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All photos courtesy of outstanding photographer Paul Barnett / barnettphoto.com

At this indoor summer wedding, a lot of creativity, a simple venue, and a little help from their friends made for a unique and personal event for Sarah and Stephen.

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Chic seating is a wonderful alternative to showcase your wedding attendants!

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In place of choosing a standard reading or poem to include in the ceremony, Sarah and Stephen instead gave their friends an assignment: Read something during the ceremony- whether it’s a poem or reading you choose, or something you create from scratch.
The result? A heartfelt, personal, and surprising wedding ceremony.

Between the three readings, the readers unwittingly and serendipitously covered the biggies: Commitment, Marriage, Love.

“Gayle, I was really excited that you were willing to work with us on a specific ceremony that was a little different, and special. It was particular to us and it was great that you worked with our readers to make sure they felt comfortable speaking. I also liked that you offered ideas of things we could do at the ceremony that might be of interest and you didn’t push any certain religion or you own beliefs – you really let us tailor it to what we wanted.”~Sarah & Stephen

 

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Sweet smile as the bride heads up the aisle on her father’s arm.

 

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It is a beautiful moment when a couple honors their Moms during their wedding.

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Brick is a great venue to get creative with a blank slate.

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With this ring . . . 

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Lovely touch to let VIP family or friends know they have a seat saved!

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Mazel tov! Breaking the glass, in honor of the groom’s Jewish heritage.

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Mr. & Mrs.!

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Though a wedding ceremony is all about romance, the paperwork is just as important! Choose a witness to help make it all legal. (Just Imagine mails your signed license in for you, so you don’t have to worry about it on your honeymoon!)

 

Just a few of the Extraordinary Wedding Professionals who helped make this wedding ceremony great:

Wedding Planner: Paige Jensen with Bliss Events / blissevent.com
DJ: voxdjs.com
Florals: thistledewfloral.com
Ceremony rentals: sweetsalvagerentals.com and Abbey Party Rentals: abbeypartyrentals.com

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My recent visit to Borrego Ranch Resort brought not only incredible pampering and relaxation, but enthusiasm and excitement for a property that yields a bounty of options for a unique and magical wedding celebration.

After a 2-hour drive from San Diego through beautiful countryside, winding roads, and a few small towns, I arrived at Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa and was greeted at reception as if I were family.

Borrego Ranch Resort provides such a warm environment that you almost feel like you are a special guest in someone’s home. The staff is professional and laid-back; addressing your every need with the familiar authority of a gracious hostess. During dinner on the patio there was a slight chill but not enough to warrant lighting up a heater, which can sometimes be obtrusive. Instead the restaurant manager retrieved a pashmina and draped it around my shoulders. Nice touch.

And with so many activities available – rock climbing, golf, spa, croquet, guest speakers, writing and cooking classes, movie nights – even though I was out in the middle of the desert I never felt bored; simply open to possibilities. The environment caters to living in the moment.

A unique feature of BRR is their own rock labyrinth on the property. A rock labyrinth creates a well-defined path that leads to the center and back again. The center represents illumination, a place where people find insights to their problems and concerns. Sort of a walking meditation.

How do you approach a labyrinth in the desert? With a clear intention and an open heart. This is also the best approach to planning your wedding at a paradise getaway.

Such an intimate property is a natural for a wedding weekend. The best option is a resort buyout; easily achieved with a standard size wedding. Imagine full run of the resort with your friends and family!

And then the possibilities for cocktail hours, intimate gatherings, fun activities and of course your ceremony and celebration open up to take advantage of the beautiful resort and landscaping.

I prefer to call it a wedding ‘getaway’ rather than a ‘destination’ wedding, which can sometimes feel loaded with quite a bit more logistics. But with careful planning and experts at hand, it will feel as easy breezy as any weekend retreat.

Ask me about Weddings at Borrego Ranch Resort!

*Check back for more resources and suggestions for a Desert Wedding Getaway

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Dean Barker with Paul Barnett Photography

Dean Barker with Paul Barnett Photography

Transform your private home into a fantasy world. For this private home wedding in Rancho Santa Fe we added clear tenting so guests could enjoy the beautiful landscaping and starry night while still staying warm and cozy out on the expansive patio.

 

 

 

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