Dress up in your period best for a no-rules garden party wedding in Nevada

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding
Photos by Matt and Jentry: Photographers
"I wanted things mismatched and wild, so the flowers will feel like wildflowers rather than formal bouquets. Every table will have something different on it. I wanted it to feel like maybe the Petit Trianon, or an English garden party, but with no rules." -Lauren

Lauren and Chris got married on possibly the most gorgeous autumn day at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Nevada. Seriously, if you're looking for autumn wedding porn, start here. The light through the yellow leaves is incredible.

And it's complemented to the nth degree by Lauren's mind-blowing dress, complete with corset and a full skirt. I'm no fashion historian, but her green gown calls to mind, oh, French ladies strolling through carefully untidy gardens on their day off from court stuff in the late 1700s. Just me? Then you need to keep going until you see the bridesmaid's dress because it is awesome. You'll also want to check out the wedding cakes that look like elaborately embroidered cushions, lace-covered mason jar vases, small chandeliers hanging from trees, and oh yes, Lauren's unbelievably on-point, frilly, green wedding shoes.


Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Lauren and Chris Stowell Wedding

Vendors

Bakery: Dee's Bakery • Caterer: Roundabout Catering • Equipment rentals: The Entertainer • Floral designer: A Floral Affair • Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas • Photographer: Matt and Jentry: Photographers • Venue: Rancho San Rafael Park

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  1. This wedding is absolutely gorgeous. Kudos!

    But can I just say that regarding the title of the post, my first thought was "my period best is a pair of stained cotton undies, a soft t-shirt and loose pajama bottoms…?" You know, like you wear when you have your period? Your period best?

    I really thought that.

    I mean, I don't want to crap all over your title, but…

    …I'll show myself out.

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    • I was about to say the SAME thing. "Hm…what's my BEST pair of period underwear?"

      LOL, all that aside, this wedding is absolutely gorgeous and those dresses and those shoes and that cake is just everything forever.

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    • Ha, don't worry. We are in the same boat. Though it didn't help that I just finished reading about how someone is worried about getting their period during their wedding….

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    • I can't even tell you how relieved and giddy I am that I am not the only one. This is the best website in the history of ever.

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    • LOL I read it even crazier! At first all I saw was "dress up in your period" and I was like "hmm, how does one wear a period? this is new…" Hahahahah

  2. Yes! This is one of Reno Nv hidden gems! I love this park and it is just up the street from me. This wedding is beyond beautiful! And its not in Vegas! Muahahahah

    Sorry, northern Nevada girl and everyone always talks about vegas for wedding. We have some ridiculously beautiful outdoor places here though.

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    • Yay! I'm a Northern Nevada girl too. (And man, does that NV-is-only-Vegas thought process bug me.) I used to play at Rancho San Rafael as a kid all the time! Gorgeous wedding+nostalgia+awesome, awesome dress=WIN. FOREVER WIN.

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  3. So awesome! These are the folks behind American Duchess shoes! I have been drooling over a (different) pair of their shoes lately for my own wedding.

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    • I was going to say the same thing — she made her outfit herself, people! Go visit her site for more (historically accurate) fashion porn and freaking droolworthy amazing shoes! I read her blog and OBB, so I was happy surprised to see her pictures here too. 😀 Love the entire thing.

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  4. OH MY GOD THAT DRESS. I want to wear one just like it every day. Also totally wishing the trees at my venue weren't mostly pines with no low branches because I want tree chandeliers.

  5. I love everything here, but especially the bridesmaid's HAIR! Too chic to believe!

  6. OH MY GOD!!! I'm obsessed with this. The gown is gorgeous, based on one of my absolute favorite fashion periods!! Congrats!

  7. I love the mismatched Petit Trianon flair they've gone for – it totally comes across in the photos!
    The gown is stunning – so elegant! – and every detail fits together so beautifully. And the first picture is just adorable!
    Plus the shoes from her line aren't only pretty but really comfortable (I can say from experience that you can dance for hours without aching feet in the Kensingtons), which probably makes them the perfect shoes in my book.

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