A private ranch ceremony followed by an intimate backyard wedding in sunny Carmel Valley

As soon as True told me where she was getting married, I knew I was the woman for the job. Nestled just past Carmel Valley village is a beautiful private ranch that has been owned by a couple families for over 100 years. As True began describing the property to me, I realized it was adjacent to the ranch my best friends got married on years ago (and the very first wedding I photographed in 2017!). I spent an entire summer helping my best friends prep the property for their wedding, and had grown to love that land in a way you only can when you live and work on it frequently. We camped out and shared so many good times. It was a summer I'll never forget, so when True told me she and Rusty wanted to have their ceremony on the ranch next door, I was so excited to go back.

True and her girlfriends got ready at a cute little cabin in Carmel Valley and were so much fun to hang out with. They reminded me of my own girlfriends, always laughing and always ready to party.