Scenic Fall Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 06, 2013


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Tessa and Andrew were married at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California on October 19. “We wanted a venue that could stand by itself as a simple setting supported by natural details, such as the view, the vineyards, and lush vegetation.,” said Tessa. “Holman Ranch does just that. The minute we saw what our ‘backdrop’ would be during the ceremony, we knew that it was the one.” No floral decorations were needed! The bride walked down the aisle wearing a Romona Keveza wedding gown to her groom in a classic black tuxedo and bow tie. The reception followed with their favorite foods from The Meatball Shop in New York. “Our caterers were able to get every detail from the meatball sandwiches to the ice cream sandwich station,” she said. “It was absolutely surreal to look around during dinner and see all of our closest friends and family sharing laughs, food, and great company.”

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Photography: Amy Bao Photography | Venue: Holman Ranch | Floral Designer: Fleurs Du Soleil | Caterer: A Taste of Elegance | Dress Designer: Romona Keveza | Officiant: Ryan Kielty | Hair & Makeup Artist: Stacie and Jo LaMaack | Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Chic Event Rentals | Band: All Star Juxebox | Wedding Website: Sam Winslow

Rustic Yellow Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 02, 2013


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Brandy and Brock were married at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, Calif. on August 10. A large part of their wedding was completely homemade — from the wooden signs that said, “God gave me you” (from the Blake Shelton country song) and wooden boxes used for centerpieces to the intricately stitched quilt signed by each guest and popsicle sticks written with date night suggestions. That wasn’t all! Since the groom is a pilot, he folded over 150 paper airplanes for guests to throw as they walked down the aisle as husband and wife. Keep in mind that the bride was wearing her mother’s veil too. In lieu of a traditional cake, mini pocket pies were served as desserts and salted caramels were given out as favors.

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Photography: Lora Mae Photography | Videography: WAM Weddings | Venue: Venue: Santa Margarita Ranch | Event Planner: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production | Caterer: Popolo Catering | Floral Designer: Brook Edelman Floral Design | Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters | DJ: Central Coast Premier Entertainment | Hair & Makeup Artist: Queens Bees | Cake: Christine’s Cake Creations 

Multicultural Teal Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 14, 2013


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Elva and Bobby were married on July 20 at Limoneira Ranch in Santa Paula, Calif. “My husband and I knew we wanted an outdoor, rustic venue that would capture our vision of having a whimsical, festive Mexican and Persian multicultural wedding,” Elva said. “Everything about the site was picture-perfect: its rich history, the lemon orchards, the bocce ball courts, the old buildings, the green hills, the windmills, the views, the list is endless! Being able to have a hot air balloon on site for our guests didn’t hurt either.” The traditional Persian ceremony was, for many of their guests, a first introduction to the other family’s customs, since it consisted of items that symbolized a happy marriage to them — sweets, pastries, mirrors, flowers, honey and Holy Quran. The Mexican reception decor was “bright, bold, and full of fun colors,” she said. “We incorporated papel picado, maracas, Mexican sweet bread, mini pinatas, and of course, lots of tequila in our signature drinks.”

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Photography: Yair Haim Photography | Venue: Limoneira Ranch | Event Coordinator: Events by Ashley W | Floral Designer: Yamaguchi’s Flowers | Caterer: Plated Events by Chef Jason Collis | Stationery: JP Stationery and Vintage Baby Doll Shop | Equipment Rentals: Ventura Rentals | DJ: Dashing Events | Hair and Makeup Artist: Elite Makeup Designs | Sofreh Aghd: Afsaneh Sargordian | Cupcakes: I Would Rather Be Baking Co. | Cake Topper: BetterOffWed | Hot Air Balloon: Fantasy Balloon Flights | Personalized Dress Hanger: Handcrafted Affairs | Mexican Sweet Bread: La Monarca Bakery 

Rustic Blue Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 13, 2013



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Melissa and Aaron were married on one of the hottest days of summer, but that didn’t keep this soiree from happening. The bride walked down the aisle wearing a sweetheart mermaid wedding gown and accessorized with a flower hair pin in her side updo whereas the groom wore a gray suit and pale blue tie, which also matched the bridesmaids’ chiffon dresses. Floral arrangements featured baby’s breath, roses, dahlias, succulents, and scabiosa pods. During the outdoor ceremony, Melissa and Aaron filled a mason jar of sand together to represent their unity. Each guest received a “to have and to hold and to keep your beer cold” koozie at each place setting, enjoyed a “love is sweet” candy bar filled with jolly ranchers, lollipops, reese’s pieces, and sour patch kids, and slipped on a pair of dancing shoes to keep comfy.

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Photography: Leif Brandt Photography | Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Event Coordinators: Anchored by Love Events | Floral Designer: Leaf it to Lexi | DJ: RedShoe

Rustic Outdoor Summer Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 30, 2013

Julie & Thinh 

June 11 

Simi Valley, California


From the photographer: “Julie and Thinh’s wedding took a place in an opulent venue of Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. It was a very laid back and beautiful wedding. Julie and Thinh DIY a big portion of their wedding. They designed and printed invitations and thank you cards. Their friend Jannie Nguyen (creative designer for Pottery Barn) helped them with the wedding concept, which was simply elegant with a rustic touch. Julie borrowed a gorgeous gown from her close and generous friend. The dress fit her perfectly, and it was as she envisioned. Her shoes were elegant and blue.

There were couple surprises at the wedding. Julie’s dad surprised her with a diamond necklace, which she absolutely loved. Her husband Thinh had something coming too. When Julie was getting her makeup done, the best man came in to visit her and pass her Thinh’s special gift. It was a love letter and a small jewelry box. Julie opened the box and inside was Thinh’s late grandma’s earrings, which were passed through generations. With an excitement, Julie unfolded Thinh’s love letter and she broke in tears and happiness while reading it. 

It was a breath taking moment right before the ceremony. Their pastor asked to pause, take a deep breath and look at all the friends that came from all over the world to celebrate their beautiful wedding. It was a truly tear filled moment.” — Tomas Skaringa of The Big Affair