Esther and Yoon’s wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn took place on September 14. Having envisioned a garden wedding surrounded by white roses, Esther chose RBI as her dream venue. To say it was a beautiful day would be an understatement.

Groom in black tux and bride in a rose garden in a Martina Liana gown from The White Flower. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Esther and Yoon’s Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn

This warm day began with Esther and her bridesmaids preparing for the wedding. Esther’s elegant details and her Martina Liana gown from The White Flower suited her so perfectly. For a first look with her bridesmaids, Esther surprised her grinning bridesmaids with her completed look. Bridesmaids smiled and cried tears of joy in this moment.

Martina Liana gown from The White Flower Bridal Boutique hanging from a tree. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Brides Badgley Mischka Esperanza ivory heels with jewels styled with greenery. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Brides diamond ring with pave band and matching wedding band in an oval ivory velvet ring box styled with blush roses. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in a white robe and bridesmaids in soft grey robes getting ready. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride in a white robe and bridesmaids in soft grey robes getting ready. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride getting into her Esperanza Badgley Mischka heels. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride's mother and sister helping her into her Martina Liana gown from The White Flower Bridal Boutique. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride's mother and sister helping her into her Martina Liana gown from The White Flower Bridal Boutique. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBridesmaid first look with the bride. Bridesmaids in grey cut out sleeve gowns. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Ivory rose boutonnieres with pop of green. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Grooms black wedding band in an ivory Mrs Box velvet ring box styled with greenery. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom black shoes, tie, watch, and cologne. Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Lantern hanging from a tree. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in a three piece black tuxedo with white rose boutonniere. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in a three piece black tuxedo with white rose boutonniere. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

First Look and Portraits

Esther and Yoon’s first look took place on a quiet pathway surrounded by Rancho Bernardo’s organic foliage. Both the bride and groom shed a tear during this private moment before they were ready for portraits. Moments like these are a huge reason why I advocate for the first look. Despite the weather being well above 90 degrees, they looked so stunning in their photos. You’d never have known it was one of the hottest days of the summer!

Bride and groom first look. Groom in a three piece black tuxedo and bride in a Martina Liana gown. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom first look. Groom in a three piece black tuxedo and bride in a Martina Liana gown. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom portrait in front of foliage. Groom in a three piece black tuxedo and bride in a Martina Liana gown. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom portrait in front of foliage. Groom in a three piece black tuxedo and bride in a Martina Liana gown. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
White garden roses in front of a greenery hedge. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom portrait in front of cyprus tree grove. Groom in a three piece black tuxedo and bride in a Martina Liana gown. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBridal portrait in front of cyprus tree grove and fountain. Bride in a Martina Liana gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Round pave bouquet with ivory and blush roses and greenery. Bride in a Martina Liana gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride in a Martina Liana gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique. Hair down and curled. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 
One thing I truly loved about this day was how enthusiastic, positive, and welcoming the bridal party was. It is so easy to work with and photograph a bridal party that’s outgoing and visibly excited about the photos!

Bridal party portrait with groom in black tux and groomsmen in navy suits. Bridesmaids in grey cut out sleeve gowns. Bride in a Martina Liana gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Bridal party portrait with groom in black tux and groomsmen in navy suits. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal party portrait with bridesmaids in grey cut out sleeve gowns. Bride in a Martina Liana gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal party portrait with bridesmaids in grey cut out sleeve gowns. Bride in a Martina Liana gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal party portrait with groom in black tux and groomsmen in navy suits. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridal party portrait with bridesmaids in grey cut out sleeve gowns. Bride in a Martina Liana gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique. Rancho Bernardo Inn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
 

Ceremony on the Aragon Lawn

Beautifully backlit, the ceremony site featured a pergola adorned with hanging flowers. It made the space feel like a secret garden!

Wedding refreshment table with flavored water station and large tree covered in white orchids and an unplugged ceremony sign. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyPergola wrapped in greenery with blush flowers on the side columns and hanging blush and ivory flowers in the center. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Rose garden large potted trees. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Candle lighting table topped with blush and ivory flowers and ivory candles. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and her father walking down the aisle. Bride in Martina Liana gown. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride and groom in front of Pergola wrapped in greenery with blush flowers on the side columns and hanging blush and ivory flowers in the center. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bridesmaids in soft grey cut out shoulder gowns. Pergola wrapped in greenery with blush flowers on the side columns and hanging blush and ivory flowers in the center. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom first kiss in front of a Pergola wrapped in greenery with blush flowers on the side columns and hanging blush and ivory flowers in the center. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride and groom walking down the aisle with flowers thrown in the air in front of a Pergola wrapped in greenery with blush flowers on the side columns and hanging blush and ivory flowers in the center. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding ceremony. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Sunset Portraits

I always create time in the wedding schedule for sunset portraits. You truly can’t beat the dreamy, golden light from this time of day.

Bride in a rose garden in a Martina Liana gown from The White Flower. Rancho Bernardo Inn Aragon lawn wedding. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Groom in black tux and bride walking through a garden in a Martina Liana gown from The White Flower. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in black tux and bride in a rose garden in a Martina Liana gown from The White Flower. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Groom in black tux and bride in a rose garden in a Martina Liana gown from The White Flower. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyGroom in black tux and bride in a rose garden in a Martina Liana gown from The White Flower. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Reception in the Aragon Ballroom

Esther and Yoon held their reception in the Aragon ballroom for their 200 guests. Their head table truly shined in front of the hedge backdrop complete with hanging orchids and roses. Entering the ballroom, the couple went straight into a choreographed first dance that everyone loved!

Blush seating chart with calligraphy. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Film photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyReception with white linens, oak Chiavari chairs, and ivory, blush, and green centerpieces. Head table on a stage with a greenery wall backdrop. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Reception with white linens, oak Chiavari chairs, and ivory, blush, and green centerpieces. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Head table on a stage with a greenery wall backdrop with hanging white and pink flowers on the wall and on the table. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Reception with white linens, oak Chiavari chairs, and ivory, blush, and green centerpieces. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Dessert table with custom wedding date cookies, tartlets, eclairs, and cake cups. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Dessert table with custom wedding date cookies, tartlets, eclairs, and cake cups. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom grand entrance. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyBride and groom grand entrance. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom first dance. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom first dance reactions. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Bride and groom first dance. Wedding at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 
Esther and Yoon’s best man and maid of honor shared heartfelt toasts before Esther toasted both of the couple’s parents. Hearing the toasts of the evening, any guest could feel the bond between the couple and their friends and family. To say it was touching wouldn’t do it justice.

Wedding speech toasts at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWedding speech toasts at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWedding speech toasts at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWedding speech toasts at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth PhotographyWedding speech toasts at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 
Congratulations to Esther and Yoon. It was such a pleasure and honor photographing your wedding!

Wedding cake cutting at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Wedding cake with three white tiers and ivory and pink roses with pops of greenery. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Wedding cake cutting at Rancho Bernardo Inn in the Aragon Ballroom. photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
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