Don’t you love hearing the stories of how a couple meet and how the proposal takes place? Call me too inquisitive, but those two questions are the two that I usually ask.
Allyson & Ryan met while working together on a Coast Guard ship. The military doesn’t allow outward relationships, so they had a hidden relationship for about two years.
Allyson and Ryan were the cutest and calmest couple on their wedding day. If they were nervous, one never knew. The two do not live in the area, so their wedding was a San Luis Obispo destination wedding. Allyson still serves in the Coast Guard so planning, especially a destination wedding would seem problematic, but she made it look easy. As their San Luis Obispo wedding photographer, we communicated a few times on the phone and online to ensure their photographic ideas were honored.
It was a beautiful day in July 2017: the sky was clear and the golden hills of San Luis Obispo were ready to celebrate with the happy couple and their families. The venue, The Prefumo Crest Inn stands at the top of Prefumo Canyon with 360 degree views of San Luis Obispo, Morro Rock, the golden California hills and the ocean. The fog did roll in heavy during the reception.
It was an emotional wedding. The couple presented each other with wedding gifts before the ceremony. Allyson received a beautiful kite and infinity necklace while Ryan received a completed journal written by Allyson. The ceremony was beautiful, but the couple more than anything wanted to celebrate this great event with their families.
One surprise of the day was the gift given to Allyson from the Chavira sisters (Ryan’s sisters). It was a Coast Guard jacket with her new married name that she could wear while on the ship serving her country.
When the fog rolled in from Avila Beach, the sky turned grey, jackets came on and blankets were shared, so Allyson’s new jacket was perfect to wear during the reception.
Instead of a wedding cake, the happy couple decided to have a pie that they loved, pumpkin pie as the dessert of choice. It was a great day. Congratuations A + R!
Florist | Ellen Benner, Burlap bouquets
Caterer | The Rib Line
Bridal gown designer | Wine Country Bride | Santa Rosa, CA
Venue: | Perfumo Crest Inn |San Luis Obispo, CA