If your favorite color is red then why would you wear anything else on your wedding day?  This central California coast wedding by Bluephoto Wedding Photography is full of personal touches like the stunning red gown the bride donned for the day.  April Flowers’ eclectic arrangements perfectly compliment her attire and the wedding’s fun, rustic vibe plus who doesn’t love a bright red anemone?  Don’t forget, there is more inspiration to be found in the full gallery!

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When they finally got engaged after 8 years of dating, Sarah and Matt decided that they wanted to celebrate their marriage with all their friends and family on the island of Maui. About five months into the wedding planning, it became clear how financially difficult it was going to be for their friends and family to make the trip out to Maui for their wedding. So they decided to scratch all their plans for a tropical destination wedding and go back to the drawing board.  When they found the Flying Caballos Ranch in San Luis Obispo, everything started to make sense and the wedding started falling into place.  San Luis Obispo is where Sarah and Matt met, fell in love, graduated from college, and lived for 5 years of their life together. Working on a really tight budget, they enlisted the help of their friends and family to make this wedding happen.

They decided to go with an eclectic, vintage, down-home theme and vibe for the wedding.  Sarah, dressed in her favorite color and she and Matt walked down the aisle together and were married by one of their best friends who got ordained to perform the ceremony. Matt’s best man designed and built the doorway they walked through to the ceremony (which featured metal cut-outs of their two Boxers), the alter they were married on, and the photo booth wall that was covered with wedding photos of their family and wedding party. The tables were labeled by street names that Sarah and Matt have lived at together and growing up. The table scape featured burlap runners made by Matt’s mom, an array of different china and silverware that they bought from thrift stores and swap meets, mason water jars, planted succulents holding the place cards, and array of beautiful yellow and red flowers. Instead of a cake, friends of Sarah & Matt contributed their dessert specialty to the Friends and Family Dessert Table, which was a huge hit! After their first dance to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” sung by on of their good friends, the band (also friends) started playing the “Ring of Fire” just as the bonfire started roaring.

The rest of the night was spent dancing the night away under the stars and celebrating with their closest friends and family. This wedding would not have been possible if it wasn’t for all of Sarah and Matt’s amazing friends and family who did whatever they could to make this day perfect for the bride and groom.


Wedding Photography: Bluephoto Wedding Photography / Florals: April Flowers / Venue: Flying Caballos Ranch / Caterer: Gus’s Catering / Wedding Coordinator: Rhone Studios / Invitations: Reason 4 Design / Save The Dates: Ryan Metlen / Ceremony Band: Austin Bruce / Reception Band: Undercover / Ceremony Doorway + Alter, Photobooth: Paul Rhodes Construction / Hair: Asha Hickerson – Salon Lux / Make-Up: Kelly Sterkel / Rentals: Taylor Rental Party Plus / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero Fiorenza / Bridemaids Dresses: Anthropologie / Groom + Groomsmens’ Suits: Ralph Lauren from Men’s Warehouse