DIY Ranch style wedding in Half Moon Bay

Oh this DIY wedding was off the hook!  I remember meeting with Emilie and Will a month before their wedding.  The wedding took place on there ranch South of Half Moon Bay.  When I met with them on this beautiful day in May, I have to admit, I was a little worried as their barn that was to house the celebration of about 200 guest was still very much under construction!

Although, knowing this family, and the village they have around them… my concern was only mildly there… and completely left on the day of when I showed up to capture this breathtaking day! So, yes, everything you see at this wedding was creative, do it yourself, and done with a whole lot of love for this couple.  This post is a year over due, but definitely did not want to forget about the highlights of this day!

Hastings House Wedding and Backyard Celebration

What a simple but elegant wedding.  These two chose simple ingredients and really designed a wedding that was intimate and unique to them.  It started at the Seal Cove Inn which was the perfect backdrop for the first look and the family portraits at the nearby majestical forest at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. We then moved on to the Hastings House, which is this beautiful seaside garden in the scenic town of Miramar.  This place is near and dear to my heart because I too chose to say my vows, 18 years ago, in this magical garden.  But if those two ingredients weren’t enough of simple and meaningful locations… we then moved onto a private residence that belonged to the groom’s father in Redwood City. They transformed this simple backyard into a celebration surrounded with their closest friends and family.  It was truly a special day.

Anthony and Luigi, Chapel of our Lady, Presidio and the Oceano Gatehouse, Half Moon Bay

Anthony and Luigi’s wedding was a day of bliss!  Never have I met two more loving and upbeat people as these two.  And their families, oh my goodness… I wanted desperately to be adopted into this wonderful family unit from both sides!  The wedding was located at Chapel of our Lady in the majestic and historic presidio in San Francisco….  After capturing a few landmark moments within the city we quickly headed down the coast to the scenic and serene Oceano Hotel where they celebrated (can we say surprise flash mob performance by Anthony.. epic) in the gatehouse facility.  I felt so lucky not only to capture this day but to walk away knowing to amazing people that really made me smile from the day I met them!

 

 

Long Branch Saloon, Half Moon Bay, CA

This amazing venue just south of Half Moon Bay offers a quirky and fun twist on a country themed wedding.  Its like stepping into an old western movie set.  Ada and Corbin wanted to offer a fun and unique place that all of their guests and friends can celebrate their day but also play at their leisure.  It is set with an old Saloon, poker tables, horseshoes, and even a real pig!

This wedding had so much energy and so much life… the celebration of this awesome love was infectious!