Ryan + Shelly: The Giving Tree
A sweet twist on a classic children’s tale. Ryan and Shelly were married at Dos Pueblos Ranch in Santa Barbara. Complete with barn and beach, this is definitely a great spot if you are looking for a rustic California wedding. Their good friend officiated the ceremony and wove in the story of The Giving Tree as an example of unselfish love. It was such a thoughtful service, and we loved every bit of it. By having a friend officiate, the ceremony becomes something more then just a legal, somber occasion. It becomes a personalized and meaningful moment, filled with comments from a person who really knows the bride and groom. While it’s not for everyone, it can be a fun choice for those who have a friend with enough courage to marry them in front of 150 people! We were joined by one of our favorite Santa Barbara wedding planners, Donna Romani, and a new-to-california photographer Elisabeth Millay. She is moving her beautiful and fresh talent from the east coast to the west. Check out Ryan & Shelly’s photos here.