Entries in Rustic Wedding (4)


Bay Area Wedding Venue Spotlight :: Atwood Ranch

You know I love a well-run ranch! The space at Atwood Ranch is amazing. All events here are designed by Julie Atwood Events. The rolling vineyards, the lofty barn, gorgeous horses and the Sonoma landscapes make this an ideal wedding venue. Atwood Ranch has a rustic appeal and can be styled however you like. In this blog, we're sharing Erin and John's wedding and you'll see that Julie Atwood definitely knows how to glam up a barn! 
Wedding Design: Julie Atwood Events | Floral Design: Cherries Flowers | Photography: Arrowood Photography


Bay Area Wedding Venue Spotlight :: Radonich Ranch

I had the opportunity to photograph Ross and Christine's wedding at Radonich Ranch in July and I have to say, it's a pretty cool venue. The old barn structures and tin roofs give the place character. I loved all the textural details inside and out. Outdoor locations like this can serve as a great base for your wedding theme and decor if you're going for a rustic, vintage or country wedding style.


Nicki & David Pogue's Wedding :: Uniting Two Families as One

This blog entry is dedicated to Nicki and David Pogue who were married at Beltane Ranch earlier this year. Nicki and David are incredible people. Their wedding was a very sweet and humble event focused on celebrating with their children, family and closest friends. It was a beautiful small wedding that was extremely family-focused rather than being bride and groom centric. The whole atmosphere was relaxed and joyful, with lawn games, lounge seating and a photo booth.

Fun stuff that happened throughout the day:

  • During the ceremony, Nicki misplaced her vows and all the guests joined in the hunt to find them.
  • David began speaking his vows and then stopped, saying he couldn’t do it. Next thing you know, he breaks into a dedication song he wrote specifically for his new bride. He planted musicians all around the ceremony to join in. (One was even dressed as a Beltane Ranch employee!) David has a flare for dramatics- you should check out his surprise proposal to Nicki which he produced as a film!
  • Nicki and David’s children passed out butterflies to all the guests for a group butterfly release during the ceremony.
  • It was a windy day at the ranch which worried the bride and groom that the unity candle lighting ceremony would not bode well. Right before the ceremony began, the wind completely stopped! The lighting of the candles uniting the two families went off without a hitch. Meant to be? I think so!

Nicki and David made all the right decisions when planning this wedding. The team of vendors they chose were absolutely perfect for their style and vision. Every detailed element was well-executed. Nothing was over done; every single detail in the wedding represented the couple and their family. From food and flowers to serving the best beer in the world, Nicki and David did everything right! (Not kidding about the best beer in the world. Check out this article). Congratulations to Nicki and David and your beautiful family. Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding day.

{{ Vendor Love }}
Location: Beltane Ranch
Second Shooter: Kevin Meynell
Floral Design: Spiral Hand Design
Cake: SusieCakes
Catering: The Girl and the Fig
Band: Trio Paz
Hair/Makeup: Winc Artistry


Sweet Rustic Charm :: Morgan & John

Morgan and John's wedding at Holman Ranch was simply beautiful, and of course, an ideal place for me to shoot. I've said before they're a couple after my own heart! Put me on a ranch or farm with barns, grapevines, stone buildings, gnarly trees and animals of all kinds, and I'm one happy photographer! It was a joy to shoot this wedding where the natural surroundings only made the couple's happiness glow even more.

The decor was lovely-- rustic wood tables, blooming dahlia flower arrangements and a soft pink/blush color palette. We asked Morgan about her inspiration for the wedding and she said "we just wanted to be surrounded by our family and closest friends. We loved that it felt like a big family dinner, very relaxed and fun." And it was!

A quick comment about the ceremony...John and Morgan are photographers so they did something really unique. During the ceremony, they both picked up cameras and turned around and took photos of everyone. It was super cute and we've included some photographs of them doing this below. It reminds me of The Office episode where Pam and Jim start taking mental pictures of the high points of their wedding by holding imaginary cameras and saying "click!" Except of course, Morgan and John used real cameras. 

Enjoy the images we've picked out for you below and be sure to watch Morgan and John's wedding video from What We Do Films. And you can see the couple's engagement shoot, which we appropriately titled "Down on the Farm."

Ceremony/Reception: Holman Ranch
Event Coordinator: Engaged and Inspired
Floral Designer: Pacific Grove Florist
Videographer: What We Do Films 
Cake: Layers Sensational Cakes
Catering: Paradise Cater
Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
DJ: DNA Entertainment
Photo Booth: Photo-Matica
Rentals: Chic Event Rentals
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Hair/Makeup: Katie Nash Beauty 

Morgan & John Jenkins from What We Do Films on Vimeo.