Vanessa + Johnny | Twin Oaks Garden Autumnal Wedding

You know how they say when you just know? Kind of like how I just knew I was going to love this couple when their epic engagement shoot was shot in a full on pumpkin patch? Yeah… and kinda like how they basically just knew.

The very first night Vanessa and Johnny met they danced the night away in downtown San Diego. Fast forward a month later (to Valentine’s Day, gah!), they had their first date. Five years and one fur baby later, these two meant-to-be’s said ‘I do’ in front of all of their very favorite people on a beautiful day in October. The date is actually so perfectly fitting because our stunning bride Vanessa is beyond obsessed with all things fall (could we be more destined to be friends?).

Every year, Vanessa and Johnny go to a pumpkin patch together so it was only right that they had a mini version at their wedding, designed so that the guests could take home a pumpkin of their very own. How freaking cute is that? 

Now, let’s talk intentional nugget of gold moments for a sec, too. Vanessa only wanted her Mom, Grandma and future Mother-in-Law with her in the bridal suite, not only for those super special moments with these major women in her life - but so that she could have a first look with her bridesmaids. It was seriously so, so sweet. And as nod to their shared love of hosting massive Game of Thrones viewing parties, Johnny actually glued a Game of Thrones lego to each groomsmen’s boutonnière. Johnny, naturally, was Jon Snow.

From the epically gorgeous, big blooms from my girl Mandy from Ruby Bloom that felt like they jumped right out of a Fall magazine spread, to the flower arch that dreams are made of, to the incredible dance party that was so full of laughter and joy… it was all beyond.

My absolute favorite aspect of the day though? Just after the ceremony, both Vanessa and Johnny expressed that they’d been super nervous (mostly just excited) until the moment they saw each other when Vanessa was walking down that aisle. It brought this complete sense of calm for both of them. Like, oh yeah, there’s my person.

‘Cause like I’ve said before... when you know, you know. You know? Cheers to Vanessa and Johnny, congratulations on ‘picking’ (get it, pumpkin?) your person!

Photography: Honey Photographs | Wedding Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate | Hair: Hair by Chinney Amour | Florals: Ruby Bloom | Dessert: Jenny Wenny Cakes | DJ: Sage Productions |

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