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Rain wasn’t about to spoil this wedding. Yes, for most of the day is was rainy, cold and windy. But the warmth of Chris and Tiffany, family, friends, the festivities and the Grand Chenier Ranch – kept this wedding celebration lively and warm! Chris and Tiffany were such a great couple to serve. While no bride and groom wants rain on their wedding day, they were determined to keep it from hampering their day. Warm, friendly and laid back –  Chris and Tiffany made the most of their wedding day and everyone had a blast. Their love for each other was beautifully obvious!

Welcome to the Grand Chenier Ranch! The Central Coast’s (San Miguel) newest top notch rustic country and western wedding venue. This place is AMAZING!! This venue has it all. The barn that most of the festivities usually take place in has the feel of an authentic rustic country setting, yet it is so classy, warm and dazzling that I was simply in awe! This is not some drafty run down barn. This wedding venue has class, style and warmth written all over it. The photo opps at this wedding venue are simply limitless. The grounds offer the use of fields, trees, dirt roads, swings, an old shack, antique fire engine, carriage, horses, etc., etc. Read and look on! If you are looking for the perfect country, western or vintage wedding venue – this just might be it!  The staff at the Grand Chenier are first rate also. Always there to help and see that things are running smoothly for the bride and groom.

As you can see…above the barn is another floor that is filled with all kind of antiques and neat stuff. It’s the perfect place for a cocktail hour or for people just to relax and hang out.  It may look like this area is very narrow, but it is actually much more spacious than it would appear.  This photo taken with a fish eye lens makes look much more narrow than it actually is.    What a great wedding venue!  The Grand Chenier Ranch Rocks!

I started the day shooting at a beautiful house Tiffany and and family were getting ready in. First the rings, dress and shoes and then moved on to the bride and her bridal party getting ready.  You never know what you might see even through the crack of a door!   Sorry Tiffany, I hope you didn’t feel like you were being stalked.  :  )    I had received permission to be in this area and was careful to ask if  everyone was proper before entering this area where the girls were getting ready.

Tiffany’s sister helps her with the dress.  They are really close and it was beautiful to see how much they cared about each other.

The below shot is actually at the Grand Chenier later in the day after the ceremony.  Tiffany’s sister and mother help her bustle the dress.

Next I was out the door headed four houses down where Chris and his brother were getting ready. Since Chris and Tiffany were from out of town they had both rented houses to be with family and have some space for getting ready before the wedding.  This was a great idea and the houses were great for taking pics!

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I’m outside in the rain with umbrella shooting back at Chris in the doorway.  If you look close you  can see the rain drops captured in mid air.

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That’s Chris and Tiffany for you…always horse’n around!

The wedding ceremony was held at the Mission in San Miguel. Like all missions it is a very beautiful and historic site.

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Chris and Tiffany had rented a classic vintage car for their drive from the San Miguel Mission to the Grand Chenier Ranch.   It was windy and raining so we were limited it what we could do. Regardless I proposed we make use of the classic car and the bell tower backdrop aided by one umbrella for them and one for me.  A big thanks to Chris’ brother for holding the umbrella for me!

With the rain and wind in full swing at the reception, we stayed indoors and made use of the barns unique inside backdrops.

Sometimes there is only one way to keep cowboys in line!

The expressions that people give me when they discover me pointing a camera at them are…umh…let’s say priceless.  I like to often imagine what they are thinking.  On rare occasion I will share with you my best guess as I have done below.

Have you ever tried to toss a hat up in the air and have it land on your head while dancing?  Let’s just say, it is not easy and if the person trying to do so has been drinking – it may be even more difficult!

Chris and Tiffany had thought of the smallest details for their wedding.  A couple hours before the party concluded these “midnight snacks” were brought out.  Yum!

Normally the dancing takes place on the deck just outside the barn (pictured below).  However, with it being cold and windy it seemed certain the dancing would stay strictly indoors. However, about an hour before the evening concluded people began trickling outdoors to the deck to dance in the cold wind. The only way for me to get the shot was to get out in the rain shooting back toward the deck of the barn. So I took my giant golf umbrella and held it with one hand and my camera with the other to catch this shot.

A special thanks to the Grand Chenier Ranch and their staff.  They really made a difference.  Most importantly though a big thank you to Chris and Tiffany for letting me capture and have a small part in their day.  Congrats to you two on a wonderful wedding celebration and the wonderful love you have for each other!  Keep it going strong and keep in touch!



Beautiful white clouds sprinkled the rich blue sky as Phillip and Andie enjoyed their sweet and blissful wedding!    Their gorgeous wedding took place at: The Gardens At Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande – one of the very best wedding venues on the Central Coast. I don’t think I could have asked for a more kind and photogenic couple. The couple as well as the bridal party, family and friends were in great spirits, ready to party and were a pleasure to be around.  I arrived early to ensure I had plenty of time to photograph the details including the wedding rings, shoes, wedding dress and everything in between.

As mentioned above, The Garden’s At Peacock Farms, located in Arroyo Grande is a gorgeous wedding venue. The venue includes a wonderfully spacious and beautiful bridal suite for the bride to get ready. It also has a small vineyard, pond, tractor and truck props, beautiful green trees and plenty of space. This venue was designed with weddings and wedding photography in mind – right down to the smallest details. I’ve seen a great number of wedding venues in my day and this is one of my favorites. Peacock Farms is professional staffed for the entire wedding day to make sure your wedding day is the best it can be.  I simply can’t say enough good things about this wedding venue.

Not all brides are daring enough to let me leave their sight with their wedding dress in hand. However, Andie gave me a great amount of trust and allowed me to very carefully take her wedding dress outside so that I could shoot it hanging from this tree.  I think it was well worth the risk. Thanks Andie!

Details, details, details.  Personally I love all your wedding details.  As a general rule of thumb:  if you took the time and money to include them – their important enough for me to photograph.  Details are not the substance of your wedding day, but they certainly add to the fun, excitement and beauty of your wedding day!

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With the majority of the wedding details photographed, I moved on to the “getting ready shots”.

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Andie was quite the stunning bride!

Phillip was quite the handsome groom.

The stunning floral arrangements were provided by:  Flowers To You By Jessica.  Jessica provides some of the very best wedding flowers and floral arrangements in the business.  If you are looking for a wedding florist, you’ll want to give her a look.

Phillip (below) showing me he’s not having a case of nerves – his hands are not shaky!

It seems wedding cupcake arrangements (below) are becoming more and more popular.  They offer many advantages over wedding cakes. Of course it’s really just a matter of preference!

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Here comes Andie down the aisle with her father.

Capturing the emotion on your wedding day – whether it is the bride, groom, family member or wedding guest – is my reward as a wedding photographer.

After the ceremony we arranged for Phillip and Andie to rejoin the audience for one big group shot of everyone in attendance.

Everyone wanted to see the wedding ring!

Phillip and Andie were referred to me by one of my all time favorite wedding clients, Abel and Candice –  featured in the below photograph. What a wonderful couple they are.  A special thanks to them for recommending me to Phillip and Andie. Candice, by the way was pregnant at the time of this wedding. She has now gone on to give birth and so Abel and Candice are now proud parents. Congrats!   Below, Candice has fun taking a picture of the official picture taker (me)!  I love the look on Abel’s face as she does so!

These two girls (below/top/right) really “take the cake”.  Well actually, as you can see, they were about to “take the cake”. Fortunately I caught them in the act and then persuaded them to wait until the cake was served for everyone.  Just another “save the day” type deed –  that I so often do with out any recognition!   :  )

Featured below, the groom’s father! To say he was “off the hook” would be an understatement.  I do not think I have ever seen a father of the groom, let alone anyone, smile for so long un interrupted. This guy was smiling, dancing, you name it…ALL night long!  I could not help but smile from ear to ear as I watched his wonderful display of joy and laughter!

Phillip and Andie make their escape through the gauntlet (below)!

“Your chariot awaits you” – as the expression goes.  In this case it was:  “Your Caddy awaits you!”   Sweet ride!

A special thanks to Peacock Farms for their great wedding venue and fabulous service through out the day. The Central Coast is blessed to have you in the wedding industry.

A wonderful and blissful day of love and laughter for Phillip and Andie. My memories of their most special wedding day will live on for many, many years.  My hope and prayer for Philip and Andie is for that wonderful love and laughter of their day to live on in the sweetness that is the rest of their lives.  Congrats to you two and remember you always have a friend here – so stay in touch!



If you are looking for a great wedding venue – The Gardens At Peacock Farms is located at 2018 Los Berros Road  Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 (805) 431-0226.  I’m sure they would love to hear from you and make an appointment to show you around and tell you much more about all the great things their wedding venue has to offer.

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