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Mt. Woodson Castle: Rachel + Tan's Adventurous & Chic Wedding

When Rachel and Tan first told us they wanted to hold their wedding at Mt. Woodson Castle, we were stoked! Not only is it a completely unique wedding venue, but grounds are absolutely stunning. Who knew something like this existed in San Diego?! Once you start scrolling down, you will see exactly what I mean!

Tan and Rachel both grew up in Reno, NV, but didn't meet until freshman year of college. They had Chemistry together (how cheesy), and used to study for tests and compete on who would get the higher exam score. They both opted for graduate school, and luckily were both accepted to programs in Southern California. They visited each other on weekends, but spent years living in different cities finishing up school, and then finally decided to both stay in San Diego.

They got engaged in Santa Barbara on a last minute trip to celebrate Tan's birthday. They were on a hike and got a little lost, but got to vista point that overlooked the ocean. Tan brought his camera and was setting up the tripod, and when Rachel turned around and he was on his knee. Not only did he surprise her with a ring, but he recorded the whole thing! Tan and Rachel and seriously the perfect match. I mean, just look at their photos! You can feel the love radiating off of them! According to Rachel, their personalities complement each other well, as she is always high strung and type-A, and Tan always say he's "cool as a cucumber." Not only that, but they make each other laugh over the simplest and weirdest things. If you ask me, that is the best kind of love! :)

When it came to their wedding, Rachel and Tan didn't want to take away from the natural beauty of their Mt. Woodson Castle wedding. The chose a very elegant color scheme of whites and greens, which perfectly complimented the gorgeous backdrop. The kept the ceremony very simple, with white chairs and used the castle as the backdrop to their 'I Dos.' When it came to the reception, they chose all white linen with silver napkins, and accented the table with a gorgeous floral arrangement and floating candles. This created a very chic, clean and elegant aesthetic.

As for attire, Rachel chose an absolutely stunning gown by Miss Stella York. Her gown was simple, yet fitted with gorgeous back button details. I don't think there are many brides that could pull this dress off! She complimented the look with a fabulous up-do detailed with petite white flowers, and looked absolutely stunning at her wedding at Mt. Woodson Castle!

While the entire day was unbelievable, I have to admit that one of our favorite parts of Rachel and Tan's Mt. Woodson Castle wedding was their churro dessert display! This was such a unique idea, and all their guests LOVED it! We love a good dessert display and let's be honest, your can't go wrong with mini churros and 3 different dipping sauces. YUM!

Thanks again to Rachel and Tan for trusting us with your big day! It was such a pleasure working with you two, and we wish you a lifetime of happiness.

Photos By Cavin Elizabeth Photography