Rancho Dos Pueblos Wedding by Annie McElwain

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Jaymee and Reis had a gor­geous wed­ding that really reflected their per­son­al­i­ties and lifestyles. Located at the stun­ning Ran­cho Dos Pueb­los in Santa Bar­bara, this cou­ple picked the loca­tion of their dreams. With the cer­e­mony look­ing over the Pacific Ocean and the recep­tion in a charm­ing barn, this day could not have got­ten any bet­ter and more pic­turesque. Annie McEl­wain was there to cap­ture this beau­ti­ful day in pho­tographs and Ryan McDuff was right there with her to cap­ture emo­tions through video. Enjoy!

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Girl Meets Boy…

Reis and I met through mutual friends while attend­ing UC Santa Bar­bara. He grew up on the North Shore of Oahu and I grew up in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. We dated four years before we got engaged, includ­ing one year of long dis­tance and a move (for me) across the Pacific Ocean to the island of Oahu.

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Mem­o­rable Moments…

Walk­ing down the aisle with my dad and see­ing Reis get­ting teary eyed was really spe­cial. I’ve never seen him cry, so it was touch­ing to see him get emo­tional on our wed­ding day! There is so much antic­i­pa­tion walk­ing down the aisle and it really is a moment I will never forget.

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Details…

I could’t wait to marry my groom and become his wife. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true! I was so excited to see him dur­ing our first look shot and I got first date but­ter­flies all over again! I was also really excited to see every­thing come together! After so many months of plan­ning out every lit­tle detail, arriv­ing at the venue and see­ing every­thing set up beyond what I had imag­ined was really exciting.

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Wed­ding Plan­ning Inspiration…

Since Reis was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, the ocean is a huge part of his life and it was really spe­cial to have the Pacific as the back­drop where we exchanged our vows. The cock­tail hour was set up on a grassy area right below the bluffs on the beach. As a major plus, we were blessed with amaz­ing weather and the most incred­i­ble sun­set on our wed­ding day! The recep­tion was held in the barn so our guests were able to expe­ri­ence the dif­fer­ent loca­tions of the venue. A week before our wed­ding, I left my full-time job as a tax accoun­tant to pur­sue free­lance graphic design, so it fig­ures that design­ing every last detail was what I was most excited about in the process! In plan­ning the decor/aesthetic, my main goal was to “brand our wed­ding.” In design­ing our logo, invi­ta­tions, week­end itin­er­ary, menus, and all of the other paper goods, it was really impor­tant to me for it all to be cohe­sive as those things can set the mood and theme for the whole day. I guess you could say the style of our wed­ding was a mix of mod­ern, rus­tic, and vin­tage. Since I have a major love for mar­quee lights, I thought it would be fun to have them in our ini­tials for the back of the barn and would serve as the focal point above the head table. I told my par­ents the idea and they made them from scratch! We also made them for the BAR, COFFEE bar, and SWEETS sta­tion to add to the mood for the evening.

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Color Palet…

I love neu­trals! I wanted our wed­ding col­ors to com­ple­ment our venue so we had a lot of neu­trals, lace, and pops of mint and blush.

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RADDEST Wed­ding Vendors…

We could not have been hap­pier with our pho­tog­ra­pher, Annie McEl­wain, and our video­g­ra­pher, Ryan McDuff. They were both really amaz­ing to work with and we are so happy they were a part of our spe­cial day. They cap­tured every­thing more per­fectly than I could have hoped for and I am so happy that we will always have stun­ning images and a beau­ti­ful film to take us back to the emo­tions and memories.

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Advice for Other “New­bie Brides”…

Invest in a good pho­tog­ra­pher and video­g­ra­pher! When the day is all over (and the months of planning/DIYing/stressing have come to an end), it is so fun to re-live your wed­ding day through pho­tos and film.

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Wed­ding Artists | Pho­tog­ra­pher: Annie McEl­wain Pho­tog­ra­phy | Video­g­ra­pher: Ryan McDuff Pro­duc­tions | Venue: Ran­cho Dos Pueb­los, Santa Bar­bara | Event Designer: JayAdores | Makeup: Jaimee Roark from Oasis Salon | Hair: Taryn Bazzell from Mira Bella Salon & Spa | Cake/Desserts: Sweet Arleen’s | Caterer: DJ’s Cal­i­for­nia Cater­ing | Cof­fee Bar: Espresso One | Florist: Diane Car­votta | Offi­ciant: Chris­t­ian Pereirra | Cer­e­mony Musi­cian: Jonathan May | DJ/Band: DJFX Enter­tain­ment | Wed­ding Dress: Designed by the bride and hand­made by mother of the bride | Groom’s Suit: Ben Sher­man | Stationary/Paper Goods Design: JayAdores Design Co. | Cal­lig­ra­pher: Molly Jacques

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