Whimsical Ranch Wedding: Sophia + Peter

ranch wedding

Sophia + Peter were married at Jalama Canon Ranch between Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez wine country. They were very inspired by 1920’s vintage fashion and nature – a gorgeous combo! Sophia found a beautiful 1920’s French wedding gown (she actually had 3 outfit changes including a red dress for their traditional tea ceremony) which helped set the tone for the day. Designing + planning the wedding themselves made their day feel very personal and special to them. They crafted almost everything – wedding invitations, hairpieces, bow ties, all the floral decorations and much more. They did have lots of help from friends and family of course, and for that, they are so grateful. :) Big thanks also to Bwright Photography for the gorgeous photos!


bride wearing sandals

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride in birdcage veil

From the couple, We also love nature and the great outdoors, so when we visited Jalama Canon Ranch for the first time, we fell in love right away. With a ranch as beautiful as Jalama Canon Ranch, everything just fell into place. We rented the ranch for three days and were able to fully enjoy the ranch, before and after the wedding as well. The night before, we played games all night with our wedding party and it helped us loosen up and forget for a moment about our nerves for the next day. What really made it feel intimate and special, was the fact that there was no cellular reception, no traffic, and no neighbors, it was a perfect getaway for everyone!

bride and groom

frames in tree

wheel, welcome sign

dried lavender bouquet

groomsmen ties

Tell us about your music:
Processional: Canon in D, as played by Peter’s cousin, Raymond Lim on keyboard
Recessional: The Beatles – All You Need is Love
First Dance: Frank Sinatra – Love and Marriage

outdoor ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

outdoor reception

outdoor reception

outdoor reception

Most memorable moment of your wedding day?

We love our parents dearly, so it was only natural for us to host a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the morning to pay respects to them. We hadn’t planned it out very well, and weren’t very familiar with all the traditions, but in the end, it was beautifully intimate and touching, plus lots of tears were shed.

Any advice for those planning now?

You’ve probably heard this a million times, but really, enjoy the process. Figure out what you guys want early, and go out and hunt for it. As you get closer to the end, remember, there is only so much you can plan for. Once your wedding day arrives, don’t forget to enjoy yourselves. We had quite a few details missing, people were late because Kim Kardashian decided to get married the same day, causing ridiculous traffic, but in the end, it was still the most amazing day.

Congrats to Sophia + Peter and thanks so much for sharing your beautiful day with us! :)

photography: Bwright Photography (also check out their fun San Francisco engagement photos here) // venue: Jalama Canon Ranch // day of coordinator: Dear friend Sunny Yu // officiant: Patrice Handley // invitations: Sophia and Peter // groom attire: Calvin Klein Suit + Antonio Maurizi Shoes // bowties and squares: Sophia and Peter // wedding dress: Joan Gilbert Bride // second dress: BHLDN // hair + makeup: The Queens’ Bees // floral design + hairpieces: Sophia // bride shoes: Calvin Klein // jewelry: Tiffany & Co

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  1. It looks lovely – beautiful couple! :-)

  2. all the headpieces are really rather amazing!

  3. Gorgeous!! Love the lavender + wheat + baby’s breath combo, so natural and lovely. Love those BM dresses too!!

  4. WOWOOO!!I love the vintage wedding gown!!!Charming!!And so beautiful bouquet!!

  5. congratulation and love you both,

    such a nice wedding dress for you both.

    God bless you

    merry x-mas and prosperous new year

  6. Totally loving the tire photos!! Is that wrong? And the adorable use of the wine barrels. Beautiful all around!

  7. I love all of the wheat they used in the details. So natural!

  8. Peter and Sophia, love the pics, we had a great time at your wedding!

  9. The event looks really natural and so charming!

  10. What lovely, unique photography! And I love they photos hanging up on the trees, very nice touch!

  11. This looks like this was one heck of a wedding to put on but the after product looks fantastic! Classy and elegant all the way and you can really see the personality of the couple shine through with the atmosphere and theme. I’ve been to a few weddings in the mountains of Santa Barbara/ Santa Ynez and they are nothing short of spectacular. Beautiful scenery, we all couldn’t of asked for a better way to spend a day with loved ones. I visit Santa Barbara quite often and I really must boast about this hotel I just discovered; the Sandman Inn (www.thesandmaninn.com). Quaint and affordable!


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