I got married at The Mountain Terrace in Woodside, California just on top of the summit off of Highway 84. I wanted a small, rustic, and intimate wedding and since I was married in the winter this felt like a perfect venue to have a crackling fire roaring. We were married on one of the wettest days of the season and had to move our ceremony last minute to inside the venue to escape the thundering rainfall out on the lawn area where we had originally planned to be. After our ceremony in front of a very small fireplace area inside, where my guests cheerfully crammed around us with not enough seating, we began the celebration. Kelvin and Lara did grab us for a second and noted that there was just enough daylight left, and the rain had ceased for a moment, to go outside and take a few pictures on the lawn in the area we were suppose to be married at. I was so happy when I saw this photo because I got not just a moment on the lawn with my husband but I also loved how the foggy background added a mood to the picture.
I am a DIY bride, creative by nature, and spent a year creating some of my own designs to the day. I made pins for each of my guests to select and wear when they arrived at the venue. I designed some for specific people and others just for fun but it was exciting to see who picked which ones in the end. I also wanted a green wedding design and potted kale plants in planters for the kings tables we designed. I accented the earth tone design with milk glass bud vases, in random shapes and sizes, that I purchased in lots from antique stores with single stem flowers. At the end of the evening, I let my guests take home vases and the planters, to reuse all of the items I had purchased. They were a hit and I’ve loved visiting guests houses and seeing their potted plants in various spaces. We also made miniature white pumpkin place card holders that a few people snagged and used at their Thanksgiving table the next weekend. And, of course, we had to play up the initial “E” wherever we could since my husband and I have the same first name, down to the spelling. What are the odds of that?!
We also had a chance to utilize the venue’s outdoor oak tree grotto area and take some fun pictures on the tree swing. It was very wet but we made it work…proof that any environment or weather can work with the right photographers and a positive attitude!
Venue: The Mountain Terrace
Catering: The Mountain Terrace
Flowers: Tanjeeryn Designs
Bridal Gown: Martina Liana
Hair & Makeup: Mimi & Taylor Salon