Woodland Fairytale Styled Wedding Shoot at Reptacular Ranch

Posted By Holly Castillo Photography on Monday 12th June 2017

I have a lot to say about this styled elopement shoot at the gorgeous Reptacular Ranch in Los Angeles County, and I'm excited to be blogging it on this Monday afternoon. This shoot was planned and put together entirely by me (wedding planners- I have mad respect for you). It was so exciting to be able to do this in the winter here in CA while we had a lot of rain that made things so green and gorgeous. The only downside was that we had the worst storm in 10 years the day before our shoot was scheduled, so we had quite a bit of mud to navigate around. Luckily everything turned out awesome! Before we get started I have to give a giant shout out to the incredible people that donated their time and talent for this shoot.

Venue: Reptacular Ranch

Flowers: Wild Peony Design

Hair: Monique Peyre

Make Up: Brigitte Caille

Invitations: Lottie Elizabeth

Confetti: Confetti Basket

Decor: Rentals By Tiffany J

Cake: Party Cottage

And Me as Photographer (Although that should be fairly obvious)! Holly Castillo Photography

Shawna and Derek Dyer (our couple shown below) are two of my best friends. My husband and I had the honor of being the witnesses to their courthouse wedding in 2013, so it was especially fun to be able to use them as the models in this styled shoot. Ever since I heard about this amazing and unique wedding venue in Los Angeles I wanted to do a styled shoot there. The forest setting and animals really lent to a woodland fairy tale theme, which is exactly what I wanted to create! We actually found the bride's dress on Amazon (a serious note to brides, Amazon has some gorgeous wedding dresses for incredible prices) and the vendors above really came through with some gorgeous hair and makeup, decor, florals, cake, and the invitation suite. I love the sweet chalkboard signs that Tiffany created special for us, and the cascading bouquet and matching flower crown were swoon-worthy. (We use the word "swoon" a lot in the wedding industry".  I love photographing small, intimate weddings, or elopements, and it was so fun to be able to work with my dear friends for this one! Photographers and planners really create styled shoots to get out a vision that they have in their minds, and this day absolutely brought my vision of fairytale magic to life. So brides, if you're looking for a totally unique wedding experience with rabbits, snakes, goats, tortoises, and even a camel and zebra- I highly recommend checking out this beautiful private ranch in Los Angeles for your wedding! And of course I would love to be your wedding photographer for any and all Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and beyond weddings- especially if they're held at Reptacular Animals/ Reptacular Ranch :) I never get tired of working with gorgeous couples, but adding some sweet animals into the mix makes my job truly a dream come true.

Hope you enjoy this! See also a feature of this wedding on Intimate Weddings! www.intimateweddings.com/blog/woodland-fairy-tale-elopement-styled-shoot

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