Wedding At Slide Ranch In Muir Beach, CA | Holly & George

Wedding At Slide Ranch

HOLLY & GEORGE

Locations:

  • Getting ready: Private residence in Muir Beach, CA (bride and groom)
  • Ceremony and reception: Slide Ranch in Muir Beach, CA

 

Wedding photos at Slide Ranch:

When George contacted me via email, asking if I would be his wedding photographer, I felt incredibly privileged. I’d known George for over ten years, having studied at engineering school together, and it was wonderful to hear that he was marrying the love of his life Holly. This wedding at Slide Ranch was extra special for me as George and his family are from Kenya – a country I visited not so long ago and a culture I had really fallen in love with.

The first time I met Holly was actually at the couple’s e-session at Stanford University, Portola Redwoods State Park, and San Gregorio Beach, and they just seemed like the absolute perfect fit for each other. They are both very laid-back, calm people, which translated into an easy-going atmosphere as they made the final preparations for their wedding day at Muir Beach. They had opted for the spectacular natural landscape of Slide Ranch which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Rather than a high-end, glamour-style wedding, Slide Ranch exudes rustic, whimsical charm, which was ideal for such a down-to-earth bride and groom.

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Looking out across the natural landscapes of Slide Ranch in Muir Beach during Holly and George’s wedding celebrations.

 

Getting ready photos at a private residence in Muir Beach:

My wife Charlene, and I traveled to the Bay Area from Los Angeles and met up with George and Holly in a private residence at Muir Beach where they were getting ready. Because George was downstairs with his groomsmen and Holly was upstairs with her bridesmaids, I could easily move between the two to capture portraits as they made their final preparations.

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Holly getting ready for her Muir Beach wedding ceremony in a private house nearby.

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A silhouette shot of the bride getting ready in her private residence of Muir Beach.

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A black and white portrait of the groom fixing his cuff-links as he prepared for his wedding at Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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Capturing a reflection of Holly having her make-up applied as she prepares for her Slide Ranch nature-inspired wedding in Muir Beach.

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A portrait of the bride as she is getting ready in a private residence near Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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George getting ready with his groomsmen for the nature-inspired wedding ceremony at Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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Holly shares a playful moment with her bridesmaids as they prepared for the Slide Ranch wedding ceremony.

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A vintage-style portrait of the bride as she prepares for her wedding day at the beautiful Slide Ranch in Muir Beach.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at a private residence in Muir Beach:

A really special moment came when Holly and George shared a “first touch” – holding hands behind a door and exchanging words before they saw each other for the first time in their bridal attire.

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Capturing the “first touch” between the bride and groom before their wedding ceremony at Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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The bride walks towards her groom in their first look session at a private residence in Muir Beach.

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Capturing the first look between George and Holly on their whimsical wedding day in Muir Beach.

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The bride fixes a flower to her groom’s lapel as they prepared for their wedding ceremony at Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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An intimate embrace between George and Holly during their Slide Ranch wedding day.

 

Ceremony photos at Slide Ranch:

The wedding ceremony itself was on a grassy cliff top, overlooking the ocean, with sweeping coastal views and a really edge-of-the-earth feel about it. They had opted for an intimate, Christian wedding, including a foot washing ceremony that was an absolute privilege to photograph. Both the bride and groom were absolutely glowing, making my job on this Slide Ranch wedding photoshoot incredibly easy.

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A photo of George as he waits for his bride during their Slide Ranch wedding ceremony.

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The bride being given away at the altar during her Slide Ranch wedding ceremony in Muir Beach.

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A portrait of the bride and groom as they stand before their congregation at Muir Beach’s whimsical Slide Ranch.

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A creative portrait of the bride and groom, looking between the bridesmaids, during their intimate Christian wedding ceremony at Slide Ranch.

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A young member of the congregation showing off his watch during Holly and George’s Slide Ranch wedding ceremony.

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A reflection of the bride and groom as they exchanged vows in the natural setting of Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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Capturing Holly and George’s foot washing ceremony during their Christian wedding at Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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The bride and groom share a laugh with their pastor during the Christian wedding ceremony at Slide Ranch.

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Backed by the Pacific Ocean, the natural setting of Slide Ranch is nothing short of spectacular.

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The newly married couple are embraced by Holly’s bridesmaids following their Slide Ranch wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Slide Ranch:

After the wedding ceremony, I captured some portraits of the couple exploring the natural landscapes of Slide Ranch in the late afternoon light. Both Holly and George are quite outdoorsy people, and they weren’t shy to kick off their shoes and immerse themselves in this wild setting.

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A portrait of Holly and George within the stunning natural landscape of Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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A warm embrace between the newly married couple during their Slide Ranch wedding day.

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The bride and groom walking through the tall, flowering fields of Slide Ranch during their Muir Beach photo session.

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George kisses Holly during the couple’s vintage-style Slide Ranch wedding photo session.

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The couple walk barefoot through the grassy fields of Muir Beach during their Slide Ranch wedding photoshoot.

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A sweeping shot of the newly married couple on the clifftops of Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

 

Reception photos at Slide Ranch:

As dusk set in, the wedding reception celebrations kicked into full swing, held within a traditional Mongolian yurt on the cliff edge. Within this atmospherically-lit tent, I captured the first dance between George and Holly, as well as some traditional Kenyan touches brought by the groom’s family.

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The newly married couple react to miniature roosters, gifted to them by Holly’s grandparents.

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George’s Kenyan family brought some traditional dance moves and accessories to the wedding reception celebrations.

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The bride is adorned in traditional Kenyan jewelry during her Slide Ranch wedding reception in Muir Beach.

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A young wedding-goer enjoying the reception at Holly and George’s Slide Ranch wedding.

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The newly married couple getting down on the yurt dance floor at Slide Ranch during their unique first dance.

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The party kicking into full swing during Holly and George’s Slide Ranch wedding reception.

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The couple on the dance floor of the low-lit yurt at Muir Beach’s Slide Ranch.

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A young wedding-goer enjoying the celebrations during Holly and George’s Slide Ranch marriage.

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An intimate nighttime portrait of the couple in Slide Ranch’s low-lit yurt, during their Muir Beach wedding reception.

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A dramatic nighttime portrait of Holly and George, using off-camera flash, during their Slide Ranch wedding.

 

Wedding photos at Slide Ranch:

It was such a pleasure to be a part of this naturally-inspired wedding celebration, with such warm and genuine love projected throughout the day. I wish George and Holly all the happiness in the world, and hope that this old colleague and his new bride remain good friends for many years to come.

August 5, 2015

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