Real Wedding Stories: Elisa and Ryan, Santa Margarita Ranch
Rustic ranch wedding on a working cattle ranch
Photography by Kramer Events
Elisa and Ryan were two California-bred employees of Royal Caribbean International when they met halfway around the world on February 3, 2009. Elisa, a dancer and aerialist with the cruise ship’s production met Ryan, a lighting technician for the production department in a meeting for new crew members assigned to the ship. They soon found themselves forming a close friendship and that led to love on the high seas. Three years later Ryan proposed to Elisa, and their life long adventure began!
Their venue selection
Elisa and Ryan may have fallen in love on the other side of the world, but, they grew up just a few hours from each other in California; Elisa hails from Santa Maria, California, and Ryan, from Dinuba, California. Both wanted a Central Coast wedding venue that was not only close to their respective hometowns, but reflected their sense of style. They chose the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, just 45 minutes north of Santa Maria, because of it’s rustic appeal and outdoors focus.
How did they make their wedding unique?
It was very important to Elisa and Ryan to create an event that highlighted their personal style, and their love for family and friends (which included their cruise ship family!). They did not want to do anything that would be an expected tradition. We loved their cocktail and popcorn hour in the garden, and that the Groom utilized his background and worked with us to design the perfect lighting scheme for their reception in the historic barn.
With rustic sophistication and meaningful details as their style inspiration, Elisa and Ryan used the outdoor locations around the ranch and the barn to it’s full advantage. We loved their choice of the massive oak tree in the garden as their ceremony back drop. For their reception personal touches like gifts of home made soaps, and their own floral design completed their vision to a “t”.
Their advice for future couples?
“Be patient, and take it one step at a time”. Congratulations Elisa and Ryan!
Coordination/Lighting/Photo Booth/ Photography: Kramer Events
Officiant: Olive Tree Officiants
Rentals: SLO Party Rentals
Hair & Make-Up: Melissa Elgura of Hair is Art in my Hands
Tuxedo Rental: Generation Tux