Intimate Sand Rock Farm Wedding
In early summer, Lina and Danny were married surrounded by their closest friends. They lodged and celebrated at the beautiful and historic Sand Rock Farm in Aptos, California.
Lina got ready with the help of her childhood friend, whom she knew from growing up in Germany. Trinh helped her with her hair and makeup, while Danny got ready in the next room. Outside, Lina’s and Danny’s friends helped set up the reception area, where they planned to have an intimate dinner later that evening.
As Lina got ready, she told me that she designed and sewed her own wedding dress. She had just graduated from fashion school and spend the last 2 weeks making it. Her dress was so stunning! I couldn’t wait to see Danny’s reaction to Lina and to her dress.
I followed Lina as she walked through the garden to find Danny. His reaction to seeing her for the first time that day was priceless. His jaw dropped as he stared, speechless, for several seconds. The two laughed and embraced while Trinh and I watched. I’m not sure about Trinh, but I was on the verge of tearing up watching!
The ceremony took place in a secret enchanted forest location. Powerful vows were made to each other, which made Danny and several guests tear up. “Falling for you wasn’t falling at all. It was more like walking into a house and knowing it was home,” were some of Lina’s words.
Some of the guests at the reception hadn’t seen each other since before the pandemic, and it was a sweet reunion to witness. My favorite part of the reception was watching Lina and Danny create a mini champagne tower!
Are you getting married in Santa Cruz or the Monterey Bay? I would love to photograph your wedding.
Wedding Bouquet: A Bit Of Earth Floral Design
Officiant: Naomi Ehrich
Reception venue: Sand Rock Farm