Wedding at Dawn Ranch in Guerneville
This was our first wedding of the year and our first wedding at Dawn Ranch. We couldn’t ask for a better way to start our season than with a wedding at one of Guernville’s best wedding venues. Dawn Ranch is located in a small town on the banks of the Russian River just before you hit the California coast. It's not far from the Bay Area, maybe a 1 to 1.5 hour drive. Even though the drive isn’t too long, this venue feels intimate and secluded. A perfect place for couples who want to feel like they have escaped the city without having to schlep out too far. The venue property is 15 beautiful acres of redwoods, apple trees, and grassy meadows with cute cabins to boot. Andrew, Rebecca and even some of their wedding guests were able to make use of those cute cabins by spending the prior night surrounded by peaceful nature. Choosing an outdoorsy venue with lodging onsite not only provides an avenue for couples to get rid of the pre wedding jitters with a group of their close friends but also conveniently ensures that everyone in the wedding party will arrive to the ceremony on time!
We met Andrew and Rebecca at their cabin to shoot some last minute getting ready details. The natural light filled the space so nicely that it was hard to not keep shooting. After a quick first look and some family portraits, Andrew and Rebecca exchanged vows surrounded by their friends and family. It was all fun and laughter from there on out. The couple enjoyed their meal from a long family style table which lent itself to the communal atmosphere. The entire setup was elegant, simple and beautiful which was accentuated in Rebecca’s white and bright bouquet and the coordinating table schemes. After dinner and drinks, the party moved over to the pool area for deserts and dancing. You really can’t go wrong with dancing poolside under the moonlight in your own private wooded oasis.
We loved this one, the venue, the light, our clients, and all of the good vibes.