Last weekend I got to document Amanda and Jeremy’s wedding in Rio Dell, California. They had a country themed wedding with hints of purples, sunflowers and daisies. It was perfect and so sweet for this so in love couple.
Amanda and Jeremy’s story starts way back. They’ve known each other since infancy actually. When Amanda’s mom was pregnant she held Jeremy in her lap. The grew up in the two small towns of Rio Dell and Scotia. Both were towns that were heavily influenced by one of the largest lumber mills in Humboldt County. It was a time where family was was very present. There is a river that runs between the two towns and what connects it is a bridge. That bridge was crossed many times as Jeremy and Amanda would ride their bikes back and forth to see each other as kids. They always played together. They would be on the playground, the same playground that is less than 100 feet from their venue until dark. It was a time where you didn’t have to worry about that. Kids could be kids. They grew up and life happened. They moved on to adulthood and had kids of their own. It wasn’t until decades later that they reconnected again. Amanda moved back home to be with the love of her life. One of the most beautiful parts of her vows to Jeremy was, “He is my human diary.” I thought that was the sweetest thing ever and we all deserve and should find a partner that can be our human diary. Someone we can share all of our secrets with. Someone to laugh with us. To grow old with us.
The bride got ready at her mother’s house and then off we went to take formal pictures at the Scotia Inn. The Scotia Inn is technically closed since the town is privately owned since it was a mill town. Residents have hopes and dreams that someone will buy it and restore the town as it has so much charm. The Inn is so lovely and takes us back to a time that once was. Beautiful manicured lawns and trees that have been around probably since Jeremy and Amanda were kids. They may have even played in those trees. I won’t get too much more sappy here. Let’s enjoy these photos of these beautiful people. Here’s your blog post Jeremy and Amanda. I’ve been so blessed to document your love story.
Jeremy and Amanda opted to do a first look which I HIGHLY recommend. That way all of the bridal party and family formal portraits can get done before the ceremony and afterwards they can relax and enjoy their day.
Ugh just look at that glowy light and that tree! It makes me so happy!
Now for my favorite part of the day! Bride and Groom Portraits!
This veil shot is one of my favorite shots of the day. So romantic and seriously they look like celebrities. Were you channeling Tim McGraw and Faith Hill you two?
And now to end this blog post. We go back to where it all started. That bridge that was crossed so many times to play until dark.
This all couldn’t be done without all the amazing vendors that helped make this day memorable for Amanda and Jeremy and their family. Thanks a million!
Florist: Lisa Overholt
Caterer: Julia’s Mexican Food
Venue: Rio Dell Fire Hall
Portrait Location: Scotia Inn
Planner/Coordinator: Alicia Wingard
Dress: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos: Tuxedo Den
Makeup: Jayme Lee at JLM Artistry