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February 27, 2019 - 130 comments

Intimate Bohemian Laguna Beach, California Elopement

When Sammy and Joel asked if we would help them plan their Laguna Beach elopement because they live in Australia, we jumped for joy! Elopements are a wedding planner's dream come true. We get to do some styling, find really cool places for dinner and intimate settings for a ceremony and only have to worry about 4-10 guests!

Bride and groom kiss on rocky cliff in Laguna Beach Elopement

The day started out with the girls getting their hair and makeup done with probably the best ocean view you could ask for in Laguna Beach! We popped some rosé and put on some good girly tunes to get everyone excited for the day ahead. One thing I love about elopements is that you have a lot more time to take it easy in the morning and hang out with your bestie.

Bride getting ready with blonde updo and glass of rose for a Laguna Beach Elopement

Blond updo with loose braid and hair jewelry for Laguna Beach Elopement

Wild boho bouquet with king protea and pampass grass and nude wedding shoes

Rose gold engagement ring and band sitting on king protea flower

The boys got ready ready in the next room over and I had to help them with a double windsor tie knot. NO CLUE WHAT THAT WAS ha! Thank you Google. After a few failed attempts, we succeeded and the groom and his best man looked so dapper!

Best Man helping the groom tie his tie. Light blue suit

Groom in light blue suit and blue and white floral tie ready for elopement in Laguna Beach

Once everyone was ready, we left the Pacific Edge Hotel and drove a few miles down the road to Crescent Bay Beach where we set up for the intimate ceremony. How adorable was Joel's reaction when he saw his bride, Sammy for the first time!!?
TIP: Make sure to check with the city about any permits that might be required when doing events on public beaches!

Groom sees his bride for the first time on the beach
Bride walks down the beach and sees her groom for the first time in Laguna Beach

After the long, beautiful walk down the beach, the ceremony began and it was lead by my all-time favorite yogi & officiant, Matt. I had the pleasure of holding up the couple's phone so that their families could be Skyped in all the way from Australia!

Skyping in the bride and groom's family on a phone during a surprise elopement on the beach in Laguna Beach California

Small beach elopement in Laguna Beach California with lanterns and boho rug

Bride and groom celebrate after getting married on the beach in Laguna Beach California

Bride and groom celebrate their elopement bu skyping with their families in Australia

We had to make sure they took full advantage of this beach setting so their photographer, Lauren, took them for a little adventure around the beautiful Laguna Beach cliffs. Check these photos out!

Bride and groom by the rocks in Laguna Beach after their intimate destination elopement

Bride and groom walk along the beach in Laguna Beach, CA after small elopement ceremony

Bride and groom kiss on rocky cliff as waves crash behind them in Laguna Beach

We truly had a blast with these two Australian beauties and loved creating a fun and unique elopement experience for them. What I love even more about elopements like this is that we really get to spend time with the couples and just "hang out"! We all had dinner together the night before their wedding and watched the sunset over the Pacific Ocean which is always a treat in my books.

Photographer Lauren Mihae // Planning + Design 'Cause We Can Events // Florals Flower Duet // Officiant Matt Rothert // Beauty Beach Bridal Beauty // Getting Ready Hotel Pacific Edge //

May 3, 2018 - 7 comments

Fall Barn Wedding at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch

If this is what a barn wedding is all about, I'm ready to do many more! When I drove up the long dirt road through these spectacular wheat fields for Kristen and Scott's rehearsal at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, I'm pretty sure I shed a few tears of joy. The sun was hitting the golden wheat so perfectly that I knew their wedding photos were going to be incredible. Ready to see this beauty?

Wedding in beautiful wheat fields in California. This beautiful barn wedding was at the Santa Margarita Ranch

Getting Ready on the Ranch

The Historic Santa Margarita Ranch has a beautiful little bridal suite that works great for getting ready and putting finishing touches on hair and makeup.

Beautiful bride with lace dress and sleek up do. Getting ready at Santa Margarita Ranch

Stunning marquise diamond engagement ring with silver wedding band

Bride and bridesmaids in soft lavender grey dresses at rustic barn wedding in San Luis Obispo

Lace detailing around neckline wedding gown. White and green bouquet for barn wedding

It seems it doesn't take the guys as long to get ready so they made the most our of their free time before the ceremony started. There's a really cool vintage school bus that has been remodeled inside and it was the perfect hang out spot for the boys!

Groom and groomsmen funny poses in front of a school bus at Santa Margarita Ranch

Groom's tie, handkerchief and wedding socks details

Groom and groomsmen having fun in vintage school bus before wedding ceremony

An Intimate First Look

As we crept closer to the ceremony start time, we brought the bride and groom together for their First Look. Get the tissues because the groom's reaction had everyone in tears!

Groom waiting for his bride in Santa Margarita

First Look for the Bride and Groom at the Santa Margarita Ranch

Groom wiping away tears after the First Look with his bride-to-be

The Handmade Details

This couple was surrounded by very talented friends and family members. One bridesmaid put together all the florals and another bridesmaid made all of their wooden signage. Pretty amazing! Take a peek at some of the details inside this barn wedding.

Wooden Ceremony Sign, sit where you want

Ceremony set up outside rustic Barn in California. Wooden chuppah with white flowy fabric and greenery

White flowers in glass jar on Shepard hooks down ceremony aisle

The Best Ceremony of all times

I don't think I've laughed and cried like this at a ceremony in a long time. Kristen and Scott wrote their own vows and made them funny, personal and truly representative of each other as a couple. Most of the ceremony photos we have are of people laughing and crying!

Bride walks down the aisle with her father at the Santa Margarita Ranch in California

Ceremony under a large oak tree with wooden chuppah decorated with white fabric and green garland

Bridesmaids in lavender grey lined up at the ceremony

groomsmen laughing when groom reads his funny vows to his bride

Bride and Groom kiss under a wooden chuppah with green garland and soft white fabric

Inside the Reception Barn

The reception space was nothing short of spectacular. When the sun peeked through the old wooden doors, we could see the rays of sunshine spill onto the dinner tables. Pretty poetic, eh? See for yourself!

The Historic Santa Margarita Ranch has the best wedding venue inside the old barn

Wedding Reception inside old historic barn in Santa Margarita California

Round tables and cream linens with white and green flowers set up inside old historic barn for wedding reception

White plates with gold fern on white napkin and cookies as wedding favors

 

Bride and groom in field of golden when at sunset

Bride and groom under big oak tree in San Luis Obispo wheat field

Wedding in beautiful wheat fields in California. This beautiful barn wedding was at the Santa Margarita Ranch

Back of bride's dress with veil in wheat field

The Cake

The Grand Finale for a lot of weddings is the wedding cake. I've actually noticed that older guests won't leave until after the cake has been cut and they've had a piece to celebrate the newlyweds! Since Kristen and Scott had a small cake for themselves and some family members, the rest of the guests got to enjoy some amazing ice cream from Negranti Ice Cream in the cutest truck ever!

Bride and Groom make their grand entrance into the barn for the reception

First dance under the lights inside old historic barn

Single tier Naked Cake with white flowers and greenery on wooden wine barrel

 

Bride and groom posing inside Ice Cream truck

The end!

Photographer Jennifer Fujikawa // Planner 'Cause We Can Events // Hair/Makeup Bright Crystal Makeup // DJ Vox DJs // Catering Chef's Table Catering // Rentals All About Events // Bar Cork Mobile Bar // Videographer Avec Lumiere // Cake Just Baked SLO // Desserts Negranti Creamery // Florals by Kristine Cimafranca // Signage by Alysa Nagatani // Shuttles SLO Safe Ride //