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Located on 150 acres of rolling hills in the heart of San Luis Obispo's Edna Valley Wine Country, the acclaimed Greengate Ranch & Vineyard is a wedding venue like no other in Central California. Part working horse ranch and part vineyard, Greengate provides lush and beautiful backdrops for ceremonies, receptions and wedding photo shoots.

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The wedding photo shoot we are about to share with you provides the perfect example of the kind of backdrops that Greengate can offer. The settings were created for Mike Larson Photography's wedding photo retreat by designers Crosby + Jon.

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Here is what Crosby + Jon have to say about their experience with Mike Larson at the Greengate Ranch & Vineyard:

Every so often, you meet someone who inspires your soul and who makes you want to elevate your craft - to become a better, more well-rounded creative individual. When Mike Larson and his lovely wife Rachel invited us to their photography retreat at the Greengate Ranch & Vineyard in San Luis Obispo, California, we knew that we would be pushed to create something new and fresh. This was a challenge that we took on with excitement (and a little bit of nervousness too).

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If we had to choose three words to describe Mike Larson Photography, they would be: talented, dedicated, and inspiring. His challenge to us was to design a multifaceted inspirational wedding photo shoot that his workshop participants would spend an entire day photographing. This photo shoot was extra meaningful to us because we knew Crosby + Jon's designs would be photographed by 20 talent photographers from all over the United States.

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For the settings, we gained our inspiration by going back to the classics. We wanted to evoke Grace Kelly and Ralph Lauren, two icons who are known for their sophistication and also their simplicity.

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For the table-scape, we used a neutral color palate, luxe polished mixed metals, and crystal to create an elegant setting. Gardenias, garden roses and peonies were used to make a monochromatic low centerpiece, which filled the middle of our reclaimed wood table. The real showstoppers were the hundreds of suspended taper candles hung from a golden rod supported by invisible clear cables. The effect was that the candles appeared to float above the table.

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Where would Ralph Lauren lounge at his daughter's wedding? For our lounge, we stayed consistent with a neutral color palate, bringing in pops of navy and rich leather to evoke an Americana cigar lounge - the perfect setting for a fashion icon to enjoy a pre-reception smoke.

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The results of the photography retreat were more than perfect. We are so in love with the elegance and timeless feel of every aspect of this shoot.   Thank you to Mike Larson Photography for inviting Crosby + Jon on your retreat. And, thank you to the lovely photographers who captured our vision perfectly. Cheers to inspiring and elevating each other's crafts.

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  • Photographer: Mike Larson Photography
  • Event Planning & Design: Crosby + Jon
  • Florals: Krista Jon
  • Venue: Greengate Ranch and Vineyard
  • Cakes & Sweets: Paper Cake Events
  • Caterer: Field to Table Events | Wine: Saucelito
  • Makeup Artist: The Queens' Bees
  • Rentals: Archive Rentals
  • Invitations and Paper: Bliss & Bone