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Emilee and Billy Wedding November 11, 2023 Thibodo Ranch House Vista, CA

Wedding Photography LAdigitalPhoto - Life Event Photographer Tom Keene © Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location -Thibodo Ranch House, Vista, CA



The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Upon arriving to the wedding at the Thibodo Ranch House in Vista, CA, I took notice to the venue sitting on top of the hill in the park. I have not yet read up on the location but I will and report on the history of it here.


Emilee is the daughter of one of my clients that I shot back in April 2023. Lisa and her husband Dante have raised an amazing daughter and she has found her man. It has been a long long time since I have seen since passion in a couple getting married and certainly in a couple that has been together as long as these two have.



The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Venue is rather old and is in need of some upkeep, but I did happen to see the rates for this location. I don't think I have ever seen a venue that can beat the pricing that is available here. It is built like a cross. As you can see the photo above the one on the left was where the ladies got ready. The one on the right was a small area that was where they put the dessert table and what appeared to be a kitchen area passed that. In the middle is a large dance floor area and a huge fireplace. The other two wings consisted of a storage room and bathrooms. The back patio was where they had their taco chef set up. I will post his into below. If you are anywhere in Vista that they service, I can highly suggest their food.



The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Once I came in the venue, Dante and Lisa and others were there setting up. Friends had been there since 9am getting it ready for the couple. You don't see that very often. So I got to work shooting some of the details for them before others arrived. Once the bride and her pose showed up, they goto work.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Lisa, was feeling the pressure of the day as most brides do. She kept it fun and playful though and was laughing through it with the help of the bridal party. These girls are funny, even with their made up English accents.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Lisa held her flowers with bride and honor. Her father would be there in spirit only.



The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

The flowers and the bride were beautiful.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Finally, Billy arrived with his guys. It was a rush to get their flowers on and everyone lined up. But it was clear, Billy was ready to get married.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Last minute check to make sure everyone was in place, it was time to get lined up for the ceremony.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

Billy and his mom walked in first. Lisa and Dante waited behind until I gave them to okay to walk out next.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

With everyone in place, Billy looked back for his bride to walk in.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

And there she was walking in with her step father, Dante.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

There ceremony location was a bit tricky. Okay, I will admit it was a test of my ability to get these two the best I could. There was no main aisle and a tree in the middle of the two sets of chairs. But I was able to get back far enough to see everyone up front.



The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

So Billy went first with his vows. In 20 years, I don't think I have ever heard a better set. Billy knocked it out of the ballpark. A guest and I both looked at each other and said that Emilee could only do one thing and say "ditto". But she was a trooper and pulled out her typed vows. Despite some colorful words that were spoken, she did great. I'd say if I had to follow Billy's vows, I would have just gone and sat down. But she pulled it together and had everyone laughing.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

You will notice the light flares and bokeh in the photos. These were from the tiny lights that were on the tree in the middle of the courtyard. I decided to use them to my advantage.

The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

And once it was over and the kiss took place, Billy grabbed Emilee and gave her a kiss we will all remember.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto

It was time to party! Now I was not given any warning and I am glad I did not walk around the corner like I was planning to get them walking out, but Billy opted to fireman carry his wife out. Never seen that before.


The Thibodo Ranch House Vista CA Wedding Photography Photographer Tom Keene LAdigitalPhoto


Surrounded by amazing friends and family these two got a great start to their marriage. Come see the rest of the event.


Here is the details for the day


1150 Lupine Hills Dr.

Vista, CA

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