Married in the Redwood Grove at Roberts Recreation Area

Ask anyone about the greatest day of their life and you're very likely to hear of a milestone event. Graduating from college, marrying the love of their life, or having their first baby are all once-in-a-lifetime experiences that eventually become fond memories. Milestones such as these become even more special when they're intertwined with cherished traditions and sentiments that are unique to our own story. 

Joanna and Katie recently celebrated one of the greatest days of their lives when they were married in the redwood grove at Roberts Recreation Area in the Oakland Hills. Surrounded by their closest family, friends, and loved ones they exchanged vows beneath the gorgeous redwood trees. There was no shortage of beautiful floral arrangements, adorable signs, and fun games at this wedding, but the sweetest part were the tender moments and beloved traditions that these two will carry with them throughout their life.

Their first look began with Jo and Katie reading heartfelt letters they had written each other. Back to back, and smiling ear to ear, the joy was written all over their faces. The love between them was tangible and such an honor to capture. After the ceremony, we headed down the road for the reception at the Sequoia Lodge. There was a lot of effort put into detail, and they even coordinated a flash dance to Fleetwood Mac with their wedding party. This group sure knew how to have a good time! But the detail that most stood out was lying on a table in their own version of a guest book.

Following family tradition, Joanna's grandmother made a tablecloth for their loved ones to sign. All loving sentiments will be embroidered by her Grandma Bev, and the tablecloth will be brought to important events and holidays for years to come. Jo and Katie's special day went off without a hitch, and will undoubtedly be a day they consider one of the best of their lives. The decorations and details were impeccable, but the sentimental aspects are surely the ones they'll look back on with the warmest of memories. Great times with loved ones, sweet feelings summarized in writing, and a piece of cloth that is irreplaceable to carry with them for a lifetime. 

Cheers,

Chris and Christian

Becca Ellis