"Where the valley meets the sea I know it must be….will you marry me?"
CAMI JUNE + JAMES LOGAN
with their beautiful daughter
James grew up on the cool central coast and Cami in the warm central valley, but they first caught sight of one another on the bluffs of Del Playa in Isla Vista -- and within the lecture halls at the University of California Santa Barbara. There they turned classroom banter into walks to the bike rack, beach volleyball matches, and eventually that first date on Valentine's Day. Their shared passions for history, sports and community made for a dynamic match and an undeniable chemistry was hatched. The two love birds soon graduated from UCSB and moved to Santa Cruz for James' graduate studies and Cami's nannyship.
After 5 years as college sweethearts and both settling into their careers in San Luis Obispo, the pair could feel the relationship entering a new territory. James began to plot a surprise trip and romantic getaway to spring the big question. He settled on a mid Fall day which would start with a trip to the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. The day started tremendously with high billowing clouds and clear skies abounding. A quick coffee stop in Morro Bay and they were off and up Highway 1 to catch the tour bus at Hearst/San Simeon Beach. The Lighthouse tour was romantically inspiring with panoramic views, peaceful breezes and heavy wave action onto the cliffs and banks. Next stop was lunch in the quaint town of Cambria and a tour of the St. Rose Catholic chapel. From Cami's view the outing had reached it's crescendo and it was time to head home. The two loaded up and head back South down Highway 1, the sun glistening and skies becoming cloudless. James neared Cayucos and suggested they turn off and take a quick walk on the beach or pier with the weather being so crisp and inviting. Cami had vacationed in Cayucos as a child many times and enjoyed the fond memories of frolicking in the friendly surf with her family. As they reached the middle of the pier they could see the water was exceptionally crystalline, and was teeming with life as birds, fish, dolphins and seals all suddenly became visible. With the abundance of mother nature pouring forth James quickly dropped to one knee and said Cami "where the valley meets the sea I know it must be….will you marry me"? Then into his jacket pocket he reached for and presented the ring. Pandemonium ensued in their hearts, Cami exclaimed her "Yes" and the wonderful mixture of magic, joy, mystery and miracle overtook them. Over to Schooner's they floated for a few celebratory cocktails on the balcony and then off for a night stay in Cambria at the Blue Dolphin Inn.
THE WEDDING DAY
The day started out as a typical October on the Central Coast with perfect lighting and a cool breeze after a fresh rain. Cami got ready for the day at home surrounded by family and friends, while James suited up at his parents house across town. The pair had their "first look" at the La Familia farm where they began a tradition of outings each fall picking pumpkins amongst tall cornstalks. From there they traveled to the ceremony at Sweet Springs Nature Reserve where they were greeted by an intimate crowd of 40 family members and friends.
Bubbles twinkling with sunlight and a spiritual aroma of burning sage filled the air at their arrival, setting an intention of playfulness, magic and breathe to the moment. Down a small path the procession was led, eventually gathering at a clearing where the sweet springs ponds and creek flow into Morro Bay. There with a grand view of the estuary, Morro Rock and Black Hill, the two prepared to wed against a backdrop they both played in as kids. A wonderful custom rustic wooden sign had been created by Avenue Twelve with special love messages, acting as the altar and focal point that intertwined their ceremony with nature. After heartwarming, inspired, and sacred vows the wedding party wrapped up at Sweet Springs and headed to the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens for the reception.
The decor and presentation that Avenue Twelve created for the Botanical Gardens was nothing short of breathtaking. Upon entering the halls guests were greeted with individualized momentos and affirmations written by the newlyweds on chalk boards that adorned the room. A stunning custom spiral canopy draped over the dance floor for the lively affair. A lovely outdoor patio had been created with hay bales and white twinkle lights strung high above and tethered to rooftops. Outdoor heaters brought a coziness to the fall air and center pieces included white pumpkins from the La Familia farm, and succulents from Growing Grounds Nursery nestled into antique silver dishes. An outdoor fire-pit, lawn games, and oak barrels stashed with refreshments led to an unforgettable experience and late night lounging with friends and family amongst the stars.