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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

If there was ever a wedding I could shoot over and over again every weekend, Maya and Harrison’s day at Lucchesi Vineyards would be that one. From their amazing families to the incredible vendors to, oh yes, Maya and Harrison themselves, it was an amazing day! Overlooking the valley of vines and surrounded by their dearest and best, these two spoke vows of love and commitment, sprinkled with snippets of life and laughter. Then as the sun set behind the tips of the evergreen trees, they toasted and celebrated the beginning of their new life as husband and wife!

Heirloom earrings that belonged to Harrison’s grandmother fit in perfectly with collected vintage pieces to create Maya’s bridal look.

Vintage bracelet, heirloom earrings, and hairpiece at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Heirloom earrings and bride getting hair and makeup done at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bridal wedding dress at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride getting dressed at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Love this wildflower bouquet grown and designed by Little Boy Flowers!
Locally grown wildflower bridal bouquet at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride holding her bouquet at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride walking in orchard at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Groom and boutonniere at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Groom ready for their First Look at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Maya and Harrison chose to have a First Look and see each other before the ceremony. Harrison’s reaction did not disappoint!

Bride and groom having a First Look at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Can’t get enough of it! I just love how they were able to have this private moment all to themselves and spend almost the whole day together!

Bride and groom seeing each other for a First Look at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Groom and groomsmen at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

I can’t say enough about how wonderful the whole bridal party and families were! Maya and Harrison are directly reflected in the amazingness of their nearest and dearest!

Bride and groom and wedding party at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and bridesmaids holding wedding bouquets at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride bouquets and wrist corsage at Lucchesi Vineyards weddings in Grass Valley, California.

 

Two people who knew them best officiated and shared funny and sweet stories of Maya and Harrison.Officiants preparing for ceremony at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Handmade books to carry the vows

Handmade wedding  vow books at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Vineyards amidst the Pine trees and Oaks at Lucchesi Vineyards weddings in Grass Valley, California.

The view from the ceremony site at Lucchesi Vineyards is gorgeous! It overlooks the hills of vines backed by the evergreen pines.

Wedding schedule and ceremony site overlooking the valley at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bridal processional and jars of wildflowers lining the aisle at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom saying vows at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

 

One of my favorite moments of every wedding, the pure bliss of being newly married!Bride and groom newly married at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom recessional at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Love how they created such a personal, unique guestbook!

Wedding guestbook at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

 

This globe was the sweetest gift from one of their guests!Seating chart and adventure awaits world globe gift from guests at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Personalized jars of honey for guest gifts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

 

No detail was left untouched and personalized!Personalized caps and bottles at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Appetizers by Summer Thyme

Handmade Mr. and Mrs. sign on sweetheart table at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bridal bouquet and wedding cake at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Stylish wedding guests at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Reception table decorations and dinner at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

More than the combination of two lives, two families were joined as well. And when Harrison’s mom started tearing up during her speech, everyone surrounded her with love so she could continue to speak!

Groomsman and bridesmaid giving toasts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Grooms listening to toasts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride listening to toasts at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom sweetheart table at Lucchesi Vineyards weddings in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom toasting at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

While their guests continued to finish up dinner, we snuck away for some sunset portraits of just the two of them. Golden light and grape vines make for the prettiest backdrop!

Bride and groom sunset portraits among grape vines at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom walking together at sunset at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom walking together at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride holding bouquet and walking with groom at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom kissing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

I can’t tell you enough how much I loved and was honored to spend the day with Maya and Harrison! They are two of the kindest and funniest people, making the whole day just a joy to photograph!

Bride and groom standing together at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Groom and bride sunset portraits  at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom holding hands and bridal bouquet at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom kissing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom laughing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom portrait at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom laughing at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom first dance at Lucchesi Vineyards in Grass Valley, California.

Bride and groom dancing at reception at Lucchesi Vineyards wedding in Grass Valley, California.

Venue | Lucchesi Vineyards
Photography | Lydia Photography
Coordinator | Storybook Wedding Design and Management
Hair and Makeup | Zoe Elliott
Flowers | Little Boy Flowers
Catering and Cake | Summer Thyme’s Bakery
DJ | Mountain Event Productions
Photo Booth | Sierra Photo Booth
Lighting | Lighthouse Installations
Rentals | SRC Party Rentals

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Field of red poppys in Fredericksburg, Texas by destination wedding photographer from California.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
-John McCrae

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Even up to the morning of the idea of being able to visit Magnolia Market at the Silos seemed like a dream. But there we were loading up into our rental car to head out on a 2 1/2 hour drive to Waco, Texas! And what a drive it was–cute little towns with fields of wildflowers in between and just great, quality time with my aunt and uncle!

But before we go any further, I have a confession to make. While my sisters and mom have been watching Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines, the creators of Magnolia Market and the Silos, from the very beginning, I had only seen a few episodes while my plane was stuck on the Chicago runway last summer. But from their descriptions, the few episodes I’d seen, and occasionally perusing their instagram feeds, I knew I loved them and their style!

So maybe it was because I hadn’t watched every episode that I thought the Silos would be on the outskirts of Waco, more out in the country. Imagine my surprise when the gps led us right into the middle of town, and there it was!

Walking up to Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

The entrance to Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

It was a little surreal being there in person! There’s still so much being built and added weekly!

The Silos and vintage, red truck at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

California photographer and family at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

When we arrived we were starving and headed straight to the food trucks. A couple were closed but we divided between the rest that were open to try them all out! The Co-Town Crepes truck was so cute!

Crepes food truck at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

They also had a juice bar and fire grilled pizza!

Cheddar Box grilled cheese food truck at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

But my absolute favorite was hands down the Cowboy Coffee at Common Grounds! I don’t know if it was just the secret sauce or also their coffee beans, but it was so smooth and creamy! I’m addicted and going through withdrawal as I type… It was the perfect thing to sip as we walked around the gardens.

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Entrance to the garden at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Magnolia Farms goats at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Just love how they partnered with World Hunger Relief Inc!

Lettuce growing and soon to be garden shop, Magnolia Seed + Supply, at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

This is the future home of the Magnolia Seed + Supply garden shop!

Magnolia Seed + Supply garden shop at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Little fairy gardens created by Joanna and her girls were scattered around the garden as well as this tipi for kids that would soon be covered completely with vines!

Fairy garden at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Hanging flower petal light at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

I had so much fun snapchatting the trip that sometimes I didn’t always get everything with my camera lol. Sometimes the iPhone is just too handy! But check out the grass turf area on the right with the Stay & Play toys for kids and families to hang out and have fun together!

Magnolia Market and Stay & Play grass turf at the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, Texas.

I just absolutely loved all the displays throughout Magnolia Market! It was a fun mix of new replicas and vintage antiques!

Fireplace and interior design inspiration displays at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Tulips and vintage vase displays at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Farmhouse sink and floral displays at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Rununculus flowers at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Graphic design wall art at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

This would be a cool backdrop for a wedding photobooth!

Bloom floral display at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Vintage kitchen items and decor at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Coming Soon–the Magnolia Flour bakery! I peeked inside and everything is already so cute! But no surprise there! Everything at the Silos was intentionally created and designed. Even the outdoor bathrooms had cute signs and beautiful white subway tile!

Magnolia Flour bakery coming soon at Magnolia Market the Silos in Waco, Texas.

Before the long ride home we opted to stop by the Commons Grounds coffee shop and grab one last cup for the road. We ended up choosing the Cowboy Coffee’s cousin, a frozen cappuccino which also featured the amazing special sauce, and The Heisman which tasted like green mint ice cream!

The best, most amazing, frozen cowboy coffee at Common Grounds coffee house in Waco, Texas.

Some of the family wandered next door to the newly opened Heritage Creamery for some yummy ice cream!

Hanging out with family before our long drive home at Heritage Creamery in Waco, Texas.

Just have to love the clean asthetic while still embracing the rustic shiplap walls and vintage vibe!Farmhouse, vintage decor at Heritage Creamery in Waco, Texas.

Tips for Visiting Magnolia Market the Silos:

  • Because the Silos are in the middle of town, you will be parking where ever you can find along the streets. Be careful as the church/school nearby has reserved parking and don’t park where not allowed.
  • If you can, try to go on one of the least busy days of the week. We went on a Thursday and still wished it was a little more empty to be able to enjoy it all a little more. I did notice that late afternoon had cleared out a little bit but plan to come early enough to be able to explore and not be rushed at closing time. (closed on Sundays)
  • If you haven’t been to Texas before, they’re not kidding when they warn about the heat. It was a pretty perfect day when we went but still the direct sun was brutal. Bring water, a hat, and drink down that iced Cowboy Coffee!
  • Magnolia Market has amazing, inspiring displays and everything is carefully curated. But just keep in mind that many boutiques and stores like Pottery Barn and Anthropologie have very similar products styles just so you’re not disappointed.
  • If you’re planning to buy things at Magnolia Market do all your shopping first. Someone can run everything to the car so you don’t have to carry it around and your receipt becomes a 10% off coupon for the food trucks!
  • If you’re a t-shirt lover just know that places like Harp Design Co., Common Grounds, and Heritage Creamery also sell their own t-shirts. I got the #shiplap design for myself but also loved the cute, ice cream graphic word design at Heritage Creamery!
  • If you have food allergies or just want something a little healthier at the food trucks, the crepe truck will turn your crepe toppings into a salad! My sister got a spinach, turkey, pesto, tomato, cheese salad, and I think it turned out to be the yummiest thing we ordered!
  • We were a little distracted by the long drive home so we didn’t visit all the other places we should have while in Waco. So be sure to make time to stop by Harp Design Co. and just explore a little in Waco. Magnolia Market has maps you can grab that show some of the local attractions. Also the Magnolia House bed and breakfast is in the town of McGregor outside of Waco. Oh and more Magnolia might be coming to Waco as the Gaines just purchased the historic Elite Cafe!

Another beautiful 2 1/2 hours later and we were pulling into the driveway of that night’s home away from home!

Sunset behind trees and a field of wildflowers in the hill country of Texas.

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  • LorindaMay 22, 2016 - 2:39 pm

    Mom told me that you all went. Fun times! I wish we could have gone with you! :) While we were in the States, the girls and I watched episodes of their show whenever we could.ReplyCancel

  • AndrewMay 26, 2016 - 4:28 am

    I LOVE this Lydia!! This is a place I have wanted to visit:). We love Chip and Joanna and what they do. Thanks for the tips for visiting Magnolia to enjoy the Experiance at the fullest!ReplyCancel