A Romantic, Rustic Wedding at Lago Giuseppe Cellars in Templeton, California
Cara Ceasar (27 and a pharmaceuticals sales rep) and Scott Ramer (31 and a consultant) planned an elegant, whimsical affair with a soft, neutral palette, textured florals and a slew of unique, personality-packed details for their early fall wedding.
The minute the pair laid eyes on the stunning outdoor event space at Lago Giuseppe Cellars in Templeton, California, they knew their hunt for the perfect venue was over. The sprawling green lawn, quaint lake and grove of oak trees dripping in Spanish moss instantly won them over. “It made us feel like we were on vacation in Italy,” Cara says.
From there the details fell into place effortlessly, with the stunning setting providing endless inspiration. The florists at The Little Branch filled the site with eucalyptus garlands and arrangements of garden and spray roses, ranunculus, andromedas, astilbes and proteas, which worked with the Central Coast landscape while also delivering a healthy dose of romance and sophistication. Lighting was key in creating the inviting ambiance the couple were after, so flickering candles, strings of bistro lights and chandeliers were incorporated throughout. Vintage furnishings and antiques belonging to the couple’s grandparents delivered visual intrigue and old-world elegance, while DIY details like chalkboard signs, photos of significant moments throughout the couple’s relationship, and vintage teacup candles allowed Cara and Scott to put a personal stamp on every part of the day.
The couple shared heartfelt letters during the ceremony and offered a pizza bar later in the evening as a nod to their first date. A tip from Cara and Scott: “Try not to stress as it gets closer to the big day, and just know and accept that some things will go wrong. You will see some minor hiccups, but that’s just life. Remember why you're having the wedding in the first place—to marry your best friend—so no need to cry over a slightly late shuttle for your guests.” —Libby MacCarthy