Morgan + Neal McGrath Ranch & Gardens

Ventura, California

College sweethearts Morgan + Neal tied the knot eight years after meeting in high school. Both originally from California, Morgan joined Neal living in Boston while he obtained his masters.  They were engaged to her surprise over Christmas in Northern California 2019 when he flew up along with family and friends without her knowing! 


Planning took shape with White Sage joining early on. They envisioned a timeless, modern, semi formal and california coastal inspired celebration.  Their first look took place on the beach honoring groom Neal's passion for surfing.  Their venue, a connection from childhood friends, leaned to an intimate and rustic aesthetic but a carefully curated design narrative brought a fresh perspective.  Neutrals complimented formal black with a pop of warm Aperol dusty orange!  Guests arrived by shuttle and car to soft acoustic guitar as they took in the glowing light of sunset behind the ceremony gardens. Heartfelt vows sealed with a kiss kicked off a lively cocktail hour with a full bar offering specialty signature cocktails. 

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The newlyweds escaped to play in the last of the setting sun's light around the property including otherworldly looking barren agricultural rows.  Guests found their seats with personally adorned place settings including menus detailing the scrumptious plated dinner in toe. Playful toasts and laughs lead into joyous dancing only to be interrupted by cheerful sparklers while the couple cut their ceremonial cake. Celebrations continued into the night topped off with a late night taco bar!

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Bar & Beverage- Cocktail Concierge

Bridal Hair & Makeup: Blushing Beauty

Rentals- Amigo Party Rentals

Photography- We Are Matt and Jess

Florals- Fleur De Rye

DJ- Second Song

Restrooms- Luxury Loos

Catering- Seasons Catering

Cake- Sugar Lab Bake Shop

Groom's attire: The Black Tux

Transportation: Jump On The School Bus

Getting Ready & First Look Venue: Marriott Ventura Beach

Venue: McGrath Ranch & Garden

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