Intimate wedding at Flying Caballos

Olivia and Richard took inspiration from a somewhat unusual source for their wedding day – the 1940’s romantic comedy “The Egg and I”, whose basic plot is about some newlyweds leaving the city to buy a farm. Enamoured with the idea of old Hollywood in a farm house setting they went about creating this vision for their day. FLYING CABALLOS RANCH – in San Luis Obispo – provided them with the ideal venue. KELSEA HOLDER captured the days festivities starting with an intimate ceremony which was held for about 30 of the couple’s closest family and friends, followed by a larger reception. The gorgeous bride tells us, “While cocktail hour happened, we remained inside the main house at Flying Caballos. It wasn’t until dinner when everyone sat down and we made out grand entrance. Richard and I both agree that very moment of stepping out of the house as husband and wife, and seeing all of our family and friends was just the best feeling in the world.” You can also check out their incredible Big Sur engagement session HERE.

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HOW DID YOU MEET? Richard and I were both playing music at the Porch in Santa Margarita back in 2005. It was love at first sight for me. As he was playing, I remember telling my mom, “I’m going to marry that man!” Our relationship was a slow and steady build, from playing music together (he plays guitar and I play violin) to becoming friends, into dating and now marriage.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Richard and I are never good with keeping things a surprise. Two weeks before he proposed, he took me to dinner at our favorite Thai food restaurant. He had a child like excitement about him. Before we even ordered our food he blurted out, “I bought you a ring today!” I didn’t believe him, so I asked him if I could see it. He had found a beautiful 1940’s emerald cut aquamarine with a diamond set on each side. I absolutely loved it! So two weeks later (hand freshly manicured and all) he took me out to our favorite spot in Montana de Oro, and popped the question.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I was convinced I wanted to find a non-traditional vintage dress. As I got deeper into the search, I realized options weren’t abundant in this area for what I had in mind. With the help of my sisters and mom, we discovered Jenny Packham’s gowns. They have a vintage feel about them, which I absolutely love. So we found a bridal salon in Santa Barbara that carried her gowns. It was the first dress I tried on out of three, and I knew that was the one.

ANY DIY ELEMENTS? I wanted there to be a real sense of two families coming together, so I asked family to participate in different ways. My uncle officiated the ceremony. For dessert we had a buffet, where my aunt made our wedding cake, my grandmother made pie, and Richard’s mother made Basque cake. Our toasting glasses that were on the family table belonged to my great grandmother. Those little elements made our wedding that much more special.

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DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: I wanted a very dark and moody feel with the flowers. So we had all dark shades of red, with lots of dark greenery. We gave Nikki, our most amazing floral designer, our vision and she ran with it.

FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: We spent a lot of time thinking about little details, but one of my favorite things was our signature cocktails. Richard chose a Dark and Stormy (dark spiced rum, ginger beer, a lime.) With my drink we were a little creative, and called it The Black Bird (champagne, thyme simple syrup, a blackberry.)

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? It is so easy to get caught up in the details of the wedding, but I would say take a deep breath and enjoy each and every moment of planning. I just constantly reminded myself that in the end I get to marry the man I love, and that’s the only detail that really matters.

ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAY: On the eve of our wedding, we were greeted by stormy weather, which carried on through the next morning and early afternoon. We wanted a moody feel to the day, but this was a bit nerve wracking considering we had no indoor option. But a few hours before the ceremony the rain stopped, and we were left with the most beautiful, dramatic sky. Family and close friends jumped in to help bring the day together. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about it.

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Photographer KELSEA HOLDER / Videographer THE SUNDAY SALOON / Cake BRIDE’S AUNT / Florist FLUIDBLOOM / Stationery MINTED / Venue FLYING CABALLOS Bride’s gown JENNY PACKHAM / Shoes PAOLA D’ARCANO / Jewellery ERICA WEINER / Wedding bands KEVIN MAIN JEWELRY / Hair JANINA CANNON / Make-up JESSI SKIPTON CAMPBELL / Bridesmaids’ dresses NORDSTROM / Grooms attire EXPRESS / Day of Coordinator BROOKE JOHNSON / Caterer LA CASITA / Music HOT CLUB OF SLO/MANUEL BARBA / Linens LA TAVOLA
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I am completely smitten with this Montana elopement editorial by BLAINE SIESSER with styling and florals by HABITAT EVENTS. This kinda landscape is the stuff of my dreams and I can’t think of a more romantic place to elope to! I’ve been dying to visit the beautiful PAWS UP resort but I think for now I’ll just have to lust after these images. Blaine explains the vision behind the shoot perfectly below… 

“A Montana Elopement. The words evoke visions of intimate vows spoken over romantic views, cozy cuddly fires, and bonding fun adventures for any couple. Having grown up in the midwest the western states have always been a dream like place for me: mountains, streams, rivers, and wilderness there to be explored and enjoyed. Robert Redford forever sealed the Americana narrative of Montana with his adventure and romance film “A River Runs Through it.” To this day people from all over the world travel to Montana to find as Paws Up Ranch calls it “the last best place.” In that place, is where I wanted to create a vision of a couple who leave their busy lives to find adventure together, romance together, and to begin a life together. I wanted to really convey the big picture of the experience, by not only sharing a pretty tablescape and beautiful model bride in the mountains but to show what a couple might do on a weekend in the west. Hiking together, fishing together, lounging together, and enjoying a fire together: all with the spirit of luxury. This shoot shows how you can enjoy the best of the out of doors and still have the all the resources an affluent swoon worthy getaway in Miami or New York. It couldn’t have been done without the amenities of Paws Up Ranch and the whole team who really showed us what an unforgettable heart string pulling weekend elopement to Montana could really be like; the luxury of glamping, incredible chefs, and 5 star vendors all serving this couple in the midst of 40,000 acres of pristine timber. When I saw this poem I knew I had found the spirit of this couples getaway and romance.”

“leap into love with me and meander across the meadow,
picking flowers as we go,
frolicking amongst the grass,
waltzing in the breeze
lay down amongst the daisies with me,
resting peacefully beneath the trees” 

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Photography BLAINE SIESSERCoordination and styling HABITAT EVENTS / Florals HABITAT FLORAL STUDIO / Rentals VINTAGE 44 / Desserts PLUM CAKERY / Papery, calligraphy and styling assistance FIELD: A WEDDING DESIGN STUDIO / Venue & food THE RESORT AT PAWS UP / Bridal gown & boudoir attire VELVET BRIDE / Assistant stylist SAGE CRAIGHEAD / Boudoir & river scene hair styling CASSIE BRENDAL / Bridal hair styling LISA GREGORY / Hair & make-up SKIN CHIC / Shoes CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINRings STUDIO PANDORA / Boudoir Headpiece TWIGS & HONEY / Boudoir shorts FOR LOVE & LEMONS / Boudoir Robe ARK N COBridal gown SARAH JANKSBridal headpiece TWIGS & HONEY / Silk SILK & WILLOW / Scanning PHOTOVISION
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Inspired by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, ALMOND LEAF STUDIOS and designer Cortney from ASHEVILLE EVENT COMPANY were drawn to the little town of Flat Rock, North Carolina… or as it’s known to its residents – “Little Charleston of the Mountains”. With a vintage Rolls Royce to open up the shoot, it has an elegant and sophisticated feel to it. Set within historical grounds, the shoot takes shape along moss covered rock walls, iron gates, and under the draping limbs of cedar trees. A ceremony along a pathway into the woods is natural and simple and provides a private and intimate setting for the bride and groom. FLORA EVENTS created a beautiful bouquet in shades of peach and pale yellow, and the most gorgeous paper goods by SABLE & GRAY include an illustration of the venue – one of my favourite things to include in stationery suites!

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