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Elegant Tuscan Wedding at Villa Loriana in San Luis Obispo

After COVID cancellations, the third time was the charm for Rachael & Taylor when they finally got to tie the knot!
By: 
Emily Sweet

Taylor Bourgeois and Rachael Burnham took inspiration from the Tuscan countryside and coastal elegance for their dazzling event‭ ‬at Villa Loriana in San Luis Obispo‭. ‬The couple met during their sophomore year at Cal Poly‭, ‬San Luis Obispo‭, ‬and their love of‭ ‬the town brought them from Chicago to SLO for their wedding day‭.  ‬Rachael looked stunning in a simple gown with an elegant neckline‭, ‬and Taylor’s blue suit was very dapper‭. ‬Acknowledging the importance of family‭, ‬both the bride and groom opted to have their siblings in their bridal party‭. ‬To honor grandparents who were no longer with them‭, ‬Rachael and Taylor highlighted family during their ceremony‭, ‬and Rachael wore her grandmother’s ring‭. ‬To enhance the social ambiance‭, ‬foodies Taylor and Rachael chose a station-style dinner that served delectable bites from a variety of different cuisines‭; ‬the lobster rolls and grab-and-go gelato bites were guest favorites‭. ‬The floral design was timeless‭, ‬featuring white and toffee long-stemmed roses in the bridal party bouquets‭, ‬and organic and asymmetrical arrangements at‭ ‬the reception‭. ‬A Polaroid station at the reception offered guests a chance to snap commemorative pictures‭, ‬which the couple later mailed out with thank-you cards‭. ‬The reception was a true celebration‭, ‬with a live band playing and the dance floor fully occupied throughout the night‭. ‬After the couple had had to postpone their event three times due to the pandemic‭, ‬bride Rachael said‭, ‬“The entire day was exactly what we had waited for‭, ‬and it was all worth the wait‭!‬

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