Rachel & LukeIntimate backyard wedding in LakesideSan Diego, CA

I met Rachel and Luke around this same time last year for their desert engagement in Joshua Tree. We hit it off right away from our shared love of In-N-Out, candy, and sarcasm. Since then, I also had the pleasure of photographing Rachel’s sister’s wedding, Heather, back in October last year. This family has grown on me quite a bit.

One of the things that make Luke and Rachel so great together is their dry sense of humor. They told me from the beginning their wedding was going to be laid back and a little bit quirky…and they didn’t disappoint.

I got my first taste of what their day would be like when I peeked into the backyard, spotting body-less jeans supporting cocktail hour tables and makeshift benches crafted from barrels of hay. Rachel donned a pair of fuzzy Christmas socks for the occasion, concealed by turquoise cowboy boots, while Luke sported his own snakeskin pair polished off with a chic bolo tie. It was so them.

Rachel and Luke had many of their family and friends step in to help out with their wedding day, which made it even more special. Her bouquet, the table settings, and all the signage were homemade. One of Rachel’s close friends, Laurel, also officiated their ceremony.

It was a bit overcast when we first arrived at Flying Eagle Ranch, but as the day went on, we were blessed with the most breathtaking sunset we’ve had all summer just in time for the reception hour. Drinks were a-flowin’ all day and nothing could stop this crowd from having a good time.

Catering: Brazen BBQ // Coordinator: Elizabeth Ford // Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux Shop // Officiant: Laurel Fontana // Photography: Paige Nelson; Second: Corinne Alexandra // Venue: Flying Eagle Ranch