Photography by: Robert Paetz Photography
About the venue
This design is delicious and approachable, I can't think of a better place to Go Green than in the lovely setting of Middle Ranch in Lake View Terrace in Southern California. The ranch is a working equestrian center with lush greenery surrounding the property. The grove of towering Pine trees provided inspiration for the central graphic used in their collateral suite and a perfect color palette sprang up as well.
Robert Paetz is quickly becoming one of our favorites! His work spans both Northern and Southern California. I love how fun and whimsical his clients seem to be, but most of all, I love being introduced to new venues. Robert has taken a few moments to share his thoughts about this celebration... thanks Robert!
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Jo & Red are one of the coolest couples we've ever photographed: comfortable in their own skin, oh-so-in-love with each other and being really easy-going and enthusiastic, they were an absolute blast to work with throughout the wedding planning process. Jo & Red's lovingly hand-made details certainly gave their wedding personality and warmth: the tree planting ritual during their ceremony recognized their love for the outdoors; the boutonnieres had guitar picks and electrical tape, a nod to Red's love for music and career as a Technical Director; and with her trusty Silhouette cutter, Jo crafted all the little tags for the favor jars of honey, and made the escort cards and table numbers. Including the fact that the wedding was well-planned and well-executed, all these factors made it a wonderful, stress-free day for us as photographers.
Middle Ranch is an actual equestrian facility that exudes rustic charm, with lots of warm wood tones, rich stone textures and a beautiful ceremony space flanked by large trees, evoking a scene not unlike the lodges in Yosemite. Though not a large venue, there was ample space for all the different events (getting ready, portraits, ceremony, cocktail hour, reception) and the property was well-utilized, thanks to an open floor plan that flows well. The venue manager (Liane Lewis) was friendly and helpful during our pre-event walk-through, and on the wedding day, the team of waitstaff were pro-active, courteous and efficient.
I Do Venues wants to recognize the talented team of wedding professionals who helped to make this bride's dream a reality: Photographer - Robert Paetz Photography; Day of Coordinator - Nouveau Events; Rentals - Middle Ranch; Cake, Catering and Beverages - Cynthia Brooks Catering; Entertainment and Lighting - DJ Craig.