Juliana and Chase’s wedding at the Santa Margarita Ranch was lots of fun but also had a hip vibe to it! The Santa Margarita Ranch is a historic venue with rustic country vibes. The property is full of trains that are on “display” throughout the grounds. There are also stretches of wide open space with rolling green hills in the backdrop and towering ancient Oak trees all around.
The bride and groom have an incredible amount of support from their family and friends. In fact, several family members even visited from abroad to come help out with coordinating their wedding day. How amazing is that? I especially loved how their planning and coordination played into the vibe of the ranch! Wood barrels lined the aisle to their ceremony and Juliana wore a pair of white leather cowboy boots with her wedding gown. A vintage flatbed wagon was used to display the seating chart and was set up outside the double doors of the barn. This was such a fun element that allowed guests to stop by and find their tables before entering the high-ceiling barn where the reception was held!
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While Chase and his groomsmen played cards and had drinks in one of the train cars, Juliana got ready for the day in the ranch house. With her boots pulled up and her veil on, Juliana headed outside to have a first look with her bridesmaids. Their reaction to seeing her was so full of joy! But, it was her first look with Chase that created a beautifully intimate moment. One that I was honored to capture.
I cannot express how much fun we had on their wedding day! Believe it or not, some of the guests even commented asking if I was the hype man or the wedding photographer! I definitely shared in their excitement while we were shooting their photos. One of my favorite moments is when I got to photograph the groomsmen “chasing” the groom on a runaway train. You’ll get to see the photo below!