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Jason + Allison – Married at Forest House Lodge!

Jason and Allison were married this December at The Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, Ca. It was a beautiful day. The week before it snowed all over the Sierras and left these two a little nervous. We all knew that there was a chance for bad weather in December but nothing prepared us for how amazing the weather was going to be. Sure we all bundled up, but there was snow on the ground and blue skies everywhere. It was the perfect day for these two and we could not have been happier to capture them. In fact, right now the just got back from a week in Mexico and are preparing for a week of fun and snowboarding together. How appropriate for a couple who loves being together in the snow! 

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Mike and Lauren are married! (teaser)

Lauren and Mike are so cute! Theirs had to be on of the most personal weddings we’ve been to. I loved their unconventional ceremony, their guests were awesome and it was all over a wonderful time. I’m excited to share more! We’ve been finishing off 2009 strong! One more wedding to go — John and Katie’s on New Year’s Eve! Can’t wait!

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Shannan and Eduardo’s sunshine birdsong wedding

We feel so lucky to have been a part of Shannan and Eduardo’s recent wedding at the Monte Verde Inn in Foresthill, CA. It turned out to be such a wonderful day and Shannan and Eduardo included so many adorable personal details. I’ve been so excited to share the photos. Here we go! First off, take a look at the cute map they sent out with their invitations. Shannan actually drew and painted it herself. What a talent!

Yellow being one of their wedding colors, Shannan wore the most fantastic yellow heels. I adore the bright color!

One of the bridesmaids made these cute mixed media necklaces for all the girls and Eduardo’s aunt did all of the beautiful florals. It is always so nice to get people involved like that.

Speaking of more craftiness, check out the boutonnieres that Shannan made for all of the boys. Aren’t they fabulous? I heart billy ball flowers big time!

Time for a really sweet first look. Always my favorite part of the day.

Shannan and Eduardo had a very touching ceremony. So many happy tears and joyful faces.

The details at this wedding did not disappoint either! They incorporated birds into the decor, from the table numbers, to the cake toppers, to the cute little vintage birdcages.

Probably my favorite little detail was the papel picado banners as a nod to Eduardo’s Mexican heritage.

Their smiles were infectious!

A new favorite first dance photo.

Shannan and Eduardo, thank you SO much for letting us capture your amazing wedding day. You two have the best friends and family, and we loved getting to hang out with them all day! We just know you are going to have nothing but happiness in your marriage and we wish you the best!

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Mike and Melissa’s colorful and beyond-awesome Foresthill wedding

Mike and Melissa…where do I even begin?! When Geoff and I met them, we knew Mike and Melissa were people we’d love. Over the course of the past oh, year and a half, together we’ve fallen in love with frozen yogurt, experienced the ending of LOST, both purchased our first homes, and gotten MARRIED! We think Mike and Melissa are the bee’s knees and had SO much fun not only working with them on their wedding design (which you must check out!) but being a part of their wedding day as photographers. I’m so excited to post their amazingly colorful and fun wedding! There was so much love, laughter, and liveliness flying about throughout the day.

Mike and Melissa held the wedding at the lovely Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, CA. Check out some of Melissa’s cute details. Her wedding gown was a custom design, handmade by Carole Kenney Design, and it suited her so well. I love the detail of the little flowers on the sash.

The little ring bowl from Paloma’s Nest has lyrics from The Wedding Singer, one of their favorite movies. The movie was a prominent theme of the wedding.

Our favorite florist, Brandi of Party Petals did an AMAZING job on the flowers throughout the wedding. I especially love the pops of yellow on the girls’ bouquets.

See the little cake? While she was getting ready, the bakers at Forest House Lodge brought Melissa a mini version of the top tier of their wedding cake! The rainbow colored layers are just too much!

How much do I love Melissa? Yup, a lot.

Easily my favorite bridesmaid photo! Melissa and her posse.

Mike is one of the coolest guys we know. He’s a guitarist, a singer and even has his own wedding band, The Hits. Seriously, you need to check them out! Geoff was at the lodge with Mike and his guys as they got ready.

This one cracks me up.

For their groomsman gifts, Mike gave them a handpicked bottle of booze. Finally, something to fill all those gift flasks! Bravo, Mike.

Muy Guapo, Mike!

Rockin’ the cowboy boots. Nice touch.

Then it was time for Mike and Melissa to see each other. I definitely shed a tear or two, they were both so sweet and emotional.

Love, love, love, love, love.

It is impossible not to love Forest House Lodge’s ceremony site.

Awww Melissa…

They had one of the best ceremonies I’ve witnessed in a while. From starting out with the line, “Mawwiage is what bwings us togethaw today”, to the best man singing and playing “The Luckiest”, to the countless movie references, to the recessional back down the aisle to Star Wars, it was the definition of personal. Laughter and tears all around.

I am in love with this photo. I feel like they are in an enchanted forest right out of a fairytale.

Reception and party time! This wedding busting with adorably amazing details. There were so many cute personal touches everywhere. One of my favorites was the tables named after famous couples like Ariel and Prince Eric, Miss Piggy and Kermit, Ross and Rachel, Lucy and Desi, and, in true LOST fan form, Penny and Desmond.

The seating chart poster was designed by me. I love the way it came out and fit in with their invitation design.

Melissa’s mom sewed all of the quilted mats under the centerpieces. She even made M&M tags on each one!

Mike and Melissa Mad Libs!

Their signature drinks were an Oreo Martini and Cherry Limeade. Yummy!

Mike surprised Melissa with a serenade from the Wedding Singer. The bridal party all joined in to sing backup and shake maracas!

Isn’t the cake topper from Etsy seller Lollipop Workshop the freakin’ cutest things you have ever seen?! I know we are already married, but I am seriously considering getting one of these just to put in my house.

Mike and Melissa look kind of scared.

Hello, rainbow layered cake! I think all wedding cakes should be this pretty inside.

Mike and Melissa, words cannot even begin to describe how thankful we are that you chose us and how lucky we feel to call you friends. You are THE coolest couple and your wedding was nothing short of radical amazingness! We know you are in for a long and happy marriage full of love and laughter. CONGRATULATIONS!

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Forest House Lodge
Florist | Party Petals
Catering | Forest House Lodge
Cake | Forest House Lodge
Ceremony Musician | Quinn Hedges
Bridal Hair | Sara Presley
Bridal Makeup | Ashley Thornhill
Photobooth | The Shot Spot by The Goodness!

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