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Romantic, Sun-Filled Wedding At Dos Pueblos Ranch

We feature a fair share of weddings at Dos Pueblos Ranch, each one just as stunning as the last. But this one, folks, is a family affair. The bride’s family owns the property, and together with the help of Lauren Kendle Events and lots and DIY details, they put on one show stopper of a wedding. So even if you can’t feel the California sun, Whitney Turner Photography captured a whole gallery to bask in. Enjoy!


From the Bride… Getting married on my family’s ranch (Dos Pueblos Ranch), where we live and my husband Teddy works, has been a dream since I grew up there as a little girl. And what made our wedding day even more special was the fact that it was such a group effort and DIY event with the help of our amazing friends, family and the coordinator Kendle, from Lauren Kendle Events. She was a true life saver! I feel so grateful that everyone was such a huge part of our day. Right from the early stages of planning, we knew we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just a wedding, but a day that really represented us as a couple, and one that celebrated the ranch that I grew up on. Truly every detail and every vendor we chose had a connection with us. Our great friend and unbelievable artist, Katie Kramer, designed our wedding invitations with hand painted details of avocados and palm trees to represent the ranch. Our photographer Whitney turner, a very talented wedding photographer, was an easy choice, not just because she is our friend but also because we knew she would make us feel comfortable. Upon a recommendation from a friend, Nico from NLC productions did our flowers, and I knew he would be great the second I met him! He really blew it out of the park and worked with me on incorporating all those little “ranch style” details I wanted. Many of the details came from things we found on the ranch, such as the hawk and owl feathers used for my bouquet and the guys’ boutonnieres, the lavender, and the abalone shells that served as place cards. My brother-in-law built an insane driftwood arch that Nico helped adorn with hanging orchids…so dreamy. A jewelry designer from Santa Barbara, Marit Rae, who is a also a friend, made incredible crystal necklaces for the bridesmaids and matching crystal bracelets for my mother, mother-in-law, and flower girl.   During the ceremony, my cousin Max played a couple of Allman Brothers songs on his acoustic guitar, which was another important detail for us because my husband is big into music. The dance floor was hopping because of music from the band,  “The Rawhides”, who were a huge hit, as well as music from our friend Josh Hartley, who DJ’ed the cocktail hour and provided dinner music. Josh was another easy choice since he understood our taste so well. Another easy choice was choosing Country Catering in Goleta. We had a menu of tri-tip, chicken, salad, and veggies, which is our food of choice when friends come over for a BBQ at our house. The whole venue was incredible, largely because of Bella Vista Lighting. They completely transformed the beach, making it look so beautiful and romantic with lighting over the ocean so the waves could be seen at night. In addition, a suspended chandelier hung between two palm trees and was beautiful. Apart from the vendors, we also did a lot of things ourselves. Teddy built a reclaimed wood bar from wood on the ranch, and an awesome tree stump cake stand. I made a giant driftwood heart that turned out to be a great photo op for guests. I strung an abalone shelled garland for the cocktail hour and hand painted signs to direct the guest traffic on the ranch from ceremony to reception. One of my favorite parts were the stamped blankets with the crest from our wedding invitation, which was an awesome idea from a friend. We feel so lucky that we were able to pull off such an incredible day. The ranch is such a special place to us, making it easy and fun to create the wedding we dreamed of, but we really couldn’t have done it without the help of our family and friends.

Photography: Whitney Turner Photography | Videographer: You're The Star Video Productions | Coordination: Lauren Kendle Events | Floral Design: NLC Productions | Cake: Your Cake Baker | Invitations: Katie Kramer | Catering: Country Catering | Make-up: Marcella Leyva Of Cosbar | Hair: Shanna Spencer Style | Lighting: Bella Vista Designs | DJ: Josh Hartley | Band: The Rawhides | Officiant: Britt Merrick | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch | Musician: Maxton Schulte | Photography - Assistance: Ryanne Bee | Rentals: Discount Party Rentals | Transportation: Jump On The School Bus

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Rustic Elegance at Dos Pueblos Ranch

It never fails, when a wedding from Jose VillaLisa VorceMindy Rice and Joel Serrato lands in my lap, I get a tad bit nervous. And it’s all because I just know I am about to showcase a work of art worthy of the most exclusive gallery – and how can you possibly do that justice? Luckily their work speaks for itself, and boy does it have beautiful things to say about this rustic beauty (recently featured on Martha Stewart Weddings). It’s overflowing with details that will make your heart sing, and you can see them all here.

All of that pretty is topped off with a film so beautiful it could only be from the super talented Joel Serrato….

See even more of this gorgeous day in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings


From Lisa VorceEmily and David’s wedding was pure magic! It was such a joy to be a part of their beautiful wedding.The bride’s bouquet was filled with wild bay leaf, astilbe, Fair Bianca rose and scabiosa pods and she wore a stunning head wreath of cream astilbe. The ceremony included hay bale seating covered in drop cloth and the ceremony program was printed on a kraft lunch bag and filled with popcorn for the “petal toss” at the end of the ceremony.

For reception design, we crafted tablescapes filled with paper sacks of cherries, amber glass vessels, garden rose floral arrangements, Queen Anne’s lace, ticking stripes as napkin holders for servers aprons, and hand-painted beer growlers as table numbers. Tables for cocktails and cards were placed near the fire pit, and chipboard pockets with grommets secured to two framed canvases held escort cards.

Emily and David’s guests enjoyed a variety of games and activities, including vintage pin the tail on the donkey, playing cards, dominoes, a photo booth, and a silhouette artist. Guests also went home with flask favors filled with tea and lemonade, stamped with their anchor monogram. It truly was a perfect day

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Cinematography: Joel Serrato Films | Floral Design: Mindy Rice | Cake: The Scootabaker | Catering: Food Matters | Makeup: Dawn Broussard | Hair: Colleen Conway | Calligraphy: PenGraphics | Lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | Bride's Earrings: Dana Rebecca Designs | Ceremony Musicians: The Get Down Boys | Event Design/Planner: Lisa Vorce | Event Production: Lisa Vorce Event Design & Production | Filmmaker: Joel Serrato | Flowers + Event Design: Mindy Rice Floral & Event Design | Photobooth: Smilebooth | Printing + Guest Book: Papel Paper & Press | Reception Music: Sheila Ford’s Harlem Review | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Save The Dates: Scout’s Honor Co. | Venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch

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Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Tricia Fountaine + Caroline Tran + Winners!

If I could transport myself to anywhere in the world, it would probably be right here. Tucked away in this fairytale forest shoot with free flowing pretty for as far as the eye can see. It’s a total dream brought to life by Tricia Fountaine Design, and captured so beautifully by miss Caroline Tran. Let’s kick-start your weekend with a visit to the gallery, and as icing on the cake we’ve got winners down below. Happy weekend to you and yours! xoxo

From Caroline Tran… This was a styled shoot produced by Tricia Fountaine to inspire couples to let their personalities shine. A live eagle owl & civet joined us (from a local animal conversation) to represent the man & woman’s inner strength, respectively. They enter this relationship as strong individuals, but also with an open heart for each other, represented by their open heart alter. The reception was held under a gorgeous oak tree and the dessert table was suspended from another oak tree.

Photography: Caroline Tran | Dress: Robin Kaplin | Faerie Chair name card holders, heart lockets: Michelle Van Fleet | Florist, Event Design, + Production: Tricia Fountaine Design | Hair + Makeup: Dreamcatcher Artistry | Hand blown glass stem ware: Saul Alcaraz | Location: Dos Pueblos Ranch

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Giveaways still up for grabs…

Holiday prize package from Shutterfly
A wedding gown from Allure Bridals

And a drumroll for this week’s lucky winners….

Hooray for Alicia, Hannah and Robin! All three are the winners of $25 Gift Certificates to Garnish

G is headed home with a pair of tickets to the Vermont Wedding Affair!

Congrats to Jen who won 50 Thank You notecards + envelopes from Go Go Snap!

And last but not least, Heidi and Kathy are the winners of a NYC engagement sesh shot by de la Barra Photography and styled by the lovelies at Design*Sponge!