Beautiful Dos Pueblos Ranch Wedding: Lara + David


Lara + David are artists by trade and one of their goals for their beautiful Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding was for it to reflect both of their creative sides. And so lots of handmade + hand-picked details were a must. Since they also happen to be big nature lovers, finding a SoCal venue that had a beach, the woods, AND a barn was a total bonus! They incorporated a little vintage flair into the setting in the form of fun design elements like an Edison light bulb installation suspended above the dance floor and an old timey photo booth adorned with past wedding photos of their relatives. We love that their day ended up feeling like the magical vintage wonderland they always envisioned! Here’s more about it all from Lara:

Green Wedding Shoes is the blog I most frequented to seek out inspiration when I was planning my wedding. (Thanks, Lara!) The site really captures unique weddings that are not run of the mill. We picked a venue where everything had to be brought in, which also means a lot of work and a lot of decisions! We truly created our wedding from the ground up. We wrote our entire wedding ceremony, I designed my wedding dress, together we designed my engagement ring, we brought in all our decor and vases, we printed and framed old wedding photos of generations past….The best compliment we kept getting was: “this is so you!”. I’m thrilled knowing we threw a really fun kick-ass party that also was so authentic to who we are.

Thanks so much to Kirsten Ellis for these super lovely images + congratulations to Lara + David!

seychelles heels

photo postcard

wedding rings Kirsten Ellis

We have a mild case of ring envy going on!

first look

abandoned house

abandoned house

And their first look, in an old greenhouse, is way too gorge!

abandoned house




wild bridesmaid bouquet

flower girls with bride

flower girls with bride

flower girls with bride

Gah, these little ones! Their vintage summer outfits are killing us! :)

sweet little ones


Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

In addition to writing and sharing our own vows, one of my favorite moments from the wedding was after David’s brother made his best man speech, his daughter Hannah, who was 7 at the time, reached out for the microphone. She wanted to give a speech as well. She gave the sweetest little toast saying how happy she was for us and that she had a new Aunt. She was so moved she starting crying and it just brought everyone to tears. I’m tearing up just thinking about it! It was such an authentic unprepared little gem of the night.


bride and groom

bride on bridge

bride and groom

bride on beach

Our first look was in an old green house. We took sunset photos on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We traipsed through horse stables, climbed train trestles and ran through the surf in our wedding dress and suit. We took advantage of every little bit this dynamic setting had to offer!

bride and groom

bride and groom

laura and david

laura and david

honey favor escort cards

honey favor escort cards

guest book


Floral prettiness by Blue Magnolia!

vintage camera

dessert table


family photo wall

photo booth

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Bridal Party: Dance Me to the End of Love – Leonard Cohen; Bride: And I Love Her – The Beatles

Recessional: I Want to Love You Madly – Cake

First Dance: A mash up! Feeling Good – Nina Simone, Crazy in Love – Beyonce (version by the Puppini Sisters) + Fancy Footwork – Chromeo

first dance

And let’s end this one with the super sweet film from the day, shot by Daniella Hovespian + edited by Lara!

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

When you create your wedding from the ground up, planning every detail, it’s impossible not to feel disappointed when things go wrong. But my best advice to future brides is: Things will go wrong, they always do, laugh, don’t think twice and go dance your butt off! The wedding flies by so fast, there’s no time to not be fully present in the moment.

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photography: Kirsten Ellis // venue name: Dos Pueblos Ranch, Goleta, California // event design: Soigne Productions // planning: Soigne Productions // florals: Blue Magnolia // videography: Daniella Hovespian // catering: Plemmons // dress maker: Lezu // rentals: Tricia Fountaine, The Tent Merchant // photo booth: My Vintage Photobooth // dessert: Christine Dahl, Simply Pies