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A Wedding in Southern California Inspired by a Dinner Party – Brides

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When casting agent Taylyr matched with filmmaker Andrew on Bumble in March 2016, it didn’t take them long to realize they already had a mutual connection: Andrew’s younger sister and Taylyr had been close friends and coworkers a few years earlier. The couple planned their first date for West Hollywood’s Hudson and, says Taylyr, “We were smitten ever since!”

After spending six weeks apart during the pandemic while Andrew filmed on location in Canada, the couple planned a weeklong wine tasting trip through California to celebrate their reunion. On the first night of their trip, Andrew planned a private outdoor dinner for the two of them at Beltane Ranch. ‘’It ended up being a beautiful stroll through the vineyard until we turned a corner and there it was, the most gorgeous dinner setup ever!” says Taylyr. “Under a massive 100-year-old oak tree there was a stunning long wooden table, decorated with candles, flowers, and Champagne. Andrew proposed, I sobbed, and we celebrated by drinking Champagne until dark.”

This private, upscale dinner was exactly the type of celebration they envisioned for their wedding, too. “Andrew and I love nothing more than an extravagant, yet intimate evening with some of our closest friends and family—extravagant in the food, wine, and cocktails, but intimate in the setting and choice of company,” says Taylyr. They found the ambience and setting they wanted at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California, and invited just 65 of their closest family members and friends to join them for their ceremony and reception on May 7, 2022. “Going into wedding planning, we knew we wanted somewhere that captured both the high-end food, atmosphere and service we so love while also feeling private and intimate,” says Taylyr. “San Ysidro Ranch gave us all of that with the lush and romantic charm we were looking for.”

Wedding planner Jane Gerwin of Jane Alexandra Events helped the couple infuse their day with custom touches: Blue, white, and gold florals that brought the couple’s dream color palette to life; custom vows shared during the first look; an extended aisle installation leading to a flower–laden altar; a multi-course meal paired with signature cocktails; and playlists made with input from the bride and groom. Compromise was key as Taylyr and Andrew let each other take the lead on the decisions they each felt most strongly about—and the result was a day that felt perfectly, uniquely theirs. “From the wedding size, to the venue, to the food and wine selections, everything was a celebration of who and what we love as a couple!” says Taylyr. See every detail ahead in photographs captured by Jenny Quicksall.

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Torn-edge paper suites from Aerialist Press included an image of the intimate venue on the invitation card, a details card, and an RSVP card. Gold wax seals, floral-printed vellum, and blue-gray envelopes referenced the wedding day’s color palette and garden setting.

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


After trying on what she describes as “plenty of dresses, all that I thought were gorgeous,” Taylyr knew from the moment she donned an asymmetrical Jane Hill Bridal gown that no other dress could compare. “When I tried on the dress, I felt so beautiful in it, and it just felt so me,” she says. “I love to play with fashion and different styles, but wanted my wedding dress to be one I would always look back on and love.” 

She chose to keep the rest of her look refined, too, opting for natural makeup (with one critical product choice: waterproof mascara) and loose curls. Her accessories included Badgley Mischka heels and a pair of meaningful bracelets. “The pearl bracelet I wore was Andrew’s mother’s bracelet, which her husband—Andrew’s dad—had gifted to her (it was also my something borrowed),” says Taylyr. “The other bracelet was my mother’s, that she gave to me for the day (my something blue). I really loved getting to wear a piece from two amazing women in my life, both of our mothers. It felt like a really special touch having those on my wrist that day.”

Andrew picked out her wedding day fragrance: Giorgio Armani’s Si Passione. “I wanted it to be something special that I didn’t wear everyday, so Andrew chose it, which made it feel so much more personal and special!” says Taylyr. “I wore it for every wedding event that weekend, and now every time I wear it, it reminds me so much of that amazing weekend!”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Andrew designed his own tuxedo from Balani Custom Suits, accenting the navy fabric with a rounded black satin lapel and a black trouser stripe to match his black Tom Ford bow tie and black oxide studs and cufflinks.

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


The couple created an elegant contrast among their bridal party with groomsmen in black Calvin Klein suits and patterned ties and bridesmaids in champagne-toned satin charmeuse gowns from BHLDN.

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Florist Jocelyn Girouard of Fig Event Co. used the ranch’s gardens as inspiration for Taylyr’s “lush, wild, romantic” bouquet of white, blue, and blush flowers.

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Taylyr and Andrew wrote their own vows for the wedding ceremony—then chose to exchange them privately during their first look before reading them in front of their guests. “Doing the vows one-on-one in the first look made all the difference, because I got to speak those words to Andrew without all the nerves!” says Taylyr. “Seeing each other and genuinely just being in the other’s presence minutes before walking down the aisle was such an incredible and surreal moment. It was so special having that moment, just the two of us, to read our vows alone and soak up the magic of the day!”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


The ceremony décor—including a custom blue-and-white hanging banner, an aisle of growing arrangements and grasses, and a floral backdrop—was designed to complement the venue’s gardens and views. “We really wanted to use the beauty of San Ysidro,” says Taylyr. “San Ysidro is filled with so many gorgeous flowers, greenery and gardens that we wanted to create our ceremony décor to feel as if it belonged and melted in with the surroundings. At the end of it all, we ended up with an aisle that we would have never even dreamed of, and we absolutely loved it! Jocelyn created a winding aisle with a mix of pots and planters that was lush and stunning, wild yet romantic.”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


“One of our favorite special details was incorporating a memory for Andrew’s father in our wedding arch at the altar,” says Taylyr. “Andrew’s father was Las Vegas performer Danny Gans, and his signature colors were always red and black. We added a pop of red roses near where we stood on our otherwise blue, white, and green arch to represent Andrew’s dad being with us in spirit.”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Andrew’s cousin officiated the couple’s ceremony, where they reread the vows they shared during their first look. “One of the things Andrew was certain about from the start is he wanted us to write our own vows, and we both are so happy that we did,” says Taylyr. “It made our ceremony feel that much more personal and special getting to say those things to one another in front of all the people we love most.”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Lush florals and varied textures—lace, ceramic, rattan, natural wood, luxe fabrics—complemented the outdoor space and created the “extravagant yet intimate” atmosphere the couple envisioned.  “Our planner did a great job of finding beautiful yet subtle accents that added to the overall feel we wanted, without being over the top,” says Taylyr.

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


A hanging escort sign titled “Our Favorite People” directed guests to their assigned tables. “​​Since our wedding was on the smaller side, we really wanted to use that to make it feel very personal and special for us and each one of our guests,” says Taylyr. “We wanted them to not only know, but be able to feel that if they were there, they truly meant the world to us.”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Inside the historic space, the design focused on a color palette of blue, white, and gold with woven chairs, bare wood tables, patterned china, and low, footed centerpiece vessels. “Andrew and I love a family dinner party, so we wanted our reception to translate that,” says Taylyr. “It was important to us that our guests felt as if they were at one big opulent family dinner!”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Chefs at the ranch provided the couple and their guests with a memorable three-course meal. “The food at San Ysidro Ranch was one of the many reasons we chose the venue,” says Taylyr. “We also loved that instead of a traditional reception where people RSVP with their meal preference, San Ysidro allowed guests to order the night of, which we thought really added to the intimate dinner party vibe we love.” They also chose a three-tier cake with elderflower buttercream, decorated with blue and white flowers. 

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


Looking back on their wedding day, Taylyr and Andrew have trouble narrowing down their favorite moments. “It’s too hard!” she says. “Between the first dances, the speeches, the pure fun and love, there’s too many amazing moments to choose from! On the day, try your best to roll with the punches and enjoy. All your decisions are already made, if anything isn’t perfect, you can’t change, it so don’t let it affect your enjoyment of the day!”

Photo by Jenny Quicksall


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