Three-Day San Ysidro Ranch Wedding Inspired By Nancy Meyers Movies

June 8, 2023 | kailey

Sometimes one day is just not enough time to celebrate a special bond like Cortland and Jared’s. So when it came to planning their San Ysidro Ranch wedding, they opted for an unforgettable three-day affair rather than a traditional one-day celebration. And with the help of wedding planner Orange Blossom Special Events, they pulled off the ultimate weekend wedding filled with love, laughter, and florals that’ll have you picking your jaw up off the floor.

Tucked away in the leafy foothills of Santa Barbara, San Ysidro Ranch made for the perfect outdoor space to kick off their wedding weekend. They transformed the garden area into an ‘I do’ worthy location by lining the aisle with lanterns leading to the pop-of-color floral ceremony arch by Knot Just Flowers. The grooms and their loved ones then enjoyed a stunning luncheon under a ceiling of greenery and twinkle lights—but the fun didn’t stop there! 

They wrapped up their epic weekend wedding with an intimate rooftop dinner party at Hotel Californian. The space was filled with reception tables dressed in black linens, brought to life with deep floral arrangements and tapered candles. And after dinner, when the sun went down, they got down on the dance floor with custom headbands, cutout heads of both grooms, confetti bombs, and so much more, all of which was captured beautifully by photographer Heirlume Photography.

The Couple:

Cortland and Jared

The Wedding:

San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, California

Advice From The Newlyweds: Schedule Alone Time in Your Wedding Timeline 

Making sure we had time alone together throughout the weekend was extremely important to us. We didn’t want it to be one thing after another and feel rushed or feel like we didn’t have time to breathe. Having a smaller ceremony helped with that a LOT.

Taking Time to Take Deep Breaths Together to Stay Present for Their San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

We held each other’s hands, looked into each other’s eyes, and took three big deep breaths before walking out to the ceremony. We did this throughout the weekend whenever we were about to step out to see our guests. Those were easily the best moments because it was us confirming to each other, “We’re here, we’re present, we’re starting our family, and we’re together.” It really helped keep us grounded.

How To Avoid Wedding Planning Burnout 

Decision fatigue is a real thing. Get the big stuff done first (venue, vendors, etc.), and then worry about the smaller details. Also, you’re going to spend a lot of time with your vendor team, so make sure you like them. We got very lucky in that regard.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Heirlume Photography
Event Planning – Orange Blossom Special Events
Ceremony Venue – San Ysidro Ranch
Reception Venue – Hotel Californian
Floral Design – Knot Just Flowers
DJ – Dart Collective
Live Music – Bob Gail Higher Ground
Videography – Atomic Tangerine
Rentals – Archive Rentals


Congratulations to Cortland and Jared on their San Ysidro Ranch wedding. And big thanks to photographer Heirlume Photography for capturing every detail that made this three-day celebration worthy of sharing. And if you, too, are feeling inspired to extend your wedding, you’re not alone. 

Nowadays, more couples are opting to extend their special day into a multi-day wedding weekend. And if this sounds like something you’re interested in, kickstart your planning process by reading our how-to guide for planning a weekend wedding itinerary.

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