Marriage in the Forest

You wouldn't think that a backyard wedding could look like this but in Hannah's childhood home, the backyard is 11 acres and contains an olive grove, a rosemary pathway and a jungle!  It provided a stunning backdrop for Hannah & Dillion's wedding!

Hannah's vision was to marry and have cocktail hour in the forest and then move to the huge back patio of the house for the dining and dancing. It was a true labor of love. The family cleared the land in an area that became magical on Saturday for Hannah and Dillion's wedding. Her Dad built the benches for the ceremony and strung the bistro bulb lighting for the dancing. 

Farm table dining for 200 was on the patio. Her "flower girls" were all grown-up childhood friends

It was a beautiful day and we wish the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness!

Unique Wedding with a Spanish Flair!

Stephanie and Eric's wedding was a one-of-a-kind event. They were married in an early afternoon Catholic ceremony at St. Joseph's in Capitola and then came to Rancho afterwards. They choose to have their cocktail time in the bocce area. First time having cocktail time in that area and it was really fun. Guests played corn hole and bocce and nibbled on delicious hor'doeuvres provided by Feel Good Foods.

Their menu was very unique beginning with Tapas served family style at the tables (Multi-colored heirloom potatoes with two dipping sauces and albondigas in butter lettuce cupsand shrimp on skewers).  Next came the arugula/nectarine salad with sheeps milk cheese and nectarine & white balsamic dressing and then the main meal which was Arroz con Pollo and fresh Catalon prepared Spinach with Pine nuts.

The carefully chosen menu reflected their fondness for Spanish cuisine and was also a nod to Eric's heritage. Many of the guests spoke Spanish and the menus were printed in both English and Spanish. Gypsy Kings music (provided by DJ Jeffry) greeted the guests and they enjoyed a beautiful spread of cheeses and fruit and passed gazpacho and proscuitto wrapped cheese. 

Careful thought went into the seating and there was a map showing where on the globe each table had it's roots. Each table held a postcard from a special place for Eric and Stephanie and they had written a personal message to the folks seated at that particular table

Wishes for the couple were collected at the entry and later hung in the grape arbor along with a selections of popcorn from Portland and salt water taffy from Santa Cruz

No cake for these two. Peachy berry cobbler with cute little pastry hearts and chocolate and vanilla ice creme from Penny Ice Creamery for dessert.

A Sweet Day for a Sweet Couple!

Molly and Eric's August 19th wedding was simple, but sweet, exactly what the newlyweds wanted. The bridal party consisted only of six people, including the bride and groom. The guests were offered champagne pre-ceremony while they signed the guest book. The welcome table featured a decorative cloth that matched the pattern of the wedding invites. 

The couple's families pitched enormously to help. The bride's sister decorated the ceremony arch while both mother's and a couple aunts stepped in to arrange all the beautiful flowers. The bride's mom also made some adorable flag decorations to hang up around the venue. 

Guests enjoyed playing all the different lawn games, including corn hole and giant Jenga. The couple decided to forgo any tradition wedding events during the evening so there were no formal dance or bouquet toss. This enabled everyone to dance and chat longer throughout the evening.

The best surprise of the day came from one of the bride's advertising clients, GoBo Source. They created a custom GoBo with the bride and groom's names and wedding date that they eliminated on the side of the main house. It was an awesome display that made the bride cry when it was revealed to her. 

Molly and Eric were an absolute joy to work for and we wish them lots of love and laughter in their future together! 

Big Bridal Party and Big Love!

Aimee and Spencer's August 12 wedding at Rancho Soquel featured one of the biggest processionals we've ever seen! They had ten groomsmen and five bridesmaids along with the bride's five brothers standing on her side. Multiple grandparents (including the bride's 102 year old grandma!) and parents also walked down the aisle. The bride was thrilled to have both her dad and step-dad escort her down the aisle. It was an amazing display of how many important people were in the couple's lives. 

The event was decorated by many amazing and homemade items, including a beautiful wooden arch, multiply glass windows for the welcome sign and seating assignments and a nod to the bride's deep love of Harry Potter. They also built a custom beer bar to be placed in the "beer garden". It was definitely a hit!

Feast for a King provided adorable and delicious desserts while the couple provided a laugh (and excitement) with their favors, taco bell hot sauce, a particular favorite of the newlyweds! The Slow Motion Photo Booth proved to be a huge hit for people to play around in between tearing up the dance floor with music spun by DJ Jeffty! 

The bride and groom were stunning and provided some amazing picture, perfect moments from the day. We wish them a lifetime of love and happiness! 

You won't believe the transformation of this wedding site

In May, we visited a potential wedding site for a couple who were planning on an August wedding. The site was the home of the bride's sister and her backyard was the target. Only problem is that they still needed to landscape it to make it ready. Here's what it looked like in May and then again in July and finally what it looked like on the wedding day.

It looked incredible and the day was perfect. Susie's sister Mary and her husband Victor had pulled off an amazing transformation. Michael and Susie's children and their nieces and nephews all participated in the wedding from singing, to playing the violin to designing the dessert table and finally a fun game!

The groom's friend Tali "Icepack" Jackson and his band played into the night and the speech from the groom about his children opening their hearts to this new blended family was deeply moving. A beautiful celebration of family and love.