JULY 30TH, 2022
For their sun-soaked summer wedding, Stevie & Dom wanted to highlight their shared love for each other and for all things that bring them back to their California roots. The newlyweds currently live in Colorado, but they were both born and raised in California, attended Cal Poly together, and got engaged at Avila Beach. When it came to planning their wedding, Stevie & Dom were excited to show their guests all the best that San Luis Obispo has to offer!
The couple chose La Lomita Ranch, a romantic Spanish-style ranch and winery, for a venue with a bit of country flair. They brought in a VW bus photo booth, chose bright colorful pops of florals, and requested their guests to dress in bright colors to match the California theme.
FIRST LOOK & WEDDING PARTY
The ceremony, held in the center courtyard with lush palms and a Spanish-style fountain, overlooked the rolling vista of San Luis Obispo’s wine country. Before the ceremony began, guests were welcomed with a glass of bubbling champagne and the chance to record a personalized message to the newlyweds on a red vintage phone guestbook.
What's a central coast wedding without 805 beer?! While the wedding party finished taking photos, guests were welcomed to enjoy cocktail hour on the pavilion veranda, where an open bar served a variety of beer and wine. The signature cocktail was a classic margarita, named after the newlywed's beloved dog: "La Luna Rita." The classic VW Bus photobooth and lounge, provided by The Bus Stop Pismo Beach, was a huge hit as well!
The elegance of their seated reception was accentuated by the California ranch style of La Lomita’s reception hall. The couple chose a combination of round tables and wooden farm tables for their guests' tables, and with subtle decorative touches–crystal glassware, glowing table votives, and bright floral arrangements–the effect was warm and inviting.
The dessert table featured a floral-decorated cake from Blush Cake Co., as well as a variety of brownies, lemon bars, and cheesecake bites from their catering team, Taste. A little something for everyone!
DINNER & DANCING
When it came to dancing the night away, this couple knew how to get the party going! Their beverage of choice all night was tequila. As the night went on, the bride added some fun touches to her outfit as well, with personalized Nike sneakers for dancing and a bedazzled cowgirl hat at the end of the night. Near the end of the wedding, the couple invited all their wedding guests to take a celebratory group photo. It was a night to remember!
LOVE LETTER FROM THE NEWLYWEDS
"All I can say is, WOW! We cannot imagine having planned our wedding without Sam by our side every step of the way. From the first time we connected with her over the phone, and after reading through the details included in her packages/proposal, we knew Sam was the wedding coordinator/planner for us. Sam is incredibly experienced, detail oriented, thoughtful, easy-going, and an absolute pleasure to communicate with and work with. Right off the bat she helped us with planning around our wedding budget, proposed incredible vendors within our budget, and set us up on a wedding planning platform with a planning checklist that made the planning process and staying on-schedule a no-brainer. We bounced design ideas off each other, and any time we had questions, Sam would respond to an email/text/phone call right away. When we decided on our caterer and rental companies, Sam took care of all the rental planning for us based off our planned guest count. This part of the process intimidated us, and she made it effortless - glassware for the bar, silverware, linens, umbrellas, questions to ask the caterer around their rental needs...you name it, Sam planned for it. She also provided us with helpful "how-to" guides to help us make decisions with our other vendors and plan for questions to ask. Sam came prepared with questions for us on every regularly scheduled sync call and kept us on track throughout the planning process. She also coordinated with all our vendors to keep them on track as well. On our rehearsal and wedding days, Sam and her team flawlessly executed our vision, and we did not have to lift a finger or worry about a thing. Trust me, a wedding coordinator or planner will quickly become the most important vendor choice you make during the planning process. Sam and the Zesties are worth their weight in gold! It feels sad to part ways after planning together for so long, but we feel like we found a lifelong friend in Sam. What more could a bride and groom ask for?" - Stevie & Dom
THE DREAM TEAM
Can't get enough of Stevie & Dom's gorgeous California-inspired wedding? Watch their wedding video here.
Stevie and Dom were one of the most involved couples I've worked with to date, and I loved seeing them work together as a team to plan their perfect day. I want to thank the incredible local vendors who made their wedding day dreams come true:
COORDINATION & DESIGN: @zestitup
MAKE UP: @nicolesvanity
PHOTOBOOTH + LOUNGE: @thebusstoppismobeach
Blog post by Olivia Cook