3. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with lemon juice; set aside

4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside

5. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy

6. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tablespoons vanilla

7. Beat in the flour mixture, alternatively with the buttermilk

8. Stir in the banana mixture

9. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean

10. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

11. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth

12. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla

13. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, the on high speed until frosting is smooth

14. Spread on cooled cake

{Black-Eyed Susan Bridal Shower idea and all photos via i am baker}

Texas Ranch Wedding {Shannon + Jason} Part II

Shannon and Jason’s wedding pictures have a real homely and laid back feel that we can’t get enough of.

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The brides brother officiated the ceremony.

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The perfect splash of colour was added to the ceremony.

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As the bride and groom made their grand entrance into cocktail hour, they were serenaded by a group of mariachis.

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The beautiful white wedding cake was made by the brides good friend. Applause-worthy.

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One of the adorable cabins on the property, which guests stayed in. Spoiled.

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Shannon and Jason even had a bonfire. We love this.

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After their honeymoon in Fiji, Shannon and Jason will head to Hong Kong where they will have another wedding reception with Jason’s family. Congratulations Shannon and Jason and thank you for sharing your wedding pictures.

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Shannon ad Jason’s Style Guide

Photographer: The Nichols

Venue: Cielito Ranch

Coordinator: Aimee Capra with Clink Events

Videography: Vanessa McKellar Productions

DJ: Groove Labs

Catering: Pappa’s

Ceremony Musicians: Divisi Strings

Mariachis: Mariachi Viajeros of America

Texas Ranch Wedding {Shannon + Jason} Part I

We’re recently become obsessed with rustic ranch weddings and this one has gone straight to the top of the favourites. The Nichols did a fantastic job capturing all these wedding pictures.

Shannon and Jason were married at Shannon’s family ranch in Texas, which is a beautiful bed and breakfast and horse-boarding ranch.

All the wedding details were beyond delightful.

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Jason and Shannon chose to see each other before the ceremony.

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Guests were transported to the ceremony on horse-drawn carriages.

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For more on this wedding, check back this afternoon.

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”