Lately I have been obsessed with all things lavender. I'm talking a full on love affair with the pretty plant. So this San Ysidro Ranch wedding by Beaux Arts Photographie amidst the gorgeous lavender fields is like chicken soup for my lavender/wedding loving soul. It's gorgeously elegant, with a touch of that one of a kind laid-back Santa Barbara style. I can just feel my productivity level declining this afternoon because of all the time I'll be spending in the lavender fields...errr...full gallery of images, but really can you blame me?
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From the Bride...Wes and I were neighbors when we met 3 years ago. All of Wes' friends coined me the name "neighbor girl" till I moved in a year later from there we knew we were a perfect pair. When Wes proposed to me it was a complete shock, he took me onto the golf course of where our place is situated on and we had a bottle of Foxen wine which we had gotten on a trip from California a few months prior and out of no where he gave me a white rose and inside of it was the ring. The simplicity and love of the ring was exactly what we had envisioned for our wedding day. We knew a few things right away we wanted it to be small and very intimate and have everyone around us who meant something to us. We started looking at venues and none really stood out to us. Till my father and really good family friend were talking about a place they had vacationed to together, my father immediately called me and told me we had to look into it. From the moment I pulled up pictures of San Ysidro Ranch on the internet I knew it was the place for Wes and I. We immediately booked a trip and flew out there and set our date.
After a year or so planning the day was finally here and it all came together just perfectly. I could have not asked for a better support system from our family and friends. As well all the vendors were amazing. One of my favorite moments of the wedding was during the ceremony when we decided to include sayings from our guests. We had Laura Hooper create tags that we hung on the backs of eight random chairs and they each stated a different tips on a successful marriage. It was crazy to see who read them and how each fit each person perfectly. We read traditional vows as well as our own to each other, I had Laura create vow cards for us which were so nice to take pictures with and a memory we will always be able to keep and frame.
For all the brides to be out there here are a few tips of advice. The last month is going to be stressful, many sleepless nights and arguments but when you sit next to your husband at your reception and cheers together your first glass of champagne all of the past month goes away. And, none of those petty arguments matter or those sleepless nights. Take in all of the moments you can, breathe and have fun. The day is about you and your husband and nobody else. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and I wish I could do it again the same way.
Wedding Photography: Beaux Arts Photographie / Flowers: S.R. Hogue / Ceremony + Reception Location: San Ysidro Ranch / Day of Coordination: Tess Greenberg / Invitations + Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy / Bride's Shoes: Valentino / Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Matron of Honor Dress: Amsale / Hair + Make-up: Dedra Whitt / Favors: Pastry Chef at San Ysidro Ranch / Rentals: Classic Party Rental / Officiant: Richard Tobin / Musician: Anthony Ybarra