Paicines Ranch Summer Wedding – Travel and Adventure Wedding: Oliwia + JJ

Three years in the making, with two pandemic-related postponements, Oliwia and JJ finally celebrated their wedding under the bold, golden landscapes of Paicines Ranch. Their wedding photos sum up their love of nature, travel, and their way of connecting friends and family from around the globe with so much care.

The two met at UCLA, and little did she know that when she was interviewing JJ for the geology club, she was interviewing her future husband! Their first date at a bowling alley led to many, many more until JJ proposed to her while paddleboarding in 2019. And, as a nature-biologist-adventurer myself, I was head over heels when they asked me to be their wedding photographer!

Their details captured them just perfectly. Signs of adventure and travel filled the barn, such as a table seating chart that was fashioned into an archery target with arrows for each person with their assigned table. WOW! And my favorite was the guest book, a coffee table world maps book where guests signed a page representing a special place in their heart. You better bet I signed the Delaware page where I’m originally from!

Their summer wedding day started with getting ready at the grand Grogan House, where the bridal crew dawned their dusty blue robes, which Oliwia had gifted. We set up under a pepper tree for a sweet first look before whisking the two away to the St. Benedict Church in Hollister.

After a beautiful mass in the gorgeous church, we whisked them away again, back to the church for a series of photos catching the sweetest, kindest love. Their love for each other and their friends and family swept through everyone. Seeing their people from around the world connect and come together for these two radiant humans was incredible.

The reception started with a Polish tradition of a bread and vodka ceremony, which is precisely that, Oliwia’s mother and father gave the newlyweds bread and vodka. After their grand entrance, Oliwia and JJ showcased a mind-blowing choreographed dance to “Hallelujah.”

Another fun Polish tradition was a water and vodka test following the cake cutting. Two shots were brought out, one water and one vodka, and the bride and groom grabbed one. The one who ends up with the water is the cool-headed partner, and the one who grabs the vodka is the firey partner.

The dance floor was full of smiles, laughter, and love, especially when the entire wedding circled around and danced around Oliwia and JJ. These two were loved to the moon and back by every person traveling to be with them on their wedding day!

Oliwia and JJ, thank you for the honor of capturing your wedding day!

Oliwia + JJ’s Review: 


Venue | Paicines Ranch

Church | St Benedict’s

Coordinator | Emily Skow

Floral | Mom

Hair + Makeup | Kayla Kenney

DJ | DJ Curtis

Catering | Paicines Ranch

Dessert | Heavenly Bakery

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