humboldt county wedding

Sam&BriannesrusticBarnByFernbridgecountrywedding

Sam and Brianne had over 300 people at their rustic country wedding in Ferndale. This is no surprise. They are so loved by so many because of the caring and loving people that they are. We started out the day at Brianne’s sisters house where the girls were getting ready. Next we traveled to the Bear River Casino where we had some fun taking the guys pictures. Then we headed to the Barn By Fernbridge, which is a one of a kind venue for those country loving brides. Their outdoor ceremony space is beautiful and they have no shortage of great picture locations. There was plenty of love and laughter during the ceremony. The celebration continued long into the night that ended with a gorgeous sunset. Thank you Sam and Brianne for asking me to capture your wedding day. It was absolutely beautiful!

Venue: @Barnbyfernbridge
Planner: KND Crafty Creations
Flowers: Pocket of Posie
Tuxes:Tuxedo Den
DJ: Heat Wave
Officiant: Jovonne Dempster
Videographer: Diamond Memories

How To Have More Fun At Your Wedding

It has been a pleasure capturing many once in a lifetime moments, through the lens of my trusty camera over the years.  Witnessing on so many occasions, the act of two people saying their vows and beginning their journey of a life together has truly touched my heart and soul.  Each wedding I shoot has had its very own intimate love story to tell. How lucky am I to have been the one chosen to help capture these “once in a lifetime moments”!


Being a part of so many different couple’s experiences, I’ve seen firsthand the details that can make a wedding unforgettable!  In all of the weddings I have photographed and been involved with, there is one key ingredient that seems to make certain ones stand out more than the rest!  FUN… Yes, fun!

I mean, how can you forget a memory that brings a smile to your face each time you think of it right? Exactly!  To make the most out of your special day and to create some funny memorable moments, I’ve made a list of how to add more fun to your wedding!

Look at your reception from a different point of view…

The chances are really good that you already know how to throw a great party, one that’s fun for you and your people.  Now, I can’t tell you what your perfect entertainment recipe is, since ideas of fun are not universal. Some people might love the idea of dancing their socks off to hip-hop, while others might have a completely different vibe and style.  The trick is to figure out what makes you love a party, and then try to somehow incorporate that into your wedding.

The people…

The absolute most important element of your wedding is the people.  However, for some reason, your guest list also happens to be the one thing that the wedding industry will tell you to cut first.  It’s hard to get the idea out of your head of cutting your guest list down after hearing it over and over a thousand times. But when you walk away from a wedding, you ultimately think about the conversations you had, the people you caught up with, and the vibe of all those amazing folks in one room.  Trust me, it won’t be the decorations you are talking about a week later… So no matter how big or small your wedding ends up being, think of the people first, and make everything else secondary on your list.

Take care of your guests…

There is something a little vulnerable about arriving at a wedding where you don’t know many people, and wonder what your next few hours of your life will be like in the hosts’ hands.  Your hope is that they will feed you well and place you sitting next to a nice group of people, but you never quite know. Just as there are many weddings, there are also many ways to take care of your guests.  You could provide welcome notes at the hotel everyone is staying at, a way for guests to get to know each other (like name tags with a note about how you know each person). Or you could provide a seating chart with a small explanation about who your guests are.  Another kind gesture would be to have a basket of flip flops near the dance floor for your guests. This small detail shows your guests that their comfort is important to you, not to mention their feet might appreciate getting out of those high heels for a bit!

Balance is key

When putting together your wedding, the goal is to have a balance of what you love, as well as what your guests will like.  When it comes to music for instance, that might just mean mixing some of the songs and styles of music you’re into, with a variety of styles your guests like!  

Let people know what to expect…

Surprisingly, the majority of guests are good at “rolling with the punches” so to speak, as long as they know what they’re getting into up front.  For instance, if you only plan on serving cake and punch at the reception, let them know ahead of time, on the invite. This way they’ll be prepared and come with a full stomach but also ready to have a great time!  Use your invitations or wedding website (if you have one), and word of mouth to let people know exactly what kind of party they’re in for.

Feed people on time..

If there was one very important rule to not forget for every wedding no matter what, it would be this: Feed people.  Hangry guests are not happy guests, so be sure to feed people at appropriate meal times and with enough food.

Loosen the reins…

And finally, the most important rule of all.  Don’t be afraid to cut loose and have a good time!  Guests are paying very careful attention to you and your partner they’re going to feed off your vibe.  If you’re relaxed, they’ll relax too. If you’re dancing, they will want to dance too. If you’re having the absolute best time of your life, they will too…

Weddings are so much fun when everyone is smiling, laughing, and enjoying their surroundings.  Make the most out of your special day and create a really energetic atmosphere for all to enjoy!  A fun and uplifting experience is unforgettable, so make the most of it!


How to have a great Semi-Formal Experience!

Semi-formals are one of the special high-lights of the high school experience.  I remember all the chatter in the halls at school, all the talk and excitement everyone felt, girls talking about the latest dress styles, how they were going to do their hair & makeup and of course, who their date was going to be.  It’s a night full of fun, laughter, time spent with friends and of course, dancing! There are moments in high school you won’t forget, and a semi-formal dance, is one of them! Here are some important steps to take to help make this a night you simply won’t forget!


Plan your Appearance


It’s all about the dress.  Set a time and a date ahead of time with friends to go pick out the perfect dress.  It’s best to start looking a couple of months before your semi-formal. There are various styles and types of dresses you might want.  Be sure to choose something that you love and that you feel the most confident and comfortable in. You want to feel great in what you are wearing!


Find the perfect accessories to match.  It’s a great idea to choose accessories to go along with your dress, after you picked out the perfect one and the shoes to match!


Will it be a tuxedo or suit?  Tuxedos tend to be more on the formal side and traditionally worn at evening events.  A suit is more casual and is considered appropriate for both daytime and nighttime occasions.  If you know who you will be taking to the dance, you might want to check in with her and ask what color her dress is.  You can add a little color and flare to your outfit by adding a few colors to match her dress.


Hair do’s & dont’s.   Decide first who you want to have do your hair.  If you are going to create your own style and do it yourself, start thinking of how you would like to have it. Once you’ve decided on a hairstyle, buy any products or supplies needed (hair spray, clips, curlers etc.) ahead of time, and start practicing so you get your desired style dialed in!  If you want to have a hair stylist do your hair, be sure to book your appointment in advance to secure your spot. Don’t dye your hair right before the dance because you never know what could go wrong! It’s always best to dye your hair a couple of weeks before so you have time to fix any mistakes that might happen.


Decide how you want to do your makeup.  Look at makeup styles online that you like and buy the makeup you will need to perfectly execute the look you are going for.  Practice before the dance so you have it down on the day of. Be sure to only wear the amount of makeup you feel comfortable in.  It’s your choice if you want to go with a lot of makeup, a little or even none. The most important part is that you feel comfortable and beautiful on your night!

Get Ready with your Friends


A little get together.  What better to get ready for the big day then to be surrounded by your friends!  Spend the day talking, laughing and helping each other look your best! There’s nothing like being around positive energy and creating memories you won’t forget!


Dates to the Dance


Your date.  You don’t need a date for a formal dance, but if you want one start figuring out who you might want to take in advance.  If you don’t have a significant other, think about a friend you could ask to go with you as your date or who you think might ask you.  Choose someone who you think you will have fun with!


Going with a group.  Whether you go with just your friends or with a date, go to the dance in a group.  Plan your group a few weeks before the dance. Ask your friends, your date’s friends, and their dates if they want to go together.  It makes doing all of the pre-get together and after activities a lot more fun!


Take pictures


Decide where to take photos.  Once you have your formal group determined you can then decide where you want to take photos before the formal.  There are many different places in Humboldt county you can take some great photos: a backyard, an elegant staircase, a garden full of flowers, on a hilltop overlooking a valley, or along the bridge near the Benbow Historic Inn just to name a few.


What’s for dinner?


Plan where to have dinner.  Have dinner somewhere that everyone in your group likes before the dance.  The restaurant should be near where the dance will be held. Once you have all agreed on a place, make reservations ahead of time because the popular restaurants fill up quickly!


How are you getting to and from the dance?


Figure out your transportation.  There are many options for getting to formal, depending on your budget and what you are wanting.  Taking a limo is definitely a fancy stylish way to arrive to the dance, but may not always be in everyone’s budget.  You can always select a parent or two to drive!


Make a plan afterwards!


What to do after the dance is over.  What you do after the dance is entirely up to you.  Have an idea in mind of what you want to do. A group of your closest friends over for the night is a great way to end an evening!  You can stay up late reminisce about your favorite memories from the dance around a bonfire in the backyard!


In the blink of an eye you will be graduating and your high school years will be over before you know it.  Take moments like the semi-formal dance, and make memories you won’t forget!


5 Questions to Consider when planning a Humboldt County Fall Wedding

5 Questions To Consider When Planning A Fall Wedding

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Congratulations you are engaged!!!!

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Now all the planning begins. One of the most important decisions to make when it comes to wedding planning is the date! When are you going to get married? Spring and Fall weddings are beautiful, but don't count out fall weddings. They can be absolutely gorgeous here on the north coast. If you are thinking about planning a fall wedding there are 5 things to consider.

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  1. What will you wedding color scheme be? In the fall think of colors that naturally appear in nature during the fall season. Plums, oranges, reds, yellows, mauves and earthy tones. A fall wedding is not the best season to have pastels or bright colors. These colors will clash with the season especially if you are having an outside wedding.

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  1. What flowers are in season? 

  • Asiatic lily

  • Celosia

  • Dahlia

  • Orange gerbera

  • Purple alstromeria

  • Calla lily

  • Chrysanthemum disbud

  • Leucadendron

  • Rose or Bi-color Rose

  • Yarrow

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As you will notice all the colors of these follows are orange, purple, yellow and reds.

 

    3. Give it a rustic feel. The fall is the perfect time to have rustic wedding theme. Here are some ways to add in the rustic feel

  • Mason jars for glasses or desserts

  • Have a barn wedding

  • Use barrels of hay for decor or seats

  • Use burlap for decor, small details, and table clothes

  • Use wine barrels for decor or tables.

 

    4. What type of food will you serve? Great fall wedding food includes

  • Wine and cheese boards for cocktail hour.

  • Serve apple dishes like tarts, candy apples and apple cider.

  • For a wedding favor have a popcorn bar, where they can create they own popcorn treats to take home.

  • Have a smores bar. Fall wouldn’t be fall without smores.

  • Instead of a cake think about doing mini pies for everyone. This adds a rustic fall feel.

    

 5. Are you going to have your wedding outside or inside? The fall is a great time to have an outside wedding. The temperature is beautiful during the day with a chill at night. The chance of rain is extremely low and the trees have changed colors. Here are some things to consider if you are going to have an outside fall wedding.

  • If your reception is at night make sure to have heaters or blankets for your guest. Nothing is worse than being in a strapless dress and it drops 20 degrees once the sun goes down.

  • Think about incorporating a bon fire if that is an option.

  • As the wedding moves closer to November it will start to get darker earlier so take that in consideration for your photos when planning your ceremony and reception time. You can google sunset times for your wedding date and discuss that with your wedding photographer.

  • Use the fall leaves as props in your wedding photo. Nothing is more beautiful than a bride and groom surrounded by the fall leaves.

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I hope these five questions to consider when planning a fall wedding help you plan your perfect fall wedding. Remember picking your date is the most important step but picking your photographer is the second most important. These fall wedding photos will last a lifetime. I would love to hear from you, what are your favorite fall wedding planning tips?

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