On a spacious evergreen farm with vast blooming white florals and array of October pumpkins, Megan and Colton got married and started the beginning of a long love story. Both of them are first responders and carry those traits of strength and loyalty throughout their relationship as much as they do their career. The wedding was put to life at the new and stunning Arroyo Grande wedding venue Tar Creek Ranch and every fairytale moment was captured by Amber McGaughey Photography. I was able to interview my friend, the bride Megan about her special day.
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"I'm very simplistic. I love the whites and creams. Simple but bold floral arangements. I wanted an indoor/ outdoor venue with a formal farmhouse feel."
"White white and more white. I wanted a clean simple elegant look. The only color I really had were my bridesmaids dresses. For that I chose a velvet navy blue floor length dress. A shade that looked good on every skin tone and didn't clash with the greenery background."
"One of my favorite moments was seeing Colton with tears in his eyes as I walked down the aisle. I'm a very emotional person so I had to look away from him as I walked towards him so I wouldn't cry! During the ceremony, our officiant did something different and at the beginning, he gave us a moment to turn to the crowd and take it all in for a moment. It was nice to be able to take a step back and really store a core memory of seeing all the beautiful faces that came to support us."
Their Love Story
"Our paths first crossed when I was in 4th grade and Colton was in 6th grade. We reconnected after college and have been together 3.5 years. Colton and I both come from first responder families and both work in the first responder field. I've said from the beginning that our relationship has always been easy. Obviously we have arguments and disagreements like any other couple but it's always easy to love each other and our lives mesh so well together. One of the most challenging things we went through was confine fire academy for Santa Barbara county. After we got through that, he proposed on the beach with our whole family watching above from a cliff."
"One of my favorite details about the wedding were the florals. I was absolutely in love with my arbor. My aunt created it and covered the entire thing in babies breath. It looked like a cloud of puffy white flowers. I also loved my cupcake credenza. Different flavors of cupcakes were scattered about on top and inside."
Knowing what you know now... what advice would you have for other brides planing their wedding?
"Don't let anyone pressure you into anything. This is your day and it should be exactly what you've dreamt. Everyone says it but the day goes by so fast! Enjoy as much as you can. I didn't want to go table to table and talk to each of my guests because it takes so long but I am SO glad I did. There's not enough time to see everyone after and thank them for coming so its nice to be able to say hi."
What was the most challenging part about planning your wedding?
"Keeping in contact with the vendors. I work crazy long hours and emailing back and forth constantly and being asked so many questions was really challenging."