Good afternoon, everybody, you know the drill! It’s Real Weddings Wednesday, and we have a beautiful ceremony ready for you! Today, we’re celebrating Becca + Kyle’s elegant ranch wedding with a cherry red classic car, beautiful flowers courtesy of Strelitzia Flower Company, fun times in the photobooth, and of course, lots and lots of love — captured by the fabulous James Young Photography. This is one wedding you won’t want to miss out on. Happy reading everyone!
Tell us a little about you and your beloved.
Kyle and I were introduced by our best friends, Zach and Justine, who are now married. After a few get-togethers, we spent the summer together. We both thought we were just summer flings until we moved in together and got our sweet puppy Fiona, before even being together for a year. We ended up dating for about three years before Kyle popped the question. He did it at my family’s annual camping trip at Collins Lake with my family and our friends who had introduced us. The planning of the wedding was easy for the most part. We had two years to plan (which worked out because of the Covid shutdowns) and Kyle was open to whatever I was wanting but still gave his opinions! James also made things easy; he helped with the day-of timeline, helped pick out our engagement photo outfits, and gave really good recommendations on vendors!
What was the best part of your wedding day?
The entire wedding day was amazing and there’s really no specific part that was more amazing than the rest. The day came together so perfectly with so much love and excitement that filled the air. I don’t think there was a single person not smiling and enjoying themselves while we celebrated our big day. It was all smiles and good vibes. All of our vendors were absolutely amazing and our venue and staff were absolutely perfect.
What else would you like to share about your big day?
Aside from James giving all the stress-free vibes and helping so much, I want to give a major shoutout to our venue, Taber Ranch, in Capay Valley. Jenine and the rest of the staff were flawless and sold us on the venue during our original tour. They were so helpful through the entire planning process and day of, including situations that weren’t exactly wedding related — they made us feel like family. They were day-of coordinators and helped the day move along incredibly smooth. They really set the bar!
What advice would you give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?
If you can do a longer engagement, do it! We had a two year engagement [which] allowed me to shop around different vendors and book the ones I truly loved. It also allowed for sales for wedding invitations, save the dates and other items too. I never felt like I had to “settle” for a specific vendor or price because there were no other options. I felt the longer amount of time gave me less stress, allowed me to book my favorite vendors and save money. Also-! Please do your own written vows and share them during your ceremony. As someone who has a fear of public speaking and being vulnerable… it was such a magical moment for both my husband and myself…along with our guests. Written vows really are the cherry on top at the ceremony and if you have a videographer, they’ll more than likely add them to your video.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?
I wouldn’t have done anything different on our big day. I embraced the day and all that was to come, including set backs, and made sure to just roll with anything that was thrown my way and it ended up being the best day of our lives. Again, so much love and good vibes in the air. On your future wedding day, don’t sweat the little things, enjoy your day and be present because it can go by quick!
Photos courtesy of and copyright James Young Photography used with permission.
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