Ashley & Andrew’s Sweet, Casual and Low-Key California Ranch Wedding


McCormick House wedding

Welcome to another week of funky wedding inspiration! Lovely couple Ashley and Andrew’s celebration in the farmlands of Camarillo was tasteful and elegant in its simplicity. Their choice of the charming Father-of-the-Bride-movie-house lookalike ranch house as a venue along with personal touches and DIY details helped put a personal stamp on their special day. Memorable elements included an electric ukulele mashup version of Dirty Dancing tracks rendered by the couple’s friends, wedding weekend documentation by guests via a special Twitter & Instagram hashtag, a fun tunnel run that led to the cake-cutting, and a Texas-style BBQ feast specially prepared for the California crowd.

We have Josh Baker of AzulOx Photography — who traveled 1300 miles to photograph this wedding! — to thank for the gorgeous photos and here he is with a few words about the day:

Escape the Texas summer heat and photograph a beautiful southern California wedding? Yes please! We were thrilled to be able to photograph Ashley & Andrew in Camarillo, California at the beautiful McCormick Ranch House venue.The mood of the evening was low-key and casual with personal touches and style that represented the couple well. This intimate gathering had the glow of witnessed bliss and families coming together. The music echoed off of Chinese lanterns and palm trees throughout the night and the music finished with a crowd sung version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”.

As always thanks to the wedding professionals who make our day so easy. A big shoutout and thank you to Joelle Duff from A Charming Occasion, she made us feel welcome and gave us some good local pointers.

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

About the couple, in the lovely Ashley’s own words:

Andrew and I have been together since 2009 and met through mutual friends in Austin where we live – though he hails from Florida and I was raised in California. We definitely have different interests — he is a lead animator for a video game company so he can often be found on the couch with his Xbox and I am a literary publicist and fitness writer so I am usually curled up with a book or running — but we have always balanced each other well. Most often, we are together watching Dexter or The New Girl, playing with our dogs — Lieutenant Dan and Bubba — or eating at one of the many, many amazing restaurants and food trucks in Austin.

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

Ashley, on their wedding:

Our wedding was in California, which means that almost all of Andrew’s friends and family attending were coming from Florida. We definitely wanted our wedding to reflect us — casual and low-key — and with a lot of people traveling from out of state (including us) we wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable. I found the venue and immediately fell in love — McCormick Home Ranch looks almost exactly like the Father of the Bride house — and knew it would be perfect for our wedding. We wanted to have a big party with all of our loved ones — especially our families (who were meeting for the first time!) — and I say we more than accomplished that.

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

What made their wedding truly theirs:

There were a lot of things that came together to reflect who we are. For example, Andrew’s groomsmen gift is something he made himself — he etched pint glasses with a design he made that incorporated both of our family crests. He also designed our Save the Dates, invitations and the koozies that we gave to guests as a gift – and to keep their beer cold during the reception!

For my bridesmaids, I actually had them rent their dresses – they all chose different styles on their own – and I let them pick their shoes, jewelry and makeup/ hairstyle — and I think the fact that I knew they were comfortable helped me relax. Also during the ceremony, my best friend and his boyfriend sang a mash-up of songs from one of my favorite movies — Dirty Dancing — and played the music themselves on an electric ukelele! It was amazing.

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

Photographer Josh also had a few more details to share about Ashley and Andrew’s special day:

This wedding had a couple of firsts and we saw a few new traditions that we liked as well. The first first is this was our first time in Southern California to photograph a wedding, and yes we are ready to go back and wear sweaters in the summer. It was our longest roadtrip to date, as we covered about 40 hours of driving round trip from Austin to Los Angeles and back. My favorite new tradition that we saw for the first time is the tunnel run up to the cake cutting. So many times the cake cutting gets lost in the shuffle, but this tradition brought everyone out of their seats in an inventive way from the dance floor to the cake service. The reception also saw an excellent Dirty Dancing mashup played on an electric ukulele, another first for us. The last first is the promoted use of the instagram hashtag “#aandatietheknot” Search that term and you can follow along with the weekends action from everyone instagramming the wedding.

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

McCormick House wedding

Advice and parting insights from the newlyweds:

My first advice is to get a planner. Everyone commented on how relaxed I was the day-of, and really, it was because I had nothing to worry about! Second, I think getting a photographer that you have a connection with is very important. Our photographer drove from Austin to California for the wedding and we are so glad that we were able to have him there! We were able to relax and be comfortable with him, which is part of the reason he was able to get so many amazing and candid shots – the other reason is his insane amount of talent! Lastly, have fun and remember it is your day. A lot of people will have opinions during the planning process, but stick with your gut and make sure it is everything you envision.

McCormick House wedding

Thank you Josh for sending this beautiful wedding my way, and congratulations Ashley & Andrew! I wish you guys a life of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Josh Baker and Austin from AzulOx Photography
Planner: Joelle from A Charming Occasion
Venue: McCormick Home Ranch in Camarillo, CA
Dress: J. Crew
Shoes: TOMS Shoes
Suit: Indochino
Bridesmaids Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress
Flowers: Flower Power of Camarillo
DJ/ Photobooth: Wedding Music DJs
Food: Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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