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Editing these beautiful styled elopement pictures had me dreaming about photographing an intimate European wedding and anniversary shoots next fall! Who wants to join? Let’s make this dream come true!

Bride wearing black walking at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Bridal foraged bouquet at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Bride by window at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

It’s not every day that you see a bride in a black dress but the simple elegance was stunning!
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Bride in black dress with foraged bouquet at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Couldn’t get enough of this foraged bouquet that Angela and I created!
Bride and foraged bouquet at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Boutonniere and groom

Bride and groom in gardens at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Groom and bride holding foraged bouquet at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Bride and groom at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Bride and groom by garden pools at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Bride and groom in secret garden at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Bride and groom walking at intimate elopement for European wedding styled inspiration.

Photography | Lydia Photography
Hair & Makeup | Angela Nunnink
Models | Hannah Simmonds, Abhi Ardagh

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It was on the top of a mountain overlooking Catalina island that Nick surprised Delaney by asking her to marry him. But it was in a private forest next to a waterfall that they said their vows before family, friends, and God, promising to spend now and the rest of their lives together!

Bridal accessories at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom rings at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

 

Sweet moment when her dad saw her for the first time!Dad seeing bride for the first time at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Bride and veil at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Mother putting on bride

Bride and bridesmaids

Rustic painted signs at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Sweet Roots Farm did it again with the beautiful arch florals!

Rustic wooden arch and floral swags at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Sweet Roots Farm floral swags and bridesmaid

Ringbearer at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Ceremony at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Ceremony location at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Little girl playing violin at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom married at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Wedding party at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

 

Just love!Bride and groom standing on train platform at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

So thankful to Inn Town Campground for allowing us to trespass a little to capture the last remains of the beautiful sunset light!

Bride and groom at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Bride, groom, and bridal bouquet at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Bridal bouquet at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom walking in forest at Northern Queen Inn Wedding in Nevada City, California.

Venue | Northern Queen Inn
Photography | Lydia Photography
Flowers | Sweet Roots Farm
Officiant | Bo Hawthorne
Catering | Northern Queen Inn
DJ | JVH Entertainment

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They met through a mutual friend in college. Nevermind that Julia had transferred to that college because she was dating said friend and that said friend was asking Kirby for relationship advice on whether they should break up…but without that friend, this day might never have come! But come it did complete with a beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony and personal touches from a Star Wars recessional song to his favorite cuff links that she hates. ;-) After sitting and sharing details, stories, and life for literally hours with these two, it was truly a joy to see it all come together!

Bridal dress at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Kirby is a jeweler and designed these rings himself! The first are beautiful, simple bands for the ceremony and the second two their custom designs to wear everyday!

Ceremony rings and formal bride and groom rings at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Getting’ her glow on! It was so fun to see the amazing Polish and Pout team in action!

Bride having her makeup done at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride having her hair and makeup done at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride putting on her glasses at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride putting on her shoes at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Because they wanted to be able to spend the whole day with their best friend, Julia and Kirby chose a First Look moment to see each other before the ceremony!

Bride and groom First Look at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Just love how they were able to freely, laugh, cry, and have a quiet moment alone!

Bride and groom First Look at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Children playing at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Family at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

One of the things that made Julia and Kirby’s wedding especially unique was all the beautiful Jewish traditions they incorporated in to their day, beginning with the Ketubah signing.

The Ketubah signing and handkerchief at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Witnesses for the Ketubah signing at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

With family and the closest of friends gathered, their formal marriage contract was read aloud and signed. This beautiful document will have a prominent place on the wall of their home as a reminder of this moment!

Reading aloud the Ketubah agreement at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Ketubah agreement at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Ketubah vows at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Their formal ceremony in front of all began with Julia circling Kirby three times, he circling her three times, and circling together once to demonstrate that they were both coming into this relationship as equal partners.

Bride circling the groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Ceremony at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Oh the bliss and joy!

Mr. and Mrs. at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Sunflower bouquet and couple at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom holding hands at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bridal hair and groom details at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

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Sunflower bouquet and couple walking at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom holding hands at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

To reflect their nerdy side, each table at the reception had a pile of legos and even their cake had lego people as the topper!

Sunflower floral arrangement and legos at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Legos lining the table at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Probably the most colorful spread ever, a vegan and gluten-free taco bar!
Vegan and gluten free taco bar at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Vegan and gluten free taco bar at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Desserts galore from berry and peach pies to cookies and the best macarons ever (not pictured)!

Pies and cookies on dessert table at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Father of the bride toasting at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Father of the groom speaking at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

The crowd went wild when Kirby’s father pulled out a picture book to chronicle Kirby’s life!

Guests laughing at toasts at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and Groom laughing at toasts at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

People dancing at Harmony Ridge Lodge Jewish wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Jewish horah dance at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

And last but not least, the traditional Horah dance to start off the fun and dancing!

Bride and groom lifted up in chairs for Jewish horah dance at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Bride and groom lifted up in chairs for Jewish horah dance at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in the Tahoe National Forest in California.

Location | Harmony Ridge Lodge
Photography | Lydia Photography
Hair and Makeup | Polish and Pout
Flowers | Grown by Soil Sisters Farm, Designed by the groom
Catering and Pies | Emily’s Catering and Cakes
Cake, Cookies, and Macarons | Exquisite Desserts
DJ | Mountain Event Productions
Rentals and Linens | Celebrations

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Alex didn’t know that their first date was on Lindsey’s birthday until they were already on their hike. I’m guessing he didn’t have a present handy in his car but what they both didn’t realize then was that one of the best gift of their lives would arrive just a year later in their little baby daughter, Lucia! Now two years later they were all gathered together to unite themselves completely together as a family and celebrate not only what the last two years have been, but also their beautiful future together!

 

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Lindsey didn’t just relax with her feet up, she was busy slipping shoes on her daughter, Zoe, and making sure each bridesmaid successfully applied their false lashes!sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_04sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_05sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_06

 

The ceremony and reception were at the beautiful Depot Hotel located in old town Sonoma!sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_07sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_08sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_09

The patio was beautiful with the rustic and elegant Italian elements mixed with Mexican banners and illuminated paper bags filled with candles!

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Many sweet, happy tears were shed!

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Officially official a family a four!

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Right across the street from the Depot Hotel is the Depot Park Museum which made a fun backdrop for pictures as it was the same location for their engagement portraits which were done by Alex’s sister and my friend, Katie White!

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Gia, from the Depot Hotel, was amazing and probably the best venue coordinator with which I’ve ever worked! As the sun started to set, candles were lit and cafe lights glowed for the perfect ambiance!sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_33sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_34sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_35sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_36sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_37sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_38sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_39sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_40sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_41sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_42sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_43sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_44sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_45sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_46sonoma_depot_hotel_wedding_47

Congratulations Lindsey and Alex! It was an honor to be there to capture your day!

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Venue | Sonoma Depot Hotel

Photography | Lydia Photography

Coordinator | Gia Ghilarducci

Hair and Makeup | Brittany Farber

Florals | Farmers Market and Naiomi Kaufman

Caterer | Depot Hotel

Sweetbreads | Scandia Bakery

DJ | Mike Parent

 

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  • Susan foshayAugust 12, 2016 - 6:04 pm

    Simply beautiful, Lydia!! You have captured so many special moments.
    It was such a pleasure to have you in my home while you were taking photos of Lindsey and her Bride Tribe-
    You were a perfect fit for Lindsey!

    Thank you!
    Susan Foshay -Mother of BrideReplyCancel

It was the 4th of July weekend and Pete’s friend, Sam, was down visiting DC from New York. It just so happened that Sam’s old high school friend, Victoria, was also living in the area, so a brunch was setup and Pete was brought along. Now I don’t think Sam intentionally meant to bring the two together, even though just a couple of weeks earlier Victoria asked him why he didn’t have any single friends with which to set her up, but by the end of the day, Pete had managed to get her number from a willing Sam.

Fast forward to a 10 mile Cherry Blossom run, and the sweat pouring down Pete’s face wasn’t just from the exertion. Carried in a pocket for those 10 miles was a special ring! He finished a little earlier and waited for Victoria telling her “Congratulations, you look so pretty!” when she crossed the line. Food was all that was on her mind but Pete insisted on grabbing water and walking around. As they got to the Washington Monument, he pulled out the ring where Victoria was so surprised that she forgot about being hungry and said yes!

Now a year later, friends and family came from across the country and across the sea to attend a party in the woods in celebration of these two people. They were worth it!

Bridal dress in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Sandals and wedding dress in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Victoria had the perfect combinations of layered necklaces and earrings from Anthropologie and a beautiful bracelet from BHLDN that was gifted by Pete!

Necklaces and earrings from Anthropologie and bracelet from BHLDN in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Pete did a beautiful job with Victoria’s engagement ring and even used a family diamond for their first family heirloom together!Wedding and engagement rings in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bridal makeup in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bridal lip color in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Toasts being poured in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bridesmaids toasts in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride putting on veil in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Reading Pete’s note before the ceremony may have brought a tear or two. ;-)Bride reading note from groom in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Wedding program in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

I’ve never seen this arch look this great with these floral swags by Sweet Roots Farm!Wedding floral swags over arched pergola in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Tears of joy and a laughter became a theme for the day!

Bride and groom saying wedding vows during the ceremony in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom now husband and wife in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Lavendar bridesmaid bouquets in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groom and boutonniere in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groom wearing boutonniere in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groomsmen wearing fun socks in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom walking through the garden in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom in the garden with redwoods in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom walking in lavendar in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and bridal bouqet in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

BHLDN beaded wedding bracelet in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Favorite!

Bride and groom standing in the tall pines and redwoods in the Tahoe wedding forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Bride and groom in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Victoria and her mom created these coasters themselves from a fallen tree in their backyard and then painted the ombre evergreens.Placecards and seating chart made from trees in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Reception tables and decorations in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Delish dinner and the friendliest staff with Emily’s Catering and Cakes.Garden and reception dinner in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge wedding in Nevada City, California.

Lighted mason jars and bridal bouqet in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Weddings toasts in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Groom and toasts in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Congratulations Victoria and Pete! It was one of the loveliest of days and an honor to be able to spend it with you capturing your day!

Dinner toasting in the Tahoe forest at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City, California.

Location | Harmony Ridge Lodge
Photography | Lydia Photography
Hair and Makeup | Christa Paul Hair and Makeup
Flowers | Sweet Roots Farm
Catering and Cake | Emily’s Catering and Cakes
DJ | Mountain Event Productions

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  • Linda TJuly 14, 2016 - 7:48 pm

    Lovely photos of the Mr. And Mrs. Thomas!ReplyCancel