A Touch of Gold: Tessa + Will's Wedding in California

Exemplary of the gorgeous golden California sunlight, this beautiful wedding in the hills of Santa Monica has us longing for warmer weather. The lovely couple, Will and Tessa, met while both studying at Stanford. After graduating the two packed their bags and drove across the country to Michigan where they went to medical school together and have since started residency. Talk about a change of weather!

The lovely wedding was captured by Michael Segal – to see his other real weddings, check out this amazing Real Wedding in Malibu. To see other wonderful wedding photographers in the Los Angeles area check out The Best Wedding Photographers of Los Angeles.

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Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal

The couple knew they wanted to get married in California, where the two had met and envisioned having an outdoor wedding surrounded by that wonderful, golden natural light that is so particular to the West Coast.

Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal

“We loved the secluded, mystical setting of Ahmanson Ranch, high in the mountains with gorgeous views and centered around a charming and historic ranch house,” says Tessa. The venue couldn’t have been more picturesque.

Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal

Helped by wedding coordinator, Dana Barrett Gabriel at Orange Dove Events, the couple planned a lovely wedding that incorporated many personalized touches, including eponymous cocktails, special vows that were a combination of traditional words and their own promises, and a symbolic releasing of doves (a gift from the father of the bride) into the sky after the ceremony.

Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal

The couple chose a plum and sparkly gold template for their wedding and chose to decorate the place with vintage furniture from Salt Buffalo, setting a tone of rustic elegance. When night fell, the venue was illuminated by lots of lights and vintage chandeliers strung up over the dinning area and dangling from a large oak tree in the center of the dance floor.

Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal
Image: Michael Segal

The guests were treated to spectacular fresh Californian cuisine by Lisa Rubenstein at Cornucopia, and a delicious all white wedding cake by Melissa from MJB When the night was finished, a classic white Bentley waited to whisk the newly married couple away.

From the bride: There are many more details that made our wedding day absolutely magical, but the best part was being surrounded by all our friends and family to celebrate the most important day of our lives.

Video via Isabel Cinema.

Venue: Ahmanson Ranch Diablo Dormido // Planner: Dana Barrett Gabriel at Orange Dove Events // Catering: Lisa Rubenstein at Cornucopia // Furniture Rentals: Salt Buffalo (Gordo) // Flowers: Caroline Fleming at Boulevard Florist // Cake: Melissa at MJB Cakes // Lighting: Marc Weinstock at Pacific Event Lighting //  DJ: Dave Dolphin // Live music: Jory Schulman // Alcohol: BevMo // Photographer: Michael Segal  // Videographer: Isabel Gonzalez at Isabel Cinema // Makeup: Tanya Bures at Page Beauty // Hair: Stefanie Cuesta

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