Courtney+Ryan ~ Jack House Wedding

The morning of Courtney+Ryan’s Jack House Wedding the rain came down and the sky threatened to do much more…but “Then the rain let up and the sun came up and we were gettin’ dry…” and while the sun never really came out, there was plenty of shining going on.

Let’s back up…I first met Courtney & Ryan last August,  when we ventured thru their ‘City’ (San Francisco) to collect some engagement photos. It was a beautiful day, we bonded over our love for the Giants as we cruised around AT&T Park on an off-day and we got to know each other a bit. Our time together continued well past the last picture taken at Lands End for Sunset, as the couple kissed with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. The two graciously offered to take me out to dinner at one of their favorite restaurants. It was a nice way to spend the evening, getting to know two genuinely beautiful people…not to mention the Yucatan cuisine complimented by some tasty margaritas! I talked with the two about their families and Courtney and I got to talk about growing up on the Central Coast, where just a few months later, these two would be tying the knot!

Fast forward to wedding day in San Luis Obispo, Ca. On one side of town, Ryan was getting suited with a little help from his groomsmen in a hotel…his brother & best man kept the mood light and I believe they took ‘a shot’ to take the edge off. Near the center of town, at the historic Jack House, Courtney was sliding on her wedding dress on her wedding day. The result was not surprisingly, a gorgeous bride. Guests slowly filed in, admired the beautifully-restored home and gardens, taking time to check out the beautiful details that had been re-arranged to stay dry in case of downpour. It was the calm after the actual storm and before the proverbial storm!…and then it was go-time.

From one beautiful moment to the next, the ceremony was classic and ended with a stoked-groom lifting his lighter-than-air bride high for a kiss ~ signaling the beginning of the reception! The BBQ pit was loaded in true-Ritter fashion. The party continued with cake, speeches and first dances. Ryan & his mother showed off their Rusler-style dance moves…which must have been contagious! From the well dressed youngsters who put their dance moves on display…to the adults whom, apparently have seen “Step it Up and Dance” a few times…(seriously, this crew can dance like none I’d ever seen!), the party kept going till the break-a-dawn!…or at least longer than I could stay on my feet!

The entire celebration was truly memorable ~ a joyous occasion which I was happy to document. Congratulations to the Rusler & Ritter families; you guys have a newly enhanced family to celebrate! You can find my favorite captures below! Enjoy 😉


Jack House Wedding Marsh StreetJack House Wedding Dress Wedding Dress in Tree Bridal Look in Mirror Shirtless Groomsmen in Hotel Groom Looks in the Mirror Suspenders Help from Brother Buttoning Shirt Bride Last Minute Prep Bridal Bouquet in a Tree Note to Groom on Wedding Day
Here Comes the Bride Program
Groom Gets Pinned+Flower Girl Pre Wedding at the Jack House Awaiting the Wedding at the Jack House Wedding Ceremony Schedule Groom Walks Mother Down the Aisle Wedding Ceremony at the Jack House Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Here Comes the Bride Father Walks Bride Down Aisle Wedding Ceremony Panorama Brush Away Bride's Tear Laughter During Ceremony Flowers for the Parents The Wedding Guests admire the Bride and GroomFirst Kiss Faded Bride Smiles After Ceremony Newlywed Lift at Jack House and Gardens Groom Celebrates the Newlyweds Newlywed Smiles The Entire Wedding Photo on Jack House Porch Bride's Family Bride Lifted by Groomsmen Groom Lifted by Groomsmen Say Cheese! Which Way to the Reception Couple Portrait at Wedding The Boys After Ceremony Central Coast Party Helpers Groom's Family Portrait Flower Girl at Reception Kids at the Wedding The Cake The Jack House Bedroom Guests at the Wedding Jack House Boys Pow Wow in the Bathroom Kiss at Reception Father of the Bride Speaks Maid of Honor Speaks Toast Maid of Honor Speech Best Man and Father of Groom Speak Best Man Speech Bride Takes a Bow Groom's Speech Groom's Speech Cracks up Bride The Prayer Alex's BBQ Dinner Time Dinner and Dessert Cutting the Cake Feeding Bride Cake Cake on the Nose
The Groom Gets Comforted by Groomsmen Wedding Reception Portraits Bride and Groom First Dance Groom Smiles First Dance Father Daughter First Dance Mother-Son Dance Dance Party Begins Dance Floor Explodes Groom is Surrounded on Dance Floor DJ Johnny Valdez Heating up on the Dance Floor Couple Smiles Next to Dance Floor Dance Floor Train Groom is Hoisted Up Bride Parties on Dance Floor Piggy Back on the Dance Floor Feeling it on the Dance Floor Bride and Groom in Soft Green Dusk Bride and Groom Kissing Collage Love on the Bike Trail SLO Beautiful Love Newlyweds First Dance in Heaven Dance Floor Lasers Doing the Worm Mom and Dad on the Dance Floor Newlywed Embrace on Dance Floor Dance Off Groom Dance Off Hand Stand


Venue: The Jack House & Gardens

Hair & Makeup: Alex Evans Makeup Artist

Dessert: Arroyo Grande Bakery

Catering: Family BBQ!


DJ: Johnny Valdez of Adept Events

Booze: Bevmo


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Blake Andrews founded SLOtography in 2008 and now works alongside photographer James Lester, Stephen Heraldo, and videographer Robin Ayers. Together, they bring more than 10 years of experience (and serious good vibes) to weddings and events throughout San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast.

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


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515 Broad Street, Suite B

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


San Luis Obispo, CA
Wedding & Event Photographer