We are nothing if not suckers for romantic, pretty soirees. When a wedding is covered in so many lush florals we can almost smell them through our computer, we swoon. When flower girls and ring bearers dance the night away in style, we smile. And when a bride and groom are so beautifully in love, like these two, we go week at the knees. Planned and perfected by La Fete, captured by Stephanie Hogue Photography, this affair is definitely one to remember. Click here to fall in love, like we did.

John and I are both attorneys and work in the same office where we met.  We kept the romance somewhat secret for over a year until we formally announced our engagement.  John proposed on Christmas Day while we were skiing at Mammoth Mountain on a holiday vacation with my family.  It was the last run of the day and John suggested we ski through the trees.  Once we were out of view of the main runs John pretended to fall and said he needed a break.  He then pulled out the ring and asked if I would spend forever with him.  Of course, I said yes.  John knew how close I am with my parents and family, so he decided to propose when my entire family could share in the moment.  We drove back to the family home and I ran in to share the news with my family.

We were looking for something different than the typical ballroom setting for the wedding.  A good friend of John’s suggested San Ysidro Ranch, a venue neither of us had seen before.  When we walked on the property we knew immediately that this was where we were going to have our wedding.  It was unique, private and intimate.  And The Ranch had a perfect garden setting for an outdoor ceremony.

We wanted a sophisticated wedding but one that had a casual feel so that everyone would be relaxed and would thoroughly enjoy the evening.  The colors were in the coral, peach, soft pink, white and green tones.  Soft and romantic in design, the flowers had a luxurious, classic and elegant look to them.  Garden roses, tulips, hydrangea, dinner plate dahlias, sweet peas, ranunculus, passion vine, geranium foliage and spray roses were some of the flowers used for our late October wedding.

The entire wedding was a whirlwind and we loved every minute of it.  John’s most vivid memory was seeing me turn the corner and walk down the aisle towards him.  He said I had never looked so gorgeous.  My most vivid memory was the exchanging of the vows.  We both loved entering the reception through the 150 year old adobe. 

Photography: Stephanie Hogue Photography / Flowers: Mindy Rice Floral and Event Design / Event Planning & Design: La Fete Weddings / Ceremony Location: San Ysidro Ranch / Reception Location: San Ysidro Ranch, Hydrangea Cottage / Rentals: Town and Country Rentals / Lighting: Ambient Event Design / Band: West Coast Music

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