My journey to Robyn and Brandon’s wedding began in 2007 when I first met Robyn’s father, Frank. As a young photographer, I was invited by Frank to photograph a vintage trailer park he and his family owned in Pinecrest, California. Little did I know then I would be photographing his daughter’s wedding in that very location years later.
Sometimes when you meet a couple you know right away they are something special, which is how I felt during our initial meeting held in their home. Brandon took a break from brewing beer and the three of us sat in the middle of their amazing garden to discuss their upcoming wedding. Being familiar with the location and seeing the evidence of their DIY spirit, I knew I was in for an amazing wedding.
The wedding day came and it did not disappoint. That DIY spirit I first saw in their home was everywhere on their wedding day. In addition to all the handmade details there was one aspect of this wedding that really blew me away - the beer! Brandon is all about his beer, which meant there was an amazing selection of beer. With seventeen different beers on tap, this wedding put most beer bars to shame. Like I said, it blew me away.
Even though the beer was a sure crowd pleaser, the celebration was all about the fun-loving couple tying the knot in a unique circular ceremony, which really created an intimate feel. The love these two have for one another is truly beautiful. Equally as beautiful was the love their families have for them. Everyone was incredibly happy to be celebrating this perfect-for-each-other couple, which was increasingly evident through the speeches and special moments witnessed throughout the celebration. Seeing these two celebrate their love with their family and friends was an amazing way to spend the day.
This is what Robyn had to say about her amazing wedding day...
The wedding was held at Pinecrest Vintage Retreat, which my parents have owned for the last 8 years. It specializes in vintage trailer camping. It was originally built in the 60s as a retreat for the employees of General Dynamics.
Our tables were named after some of our favorite beers/beer labels. For my bachelorette party, all of the ladies from my and Brandon's family (sisters, moms, future sister in-law, and cousin) got together and hand drew or traced them to be used for the wedding.
The flowers were done by Shelly Lynch, my coworker. I loved that she did the flowers because I knew I could trust her completely. I only gave her a few pictures of what style I liked and she came up with everything. It was one detail I was completely hands off with.
Brandon's cousin and his brother's girlfriend, along with the help of Shelly, took all of the decor I had purchased and created the reception space with little direction from me. The mason jars were hung by Brandon, Wilson and my godfather Jon. I did not want to deal with a guest book, but Brandon's sister decided to take that on and put together the guest book wall, with some of our pictures from the past 9 years.
The food was from Jeremy's On The Hill, who specializes in farm to table cuisine. The chef went to high school with both Brandon and I.
The sax player during the ceremony was my cousin Pete. And the preacher was my Uncle Bruce, who married my parents 32 years ago on July 4th. He had us say the same vows that my parents said.
The reception music was a band called Republic of Music from San Diego.
Basically it was a do it yourself wedding that could not have been pulled off without all of the help from our family and friends.
Venue: Pinecrest Vintage Retreat
Makeup: Tamara Ballou
Catering: Jeremy's on the Hill
Cupcakes: Marina from Deliciously Uniques Cakes
Vintage China Rentals: Verity Jane Vintage
Band: Republic of Music