A Lakeside Wedding || Auburn, Ca.

Early September weddings in Palm Desert can be unbearably hot.  So we couldn’t have been happier that Sandy and Eric decided to get married at a lakeside venue in Northern California with a special family connection!  On September 7th, we hopped in the car for a road trip up to Auburn, where Sandy Thor and Eric Salzmann were preparing for their September 9th wedding.

New venues always hold new opportunities and new challenges.  We made sure to arrive a day early to attend the rehearsal and get accustomed to the unfamiliar location.  Lake of the Pines Country Club in Auburn is an absolutely picturesque venue.  Mountain roads snaked their way through tree-lined hills which opened almost miraculously to a crystal alpine lake.  The lodge-style clubhouse was situated right on the lakeshore and surrounded on three sides by water and a rose garden at the entrance. Sandy and Eric are already a pretty laid-back couple who seemed to have little stress planning their destination wedding. Standing on the patio deck overlooking the lake, watching sail boats and water skiers pass by created a calming peace to set the mood for nothing but joy and celebration.  Family and the wedding party began to arrive after traveling from locations as far as England. Some met for the first time, while some, like their mothers, had become great friends over the several years Eric and Sandy had been dating.

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In addition to its natural beauty, Lake of the Pines held extra significance for Sandy and her family.  Sandy’s dad has since passed away from cancer, but he once played in a band that had frequent gigs in the Lake of the Pines clubhouse. So, having their wedding here was a way to remember and honor him and sense that he was there with his baby girl.

Sentimental value combined with impressive views made Sandy and Eric’s big day even more meaningful.  Even as they were prepping in their hotel rooms at the Auburn Holiday Inn, we could tell that the emotions of the day were beginning to set in.  Reading through his vows, Eric was visibly touched before he had even seen how beautiful his bride looked in her flowing a-line sweetheart gown.Lake of the Pines, Country Club wedding, lakeside wedding, destination wedding, auburn California, sacramento, maroon and navy, ceremony by water, wedding venue by water, wedding venue, mountain wedding, Jennifer Yount photography, wedding photography, palm springs photographer, palm springs wedding photographer, destination wedding photographer, hair and makeup, getting ready, getting dressed, pre-ceremony, bridesmaids robes,

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All the anticipation made for a very tender first look when we finally arrived at the clubhouse and Sandy found her groom in the rose garden. Sandy’s grin stretched from ear to ear while Eric couldn’t resist the tear of pure joy when he saw his bride.

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After several entertaining and moving toasts, Sandy and Eric enjoyed their romantic first dance together.  Followed by the mother-son dance, but perhaps the most touching moment of an already touching day came next.  Instead of a father-daughter dance, a slideshow was projected above the dance floor where he had once played with his band depicting scenes from Sandy’s life with her dad and a video of him giving his marriage blessings to Eric and Sandy 2 years prior to this day.  To let everyone recover from the flow of tears throughout the entire room, we pulled them out side for a couple stunning sunset portraits and followed up with cake! Cake and cookies solves everything- especially apple pie filled cookies. With the formal festivities concluded, everyone got busy dancing the night away!

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Wedding Vendors

Accommodations: Holiday Inn Auburn, Ca

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lake of the Pines Country Club

Officiant: Friend, David Silva

Floral Decor: Bellevue Floral Co

Wedding Cake: Madonna Inn Bakery

Desserts & Treats Table: The Cookie Connection

Videographer: John Silva Video Production

DJ: Chad Stalzer Productions

Hair and Makeup Artist: Minx Salon and Spa

 

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A DIY Christian Wedding || Middle Ranch Lodge

Almost exactly a year after we met Adrianna Saavedra and Tyler Rogers, we headed to Middle Ranch Lodge in Lake View Terrace, California.  We weren’t sure whether they liked us when they first came to our apartment for a consultation, but over the past year, the reserved couple had become dear to us.  After an engagement session and a couple of other meetings, we had gotten to know them, see how we share their values, and we couldn’t have been more excited to photograph their wedding.

It had been a busy few months for Adrianna and Tyler, as August 12, 2017 approached.  We had a good idea of how they must have felt.  The days and weeks leading up to a wedding day can be hectic, to say the least, and these two were trying to manage job, school, graduation, film internship, and house hunting all on top of wedding preparations.  All of this just intensifies the bubbling cauldron of emotions already present on a wedding day.  But as we pulled up to the venue, it was shaping up to be the kind of day that puts all of your worries at ease.

The quaint equestrian lodge and horse ranch nestled in the foothills above LA was a new location for us.  We did a walk through one week in advance to ensure that we wouldn’t have too many unwanted surprises, but a new venue always presents new challenges and new opportunities.  We were eager to discover what new visuals we could capture.  Adrianna and her girls enjoyed the seclusion of the bridal suite, while Tyler and his gentlemen prepped in the locker room before returning to the air-conditioned lodge.

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The setting offered a nice mixture of quiet country cabin and natural park landscape.  Adrianna and Tyler had chosen not to see each other before the wedding, so the time of anticipation was full of friends and family.  Adrianna is very close with her dad, Luis, who had been involved in the wedding since day one.  They shared a father-daughter first look, and the love between them was apparent, even to those who may not know what a bond they possess.

We feel a strong sense of kindred spirit with Adriana and Tyler.  Many of the things that we valued most about our own wedding were high priorities for them, and they planned their day according many of the core marriage principles that we care most about.  We believe strongly that God designed marriage both as a metaphor to teach us about how He loves us, and also as a training ground for helping us learn to love unconditionally.  So we take marriage vows very seriously.  Adrianna and Tyler’s traditional ceremony reflected those ideals, as it was filled with prayer, symbolism, and moments of reflection.

The grand tree framing the ceremony scene served both as a wonderful symbol and as a beautiful backdrop.  When Adrianna came down the aisle, Tyler met her half way, signifying his desire always to meet his bride where she’s at, and never expect her to do all the work.  As they exchanged rings and vows, lit candles and took communion, the meaning behind each intentional act was explained.  Sometimes wedding traditions can become ritualistic and lose their meaning, so we can’t blame any couple choosing to do without them.  But in our experience, when those things are highlighted, they can serve to make a wedding ceremony more vibrant and memorable.  We’re so glad that Adrianna and Tyler put so much thought into their ceremony, and we hope that their memory of it is as rich as the images.

After family portraits, Adrianna and Tyler finally had their first few minutes alone together on their wedding day (well, aside from our camera lenses, of course).  We took full advantage of the beautiful grounds and perfectly romantic sunset lighting for their couples portraits.

 

Tyler led his bride through groves of trees as sunlight filtered softly through the leaves, and the two basked in the glow and surreal feeling of being newly married.  These are the moments that make wedding photography truly rewarding.  Wrapped in a joy that lies somewhere between dreamlike and too-real, we love having the chance to preserve moments of such beauty and tenderness.  Hopefully, Adrianna and Tyler will look back on that setting and cherish the feelings they had which they may never be able to fully describe.


But Adrianna and Tyler weren’t only about tradition and romance.  Weddings are supposed to be celebrations, and there was a lot of fun to be had!  Loved ones packed into the back patio of the lodge, and laughter echoed from all corners.  Guests enjoyed games at their tables, laughing along as dollar bills were passed around like hot potatoes, and applauding those couples who had stood the test of time as generations were honored.

And of course, cookies.  We also share with Adrianna and Tyler a great love for cookies (as sane people do), and so their reception provided an abundance of tasty morsels for nibbling.  The dancing was enthusiastic and jovial, along with both top-40 hits and latin favorites.  Finally, their guests sent them off with cheers as the newlyweds made their way down a long corridor of smiling faces off into the night and the future.  And we’re excited for what that future holds.

Congratulations, Adrianna and Tyler!


Wedding Vendors:

Ceremony & Reception VenueMiddle Ranch Lodge
Videographer: Matrimony Films
Florist: Claire’s Flowers
Cake Artist: Delicious Bakery
Cookies: Susies Cakes
Band/DJ: Adel Music
Hair & Makeup Artist: Perfect Day Perfect Look
Bridesmaid Dresses: Cecile Rivoire
Tuxes: Tuxedo Revue
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As Featured on Borrowed and Blue || Ryan & Veronica

What a great day! Ryan and Veronica’s wedding has been featured on Borrowed and Blue!

Check out their Palm Springs windmills engagement session: Romantic Picnic Engagement Session

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Be touched by their gorgeous Miramonte Resort & Spa wedding day:  Elegant Pink & Gold Wedding

Feature on Borrowed and Blue: https://www.borrowedandblue.com/us/weddings/veronica-ryan–2

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Miramonte Resort and Spa

Day of Wedding Planner: Weddings by Katlin

Officiant: A Journey of Two Hearts

Florist & Event Decor Rentals: Arrangements Floral & Party Design

DJ: Musical Journey’s

Guitarist: Milton Merlos

Videographer: Light WRX

Hair: Tanya Franco with Sola Salon Studios

Makeup: Arlene with MAC Cosmetics, Palm Desert

Cake: Exquisite Desserts

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As Featured on Borrowed & Blue || Eric & Frnch

The desert foothills near Joshua Tree National Park was a perfect setting for Erica and Frnch’s wedding day. It was full of so much charm from the private estate to her sister singing their first dance to the money race and the excitement of Chinese lanterns that floated down to the surrounding brush. Erica and her loved ones spent hours creating unique and beautiful decor items to accentuate their wedding vows.

Read more about their love story:

Erica & Fnch’s engagement session at hipster resort, The Ace Hotel: https://jenniferyount.com/ace-hotel-palm-springs-erica-frnch-engaged/

Their full wedding and love story: https://jenniferyount.com/outdoor-joshua-tree-desert-wedding/

See their feature here: https://www.borrowedandblue.com/us/weddings/erica-franchel

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As Featured on Borrowed & Blue || Mike & Whitney

That’s right! Mike and Whitney’s wedding is featured on Borrow & Blue Locally Inspired Weddings. Their family-focused desert wedding with a view is an inspiration for all who prioritize their relationships as the top value in their life and wedding day. Stories of life and laughter filled the air all weekend long over bottles of wine and dinners while surrounded by the serene Palm Springs mountains and desert scape was just perfect!

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For the complete stories of their relationship read our past blogs from their engagement session and wedding day.

Casual Laguna Beach Engagement Session

Family Focused Wedding with a View

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