Wedding Photography ~ Bar SZ Ranch near the Pinnacles, Paicines CA
Sara & John’s rustic California wedding was truly what dreams are made of! They chose Bar SZ Ranch in Paicines, CA for their venue. It’s a picturesque location near Hollister and Pinnacles National Park. Just driving past those rocky rolling hills on the way in was beyond breathtaking. Once you arrive at Bar SZ you realize this is the REAL DEAL. Sprawling views, distant grassy hills, horses, goats, chickens, donkeys, and kittens running around everywhere you look… the rustic spirit is all consuming! A magical place to say the least.
The bride & groom got ready with their wedding party in separate houses. Then we made our way to the ceremony site under an enchanting grove of trees in the middle of the valley. The bride arrived in style with her father on a tractor-pulled chariot, and the groom couldn’t hold back his tears as he saw her walking down the aisle.
After a beautiful ceremony we took some family portraits and fun wedding party shots in the open, grassy fields. The reception was everything you could ask for, and more. An impressive rustic bar, great cocktails, fun lawn games, amazing food and lots of laughter during the speeches.
After dinner they enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife and we took a short drive up to the summit of a nearby hill for newlywed photos. More epic views, oak trees and endless grassy fields made for the perfect backdrop to create a beautiful set of images that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
The night concluded with music, dancing and campfires, but that wasn’t the end of this wedding weekend… Bar SZ is an actual ranch! So most of the wedding party stayed in “glamping” style tents and continued the festivities with horseback riding, fishing, archery, hiking, and living the ranch life all weekend long.