Laid-Back Cali Ranch Wedding: Sam + Brian

outdoor ranch wedding

Sam + Brian are a fun-loving couple who wanted their wedding day to be laid-back + lighthearted. After finding Diablo Ranch in Walnut Creek, and being inspired by all of its existing character + charm, they knew they’d found the perfect spot to exchange their vows. And by bringing in just a few personalized details – like sweet garlands of Instagrams that they’ve taken of each other over the years! – they were able to really make their day a reflection of their love, all while keeping an easy going + playful vibe! Here’s a bit more about the day from Sam:

We knew this much right off the bat: it was going to be outdoors, there were to be elements of my favorite color – mustard yellow, and we would serve only the best food. Brian and I are also blessed to have such talented family and friends who put flowers, dessert and other details together.

Thanks so much to Erik Clausen for the truly stunning photography and big congrats to Sam + Brian!

outdoor ranch wedding invite



outdoor flower crown girl


outdoor farm bride

outdoor farm bride

Such cute first look photos! And don’t you love Sam’s summery bouquet of daisies + feverfew?!

first peek

first look

wedding party

outdoor farm ceremony


outdoor farm ceremony

Saying our vows. There were more than 200 people watching and listening, but in that moment, I only remember seeing him.

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

outdoor farm ceremony

stone seating card

Their escort card display turned out so great! And although it would be a bit time consuming, this would be such an easy DIY, too. Perfect for a rustic wedding!

stone seating card


flag table numbers

flag table numbers

sunflower centerpieces

rustic outdoor farm dessert bar

For dessert, guests were served the couple’s favorite cookies + cupcakes, baked by friends + family members…


grand entrance


sunset bride and grooms

And these portraits of Sam + Brian during golden hour are just incredible!

sunset bride and grooms

sunset bride and grooms

sunset bride and grooms

Processional: Bridal Party: Come Go With Me – The Beach Boys; Bride: Come Thou Fount (performed live by Grow + Twine)

Recessional: Best of My Love – The Emotions

First Dance: Crazy Love – Van Morrison

first dance


Have dates where you don’t talk about the wedding. DIYers, delegate! At your wedding, everyone is watching you, but take some time to watch as well.

photography: Erik Clausen // venue: Diablo Ranch Walnut Creek, California // event planner: bride and groom, April Gray at Diablo Ranch // florals: Ivanka Matsuba // wedding dress: Wtoo Mimi Wedding Gown // hairpieces: David’s Bridal // shoes: Seychelles // bridesmaid dresses: varied, bridesmaids picked their own // hair: Esther Yoo  // makeup: Amy Quattrociocche // groom suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suit // paper goods: bride and groom, Timothy Santos (bride’s brother) // catering: Tako Bar // cake: Cookies by family members, S’mores and Neopolitan Cupcakes by Sara Masis

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous! The photographer did a great job!

  2. This is the exact style of dress I’ve been searching for! Please does anyone know where its from? Thank you

  3. Diablo Ranch is gorgeous! I’m so glad the photographer caught them in that amazing sunset light. All-around beautiful :)

  4. Beautiful wedding concept! Loved each and every detail done for the wedding. The escort card theme on stones looks pretty and unique.

  5. Wow, such a gorgeous wedding! I would love to photograph a first look wedding. Those few moments alone must be simply amazing.

  6. What a fun wedding! Love the unique photography, too

  7. This wedding is a complete knockout! Such gorgeous portraits!

  8. They look so relaxed and in love – stunning!

  9. Hello- I just looked at this venue and was wondering if I can be connected directly with the bride? I have a few brief logistical questions! Thanks!

  10. Such a great wedding, love those sunset shots!

  11. Love the flag background. Nice pictorial!


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