Romance on the Ranch

Gaming Guests

Wedding games are an up and coming trend in the Wedding Industry. Games are a wonderful way to have guests mingle and add a fun, carefree touch to your special day; especially in the Spring and Summer months! While some guests choose to rent game equipment, many others opt to DIY corn-hole boards to create a more personal touch. Check out these awesome ideas and photographs by Anna Dolores Photography!

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Ring toss is an activity for guests of all ages and athletic ability. To personalize it, use your favorite colored glass bottles or quotes and song lyrics to the tossing rings.

Another popular option is croquet. Keep it classy by serving iced tea and finger sandwiches for guests to munch on.

bfc47fb330d3219240e9f03d7c3787a9Roll the dice with giant dice pieces! Create fun incentives by associating certain numbers with a game of Never Have I Ever or Truth or Dare. Say for example a guest rolls a six, they can opt to give a “dare” to anyone in the group. Or the guest who rolls a three can tell three truths and a lie while the rest of the group tries to detect the lie. There’s no limit to what sorts of fun things you will learn about wedding guests.

The Camarillo Ranch’s Front Lawn is a perfect space to entertain guests. With its three historic trees large capacity (up to 600 guests!), it is a ready made atmosphere for whatever games and activities your heart desires!

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What games would you plan for your guests?

All photos shot by Anna Delores.

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PV Spotlight: All Occasions Event Planning

We chatted with preferred event coordinator and friend, Cari Izaguirre, and picked that beautiful brain of hers. As Founder of All Occasions Event Planning, Cari believes that a flawlessly executed event is a must and prides herself in spending time ensuring that every event gets the personalized attention it deserves. With well over a decade of experience, the team at AOEP is dedicated to providing top quality service to their clients.

Cari is dedicated to on-going education about the most effective ideas and techniques. Your wedding or event reflects what you want, not what she wants. Working as a team to implement your ideas so that your day becomes exactly what YOU envisioned so you can be a guest at your own event!

Now let’s sit down with the woman of the hour – this is a good one folks!

  • Why should I choose Camarillo Ranch as my wedding venue?  Camarillo Ranch is by far one of the BEST venues around! I’ve had the privilege of working there many times and all you hear from the clients and guests are what an incredible gem it is! Not only is the historic feature of the ranch amazing, you have endless options on what you can do and where you can have your event, plus it’s absolutely beautiful! If you are looking for a place to have an unforgettable event, look no further because I guarantee that is what you will get here.
  • Why should I hire a wedding coordinator?  Planning a wedding can be very stressful. It takes a lot of time and energy in order to make your wedding day dreams come true. Everything involved in planning a wedding must be brought together to ensure that the bride and groom are able to enjoy themselves without worry. A wedding coordinator will be there to help reduce the stress by managing and organizing all of the details. Our expertise can help to create a pleasant planning experience. A wedding coordinator can save you valuable time by providing you with a portfolio of preferred vendors or doing the required legwork including vendor research and selections, venue site inspections, budget management, contract reviews, timeline planning from start to finish, and so much more.
  • Why do we need a “day-of” coordinator?  We recommend that you have at least one professional coordinator with you the day of your event. A “day-of” coordinator can handle the last-minute issues that you shouldn’t have to worry about, such as, setting up your personal items (favors, place cards, etc.) toasts, introductions, and coordinating various vendors to ensure that the timeline for your event is followed and the results are as you planned. Instead of putting yourself and your guests to “work” at your event, you can all enjoy the celebration worry-free.
  • What does a wedding coordinator do?  Depending on your needs, a coordinator can be helpful in many different ways. If you are working full time, it can be convenient to have a professional help you with the planning, phone calls and research, if not more. We can assist you with your budget and be a “coach” to you if you just need some guidance through the process of planning, including providing referrals to reputable vendors. We can help you plan your entire event if you wish – from site selection to decor and entertainment. We can help with vendor negotiations, attend meetings for/with you, and answer etiquette questions. We can finalize details the month prior to, and then be there for the rehearsal and the day of your event to ensure everything goes as planned.
  • Can I afford a wedding planner? You can’t afford NOT to have a coordinator! A coordinator needs to be a part of the budget, not an extra expense. Based upon our recommendations and expertise, clients experience an overall savings that pays for our service while having the wedding of their dreams within their budget. One of the misconceptions is that a wedding coordinator does not fit into the budget, hiring a wedding coordinator can save you money, save you time, and allow you to relax and enjoy your special day knowing that everything’s being taken care of by a professional who has your best interest at heart.


Cari with Camarillo Ranch bride, Mollie.


Mollie and Sam (aka #samolliepalooza) enjoying their beautiful, stress-free day with the help of Cari and her team.

Photography – Krista Mason Photography

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Budget, Budget, Budget!

Some of the most frequent questions we receive from our brides and grooms is focused on that B word… BUDGET! As you may already know, or are quickly discovering, there are several components involved when planning one of the most important days of your life. Each is another dollar sign which, if not contained, can swiftly spiral out of control.

Camarillo Ranch is a mid-tier venue, and we pride ourselves on providing a beautiful property as well as invaluable wedding knowledge to our engaged couples. We partner with stellar event industry vendors, and are always willing and able to offer insight and support every step of the way.

When it comes to finances and expenditures, it is important to be frugal, not cheap. The two are worlds apart and you and your guests will definitely know the difference when the big day arrives. We appreciate and commend all of those creative DIY brides out there, but there are some aspects that really should not be done yourself. BRIDES magazine has a fantastic article, which encourages leaving some things to the professionals.

Without further ado, here are 5 of our favorite tips and tricks on how to save on wedding expenditures. Your wallets will thank us later…

  1. Consider Alternate Days of the Week: Saturdays are considered ideal for a multitude of reasons, but more often than not, they also come along with additional fees. Venues, caterers, DJ’s, etc. traditionally have higher rates on this day of the week. Being open to a Friday or Sunday will be one of the first steps to staying within your budget. 3-day weekends are a hot commodity, so be sure to snag those quick!
  2. Condense Your Guest List:  Okay guys, let’s be real, you do not need to invite everyone and their mother (please remember to invite yours though!). More people essentially means more everything i.e. food, chairs, service ware, staff – the list goes on. A good rule of thumb is when you sit down with your fiancé to prepare your guest list, do not invite anyone who you have not spoken to in one year or more. When you get ready to send out your invites, you can trim the guest list even more by not inviting anyone you have not spoken to since your engagement.
  3. Electronic Save-the-Dates and Invitations:  If you really want to go green and save some green (see what we did there?) think electronic for your preliminary paper needs! Almost everyone is savvy enough now to at least have an email address. This will reduce postage and printing costs by having your guests RSVP and communicate through your wedding website or app. There’s even a nifty service that sends out a digital save-the-date and collects mailing addresses from guests in preparation for the hard mailing of invitations. There are countless services out there that can customize to your exact needs and wants.
  4. Signature Drinks:  If you book a venue that allows you to bring in your own alcohol (hello, Camarillo Ranch!) consider a basic drink menu. Beer and wine is standard, but adding 1 or 2 signature drinks will be a crowd favorite. Perhaps your favorite drink as a couple and pairing it with a witty cocktail name that your bartenders say all night. Opting out of an open bar with endless spirits will minimize costs and rowdy guests – both positives!
  5. Dessert Bar:  Large, extravagant tiered cakes can run in the 4 figures. Dessert bars and non-traditional sweets are all the rage without breaking the bank. Donuts, cookies, pies, etc. just to name a few. Candy stations are also an option, and double as party favors when you offer to-go bags!


Photography – Lucas Rossi Photography

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All in the Details!

It goes without saying, there are countless variables involved when planning a wedding. These may result in some stress or a good laugh – maybe even both! The myriad of Pinterest boards will all be worth it, when you finally say “I do” in the company of your closest friends and family.

On the day of your wedding, there are so many special moments and details leading up to and following those two little (but oh so important) words. Remember to take these all in, and even have them captured by your photographer! From photos of florals and attire – to photos of a tender exchange between you and the one(s) you love most.

Please see inspiration below of some favorites, curated by past brides and grooms. Enjoy!


Delicious treats and sweets!

Cake – Frost It Cakery

Photography – William Innes Photography



Place setting and program from the #livelaughavila wedding back in October 2015.

Photography – Lucas Rossi Photography


Zipping of the dress between mother and daughter.

Photography – Dillon Phommasa


Groom, Matt, ready to see his bride.

Florals – Mary Taferner

Photography – Joe and Kim Photo


#samolliepalooza was one for the books!

Transportation – Jump on the School Bus

Photography – Krista Mason Photography

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Florals – The Little Branch

Photography – Maria Schwaller Photography


All about the dress!

Wedding Gown – Camarillo Bridal Boutique

Photography – Jennifer Jasso Photography

Melanie & JJ-4154-XLI spy with my little eye – some gorgeous rings!

Photography – Anna Delores Photography



Getaway car!

Photography – Shane and Lauren Photography

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First-look embrace.

Photography – Lukas and Suzy Photography

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Pre-Ceremony in Bridal Suite.

Photography – Jenna Joseph Photography

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Love Is In The Air…

Although February is the shortest month of the year, it is always a busy one. It is the time for some pretty influential celebrations i.e. Black History Month, Ground Hog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, President’s Day, Leap Day (we get 29 days in February this year!), etc.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the 14th aka Valentine’s Day! It is difficult to dismiss this tradition of love and romance with the many pink and red reminders we see leading up to this special day. So it is safe to say, LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days for marriage proposals, next to New Year’s Eve and Christmas. The proposal is such a significant part of your love story, and lots of time and thought are heavily involved. HowHeAsked is a team of dedicated individuals to assist in your proposal journey with features like an engagement ring guide, vendor recommendations, and swoon worthy ideas to pop the big question. Not to mention their Instagram page has over 400K followers, including real life engagement stories that will get even the coldest of hearts feeling warm and tender.

Last year we hosted a wedding on Valentine’s Day, and it was definitely one to remember. Chelsea and Jacob are a perfect match – it is impossible not to smile when you are around them. Jason of Rayne Films stunningly captured the beautiful couple and their loved ones here at Camarillo Ranch.



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Chelsea taking a peek from the bridal suite of the ceremony setup.


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The happy couple said “I Do” at our East Lawn (gazebo) location.



Every bride needs her girls on her big day!


Oh, and her daddy, of course!

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Jacob and his groomsmen jumping for joy in front of the Red Barn!

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First dance as husband and wife…

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Such a beautiful and fun bridal party.


Wishing Chelsea and Jacob all our best from their Camarillo Ranch family as they approach their first year of marriage.


Venue – Camarillo Ranch

Caterer – DJ’s California Catering

Photographer – Rayne Films



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Bridal Show

You’ve waited a whole week since our last blog post for this special discount and here it is!

Visit our event page to purchase Bridal Showcase tickets and enter this code to receive BOGO 50% off tickets: crbs2016. We look forward to seeing many of you there.



Hair & Makeup: Blushing Beauty

Floral: Unique Floral Designs

Wedding Gown: Camarillo Bridal Boutique  Tux: Friar Tux

Photography: Steven Leyva 

Our blog: Romance on the Ranch will be posted bi-weekly from now on. Visit the blog next Wednesday to get a glimpse of Bridal Showcase 2016 highlights and wedding industry trends!

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Camarillo Ranch Presents “The Annual Camarillo Bridal Show”

Tons of pretty happening at Ranch this week! We are just a little over two weeks away from the 3rd Annual  Camarillo Ranch Bridal Showcase. Don’t miss out on Saturday, January 23 from 12pm to 4pm for all the fun, and did we mention to-die-for Grand Raffle Prizes?
Check out all the details and purchase tickets on our website by clicking here. Return next week for a special blog post on event details and vendor highlights! 
The Camarillo Ranch Foundation has partnered with Party Pleasers and Camarillo Bridal Boutique to create a luxurious, unique, and memorable experience for local brides, grooms, and their families and friends. Enjoy an afternoon of mingling with Ventura County’s finest wedding professionals ranging from DJs and photographers to wedding planners and florists. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample fine food and sweet desserts from local caterers and bakeries! Other entertainment includes Bridal Bingo with over 50 giveaways and the Camarillo Bridal Boutique Fashion Show, model’s hair and make up provided by the artistry of Blushing Beauty, in the Red Barn. Each couple will receive 1 bridal bag and 1 grand prize raffle ticket each at check-in. These are just a few photos from last years show. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Ranch on January 23

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Dream wedding gown provided by Camarillo Bridal Boutique

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If i were a guest at this wedding I would throw on my prettiest sundress, sip on some smooth wine samples, and gawk over the incredible design moments created by Unique Floral Design. Oh, and I’d be darn sure to give Steven Leyva the biggest hug, because these photos? They’re everything.

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Sweet local favorites by Delicious Artistry

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Our friends over at Frost It Cupcakery created one of the most delicious naked cakes you could only dream of for one of the many bridal show scenes through the Ranch grounds.

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If it were possible to crawl through the computer screen and live right inside this wedding set up, we would do it in a heartbeat!
Steven Leyva Photography20151218_3822How perfect were these crystal chandeliers from Party Pleasers Event Rentals ? Our rustic barn was transformed into a gorgeous glam fashion runway for Camarillo Bridal Boutique’s runway show.

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There is the famous Camarillo Red Barn! Standing proud and tall. Today the Camarillo Ranch is owned by the City of Camarillo and operated by the non-profit organization, the Camarillo Ranch Foundation. The 1892 Queen Anne Victorian style Camarillo Ranch House operates as a House Museum, which features rotating exhibits, along with historic home and school tours. The Foundation sponsors annual community events throughout the year, which educate the public about the Ranch’s rich history. The Camarillo Ranch is also a highly sought after wedding and special events venue, hosting over 150 private and public events throughout the year.


Floral: Unique Floral Design

Wedding Gown: Camarillo Bridal Boutique

Rentals: Party Pleasers Event Rentals

Coordination: An Enlightened Event

Cake: Frost It Cakery 

Photography: Steven Leyva Photography

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Glamorous Barn Soirees

While a lot of couples choose the Camarillo Ranch for its “rustic” charm, some couples choose to go another route completely. The interior of the Red Barn is essentially a blank canvas; you don’t have to have a rustic Ranch reception, ceremony or cocktail hour. In this post, we feature photos from some of our most glamorous Red Barn soirees. These couples decided to go for lavish decorations including glossy linens, crystal chandeliers and drapery like nothing you’ve seen before. Get ready for all the glitz & glamour:

Preferred Wedding Photographer William InnesCrystal chandeliers – check. Beautiful drapery – check. Gold Chiavari chairs with gold table settings to match- check. Melissa & Ryan’s Red Barn reception in May, 2013 was traditionally glamorous affair. The formal dining style with the plush white linens enveloping each round table really boosts the elegance of the evening. Photo by William Innes Photography.

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Erika & Gilberto fashioned the Red Barn into a sophisticated lounge space for use during the Cocktail Hour. The leather furniture and drapery were stark white creating a clean and simple look that translated effortlessly into modern glamour. The thoughtful placement of the greenery added just the right amount of contrast to the look. Photo by Jennifer Jasso Photography.


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Jane & Daniel’s reception is like a combination of the previous photos. Clean white drapery not only flows along the ceiling of the Red Barn, but also on the side posts and walls. Each table has formal settings with bright coral and blue center pieces added for contrast. Another unique touch to their reception is the placement of the sweet heart table. Usually, we see the sweet heart table at the back of the barn facing out. Here, they decided to be at the entrance of the barn looking in.  Photo by Il Mare Photography.

These are just 3 example of the glamour weddings we have had at the Ranch over the years. Have you decided on your wedding style? Check out our other Style Series posts to come for ideas.



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Fashionable Wedding at the Ranch


A stylish couple like these two were truly a match made in Heaven.
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What a sweet and intimate moment captured by Janalyn Yanover photography. Above us is Kellie being embraced for the first time as a wife   127-KELLI-BRAD-WEB-100 139-KELLI-BRAD-WEB-100

Photography: Janalyn Yanover

Florist: Unique Floral DesignWatch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Rentals: Party Pleasers Event Rental

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Say YES to Black & White Photography

Black & white photos are extremely romantic. Don’t believe us? Take a look at some of our favorite b&w photos from previous Cam Ranch weddings. You don’t have to have all of your photos in b&w, but there is a certain type of charm & romance that just doesn’t come through in color. From candid to posed, consider adding some b&w photos to your wedding album.

marielhannah-4493Chris & Ashley’s First Dance in our Red Barn is a beautiful example of the romance that can be captured in black & white. Simple & stunning. Photo by Mariel Hannah Photography.

0060 - CopyAnother First Dance shot of the bride & groom in our Red Barn. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the couple and their loving smiles & closeness is beyond charming. The bright twinkling of the chandelier adds just the right touch of light to the photo. Photo by Shane & Lauren Photography.

0691bwBlack & white photos don’t have to be just of the bride & groom. In this photo, our lovely bride poses inside one of the rooms of the 1892 Victorian mansion. Black & white is perfect for in-house photography to capture the vintage vibe. Just so you know, every wedding party at the Camarillo Ranch is entitled to 1 hour of photography in the mansion. Photo by William Innes Photography.

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Not sure about black & white still? No worries! Your photographer can provide both the color and b&w versions for you to choose from. These photos are from a Cam Ranch wedding this year January. The ceremony took place on the Main Lawn with the branch of the Fig Moreton Bay Tree as the beautiful backdrop. In this comparison, you can see the difference between the charm of b&w and the softness of color. Photo by William Innes Photography.

In the end, both color and black & white photos are dreamy in their own ways. Which do you prefer – color or b&w? Let us know in the comments below!







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Photos courtesy of William Innes and Heber Pelayo