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Santa Cruz wedding photography at the Stones & Flowers Retreat and historic barn

Santa Cruz wedding photography

By Monique and Scott

Andrea and Ryan’s Santa Cruz Mountain wedding was held at the Stones & Flowers Retreat Center. The wedding venue is spread out in the redwood forest above the little town of Ben Lomond with a huge, historic barn that was built in the 1890’s as the central location for the reception. With cozy A-frame cabins for the guests to stay in, the wedding weekend brought together people from around the world. We had never met Andrea and Ryan before the wedding since they were living in England for the past year where Ryan was stationed as a naval captain. And, Andrea, a particle physicist, was traveling around the world and writing a math book. The wedding day had a few traditional things such as a receiving line for guests, but it was mostly a casual day filled with family and friends visiting on the outdoor patio and lawn and dancing in the barn. After their wedding, Andrea and Ryan spent almost a month hiking the John Muir Trail for their honeymoon, so we met up with them before they left for their Yosemite trash the dress session.

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Ryan working on their vows on the morning of the wedding

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The Stones and Flowers venue has several onsite cabins for the guests to stay in. Here, Ryan hangs out with friends who had just finished cooking breakfast on the camp stove on the morning of the wedding.

The Stones & Flowers venue has several onsite cabins for the guests to stay in. Here, Ryan hangs out with friends who had just finished cooking breakfast on the camp stove on the morning of the wedding.

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Andrea and Ryan in the historic barn at the Stones and Flowers wedding venue in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods

Andrea and Ryan in the historic barn at the Stones & Flowers wedding venue in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods.

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Andrea and Ryan were both really into doing "the jumping shot," so here they are, Andrea gets the most air, even in here wedding dress!

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Ryan in his Naval uniform, with his Venetian sidesword

 

Ryan in his Naval uniform with his Venetian side sword

Ryan in his Naval uniform with his Venetian side sword

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Ryan and Andrea wait for the ceremony to begin at the honeymoon cabin just down the hill from the ceremony site in the redwoods

Ryan and Andrea wait for the ceremony to begin at the honeymoon cabin just down the hill from the ceremony site in the redwoods

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Ryan offering the sword to Andrea during their ceremony

Ryan offering the sword to Andrea during their ceremony

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Andrea’s dad wishing the couple to “live long and prosper.” ( I had to throw this image in this blog post, as Scott is a huge Star Trek fan!)

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Andrea in Vrksasana, tree pose. ( I had to throw this one in here because I love all things yoga!)

Andrea in Vrksasana, tree pose. ( I had to throw this one in here because I love all things yoga!)

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Here are just a few of the images from the Yosemite trash the dress session. Follow the link at the top of the page to see the complete blog post.

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Yosemite Valley Wedding and Trash the Dress Session

by Monique and Scott

We met Andrea and Ryan in Yosemite Valley on a Monday evening for their trash the dress session at the beginning of August. Monique spent her childhood annual family vacations in Yosemite, so we went to a few of her “off the beaten path” locations for this session. It was amazing that, for a summer evening in one of the most visited national parks, we felt like we were the only people there! Our locations were a meadow with a view of Half Dome, an area of really cool cave style granite boulders along the steep granite walls of the valley, the Merced River, and the famous Inspiration Point/ Tunnel View overlooking the valley. We had been planning this session for months with this couple, and then the El Portal wild fire broke out a week before the scheduled session! Our reservations at the Crane Flat campground were actually cancelled by the system, so we had to scramble at the last minute to find a private campground outside the park for a few days. We had a backup plan for a Lake Tahoe session after Andrea and Ryan did the John Muir trail for their honeymoon. But we are so happy that they decided to just go for it in Yosemite, since the smoke from the fire finally cleared up  the day before their hike. We photographed their wedding in the Santa Cruz Mountain a few days before, check out the complete blog post at the Stones & Flowers Retreat Center in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

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20 mile house wedding for Marika and Dustin

By Scott,

 

Dustin and Marika put together an intimate wedding at the 20 Mile House in GreyEagle north of Truckee, California with about 30 of their closest friends and family. They only had me there for 6 hours on a Sunday, which really worked out to more like 5 hours of shooting because Marika’s hair and makeup in town ran an hour over schedule. With a small and relaxed wedding like this, it was no problem to make up that time and create some great pictures of them getting ready and and celebrating this happiest of days with their family and friends. The 20 mile house is a rustic venue in a really isolated environment. There are forests, rivers (normally, but dry this year,) train tracks, gardens and historical buildings to chose from for photographs. But the place really shines about twilight due to all the light-wrapped trees surrounding the reception area.

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Thunderbird Lodge wedding photography at Lake Tahoe

by Scott and Monqiue

 

Monique and I had the privilege of shooting Lauren and Scott’s wedding at the beautiful and historic Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The couple had been together for a long time, and even had a small baby who did a great job getting through the day’s pageantry with a happy face. Nevertheless they were so emotional and happy to be finally tying the knot and that shows through in all the photos. What a great day!

 

 

Lauren and her baby girl getting ready for their big wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe

Baby Brighton was enjoying all the attention from Lauren’s bridesmaids while they were getting ready for their big wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge on the shores of Lake Tahoe

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The bride and the groom are avid boaters and both boated into the Thunderbird Lodge for their wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

The bride and the groom are avid boaters and both boated into the Thunderbird Lodge for their wedding on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Groomsmen in the "Card House" at the Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe

Groomsmen in the “Card House” at the Thunderbird Lodge in Lake Tahoe

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Cedar House wedding in Truckee for Tara and Rob

by Scott

A quick “one that got away” post from a wonderful wedding I shot last summer of Tara and Rob at the Cedar House hotel in Truckee. The ceremony site was actually on the west shore of Donner Lake and the couple wanted to drive up old highway 40 to the bridge near the summit for some cool photos on the rocks overlooking Donner Lake after the ceremony. The reception was held at the beautiful Cedar House hotel in Truckee. This is a great photography spot, but a fire burning in California at the time threw us a little more haze than would be normal. This was a fun couple to work with. Rob’s three sons were his groomsmen, and it was obvious that both families were really having a great time celebrating this long-awaited wedding.

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