A Perfect Marriage of an Intimate Affair and All-Out Bash Offers Wedding Ideas

This 'two of a kind' take on a wedding experience kept our bride and groom happy with events devoted to each of their unique visions.
Written by
Megan Simpson Teeter


California Wedding Day Spring/Summer 2024

Love begets love, and then it doubles. Lauren and Jacob Clark’s different but complementary hosting styles guided them to throw not one, but two extraordinary celebrations that showcased their individualism and shared joy. This decision stemmed from their distinct preferences: Jacob wanted a grand celebration with all their friends and family in attendance, while Lauren desired a more private, spiritual ceremony. Striking a harmonious balance, they chose to have one intimate event and one sumptuous party at Higuera Ranch in San Luis Obispo.

Their vision for the first wedding was crystal clear: to embrace classic wedding traditions in a romantic and whimsical affair designed with a vibrant summer palette. Higuera Ranch’s serene gardens were the setting for the ceremony, with the pair’s nearest and dearest in attendance. An elegant candlelit dinner followed. The atmosphere was tranquil and romantic, reflecting the couple’s deep connection and shared faith.

On the following day, the newlyweds’ second, larger celebration reflected their fun-loving personalities as well as their respect for family traditions. This time, Lauren and Jacob chose a boho-chic-meets-ranch-style wedding. The result was nothing short of a master class in color. The extended soirée—which included a welcome hour, a ceremony under a storied fig tree, a longer cocktail hour and myriad activities—was charming and picturesque. Vows exchanged, Lauren and Jacob proceeded up the aisle as guests showered them with flower petals. 

Cocktail hour on a sprawling lawn allowed everyone to savor the day’s festivities, play games and enjoy specialty cocktails. Under enchanting bistro lights and draping ivy, a barbecue dinner was served family-style. The weekend teemed with original touches, from a retro camper photo booth to a contemporary combo of disco balls and rattan elements hanging above the dance floor. Custom details such as a ribbon garland and a stunning three-tiered cake imbued the celebration with whimsy. The dance floor stayed alive with upbeat tunes until the night ended with a spectacular all-in jump into the pool.


Bridal Attire (Friday Reception)
Bridal Attire
Bridesmaids' Attire
Bridesmaids' Attire
Bridesmaids' Attire
Bridesmaids' Attire
Bridesmaids' Attire
Bridesmaids' Attire
Cake + Desserts (Friday Reception)
Catering (Friday Reception)
Beverages + Bartending
Floral Art + Preservation
Groom's + Groomsmen's Attire
Hospitality + Staffing
Lighting + Music
Photo Booth
Stationery + Signage
Wedding Planning + Design