Bree & Hunter Santa Lucia Preserve

We both practice our own form of spirituality, so everything from the naturally beautiful location to the design of the wedding ritual itself was hand-selected as an expression of our shared philosophy about love. We wrote our vows ourselves and at no point did we stick to tradition unless it served to express our way of seeing life and marriage. It was beautiful and very rewarding to see all of our friends and family recognizing our eclectic approach to spirituality which integrates bits and pieces of all kinds of traditions. We deliberately wrote our vows to express that we are both here to help the other achieve the realization of their highest self. I think that notion is what was at the heart of our relationship and all of our choices, and I think it really came across for our friends and family. By the end of the vows, everyone was in tears!

  The couple stands underneath a tall oak in the Santa Lucia preserve at sunset; Sylvie Gil Photography
 Santa Lucia preserve landscape, a beautiful ranch setting for a wedding; photo by Sylvie Gil
 Bree + Hunter's redwood forest themed invitation suite; photo by Sylvie Gil
 Invitation envelope, the bride's gorgeous gown hangs from a California oak tree, her Manolo Blahniks rest in a swath of lace; photos by Sylvie Gil
  Lace wedding gown hangs from a tree, rustic invitations painted with wreaths; Sylvie Gil Photography
 The bride stands at the window with a gorgeous crown of braids, floral decorations hang from a wrought iron gate, a dreamy flower girl stands in a pasture; photos by Sylvie Gil
  A terra cotta vase spills over with ferns, moss foliage, and white roses next to a fireplace in the reception courtyard; photo by Sylvie Gil
  Guests and members of the bridal party mill around a fountain in the courtyard of the wedding venue, dressed in cream, white, and beige; photos by Sylvie Gil
 A deer runs through a grassy field in the Santa Lucia Preserve; Sylvie Gil Photography
  Floral arrangements decorate a wrought-iron gate, reclaimed and eclectic white furniture creates a unique seating arrangement for the ceremony, place cards are set out on a bed of moss and florals; photos by Sylvie Gil
  Guests walk down a shady forest path to the ceremony space, dressed in shades of cream and white; photo by Sylvie Gil
  Eclectic white furniture make up the seating for a beautiful, dappled-sunlight ceremony space surrounded by towering redwood trees. The aisle is carpeted with white rose petals; photos by Sylvie Gil
  Two labradoodles act as ringbearers in the gorgeous dappled-sunlight ceremony; the arbor is strung with garlands of white florals; photos by Sylvie Gil
  Two bridesmaids walk down the rose-petal-strewn aisle; photo by Sylvie Gil
  The groom plays with labradoodles before the ceremony, the bride walks down the aisle with her father, bridesmaids sit in the first row to watch the ceremony; photos by Sylvie Gil
  Hunter, the groom, watches as his bride walks up the aisle for the ceremony; photo by Sylvie Gil
  The bride giggles during the ceremony, guests watch the two get married with the labradoodles, a horse grazes on the ranch, foliage-heavy florals decorate the entrance to the barn with candles and cut logs; photos by Sylvie
  The bride and groom during a romantic couple session in the redwood forest; the bride sits bareback atop a white horse; photos by Sylvie Gil
  Bride and groom share a romantic moment   in a grassy field at sunset; Sylvie Gil Photography
  The bride's veils flows behind her during a romantic sunset couple session in the hills of Santa Lucia; photos by Sylvie Gil
  The bride and groom stand among old oaks in Santa Lucia; photo by Sylvie Gil
  The bride leans against her new husband's chest, draped in a gorgeous lace gown; photo by Sylvie Gil
  The bride and groom gaze majestically out into the sunset, looking out over the hills of Santa Lucia; photo by Sylvie Gil
  Shots of the indoor barn reception - thick vines and dense, white rose-studded foliage line the tables and chandeliers; photos by Sylvie Gil
  Guests mingle inside and outside of the rustic, intricately decorated barn during the reception; thick green vines hang from the rafters and climb over the wide, candle-lined wooden doors; photo by Sylvie Gil
  A chandelier lined with thick vines and ferns hangs over a reception table with a wide floral table runner; photo by Sylvie Gil
  Guests listen to toasts of the bride and groom at the barn reception, the barn is strewn with florals and vines for a forest-like atmosphere; photo by Sylvie Gil
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  The indoor reception continues as dusk falls over the steep-roofed barn strung with lights and covered over with ivy; photo by Sylvie Gil
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Wedding Planner: Sharon Sacks | Venue: Santa Lucia Preserve | Catering: Santa Lucia Preserve | Florals: Mindy Rice | Hair & Makeup: Trace HenningsenStevi ChristineTami Shirey | Paper Goods: Tiny Pine Press | Bride's Gowns: Inbal DrorGalia Lahav | Bride's Shoes: Dolce & GabbanaManolo Blahnik | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dreamers & Lovers | Groom's Attire: Gucci | Groom's Shoes: Gucci |Groomsmen's Attire: J. Crew | Cake: Hansen's | Rentals & Decor: Rrivre Works | Ceremony Rentals: Found RentalsPretty Vintage Rentals | Lighting: Got Light | Linens: Rrivre Works | Video: Paperback Weddings | Ceremony Music: Kelly Productions | Entertainment: Georges Sulmers | Photobooth: Night Owl Photobooth