June 9, 2015

Grass Valley Garden Wedding | Blakeley & Daniel

They were late for a family member’s birthday party, but he was insistent that they should picnic along the coast of northern California, where she had grown up. They had met through mutual friends at a progressive dinner at organic gardens, which they traveled to by bicycle. And by now, Danny knew that Blakeley was the one he wanted by his side for the rest of life’s adventures. With his knowledge of the tides tables, a caution to not get swept away by the waves like others had, and a ring tied to his belt so he wouldn’t lose it, he surprised her by getting down on one knee and proposing! Needless to say, Blakeley said yes!

So here they were, about to say yes together in front of their family and friends! Despite the sudden thunderstorm that quickly passed by, it was as the maid of honor said, the best wedding ever!

Danny’s father made all of the wood burnt signs to direct the guests!
A wood burnt parking sign at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Turquoise and kraft invitation suite at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Rings and earrings on invitation suite at rustic, garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Lots of little children and baby cuteness was going on!

A preppy baby getting his little leather shoes on at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride getting her hair done with fresh flowers at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

This vintage, lace wedding dress was borrowed from her aunt!

Vintage lace dress and cowboy boots at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Blakeley’s hair and makeup by Angela Nunnink was so perfect for naturally pretty style!

Bride putting her earrings on at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride wearing a vintage, lace dress and holding a wildflower bouquet at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride besides a hygrangea bush in her vintage, lace wedding dress at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

I’m kind of obsessed with brides and grooms having a First Look! It’s just so special when they can have a private moment to themselves and just be together before all the craziness of the day really gets going! Blakeley and Danny were no less sweet, and he was so in love with her and her beauty!

Bride and groom's first look at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride and groom's first look, seeing each other for the first time at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

There were so many pretty areas around this private estate, and we were all just loving these red sunflowers in the garden!

Bride and groom in the garden with sunflowers at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride and groom in the garden with sunflowers at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride and groom with sunflowers at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride and groom walking through red sunflowers at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Groom with boutonniere at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride and groom having a private moment together at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Blakeley was able to buy flowers at Meadow Vista Flowers and Berry Farm and have a friend put together these pretty, wildflower bouquets!

Bride and groom sitting on the porch with a bouquet at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

The two, cute ringbearers carried these matching clay pots with the rings tied with love knots!

Ringbearers holding rings in a clay pot at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

 

The love knot that decorated the chuppah and parasols to shade the guests!Wedding love knot and parasols at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Gong ringers sounded out the bell that Danny had made out of an old diving unit to signal the start of the ceremony!

Wedding gong ringers and professional guitarist at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Ringbearers holding clay pots with rings at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Married!

Bride and groom walking down the aisle after the ceremony at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Wedding bridal party in yellow and blue dresses and matching vests at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bride and bridesmaids at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Bridesmaids with bouquet and vintage locket at rustic, garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Groom and groomsmen walking at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Thunder sounded in the distance during the ceremony and arrived along with lightening and pouring rain as we ended the bridal party pictures. For many this could ruin their day, but the hard work of Farm to Table Catering managing, the party was back on!

Pouring rain at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Children playing in the rain with parasol at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Danny created this brand with their initials, and his father created all these wooden flower boxes and guest favors! So perfect along with the vintage dinnerware and glasses from Pretty Plates!

Table setting with vintage plates and glasses at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Sweetheart table and the cutest cake made by their friend!

Wedding cake and flowers at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

So so loved working alongside Jennifer from Farm to Table! She was absolutely amazing and took each challenge in stride!

Wood burnt sign for drinks at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Appetizers on vintage plates at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Blakeley and Danny knew they wanted their favorite woodfired pizza from the farmer’s market to be there on their day. So The Pizza Company drove up from Sacramento, setup their oven, and proceeded to make these amazing pizzas!

Woodfired pizza at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Woodfired pizza going in the oven at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Pasta at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Woodfired pizza at Grass Valley garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

A cake wasn’t enough for these two, they had a strawberry shortcake bar for their guests to finish the beautiful, garden wedding experience!

Strawberry shortcake at rustic garden wedding in Chicago Park, California.

Venue | Private Estate
Coordinator and Appetizers | Farm to Table Catering
Photography | Lydia Photography
Hair and Makeup | Angela Nunnink
Dress | Vintage Lace Gown
Groomsmen Vests | Orvis
Flowers | Meadow Vista Flowers and Berry Farm
Pizza Catering |The Pizza Company
Cake | Allene Donato
Strawberry Shortcake | Linda Dunn
Rentals and Linens | Celebrations
Vintage Plates and Glassware | Pretty Plates
Luxury Mobile Bathroom | Executive Washrooms
Music | Ross Hammond

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  1. Lorinda

    June 12th, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Lydia!

  2. Lydia

    June 16th, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Thanks Rindy!

  3. Joan Peck

    June 14th, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Lydia! We just stumbled up these photos of Blake and Danny’s wedding. It is thrilling to “relive” the wedding one more time. Your pictures are lovely. AND, it was great having you in our daughter’s wedding with us.

    Joan

  4. Lydia

    June 16th, 2015 at 10:41 am

    It was so great being there with Blake and Danny and all of you amazing family and friends!

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