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La Cuesta Ranch Wedding

Ben and Brittany were married on September 1, 2018 at La Cuesta Ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

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Brittany’s brother officiated the ceremony, and their friends and family gathered around to witness these two becoming husband and wife. This was one of those weddings that just tugged at those heart strings; I legitimately cried (like sobbing tears) during some of the speeches you guys. I just felt so incredibly humbled, and honored that they chose me to capture their wedding day.

Wedding photography is not a job I take lightly.

I understand the importance, and the trust that comes with handing your most precious memories to “someone with a camera”. I strive to always be so much more than this for my couples, walking through the entire wedding process with them so they feel secure in their decision. Ben and Brittany not only trusted my team and I wholeheartedly, but they valued our talents, trusted our visions and were some of the most gracious hosts I’ve witnessed.

I wish I could find the words to describe just how special their love was to capture. Their lifelong friendship turned into this beautiful, amazing thing. Hearing about their young love, Ben’s sweet crush, and how they were always there for each other, even when life was taking them in different directions, makes you realize that true love really does exist. Ben and Brittany absolutely have it, and I can’t wait to watch their love grow as they continue their life together.bridal wedding details wedding dress and garter hanging in the window blush bridesmaid robes hanging in a window wedding ring close up in the wedding bouquet bridesmaids getting ready black and white moment of the bride getting ready brids and bridesmaids in their robes bride hanging out with her bridesmaids bride and bridesmaids getting ready bridesmaids helping the bride with her wedding dress grooms wedding details groom getting ready on his wedding day groomsmen playing pool and getting ready black and white moments of the groom getting ready groom opening his letter from the bride on their wedding day groom opening his gift from the bride

Ben and the groomsmen travelled to The Cliffs Hotel & Spa for the first look. The weather could not have been more perfect for these two to share this beautiful, intimate wedding day moment.

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Then we all headed north to La Cuesta Ranch in San Luis Obispo for the wedding ceremony and the rest of the party!

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The floral arrangements, stunning decor and attention to detail that went into every aspect of this day was amazing. Brittany kept saying, “This is our dream wedding” and it really was a dream. Such a beautiful San Luis Obispo wedding venue with so many lovely moments to capture.

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Aren’t those wedding details gorgeous? I was in wedding photographer heaven you guys! Just wait until you see how beautiful the ceremony is!!

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And that sweet first kiss as husband and wife!

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Now, it’s party time! Wedding receptions are always fun, and this wedding was no exception. The new Mr. & Mrs. laughed, cried and celebrated with their guests in the most perfect setting.

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Although this next part is something I’ve only done a few times, I love when couples choose a sparkler send off! Not only are they gorgeous for photos, but it is so sweet for couples to say goodbye to their guests and head off into marital bliss!

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Knaus! #joiningtheknaushouse

I can’t wait to capture more San Luis Obispo Weddings! If you’re getting married in SLO, Contact Me to get your wedding date on the calendar! I cannot thank the amazing vendor team enough for making this beautiful wedding happen. Check them out below! Click HERE to see their wedding film.

Venue: La Cuesta Ranch
Photo & Video: Megan Helm Photography
Second Photographer: Priscilla Banuelos
Second Videographer & Audio: Will Cobb – Cobblestone Productions
Planning & Florals: Butter Events
Wedding Dress: Whats Up Europe Bridal
Groom’s Tuxedo: INDOCHINO
Hair & Makeup: Infinite Beauty LA
Wedding Rings: Ashoori & Co.
Cake: Sweet Caroline

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La Cuesta Ranch Wedding | Ben + Brittany

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