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Mr. & Mrs. Schafer

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn Wedding Photos

Sometimes, the perfect wedding just comes along and takes you by surprise, and these Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos did just that. As soon as I met Alicia, I loved her. And when I met Matt, I loved him, too. These two not only had some of the sweetest engagement photos I’ve ever had the pleasure to shoot, but as a couple, they were so in sync, so sweet, and so well-matched. I knew their marriage would be beautiful, but I had no idea that their wedding would be so incredibly lovely.

A few days before the wedding at Highland Springs Ranch and Inn, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of my favourite florists, Above the Stem, would be doing Alicia’s flowers! To make things even better, I knew Matt and Alicia would also be using my favourite photo booth, Classy Booths. Dream team! I was so excited. But even knowing that such a great team of wedding professionals was assembled, I couldn’t have imagined the perfection that was the Schafer wedding. Head to toe, start to finish, this wedding was a dream, and if I could photograph it again and again, I absolutely would.

It was also my first time photographing a wedding at Highland Springs Ranch and Inn, and that place does not disappoint! As soon as we arrived, we were obsessed with all the great details, the amazing selection of shooting locations (hello, and olive grove and a lavender field?), and the wedding venue’s ability to adapt to the style and personality a bride and groom. Check out all of Alicia’s incredible wedding details below, shot in the cocktail hour location.

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Huge shout out to Prerna at Above the Stem for her gorgeous summer peony bouquet! It made Alicia soooo happy to have peonies in her wedding bouquet, and I know Prerna worked hard to deliver exactly what our bride wanted.

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Oh, and speaking of the wedding dream team, Alicia found her Ella Rosa gown at Deborah’s Bridal, my favourite bridal boutique in the Inland Empire!

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos by Inland Empire wedding photographer

Okay, okay. How amazing is this?! Matt had flowers delivered to his bride whilst she was getting ready on their wedding day. (And in case you were wondering, no, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Seriously.) Literally the sweetest moment I’ve ever encountered on a wedding day. (Good job, Matt!!)

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Hello, isn’t she absolutely stunning?!!

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos by Inland Empire wedding photographer

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos by Inland Empire wedding photographer

Matt was looking so dashing! I felt like he was from another time–and speaking of time, he had a super legit pocket watch. It was the coolest. And, P.S., the bride getting ready room and groom getting ready room at Highland Springs Ranch and Inn = the very best. The light, the white walls, the impeccable decor… I could shoot here every day.

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People, prepare yourselves for the sweetest first look you’ve ever seen. This one is just too much.

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos by Inland Empire wedding photographer

(I tried to tell you.)

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos by Inland Empire wedding photographer

Just another look at the perfect peony bouquet from Above the Stem!

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Gosh, it was hard to even handle this wedding party. They were all so polite, so helpful, so delightful, and so well-dressed! Just thinking about it makes me want to go back to that day.

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Alicia and Matt put so much thought into every detail of their wedding. I know that’s something we photographers say often–probably too often–but down to the last detail, they really chose to pursue meaning. With both the bride and the groom missing dear family members at their wedding ceremony, the little touches, choosing to honour the memories of their loved ones–were really special. And also, their guestbook was so cute and creative!

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And there Matt goes getting us all teary again during their wedding ceremony under the thousand-year-old oak tree that Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos are famous for. This location is so pretty!

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As soon as we saw these lavender fields, we couldn’t wait to get Matt and Alicia to our golden hour session for some sunset romantic photos! But first, cocktail hour:

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos by Inland Empire wedding photographer

And again, the reception decor was on point. There’s not a single thing I’d change about this wedding. Which, by the way, was a destination wedding. Alicia and Matt’s guests travelled from all over for their beautiful day, and even those who were local to them (in the Los Angeles area) still made the trek out for a destination wedding weekend in Cherry Valley, where Highland Springs Ranch and Inn is. It made for a perfect June wedding getaway!

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Classy Booths! Seriously, I love these guys.

Highland Springs Ranch and Inn wedding photos by Inland Empire wedding photographer

Continuing their string of perfection, Matt twirled his bride around the dance floor under the boughs of pine trees and the strands of summer evening lights. Probably one of the most romantic reception venues in the world, no joke.

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And then we were off for our romantic sunset photos!

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Alicia and Matt, for all of my obsessing over the loveliness of your wedding day (and many frequent wishes to relive it over and over again), you two are the actual piece of perfection. Your love is sweet and inspiring, genuine and steady. You two couldn’t be better suited for each other, and getting to know you has been my honour and delight. From our rainy day hike/engagement photos to saying goodbye at the end of your wedding night, every moment I’ve spent with you has warmed my soul and grown my love for my job even more. I can’t believe I got to be the one to tell your love story. It was such a blessing. Love you guys to bits!

Amazing Wedding Dream Team:
Venue – Highland Springs Ranch and Inn
Florist – Above the Stem
Cake Artist – friend of the bride
DJ – DJsupRQ
Makeup Artist – Tiffany Sontag
Hair Stylist – Mary De Lormier
Bridal Boutique – Deborah’s Bridal
Wedding Gown Designer – Ella Rose Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses – Alfred Angelo
Invitations – designed by a friend of the bride
Photobooth – Classy Booths
Wedding Photographer – Megan Kuethen

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