My first wedding back in full swing since February of 2020. After 26 years of capturing weddings, I have to admit the pause was exactly what I needed. And to come back to my first wedding after the pandemic to this magical day was exactly what I needed for a breath of fresh air. The Inn at Park Winters in Winters, CA is a magical venue complete with vista views, a vintage mansion and an old farm house. Pair that background with a beautiful bride and handsome groom and about 150 people from my hometown of Half Moon Bay, and it was such a perfect day in every way!
What a simple but elegant wedding. These two chose simple ingredients and really designed a wedding that was intimate and unique to them. It started at the Seal Cove Inn which was the perfect backdrop for the first look and the family portraits at the nearby majestical forest at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. We then moved on to the Hastings House, which is this beautiful seaside garden in the scenic town of Miramar. This place is near and dear to my heart because I too chose to say my vows, 18 years ago, in this magical garden. But if those two ingredients weren’t enough of simple and meaningful locations… we then moved onto a private residence that belonged to the groom’s father in Redwood City. They transformed this simple backyard into a celebration surrounded with their closest friends and family. It was truly a special day.
Its like rain on your wedding day…. This is the song that keeps playing in my head as I was capturing this mother nature induced unique wedding day. A May wedding. Should be sunny skies… or at least spring like temps… but not this day… this day decided it needed to dump all day long.
There are so many things I loved about this day though. The way the bride and groom weren’t even phased by this. The way the Oceano Hotel has so many options to get artistic and fun captures inside its glorious space.
Throw in a fun band and a twist to cutting the cake (they had a cheese cake…. A cake made up of different cheese rounds, crackers and a honey comb) some chair dancing and what more could you ask for!