A Windy California Ranch Wedding


With an epic nighttime dance party

Casey & Gabe

Photographer: Christina Richards APW Sponsor

ONE SENTENCE SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: Emotional, joyful, windy, personal, and seriously fun.

Soundtrack for reading: “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty, as covered by Dan Curcio

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Our venue, Flying Caballos Ranch in San Luis Obispo, has some beautifully restored old homes on the property where we stayed with our friends for several days leading up to the wedding. Getting this time together helped take a lot of the pressure off the wedding day itself, and of course we had a great time wine tasting, hot-tubbing, and catching up with everyone.

We were so lucky to have some talented and generous family and friends who helped make our wedding possible. Everyone helped with all the setup and breakdown, Casey’s former babysitter hand-painted 150 stemless wine glasses, Gabe’s mom provided lots of warm blankets that were essential as the wind picked up, Casey’s dad’s best friend was the officiant, and his wife stayed up until 3 AM the night before arranging all the flowers. It was truly a community effort, making it even more meaningful for us and for everyone involved.

Also, we were pretty adamant about doing things our own way and not sticking to tradition. As is pretty obvious from the photos, our wedding party was very uneven (seven groomsmen and three bridesmaids). That was just how it worked out, and we didn’t want to force ourselves to even it out just to make it more balanced or “normal.” For the traditional first dances, Casey had a grandfather-granddaughter dance instead of a father-daughter dance: her dad loathes dancing whereas her Grandpa loves it, so it was a natural choice and ended up being a really special moment. Finally, we didn’t want a wedding cake but dessert was super important to us, so we organized a dessert potluck that included several kinds of homemade pie, cookies, brownies, and Buckeyes. The cake we cut was a cheesecake from Costco (no shame, their cheesecake is amazing), spruced up with some berries on top.

Favorite Thing About the Wedding

Everything! But some special memories include: exchanging gifts early in the day and realizing we had gotten each other the same card, a rowdy pre-ceremony game of Cards Against Humanity, and sitting around the fire pit with our friends at the end of the night.


The Info:

Photographer: Christina Richards APW Sponsor | Location: San Luis Obispo, CA | Venue: Flying Caballos Ranch | Casey’s Dress: Ivy & Aster from Bella Bridesmaid SF | Bridesmaid Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress APW Sponsor | Gabe’s Suit: J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rings: D&H Sustainable Jewelers | Hair and Makeup: Bluebird Salon | Catering: Pacific Harvest Catering | Day-Of Coordinator: Tamara Goodman | Musician/DJ/Epic Dance Party Starter: Dan Curcio of Moonshiner Collective

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  • ART

    dude. this is the wedding i’m going for (community effort, dance party, mexican blankets, campfire…yep!) nicely done.

  • MisterEHolmes

    So luscious! Beautiful photos, beautiful wedding!

  • Kayjayoh

    I love all the dancing photos.

  • bsc

    We, too, are doing CostCo cakes and cheesecake! because it’s AMAZING!

  • Lisa

    So beautiful!! I am in LOVE with the bride’s dress.

  • JenClaireM

    Aaaah! Flying Caballos! This venue is SO wonderful! It was the first place my husband and I really fell in love with when we were looking for venues, and even though we ended up going a different direction, we still have a lot of fondness for it. What a joy to see your gorgeous wedding! It looks like so much fun too. I love that you had a dance party and a fire pit hang out – the best of all worlds.

    • Casey

      Isn’t it amazing?! I just want to go back and live there permanently!

  • Casey

    Thanks, everyone! High fives for Costco cake and dance parties :)

  • mcbark

    That is one serious party, I like how you popped your straps off to dance! Thanks for the cheesecake idea!

    • Casey

      Funny you say that- they actually broke, haha. Too much dancing, oops!

  • sara g

    So lovely! We’re leaning towards the idea of doing Costco desserts too so it’s great to see someone else who used them.

  • http://werewritingabook.com/ Breck

    Casey, you look so beautiful and happy! I’m glad you had a wonderful day, and hope married life is treating you well!

    • Casey

      Thank you, Breck!

  • KerryMarie

    This is absolutely lovely! Your wedding looks so full of love and wonderful people. Congratulations!

    My fiance and I are getting married at the Flying Caballos in September, and we can’t wait to spend the weekend there! It just has such a wonderful feel to it.

    I’ve been wondering about the wind…would you mind sharing what time of year you were married there?

    • Casey

      Thank you! How exciting for you and your fiance, it is such a special place and I’m sure your wedding will be beautiful. I don’t know if the wind is a normal thing out there – our wedding was in late August and the wind just picked up right as the ceremony started, but died down around sunset. I will say we had debated whether to get heat lamps (we had them around the tables for dinner) and I’m very glad we did since it helped keep the chill off. In retrospect it wasn’t a big deal, but good to be aware of :) If you have more questions I’d be happy to chat over email – sasser.casey@gmail.com

      • KerryMarie

        Casey, thanks so much for the info! And I really appreciate your offer to email- I may take you up on that!

        (ps I have your email saved if you’d like to take it off your comment!)

  • Caitlin_DD

    So sweet and fun! Plus pre-wedding Cards Against Humanity is the *best* way to start your wedding day.

  • http://www.apextentandparty.com/ Apex Tent and Party

    The wedding location is so beautiful! Loved the details.

  • Jackie

    This dress is fucking perfect.

  • Anon

    Any chance you know where your mom got those awesome blankets?

  • Rachelle Reese

    I love SLO so very much!