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Bridesmaids Amanda Corbett, 25, of Hilmar, Calif., left, and Priscilla Mancebo, 25, of Turlock, Calif., pose for wedding photographs at the Double T ranch in September. Tony Azevedo's family hosts weddings to help supplement their income on their organic dairy farm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Showing off her boots, bride Anna Silva Thompson, 25, of Stevinson, Calif., has her portrait taken before her wedding ceremony at the Double T, an organic dairy farm in Stevinson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Bride Anna Silva Thompson stands in a horse carriage before her wedding at the Double T ranch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Organic dairy farmer Tony Azevedo, 61, takes a saddle off one of his horses as he gets ready to help with about 500 wedding guests.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Organic dairy farmer Tony Azevedo escorts bride Anna Silva Thompson out of the train and to the waiting horse carriage for her wedding at the Double T ranch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Tony Azevedo walks through the old Western town that he and his wife built on their dairy farm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Following a wedding ceremony, children walk near a vintage 1887 steam locomotive on the Double T ranch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Tony Azevedo drives a horse-drawn carriage through the old Western town he and his wife have built on their organic dairy farm, the Double T.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Bride Anna Silva Thompson, left, 25, and Cole Thompson, right, 26, both of Stevinson, Calif., are married at the Double T ranch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Following the wedding ceremony, groom Cole Thompson and bride Anna Thompson are introduced to their guests.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Cole and Anna Thompson dance for the first time as a married couple.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Cole Thompson removes his bride's garter belt in front of the wedding guests.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Following the ceremony, Cole and Anna Thompson cut their wedding cake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Newlyweds Anna and Cole Thompson kiss while sitting inside a horse-drawn carriage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

A worker milks dairy cows at the Double T ranch.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

Tony Azevedo says the weddings at the dairy farm "bought us time to go organic, which allowed us to stay small."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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By Diana Marcum

Dairy weddings are now the stuff of bridal dreams.

“Lately, it’s a trend,” said Tony Azevedo, the owner of a Central California dairy that has been hosting nuptials for more than 20 years. “It’s just that they don’t call them dairy weddings, because people tend to think about flies and manure. It’s ‘barn weddings’ or ‘farm setting.’”

In the latest Kelly Clarkson music video, newlyweds share a kiss in front of Azevedo’s cows. The dairy wedding photos of another couple are in a video for country singer Jason Aldean. Antique milk cans and bales of hay are objects of lust on Pinterest, a social media bulletin board particularly favored by brides-to-be.

“This Pinterest thing is my new business partner,” said Azevedo, 61, with a shake of his cowboy hat. “Everybody wants to get married in a damn barn and have their picture taken with a cow.”

California’s dairy industry needs all the help it can get: More than 100 farms went out of business last year alone. Dairy families are hoping that love can save the day by paying some of the bills.

Read the full story “Weddings rescue a struggling Calif. dairy

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