Brooke & James: Rustic and Charming Santa Ynez Wedding

From: Spring Summer 2014 edition

A Brit and an American, once separated by 5,500 miles, fell for each other after serendipitously meeting on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Letters were exchanged, feelings grew, and a Thanksgiving proposal in front of family and friends sealed the deal. Brooke and James’ love story is one for the books. Inspired by their love of hosting dinner parties in their back garden, Brooke and James approached their wedding as the best dinner party of their lives. Because Brooke used to visit her late grandfather’s ranch in Santa Ynez every Christmas, Apple Creek Ranch’s eclectic feel and breathtaking valley views made for the perfect venue. The wedding included a reading of E.E. Cummings’ “I Carry Your Heart,” and guests were given cones made from pages of the poet’s work and filled with dried lavender to throw after the ceremony. With loved ones from New York to New Zealand in attendance, guests were asked to sign a vintage map in order to remind the newlyweds of all those they cherish around the world. With an inimitable love story and a wedding brimming with loved ones and precious memories, it’s clear that Brooke’s and James’ hearts belong to one another.

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