Among the Redwoods | {Destination Wedding Pictures}

I love weddings that are outside the norm. I truly enjoy the more traditional celebrations as well, but there's something special about the small, intimate, destination affairs. These weddings break the norm and bring the focus of the wedding day back to what it's meant to be... the bride and groom and two families being joined together. Needless to say, Mark and Andrea's wedding was exactly this. They were the only two present in the group that lived in the state of California- everyone else had traveled from across the country to join them for the weekend. From Jersey to Ohio, Denver to Georgia and about everywhere in-between.

The wedding morning was spent doing the rehearsal, having the bride do her hair and makeup while her sisters helped finalize the wildflowers she wanted to use for her bouquet. (She'd picked them earlier in the week at a local park and they were beautiful!) Her mom spent months and countless hours redesigning her wedding gown... taking the dress she had worn years previous and sewing a new bodice so the skirt could still be worn. It not only fit Andrea beautifully but it truly was the perfect dress for her wedding day as well.

I hadn't met Andrea until I arrived at the Sequoia Retreat Center but immediately upon meeting her I realized how Mark had fallen so hard and fast for this girl.. she's incredible. Sweet and sincere and makes everyone feel loved and appreciated. She's traveled the world by ship, has a pilot license and is also certified to fly the big blimps (the ones that can be navigated in all directions). One incredible lady for sure!

A break from the Summer heat was much enjoyed by everyone as it was literally COLD at night and each morning we woke to a beautiful fog wrapping through the mountains and trees.

 

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It's not only California's beauty that makes shooting here a photographer's dream but it's the light.. even at 12pm in August the light was GORGEOUS. destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0009

And hello- can the cabin be any cuter? destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0010 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0011

Maybe my favorite dress shot ever. I just love the road, the red door, the windows, the trees, the light.. I love it all. destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0012 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0013 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0014

This was the view out the kitchen patio door.destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0015 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0016  destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0018 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0019 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0020 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0021 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0022 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0023 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0024 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0025  destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0027 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0028 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0029

There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd as Andrea walked down the aisle to meet her groom. destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0031 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0032 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0033  destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0035 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0036 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0037 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0038 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0039 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0040 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0041 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0042 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0043  destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0045 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0046 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0047 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0048

They had such a sweet, emotionally filled ceremony, and I just loved the way Mark admired his beautiful bride. destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0049 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0050 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0051 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0052 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0053 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0054 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0055 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0056 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0057

More tears of joy.

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Remember I mentioned the light? I may just be movin' to the West Coast! destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0062 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0063 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0064 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0065 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0066 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0067 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0068 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0069 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0070 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0071 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0072 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0073 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0074 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0075 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0076 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0077 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0078 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0079 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0080 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0081 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0082   destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0085 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0086 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0087 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0088 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0089 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0090 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0091 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0092

So in California people are really friendly.. and maybe it was just along Hwy 1 but even when we were several hundred feet off the road people honked and yelled their congrats. At one point Mark acknowledged the well wishers.. and we all laughed about it. destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0093

love this.

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The coastline is SO beautiful. It was sunny at the retreat center but the closer we got the shore the more overcast it became.

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I think this is my personal favorite of the day. Such joy these two share.destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0119 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0120 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0121 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0122 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0123 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0124 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0125  destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0127 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0128

We met everyone at a brewery for a few minutes before going back for the reception... it was called the Heretic Brewery.destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0129 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0130 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0131 destination_wedding_sequoia_retreat_center_red_wood_forrest_california_coast_0132

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Goodness- Andrea and Mark.. Thank you! Thank you for bringing me to the middle of a forrest in California to not only be your photographer but to have a wonderful weekend spent meeting new friends. Thank you for your hospitality, trust and insisting I not only work but also take time to enjoy myself too. :-D You guys are the best!

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