Rustic Celebration in San Luis Obispo
May 19, 2014
RusticRustic WeddingsFall Weddings
For as pretty as San Luis Obispo is all on its own, it's made even more so with the addition of a beautiful rustic celebration. One that has a little So Cal Spanish flavor. Think papel picado, pinatas, and horses a plenty all set against the beauty of Greengate Ranch & Vineyard. And it doesn't stop there, the flowers by Amanda Borges, the navy and white details coordinated by Jaime Strand and the imagery captured by Snapmotive all come together for one crazy good affair – see it right here.
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From the bride... The Wedding Day for both of us was a surreal experience, and probably in the most non-traditional sense. We both went into the day with a variety of insights from family and friends who told us either how nervous or overwhelmed they felt on their big day. After regrouping and talking through how we felt on our wedding day, I don't think either of us felt the normal "nerves" that are typically associated with weddings. Rather, there was an overwhelming sense of peace throughout the day, which allowed us to be more joyfully present during each moment of our wedding. Everything- from the people surrounding us to the smallest of details- was excellent. We really had a blast celebrating with our friends and family!

What inspired you... Between the two of us, there wasn't much inspiration that we pulled from in outside sources (i.e. blogs, magazines, etc). It was a really organic process- we defined what our dream look/theme would be, what constraints we had and then went to work. We both are really drawn to latin culture, and with both of us being bilingual Spanish-speakers, we thought that a Mexican-Californian theme would be more than appropriate. Our goal was to keep things simple, but consistent. We had papel-picado (the white cut-out banners) hanging from the ceiling and 8" glass candles that helped light each table. There was a bar stocked with Mexican beer and a couple decorative piñatas floating around on tables. In essence, we wanted to be able to look back on our wedding photos 25 years from now and still think what we did was timeless and cool.

Special touches... There was a point just before the ceremony where Mike was blindfolded and led to where Jo was in the Carriage House up on the hill (we didn't do a first look, so he wasn't allowed to peek before the ceremony). For a very rich 15-mintues, we were surrounded by close family and friends in prayer who prayed for our marriage. That was an unforgettably powerful moment for the both of us.

DIY projects... Annie Berg, our close friend (and incredible calligrapher!), helped create the killer Table Seating Chart and Bar Menu that we had at our wedding. She also artfully penned each guests' name on the name tag that awaited them at their table. She did an amazing job keeping her work consistent with the look of our invitations, while adding her touch to it.