Wow, folks, it’s been super hard paring down which images to blog for L + F’s beautiful coastal farm wedding in Mendocino. I’m really in love with their wedding which had so many fantastic and personal details! I would apologize for the sheer number of images, but since you’ll (hopefully) enjoy them, I’m just going to sit back and set the stage. Pardon me while I gush.
L + F got ready at the Point Arena Lighthouse, which is a stunning historic set of buildings that are available for rent out and stay. (My second shooter/bestie and I stayed here as well — so awesome!) Situated right on the coast, the day started off with foggy skies and sweeping winds. L + F shared their first look on the bluffs overlooking the water and then we headed inland towards their wedding venue: Oz Farm.
Can I just say how I’m becoming totally obsessed with farm weddings? First, I LOVE weddings that all happen in the same place. How nice is it not to have to worry about transportation in between your ceremony location and your reception? Plus, Oz Farm is especially cool because they offer overnight accommodations as well! (Check out their Hipcamp listing.) Having everyone stay in one place together means you get to spend the entire wedding weekend together, lots of quality time. Not only that, but Oz Farm grows their own flowers so L + F got to incorporate them into their wedding! Talk about locally sourced! It also doesn’t hurt that the farm is gorgeous, offering lots of diverse space to be used. The ceremony was in a redwood grove on the edge of the property, then cocktails in the orchard, dinner in the barn, and then the after party at the geo-domes?? So cool!
And can we talk about the ceremony? Because SO CUTE! L + F had various noise makers waiting for their guests so they could cheer with gusto whenever they felt like it during the ceremony. L + F also included a few different traditions like hand fasting and exchanging coins. After they were married, their friends and family peppered them with biodegradable confetti, making for a spectacular exit.
Portraits were so dreamy. We headed to the flower fields to take advantage of the gorgeous blooms. Also, L’s wedding look? A veil cape AND a crystal crown? I can’t even. She’s the best.
Now on to their reception. Photographers tend to get a bit excited when a space has natural light so you can imagine how happy I was when I saw the stunning barn, a beautiful bright space with all that warm wood. And the details! L + F sourced all of table decorations themselves at various flea markets and thrift stores which made it so personal and thoughtful. Also, I’m a big fan of string lights and paper lanterns — they make a huge difference in how the space photographs and they look so cheerful!
After dinner, the party moved to the geo-domes and glamping part of the property. Most guests walked from the reception barn — pretty adventurous as it was full dark and the walk included crossing a log bridge across a creek then scurrying up a ladder (that wanted to be stairs) pressed against the sandy banks. We opted to take a shortcut to the creek using my Subaru (AWD for the win!) and as we caught up with guests walking on the road, I jokingly told L to use her “bride powers” to clear the way. With no hesitation, she lowers the window and starts calling out, “Make way for the bride! Bride coming through!” as we all crack up. Seriously, I love L + F and their unforgettable wedding so much.