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This Wedding Photographer Had a Dream Garden Ranch Wedding

Elegant outdoor wedding

When a wedding photographer gets married, you know it’s going to be a beautiful, detailed-filled day! Laura and her now hubby, Paul tied the knot in style at the picturesque McCormick Home Ranch in California. Rachel, one part of a mother-daughter wedding photography team wanted her day to be picture perfect and hired a talented team of vendors to bring her garden ranch vision to life.

Her wedding featured just about EVERY detail you can have - from custom bridesmaid robes to monogrammed cookies and coffee, Laura infused her day with everything she loved (including her two adorable pups). See the entire day below, and soak up every last detail in the full gallery captured by Amy & Jordan.

Gold sparkle heels

A memorable day

From Any & Jordan: We’d been looking forward to Rachel and Paul's McCormick Home Ranch wedding for as long as we can remember; and, for so many reasons, we know it’s one that we’ll never forget. Rachel is the daughter half of a dynamic Gilmore Girls-esque mother-daughter wedding photography team from Monterey, California. She and her mom, Laura, attended one of our first photography workshops two years ago in our hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, and now they’re running a successful business themselves.

White and navy invitation suitePink princess cut diamond ring

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses from Watters

Bridesmaid robesBridesmaid gifts and donutsBridesmaids goals

Pretty bride

Gorgeous bridal partyBridesmaid bouquet

Nuetral dresses

Getaway car

DIY what you love, hire professionals for the rest

From the bride: My now husband and I have both worked in the wedding industry so we knew pretty much everything we were getting ourselves into. We are firm believers in hiring professionals to do their job and not taking on too many DIY projects, after all, that’s what we’ve all told our clients before. We did keep some projects to ourselves though. My husband handmade the Monogrammed Wall (besides the actual monogram) and also the Place Seating Wall with shelves as well, but he genuinely likes building things so those were fun projects we designed and built together.

Cute wedding sign

Wedding pup with wreath

Floral ceremony arborGorgeous bloomsCeremony flowers

Just married!Congrats to the newlyweds


Cute floral swing idea

Gorgeous garden wedding venueWedding pup with wreath

Include your pups

We wanted to involve our two dogs in the wedding because dogs are super important to us so I got these big floral wreaths for them to wear around their neck. The German Shepherd would not have it (as I kind of expected), but instead of throwing a fit or breaking down, all that was important to me was that I got good pictures of them with the floral wreaths on and I did!

Beautiful venue

Flower seating chart idea!

Flower seating chartFlower vase escort cards

Bench guest book

Colorful centerpiece

wedding insurance: yay or nay?

Get wedding insurance. I know it costs more money, and you don’t physically get something, and it just feels like not a necessity because you’re paying so much money for everything else, but we can’t stress how important it is. We got it right away especially with planning a wedding that was going to be all outdoors, and as much as it hurt to feel like we were paying for nothing, you get so much peace of mind from it. Why spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on one single day and not buy an insurance plan that could be a couple hundred up front, but could save you from losing thousands and thousands more?

Gold and pink table decorRose centerpiece

Sweetheart table with monogrammed backdrop

Gold place setting

Signature drinks signHis and hers cocktails

Live wedding painting

White and gold cookiesMonogrammed coffee for a wedding

Gold pineapple cake

plan a backup dress

My dress did end up tearing towards the end of the evening after our First Dance because there were lots of layers of materials, so I was really glad I had bought a “getaway” dress that ended up being my “reception” dress. Plus, it was a warm day and the entire wedding was outside so it was nice to change into something lighter.

First dance romance

Monogrammed backdropCute garden wedding

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ServiceVendor
Paper Goods & CalligraphyBasic Invite
Shine Wedding Invitations

BoudoirBoohoo
Sincerely Sofi Designs

Bridesmaid DressesWatters
Cakes & CateringComing Home Personal Chef
DJ's Catering

Coordinators & StylistsA Sparkling Event
Favors & DetailsMilk Tea Mochi Designs
Hayden Harlow
Nela and Company


FlowersFloral Design by Reina
Groom & His MenCroft & Barrow
Tie Bar

Hair, Makeup & BeautyMuah Makeup and Hair
JewelryEMBR
Fire & Brilliance

CalligraphyThe Crafting Casa
Baked GoodsSugar Lab BakeShop
Custom Embroidery Embroidery Boutique
Coffee BarCappuccino Man
Bridesmaid GiftsBride and Entourage
DJ831 DJ
SignageJess Valarde Art
PhotographersAmy & Jordan
TransportationClassy Chassis
VenuesMcCormick Home Ranch
Wedding DressesAnne Barge