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Los Olivos  Refugio Ranch Vineyards

                Sam’s surprise engagement proposal to Natalie was one of the most unforgettably joyful photo shoots we've ever had. Shrouded in the cover of foliage, LOL, we waited for Natalie to arrive on horseback! The subsequent engagement photos, featuring friendly goats and a picnic, were perfectly framed by the natural beauty of Refugio Ranch, capturing their pure joy and excitement.

Event Planning Alegria by Design | Location Refugio Ranch, Santa Ynez | Floral Design Anna Le Pley Taylor | Horseback Riding Los Padres Outfitters | Catering Omni Fresco Catering | Animal Rentals The Farm Stead
From Style Me Pretty feature - Text from Alegria by Design
“Sam, the soon-to-be groom, contacted us three months prior to his target proposal date, brimming with ideas for his custom proposal to his then-girlfriend, Nathalie. Both nature lovers, Sam knew the location had to be magical. When Sam sent me his short list of must-haves, I had to do a double take: horseback riding, balloons, sunflowers, a baby goat with a ribbon, purple and lavender, sunset, tree carving with names and date, champagne glasses, and a beach view or wooded area. What? Baby goats! Yes, our kind-souled Nathalie has a slight obsession with baby goats. So, I found goats—not just any goats, but goats with cute names: Sebastian and Cornelius. As for the magical location, we chose a 415-acre wine vineyard and estate nestled into the Santa Ynez Mountains, Refugio Ranch Vineyard. With its centuries-long history nestled in a small canyon, Refugio Ranch is magical indeed and offered the perfect backdrop for Sam's surprise proposal. Producing this joyful event soon became a labor of love. I quickly gathered my dream team. Talented photographers, Michael + Anna Costa, signed on to capture the day. Tye French with Like A Letter filmed every moment, and Anna Le Pley Taylor provided lovely and romantic blooms. With such a beautiful location and a beautiful couple, my job was a piece of cake.”

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