Ashley and Chris ~ Squirrel Creek Ranch Wedding

October 03, 2014

Chris & Ashley
July 19, 2014
Squirrel Creek Ranch
Grass Valley, CA

Hair/Makeup: Teri Dougherty and Kirsten Spindler
Officiant: Bride's brother
Catering: Farm to Table Catering
Flowers: Sweet Roots Farm, arranged by bridal party
Cake: Chris' Stepmother

Chris and Ashley had a beautiful wedding at Squirrel Creek Ranch in Grass Valley, and snagged the venue in perfect timing-- the ranch unfortunately won't be hosting weddings for much longer due to a new city ordinance.  I felt SO fortunate to have the opportunity to shoot there at least once, since it's one of my favorite venues in the foothills.  Nestled down a cute country road, the property is covered with pine and oak trees, a beautiful pond and hosts the oldest barn on the west coast.  It's a photographer's dream, with a million and one beautiful details to capture!

Another huge plus to this country wedding (besides the beautiful landscape) was the sweet couple I had the honor of photographing and getting to know.  Chris and Ashley are both incredibly intelligent, fun and genuine people.  They wanted their wedding to reflect their love, their family, their life...  so, they tossed out most of the "traditional" wedding plans and made their wedding uniquely theirs.  First, they planned their timeline effectively so that portraits were taken before the ceremony even began...  leaving them more time to greet and spend time with loved ones, which was one of their top priorities.  They also opted for a "First Look"-- a beautiful private moment between Chris and Ashley before the ceremony began; it ended up being my favorite First Look I've photographed so far-- just wait until you see Chris' reaction to his beautiful bride!!  To add even more meaning to their day, Chris' stepmother made the wedding cake, while Ashley's brother officiated the wedding by giving a touching speech about how special they are as individuals and how they're even better together.  I don't think they stopped smiling the entire day-- not even once-- everything was just so sweet and people were completely full of love and happiness!

I had an amazing time at their wedding, getting to know their friends and family-- and I was SO happy when they agreed to come back to the foothills several weeks after returning from their tropical honeymoon to do a "Trash the Dress" session at the South Yuba River, which I will post verrrry soon so stay tuned!

Thanks again for a magical day, Chris and Ashley...  and congratulations!! <3