I love simple intimate weddings and this California one from Sun & Sparrow Photography is too pretty for words. The couple originally planned to elope in Italy, but really wanted their close family and friends to be a part of the day. So they did the next best thing and had a Tuscany inspired ceremony and dinner at the romantic San Ysidro Ranch.
We decided to have a small wedding because we wanted to be surrounded by those people who knew us the best. We strived to make our wedding feel warm and intimate, as if it were a simple family gathering. We held the ceremony very close to our hearts and wanted our closest and biggest supporters with us as we committed our lives to each other.
Initially, we wanted to elope to Tuscany. However, the thought of having our big day without our loved ones just did not feel right to us. With this, we looked within California to find a place that evoked the same sense and romance that Italy seemed to provide. The San Ysidro Ranch had so many elements that made us melt into puddles of awe. From the lavender to the rustic feel of the wine cellar and patio, we knew from the second we arrived that this was our place.
Without a doubt, our favorite moment was the private moment that we shared immediately after the ceremony. The groom and I made our way away from the ceremony area and for the first time, we’re alone as husband and wife. We both took one look at each other and burst into tears. We were both so overcome with emotion and dumbstruck by the beauty of what had just occurred.
Luckily, our experience was just as we hoped. We were able to enjoy a family style dinner, meaning all 21 of us sat around one large table, and devoured each course together as one unit. No sweetheart table, no toasts, no running around trying to say hello to everyone while we grabbed a bite here and there. It was blissful. But wait, there is more, to finish the night off, we all sat around roasting s’mores (the groom’s favorite treat), telling stories, and sharing laughter. We couldn’t have asked for a better day.
Photography | Sun & Sparrow Photography | Venue | San Ysidro Ranch | Gown | Vera Wang | Shoes | Badgley Mischka | Headband and Belt | BHLDN | Bouquet | Roseflower48 | Suit | JCrew | Boutonniere | The Sunflower Stand | Rose Garland | Love Embellished | S’more Banner | Empty Nest Cottage | Place Cards | Life is So Beautiful