Jeannette & JJ’s Sangria Inspired Rancho Las Lomas Wedding

Jeannette and JJ were married last summer at one of our favorite venues, Rancho Las Lomas. We used Sangria as the inspiration for the wedding style- incorporating in the colors (deep fuchsia, orange and spiced wine), fruit and Spanish flair into their decor scheme. This worked perfectly with the venue, which is a Spanish style Hacienda. I just loved these two- they are so sweet and have such a deep love for each other and for their family and friends. Their wedding day was an incredible celebration and I am so excited to share it with you!

Jeanette is absolutely stunning and the bouquet that Carissa of JL Designs made her was simply gorgeous. Carissa wrapped Jeanette’s grandmother’s rosary around the bouquet- such a sentimental touch.


Instead of a bouquet, we ordered fans for each of Jeanette’s bridesmaids and Carissa attached a gorgeous bloom to each.

Staring with the invitation, papel picado became a recurring element of the decor scheme. For the ceremony, we draped banners of it from chair to chair to designate the aisle and it turned out super fun and festive.

This ring bearer was THE funniest ring bearer I have ever seen! At the rehearsal he came up and introduced himself to me as the ring bearer and told me his job was to greet everyone. And that he did. As he was walking down the aisle he was waving at the guests the entire way down, shouting “hello! hello!”. It was hilarious!

Jeanette is a book editor, so she wanted to tie old books she had collected into the wedding as well. Instead of a pillow, our little character of a ring bearer carried a book that Carissa jazzed up with ribbon.

Jeanette had her heart set on incorporating bougainvillea into the decor, specifically on the arch framing where they would say their vows. After many told us it was not possible, Carissa of JL Designs took on the challenge. The result was gorgeous! The bougainvillea looked like it was made to be on that arch.

As a surprise to the guests, a mariachi band was hidden during the ceremony and began to play just as the couple was pronounced husband and wife. They lead the guests in a procession up to the cocktail hour. It was such a joyous moment!

Jeanette made the escort cards by attaching lace seam binding to simple escort cards. A cheap and easy way to dress up DIY cards.

We set up a photo booth backdrop incorporating colorful papel picado banners and the couple provided fun props for their guests to get silly.

I made Jeanette & JJ a thank you banner, which they used in photos that became their thank you notes for their guests.

From the minute Jeanette, Carissa and I started dreaming up their reception tables, I was in love. When guests returned to the site of the ceremony, it had been completely changed into a gorgeous, alfresco dining area. Long wooden tables alternated with round tables dressed in beautiful champagne colored shantung silk linens. To incorporate papel picado in a unique way, we took the banners and created runners on the wood tables.

Centerpieces included books, cut crystal succulents and fruit. Carissa used a variety of purple, orange, fuschia and dark burgundy florals – dahlias, peonies, tulips, sweet peas, scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, amaranthus – with purple basil and fresh mint to add a fresh, garden feel. It made the tables smell incredible too!

We brought in purple wine glasses to give the tables a pop of color in a unique way.

In lieu of favors, the bride and groom chose to donation to a few different donations. Guests were given a card at their place settings and they were able to chose which organization they wanted their donation to go to by placing their card in a designated box.

The bride created the cute Salud! drink stirrers and we couldn’t have a Sangria inspired wedding without serving Sangria! 24 Carrots served a delicious sangria in carafes at each table, adorned with tags that Jeanette made.

I suggested incorporating in Spanish style tiles to replicate tiles used throughout the venue and Jeanette created these cute tile table numbers.

For the cake, Jeanette envisioned numerous cakes set up bake sale style. Sweet and Saucy Shop created six rustic style cakes in different flavors and one larger cake with papel picado details and the most gorgeous sugar peony. I made mini banners to serve as labels for the different styles of cake.

The mini banners were quite time consuming (I made them with my cricut), but so worth it- I adored how they looked on the cake stands. I also made cute stained wood plaques with these mini banners hanging on top for the bride and groom’s chairs. I do not have any professional photos of them, but one of Jeanette’s friends captured these images:

A little dia de los muertos touch:


This moment below warms my heart. I love sneaking the bride and groom into the reception area before guests are invited in so that they can soak it all it. It is so sweet to see them beam as they realize their vision has come to life.

Jeanette and JJ were adorable as they performed their first dance- a salsa number they had been practicing throughout their engagement. As the sun set, the reception was aglow with candles and market lights and guests danced the night away to music provided by the incredible DJ Smiles from the Flashdance, while be served late night snacks of pulled pork sliders, curly fries and mini milk shakes.

So much love, warmth and tasty eats and drinks! Definitely one of my favorite weddings I have been blessed to be a part of.

The amazing vendor team:

*Venue: Rancho Las Lomas

*Planning & Design: Us :)

*Floral & Event Design: JL Designs

*Photography: Tara Leigh

*Caterer: 24 Carrots

*DJ: The Flashdance, DJ Smiles

*Video: LuvBug

*Cakes:  Sweet and Saucy Shop

*Hair & Makeup: Nicole DeAnne

*Mariachis: Mariachi Espuelas de Mexico

*Invitations & Stationery: Kavamore Press & Tigerette

*Thank You Banner:  Joyful Joyful on Etsy

*Rentals:  Signature Party Rentals

*Purple Goblets:  Classic Party Rentals

*Linens:  Fusion Linen


7 Responses to “Jeannette & JJ’s Sangria Inspired Rancho Las Lomas Wedding”

  1. What a beautiful wedding! I love the cake with the papel picado … awesome!

  2. LOVE this wedding…the colors, the details, the flowers…………. I love magenta & mixed with orange….what a festive fiesta celebration!! and LOVE the papel picado!!

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  4. Where did you get the papel picado? We’re throwing a birthday fiesta for my daughter and it’s hard to find here in Kentucky :)

  5. We got ours from a little shop in San Francisco, but you can find it online. Good luck!

  6. I love your color scheme. Can I ask where your bridesmaids got their dresses?

  7. Everything looks fantastic! I am looking to incoporate papel picado and fans in my wedding this June. Where in San Francisco did you find the papel and the fans?

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