If you have never traveled the redwood tree lined road of Skyline you are truly missing out. There are a few magical spots within this majestic forest to say your vows and I think I stumbled upon a new one this summer. Henrik Ibsen Park in off of Skyline in Kings Mountain (also mapped out nestled into the hills of Redwood City). Although, I think this may be a rare treat as I’m pretty sure you have to have an in into this majestic Norwegian property… But on this one summer day, I had my in… and I was so glad I was able to capture this!
Ciara and Will created a fun and magical day . There day started with a “fake” first look as the best man dressed up in a bridal gown and gave Will a lasting impression. This really set the flavor and the fun for the rest of the day. Although, a fun DIY wedding, the venue was elegant and glowing decorated with twinkly lights, and the gorgeous flower arrangements from Flora and Fauna! The sun was shining, the vows were touching and everyone was happy to be apart of such a magical day with a loving couple!
I don't even know where to start! This wedding was so fun and unique on so many levels. Lori and Matt got married in Watsonville at the Pemo Osel Ling Tibetan Retreat, its this beautiful venue located in the thick of the redwoods. I have now been at this venue several times, and it just doesn't get old!
What I love about Lori is that although her life has lead her to the mainlands, her heart is still attached to Hawaii… and for those of you who know me, know I share a similar story. Lori was born and raised on Oahu and it wasn't until she moved over here to attend Stanford University did her life take her on a journey that would lead her to the love of her life, Matt.
Lori and Matt brought a little bit of Hawaii to their wedding through all their beautiful flowers: plumeria bouquets, orchid boutineers, and tuba rose lei's. She had me there:) Nothing like the smell of a tuba rose to bring back all your childhood memories of the islands. After their beautiful ceremony the bride and groom entered into their reception with grand force, from one side of the party comes running out tuba players, drummers, saxophones, etc. and on the other side the bride and groom merge themselves into the festivities of the STANFORD MARCHING BAND… or at least those that were in the band during their college years. They played three songs where Lori and Matt shared in the instrument playing to band leader… My mouth was dropped wide open and my finger was stuck on the trigger…. it was AMAZING!
It was a wonderful reception that included heartfelt toasts, a live band, and two very personalized performances by Matt and Lori. The first was a jam session with Matt and his old band mates and the second was a hula dance performed by Lori and then later joined in by Matt. Beautiful! All in all, I have to say this one goes down in the books as another favorite of mine! Loved it!