Grass Valley Caifornia Wedding
Travis is an old friend that I have known since way back when music was the primary outlet for my creative expression. Back in the day, we had a rad little network of friends who would all get together at a local Temecula house and jam out punk rock and metal music. I can’t even tell you how many times I would be walking up to that house and hear Master Of Puppets being jammed out by 3 or 4 semi-intoxicated musicians. The cheap booze would flow, while good music and random fist fights were the norm. We would rock the f*** out into the early morning hours and get beyond wasted. S*** was freaking awesome. But now we are old. Now we wake up early, watch our fiber intake and sleep in our pajamas (I have G.I. Joe PJs) . However, when Travis told me that he was getting married to his long-time girlfriend Gia in October I was all about it. Then he dropped in the fact that his wedding would be on Halloween which was just too freaking amazing. So I gathered my wife and daughter and headed up to San Francisco for the weekend then finished the adventure in Grass Valley where Travis and Gia’s wedding was. I cannot tell you how f***ing rad this wedding was. First of all, every guest was dressed in a Halloween costume (except Travis’ brother Bobby ….nice job being different buddy!), they had what seemed like an endless amount of PBRs on tap, a nice collection of 45 records set the tempo for the wedding reception and the night closed with some kick ass music by a blue grass band called the Pine Street Ramblers. There was so much positive energy and good vibes running through the wedding that I could have posted all of the 900+ wedding photos and been left with a smile on my face. But after nearly 6 hours in my office blogging and editing I felt the need to wrap this wedding up so I can go out to dinner and knock back some IPAs with the wife. Oh and I could use a shower at some point today (probably not going to happen now though). I cannot say it enough how thankful I am to have photographed this wedding in Northern California of my friends Travis and Gia. I met so many genuine, kind people up in their hometown of Auburn that I can see why Travis left Temecula. Cheers to everyone up north and to Travis and Gia! I hope you guys continue being authentic and f***ing awesome people!
Words From The BRIDE: My Mom and I made my wedding dress from a vintage 1960’s pattern and the entire dress was hand-stitched. We found the silk plaid fabric at Britex in San Francisco. The wedding venue, Betz Ranch, was a piece of property owned by our friends in Grass Valley and this was the first wedding they ever had there. But they do plan on having more weddings on the property in the future! As far as inspiration, we wanted our wedding to be full of outward expression of ourselves and lifestyle. Furthermore, we truly wanted everyone to have FUN! I feel we achieved that by using tons of color (no specific color palate) and by setting comfortable vibes with the costume idea and nostalgic 45’s (from our personal collection). This was a very DIY wedding, yet Travis said NO PINTEREST ALLOWED! SO all the ideas were original. Our wedding was a huge community effort and it’s success reflects all our awesome friends and families’ hard work.
THANK YOU AGAIN Travis and Gia for allowing me to document which was by far the coolest wedding I have ever photographed! And thank you for letting my family come hang out all night at your party as well! We had an absolute blast!
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