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  • Writer's pictureTom Keene

Leslie and Dru September 24, 2023 Photography by Tom Keene at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

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Ceremony and Reception - Rancho Buena Vista Adobe


Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

A moment alone


When it comes to venues, there are a gambit of places to get married. It has been over 15 years since I last shot at the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. When I arrived I did not recognize it at all since I was only ever on the other side of the venue and never in the grass area. It was great to be back.


This venue is run and maintained by the City of Vista. You really have to want to take control of your wedding day to do it here as there is really no one else to do it for you. Upon my arrival, I saw the groom helping move tables around to get the reception ready. So I decided to go find the bride.



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

Leslie said she was shy of having photos taken of her. I think she did great.



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

A beautiful long train and wait till you see the veil!



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

The grounds exude a classic Mexican architecture. These adobe structures are well over 100 years old and surrounded by pepper trees.



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

The groom waits patiently for the ceremony to start. A bit of trouble with the sound system kept it from starting on time.



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

Dru certainly had a look in mind when he chose this stunning jacket. I have never seen anything like it. Bold choice, and you nailed it Dru!



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

Using an older child for your flower girls is a great choice. They don't have to be couched down the aisle and they don't forget what to do.



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

Hidden behind the door of the adobe house, the bride has arrived with her mom and dad.



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

There ceremony was about 45 - 50 minutes or so long. It only took that long because the officiant was having to translate back and forth from Spanish to English.



Rancho Buena Adobe Vista Wedding Venue Photography by Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto Photographer

Congratulations to Leslie and Dru.




Here is the location for the day


Rancho Buena Vista Adobe

640 Alta Vista Drive

Vista, CA 92084

Santos Callejas at 760.643.5268


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