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Arianna and Aric were married at The Wheeler House in Forestville, Calif. on September 7. Fun fact: they are high school sweethearts! The bride wore a strapless tulle a-line wedding gown with lace appliques, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, sash, and a pair of Converse tennis shoes, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, plaid vest, and pants, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore short gray chiffon dresses in various necklines and carried bouquets of sunflowers, daisies, scabiosa pods, craspedia, and greenery. Guests were greeted with two chalkboard signs that said, “welcome to our wedding” and “say you made it! 1. please sign our guest frame, 2. strike a pose at our photo wall, 3. take a seat, relax, and enjoy the show, and 4. dinner, dancing, and games to follow.” Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look. Once the exchanging of vows were sealed with a kiss underneath the giant oak tree draped with Spanish moss, it was official, almost 200 witnessing. Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole and giant Jenga followed by the reception shortly thereafter. Tables were decorated with white linens, yellow napkins, burlap runners, and mason jar centerpieces, surrouned by folding padded chairs.”My bridesmaids and I choreographed a surprise dance for my husband,” Arianna said. “It was a mashup of three songs put together. We loved rehearsing and performing it. It was a total shocker to everyone, and it was so much fun to see and hear the reactions.” A three-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut for dessert concluding dinner. S’more favors were also passed out too. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Have fun!” she said. “It’s your wedding day, and you have the honor of marrying your best friend. When the planning is over and that special day comes, it will feel so wonderful to be around the people who love you most.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Monterey Bay.

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Photography: Adrian Tamblin Photography | Venue: The Wheeler Ranch | Event Planner: Glenda Purdy | Dress Store: Wine Country Bride | Shoes: Converse | Bridesmaid Dresses: Target | Floral Designer: Sequoia Floral International | Rentals: Big 4 Party Rentals | Caterer: Socorro Rentaria | Cake: Catherine Fiorello  

Rural, Ranch Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 20, 2012

Megan & Johnathan

July 14

San Luis Obispo, California

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The moment I stepped foot on the venue, I knew I couldn’t get married anywhere else. The venue had three houses on the property, which worked out perfectly for our close family and friends. We were able to spend three whole days together-so many memories were made. I will forever be thankful that we were able to spend so much time together.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Maika, our 7-year-old Labrador retriever, as my flower girl. She is my baby girl and was the last one to walk down the aisle before me. That was a very special moment for my husband and I. 

2. The pie bar with mini pies to feed everyone instead of a cake, which was cute and cost-effective.

3. The lemonade stand (refreshment bar) before the ceremony.  

3. Give us one moment in your wedding that you can’t stop thinking about.

When I think of our wedding, countless moments come to mind. One in particular, is the feeling of complete and utter happiness I felt when the ceremony was over, and we were able to hug and kiss as husband and wife. I had never felt anything like that before, and it’s one of the moments that I think about often. 

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