Serenity Oaks Ranch Wedding Photography | Jennifer + James

Jennifer and James were married this past weekend. Their wedding at Serenity Oaks Ranch in Valley Center, CA was a rustic garden affair that was both elegant and charming. When I first met Jennifer and James earlier this year, Jennifer was full of ideas for DIY wedding projects and seemed just giddy at the thought of seeing those ideas come to life on her wedding day.¬† I couldn’t wait to see what Jennifer had up her sleeve and I certainly wasn’t disappointed!

Jennifer loves to garden and all of her wedding details were a nod to her favorite pastime. Potted flowers adorned tables which were named after flowers, place cards were potted pillars of flower seeds and even included personalized pouches of seeds for the guests to plant at home. What a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving. I was so excited for Jennifer and James- they were married on a gorgeous day in front of friends and family who were all filled to the brim with happiness.  A big thank you to Mary Frances for her invaluable  help!

Here are a few of my favorites!

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Jennifer and James’ ceremony was lovely. They put their own twist on a unity candle by imprinting their handprints into wet cement and having their wedding party each place a smooth pebble into the same cement. When the cement dries they will have a token of this day that will last forever and will be perfect for their very own garden!

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Married!

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

The ranch was a great place for bridal portraits because it’s huge and had lots of great shade trees. I took the newlyweds around the grounds right after they were hitched and we spent some time making some beautiful portraits of just the two of them.

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Here are some of those yummy details I mentioned before.

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

As the sun went down, the party began. There was lots of laughter and happiness all around.

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

I think my favorite part of the entire day was when Jennifer surprised James (and just about everyone else) with a song. It was sooo great! I love when brides and grooms surprise each other with something like that at the reception.

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Serenity Oaks San Diego Wedding Photography

Congratulations, Jennifer and James! I am so honored to have spent such a wonderfully meaningful day with you. I hope you are having an amazing time in Cancun!

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  • Kim - Fabulous like always! I love the last photo with the lights in the trees. Awesome!

  • Mary - ahhhh I love all of them! Heidi you are so amazing and talented! Thank you so much for having me tag along for the day! It was a blast and truly an honor! Jennifer and James couldn’t have been any more in love and it was amazing to be a witness to their beautiful wedding day! <3

  • jen berry - OMG. I totally know who the groom is. AND, the place card you took a pix of is my psuedo brother, ken, who i’ve know for 15+ years. WEIRD. As usual you knock the bridal portraits out of the park. You are an awesome lady.

  • Ken V - Very nice.

  • Brenda's Wedding Blog - OMG – what a lovely wedding, superb photography. Love all the details too – and that shot of the bouquet on the wagon is beautiful.

  • Adrienne Gunde - That second b&w shot of the bride just took my breath away! I love the details and the whole feel of the outdoor reception… beautiful!

  • wedding photographer san diego - I love the color accent of the first few pictures, its warm and cold at the same time.

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