Hosted on a Spanish-style ranch in the heart of San Luis Obispo wine country, Jess and Abe's romantic blush wedding was a celebration of timeless romance. Featuring a color palette of blush, gold, champagne, and greenery, this wedding was brimming with lovely details, from the rose-covered chuppah at their ceremony to the glowing beauty of their indoor reception.
Growing up in the Santa Cruz mountains, Jess and Abe both knew each other since elementary school but lost touch when they went to separate schools for college. Several years later, when they were both in the Bay Area starting their careers, a friend reacquainted them....and the rest is history! After seven years dating, they got engaged and couldn't wait to make their life together official.
FIRST LOOKS & WEDDING PARTY PHOTOS
After a morning spent getting ready with her bridesmaids (I loved the girls' getting-ready nighties and the bride's with the fringe!), Jess stepped outside in her timeless gown for an emotional first look with her father. A few moments later, outside the equestrian barn, Jess and Abe shared a few sweet moments together during their first look, before bringing in the wedding party for pictures. The elegant dark walls of the barn made for dramatic and gorgeous wedding party photos!
As guests arrived at the Spanish-style ranch, they were greeted by a welcome table in the oak courtyard. The ceremony took place in the plaza, framed by palm trees with the rolling golden hills of Edna Valley as a backdrop. The bride and groom exchanged their vows and performed the breaking of glass ceremony beneath a traditional chuppah draped in greenery and lush roses.
Following the ceremony, guests made their way to a terrace for cocktail hour. Near the bar, we spaced a number of wicker cocktail tables around the outdoor space to encourage mingling, and guests enjoyed an array of tray-passed Mediterranean-inspired appetizers. The bar served personalized cocktails inspired by the bride, the groom, and their beloved dog Barney.
One of my favorite ways to elevate a reception is to bring in lounges! These lounges, rented from Avenue Twelve, featured modern furniture with tasteful cushions, a vintage suitcase repurposed as a coffee table, and delicate bud vases with blush roses. It creates a luxury atmosphere in any space, and adds a homey touch to the decor.
We held the reception within the elegant indoor Pavilion. The tablescapes were adorned with lush rose floral arrangements, an array of glowing candles, and pink-hued water glasses, which created an inviting, romantic atmosphere. Each place setting featured gold silverware and a gold-rimmed charger, as well as a menu, tucked with a sprig of lavender, inside the folds of a blush pink napkin. From the stylish comfort of the indoor lounges, to the thoughtful detail on each table, everything turned out so beautifully!
DINNER & DANCING
The band, Undercover Live, took center stage for the reception and provided a lively soundtrack for the evening as guests enjoyed dinner from Trumpet Vine Catering. As the celebration continued, guests filled the dance floor, culminating in the lively and energetic hora dance—a joyful tribute to the couple's Jewish heritage! Rather than feature a traditional cutting cake, we transformed the dessert table into a cookie bar for a sweet escape. Guests were also treated to ice cream from local Harmony Valley Creamery!
LOVE NOTE FROM THE NEWLYWEDS
Stop your search for the best wedding coordinator now and simply book Zest It Up! Even if you think you can do it all yourself (I get it – I did!) – Sam and her team are the partners you will want AND need to ensure your special day runs perfectly. Sam and her team exceeded our dreams and expectations. Throughout the planning process, Sam is a collaborative, creative, and an all-around nice human to have by your side. She provides access to Aisle Planner to collaborate and brainstorm, which is a type-A girl's dream, and Sam is always quick to respond and offer advice or solutions. Then day-of, Sam and her wonderful team take control of execution, working in the background to ensure you and your guests have the best day ever and that the couple can happily soak in each moment. I would not hesitate to book them again or recommend to a friend. Thank you for making our day incredible and perfect! I am truly sad I won’t be regularly communicating with Sam and we will forever be grateful.
THE DREAM TEAM
It was such a joy to work with Jess & Abe to bring their wedding to life! A heartfelt thank you to our incredible vendor team for their invaluable contributions in turning this special day into a truly magical experience.
COORDINATION & DESIGN: @zestitup
HAIR & MAKE UP: @thequeensbees
DRESS: @unveiledbridalsf @chosenbykyha
ICE CREAM TRUCK: @hvcreamery
COOKIE BAR: @bris_sweet_retreat
Blog post by Olivia Cook