The Barn at the Santa Margarita Ranch is one of our favorite places to work. The balanced blend of lumber and stone leaves thousands of unique shadows in every nook and cranny. When lit correctly, those shadows leave a perfectly rustic texture that really sets the tone of the decor. That said, the Barn is far from rustic. It has all the amenities necessary for a perfect ceremony and reception and can easily fit 300 guests indoors. Here’s a few more shots from the talented Ashely at A. Blake photography.
Adding dedicated and focused lights to the buffet table REALLY brings out the beauty your caterers work. Similar the rest of your decor vendors, caterers spend a lot of time making sure your carefully chosen menu is as beautiful as it is tasty. Often times the buffets are stuck in darker corners where your guests are unable to really enjoy the visual aspects of their meal. Why allocate such a significant piece of your budget to a beautiful culinary spread when it can’t be enjoyed due to mis-managed lighting? Worse yet, caterers may ask to have the house lights turned on for convenience, drastically altering the ambiance and intimacy of your reception. These next images show the benefits of specialized lighting.