Steven & Stephanie // Anthropologie inspired San Ysidro Ranch wedding
FROM THE BRIDE //
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.
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.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR WEDDING? // 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.
WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE/FAVORITE PART ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? // 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.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES WHO ARE CURRENTLY IN THE PLANNING PROCESS? // Just keep in mind what the day truly is about. It should be the most beautiful day of your lives together as a couple. You are there to make the ultimate commitment to each other. When it all boils down, the day is so much more than a wedding. I would also say to remember that there are no rules! We did everything exactly as we felt. No DJ, no dancing, no cake- but we continue to receive compliments that it was the most beautiful wedding our guests have ever attended.
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF BEING MARRIED NOW? // Being able to really plan our future together. We continue to do and enjoy all that we did before but now with the feeling that we forever have a partner to experience all of life’s moments with. It is something we both truly cherish.
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