I have this small disclaimer on my wedding services page that states, “I will always work with budgets if I feel you and your wedding are a right fit.” People either get it or they so clearly don’t. The ones that get it send me amazing emails filled with personal details about why they are a good fit. Kerri and David were some of those people. She wrote in her email, “I’m trying to surround myself with people on my wedding day that have good/fun energy.” Kerri talked about how important it was to her to include vendors who fit the bohemian intimate vibe they really wanted to recreate at their Rancho Cicada Retreat wedding. They couldn’t have picked a better venue for what they were going for either: Rancho Cicada Retreat is a special place. It’s a no-frills setting that you can rent for the entire week. It’s lush, overgrown, and green with a brambling brook, hammocks and lawn games. It’s a place where you can stay up late drinking whiskey by the campfire and no one comes to hush you. It’s the kind of place where you can dance the night away and there is nary a neighbor to hear you. It’s the kind of place where you can get married in an idyllic wonderland of green and golden hues, surrounded by as many of your friends and family as you want. Although it is smack in the middle of one of California’s best wine regions, it feels like you are the only people in the world while you are there.
It’s the kind of venue that breeds a DIY affair and Kerri and David’s was certainly that. Friends baked all the pies, officiated, and MC’d the night. The party went on all weekend and their friends and family were so lovely and including that once again at this venue, I stayed and partied the night away in their company. It seems to happen at this venue. It’s clearly where the cool couples wed and I certainly can’t wait to return! I’m feeling pretty grateful that Kerri found me and wrote to me so honestly and candidly and with such emotion. It was clear from the get-go that these two are full of love and care and it was even more apparent on their wedding day. Thanks Kerri and David for sharing your wedding retreat with me. It was an honor!
Venue: Rancho Cicada Retreat | Florist: Matthew Armbruster | Catering: Chuck Collison | Bride’s Attire: Holly Stalder | Groom’s Attire: Thailand | Groomsmen Suspenders: Suspender Superstore | Make-Up: Hawley Lopes | Hair: Amanda Lyn Jones | Rentals: Partysmart Rentals | Videographer: DGL Studio | Succulents : The Succulent Source | Decor: BHLDN | Bridal Bouquet: Eucca Floral Studio | Signage: Marrygrams | Cornhole Boards: Back 40 Life | Cornhole Bags: Sky Pixie Cornhole | Koozies: The Drinking Buddy