Flying Caballos Ranch Wedding — by Zest it Up

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This Fly­ing Cabal­los Wed­ding is whim­si­cal, light hearted and dreamy. The venue is eclec­tic and wel­com­ing. Inspired from an era long gone the farm house is coun­try but doesn’t give the ranch impres­sion. We love all that Zest it Up did to cap­ture the spirit of this cou­ple as they designed the style and culi­nary fla­vors. Meet Elise & Kyle and enjoy their love story!

Com­plete List of Wed­ding Artists 

Venue: The Fly­ing Cabal­los  // Coor­di­na­tion and Cater­ing:  Zest It Up  // Pho­tog­ra­phy:  Gantes Co. //
Pho­to­booth: Dap­per Photo Booth  // Ice Cream Truck: Negranti Cream­ery // Hair and Makeup:  Queen Bees // DJ:
Kramer Events // Flow­ers: Bella Bloom // Fur­ni­ture Rental:  Botan­i­cal Events  // Event Rentals: All About Events

Girl meets boy…

Kyle and I met through my best friend and brides­maid, Julia. On the fate­ful night of Santa Con in 2013, I had a few too many and man­aged to steal his num­ber from Julia’s phone. I pro­ceeded to call him sev­eral times, text, and leave a cou­ple voice­mails. I woke up humil­i­ated and knew that I blew it. Some­how, he stuck around. Within the first few months I knew that he was the one I would marry and just over a year later Kyle pro­posed to me while on vaca­tion in New York. We found a spot in Cen­tral Park where we sat down to enjoy a bot­tle of wine and Shake Shack. He pulled out the ring I picked out at an Estate Jew­eler a few months before, I cried, said yes, and we shared cold burg­ers and fries.

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Rad­dest Wed­ding Vendors

Zest It Up! Holy cow. I know I’m biased, but they cre­ated an amaz­ing din­ner that I have never expe­ri­enced at a wed­ding before. Not only did they pro­vide our cater­ing, they also helped design and coor­di­nate our wed­ding. Plan­ning a wed­ding in a place you haven’t spent much time can be chal­leng­ing, but Sam and Chanda made it extremely easy. From the moment we told them about our wed­ding ideas, they were extremely sup­port­ive and excited to help us.

Gantes Co., our beloved pho­tog­ra­pher friends drove up from San Diego to pho­to­graph our wed­ding. This husband/wife duo is spec­tac­u­lar. We met them when they shot our engage­ment pho­tos on our friends roof in San Fran­cisco. Shoot­ing with Chad­wick and Jenika is like hav­ing your best friends as paparazzi. For us it wasn’t nec­es­sary to get a video­g­ra­pher because we knew that their pho­tos would be just about all we needed to relive our wedding.

 

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Color Palette

I chose tra­di­tional fall col­ors for the flow­ers. It was sum­mer, but who cares! I wanted every brides­maid and my one brides­man to feel com­fort­able and pick an out­fit that they loved my only request was they they show me first. Kyle chose grey for the guys suits and it could be any shade. I was doubted sev­eral times by my lov­ing mother that it wouldn’t be cohe­sive, but I didn’t want the wed­ding party to look all the same. This was our wed­ding and all the rules and tra­di­tions before us went out the window.

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Wed­ding Plan­ning Inspiration

It was impor­tant for us to have a wed­ding that felt inti­mate. We wanted it to feel com­fort­able like we were hav­ing our guests over for an awe­some din­ner and a good time. Kyle and I live away from all of our fam­ily mem­bers and it was cru­cial that every detail of our wed­ding rep­re­sented us as indi­vid­u­als and as a cou­ple. After all, our guest were there for us! The Fly­ing Cabal­los was a per­fect venue that exudes charm and a homey feel we were look­ing for. We just threw in a fam­ily style din­ner, lounge areas with couches and rugs, hand picked music, and said “no” to a lot of wed­ding tra­di­tions that don’t hold any value or mean­ing to us.

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The Details

I was strug­gling with spend­ing money on favors that were mean­ing­less. Sure, it made sense to save money in this depart­ment and do some­thing sim­ple or donate some money to a char­ity. I was hell bent on wed­ding favors that our guests could hold onto for a long time and served a purpose!Call me crazy, but I thought it would be a great idea to make cut­ting boards for every guest. The prob­lem was that I didn’t know how in the world I could make that hap­pen, plus it wouldn’t be exactly cheap. Luck­ily, my dad is the king of DIY and helped our wed­ding favors come to fruition. I flew down to my par­ents house in Orange County, spent two days cov­ered in saw dust, and made 85 Mahogany cut­ting boards with leather straps. After all the time spent with my mom wed­ding plan­ning, it was nice to have some time with my dad com­plet­ing a project that we were both very proud of. They were dis­played beau­ti­fully on a kitchen rack that my dad built and gave to us as a wed­ding gift. I’m still in awe of how amaz­ing they turned out and how tal­ented my dad is!

When it came time to pick our offi­ciant, we wanted some­one who knew us per­son­ally. It was impor­tant for that per­son to play an active role in our lives, and to guide and sup­port us through­out our marriage.

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Mem­o­rable Moments

Before my Grand­fa­ther became sick he went out to an auc­tion and pur­chased a 1984 Mer­cedes 380 SL with the intent to fix it up. It sat for a while in my grand­par­ents garage, until my Grandma decided to sell it months after he passed. Kyle’s best friend, Sako restores old Mer­cedes so it seemed like the per­fect idea to buy it and fix it the way my Grandpa intended. In his absence, I would give it to Kyle on the day of our wed­ding. After we exchanged our per­sonal vows dur­ing the First Look, I handed him a card that read “I vow to always sur­prise you” and the car came dri­ving toward us. The pho­tos explain it all, but this moment was noth­ing but perfect.

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Advice for New­bie Brides

The Cou­ple makes all the rules. I real­ize how dif­fi­cult it is to take a stand on the vision that you have for your own wed­ding. There are plenty of opin­ions and sug­ges­tions along the way and I am telling you it’s okay to say “No thank you.” Your wed­ding day should be every­thing YOU want it to be. I got a lot of flak and awk­ward responses for not hav­ing cohe­sive col­ors, for allow­ing my brides­maids to chose an color and style of their dress, choos­ing ice cream over cake ( I hate cake), I could go on… But what I did do was put a lot of thought into the details that were impor­tant to me. And guess what?! The details that our guests loved and appre­ci­ated most were the speeches that took prob­a­bly a lit­tle to long, the fam­ily din­ner, the cut­ting boards, and the car. They walked away with a bet­ter under­stand­ing of who we are, what we are about and what we love.

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