This Santa Margarita Ranch wedding couldn’t have been more lovely. Chi and Ryan are New Yorkers who love food, music and their two pups Nibbles and Dexter. Chi is from Santa Ana California while Ryan grew up across the country in Melbourne Florida. They met in Syracuse New York while attending law school. We love Chi because Chi loves Still Music – she’s stalked us for a long time. We also love Chi because Chi loves Ryan – and Ryan LOVES sweatpants. And we love sweatpants.
Our bride was excited by the challenge of having a DIY wedding and explained “over the course of our long engagement we’ve been able to collect and craft many awesome things for the big day. Almost everything has been handed down, hand made or picked up at a flea market. No colors, our aim was for a kind of charm instead.” The brides favorite DIY touches were the 160 mismatched china place settings and New York law books used as centerpiece decor.
Chi wanted to include her heritage in the wedding and incorporated the Vietnamese tradition of placing a bottle of Hennessy VSOP at each table. A tradition the guests seemed very excited about!
After the ceremony the bride, groom and guests took a train ride around the unique venue . The Santa Margarita Ranch was inhabited by Chumash indians for thousands of years and has a rich history leading up to the lands purchase in 1999 by three local ranching families. These families turned the ranch into a destination for weddings and events. Weddings are held in the original ranch house, giving the venue a rustic feel. It’s an amazing place and we love shooting there.
Stoked that The Knot picked up this wedding to feature on their blog!
Thanks to Chi and Ryan for such an amazing day. Please enjoy some of our favorites from the day!