This Vanity Fair-Inspired Wedding Had The Bride Wearing Black

We wouldn’t call just any wedding "Vanity Fair-inspired," but Kimberly and Joshua’s edgy, not-so-traditional San Luis Obispo ranch nuptials could have come straight out of the magazine. Kimberly wore a stunning black wedding dress by Vera Wang and walked down the aisle to Billy Idol’s White Wedding. Talk about turning traditions upside down!

The day was filled with all the right elements: southern-inspired florals (think magnolias, oleanders, honeysuckle, and wisteria), Cajun eats, boozy cocktails (blackberry juleps, corpse revivers, old fashioneds, and Moscow mules) and, of course, lots of fun. Kimberly elaborates: "Josh and I were both dead-set on making this a very non-traditional wedding and an evening no one would ever forget. We wanted to make it an event, complete with style, drama, and reckless abandon. We threw all the usual wedding traditions out the window and just focused on throwing the party of a lifetime."

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Kimberly says that getting married in SLO was never a question. Because the couple wanted to incorporate a rustic barn, they researched several in the area until they stumbled on Greengate Ranch.

Photography: Sarah Kathleen.

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The ranch recently started hosting weddings after undergoing a major renovation.

Venue: Greengate Ranch & Vineyard San Luis Obispo, California.
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Kimberly and Joshua had a vision; they sat down with their photographer, Sarah, and said, “no 'wedding' photos. We want these pictures to look like they could have come right out of a magazine — absolutely nothing like every wedding photo we have ever seen."

Mission accomplished.

Hair: Faces a la Mode.

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Certainly, this dress, with its serious movement, helped steer the bold vision.
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Kimberly admits to collecting "hundreds of pictures torn out of Vanity Fair, C Magazine…every fashion and editorial magazine I could think of," to see that her wedding vision was carried out.

Makeup: The Parlour.
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It's an unexpected look, sure, but that's what makes it so becoming and so non-wedding like.

Florals: Noonan’s Wine Country Designs.

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We love how the bridal party's dresses play off of the bride's. All, of course, could be on the pages of a fashion magazine.
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And, they could all wear these dresses again. We know we would.
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After they said "I do," the couple stole a quick moment to themselves, setting up for a prime editorial photo if ever there was one.

Wedding dress: Vera Wang.
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The background is so gorgeous, it looks fake — but it definitely accomplishes that non-wedding-photo feel.

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Once they found their venue, the couple says "the rest of the wedding simply came together effortlessly."

Catering: Maegen Loring Catering.
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The venue may have a rustic feel overall, but the scene is one of pure class and elegance, fit for Vanity Fair.

Event planning: Central Coast Soiree.

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The natural light made for some pretty perfect photo-ops. The bride gushes: "On the day of the wedding, it wasn’t just Sarah's artist vision and talent that came through; it was her ability to connect and work with all of us in the photos."

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