I have known Heidi since we were little girls running around on the soccer field together. I couldn’t have been more happy for her when I heard the news that she had met her prince charming and was planning her dream wedding. I photographed them for their engagement session and loved getting the chance to get to know Phillip and reconnect with my old friend during this magical time in their lives. The location for their wedding was an easy decision: Heidi’s parents own the most gorgeous property on the outskirts of Truckee, CA, and it was the perfect setting for the rustic, vintage mountain wedding they were envisioning.
Every last detail was thought out and handmade by Heidi, her mom or a friend. The rustic log building and it’s workshop were turned into an elegant, intimate dinner setting. Tables were decorated with vintage collector calendar dinner plates from the grandmother of the bride, as well as an assortment of beautiful blue glass vases. Even the salt and pepper shakers were unique and different on every table. Each guest was gifted a cute bottle of Vermont Maple Syrup, which is where Phillip and his family are from – this was a cute and personal touch. The ceremony site was just a short walk up the road into a canyon and across a creek Guests sat on epic log benches, handmade by the father of the bride, and enjoyed a stunning view of the fall colors. Overall, my team and I were in “details heaven.”
Phillip and his groomsmen all looked very handsome. Phillip was in a blue suit and his guys in grey suits with brown shoes and purple ties. He surprised them with beer steins with their initials which always makes for a fun photo. Heidi and her ladies, sporting plaid shirts, were getting ready in the cabin up the road by the ceremony site. Heidi Looked absolutely amazing in her Watters-Adair wedding gown, which was altered to fit perfectly by her mother. Her bridesmaids were in purple lace dresses and added flower crowns to their hair and DIY succulent flower arrangements.
The entire ceremony was thoughtout and written by the bride and groom. Officiated by Heidi’s eldest brother, a poem reading by the mother of the groom, a special song performed by one of the bridesmaids and the planting of a tree were all combined to make a unique, intimate wedding ceremony. The breathtaking scenery completely complimented this rustic, vintage mountain wedding ceremony.
Dinner was ready to be served and the newlyweds were introduced into their party. Catered by Marty’s Cafe out of Truckee, it smelled and tasted delicious. For dessert, instead of cake there was pie from Ikeda’s. Thanks to the always awesome DJ Klick, the dance floor was packed and Heidi and Phillip were surrounded by all their loved ones. It was truly a magical day from beginning to end. Congratulations to these two!
Niki Ross is the owner of Niki Ross Photography, a wedding, lifestyle and special event photographer covering Northern California and Nevada.
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