When Rebecca and Wes approached me last September about capturing their wedding at a place called The Purple Orchid Resort and Spa in Livermore, although I had never shot a wedding there before, I immediately knew exactly where it was. It’s a curious place that has grabbed me enough to get off my bike and take snap a few photos on my way to the Altamonte Pass windmills. After all, how often do you see a resort built entirely out of logs?
And the resort is well-hidden, away from the popular Tesla Rd. wine path, so it’s not a place that screams “RESORT”. You pretty much have to be searching for it to find it. Or in my case, just wander around where no one goes 🙂
Needless to say, it’s a hidden gem, beautifully quaint, and perfect for an outdoor wedding. And eight months after our first meeting, all of Rebecca and Wes’ plans came together on a perfectly blue-sky day at this location.
As our team (all four of us) arrived and knocked on the doors of Rebecca and Wes, they both had the look of “nothing’s going to bother me today”. They were both smiling and laughing, and we just knew it was going to be a great day.
The guys, of course, had to make sure to hydrate themselves properly with what looks like apple cider before the ceremony.
And the girls opted to just being beautiful.
Rebecca’s niece and nephew were the flower girl and ring bearer, and they decided to rest up a little for their big day. After all, it takes a lot of energy to be cute…
And they sort of stole the show coming down the aisle as the ceremony started…
That is, until Rebecca emerged down the steps from her room.
As the couple gathered in front of the guests, everyone was treated to a wonderfully funny ceremony officiated by their close friend Chris, who starts off with “Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to witness my debut as a wedding official.” Well, Chris does have a point — it’s not everyday that you marry people for the very first time 🙂
You can tell Rebecca loves to have a good time, and here she is having fun with the guys after the ceremony. She did have the presence of mind to remind the guys that she’s a married woman now as Wes looked on 🙂
The two got a little time to celebrate alone while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour.
Rather than the traditional wedding cake, there were yummy bite-sized miniature cupcakes. If no one had been looking, I’m quite sure I could’ve swallowed all of those cupcakes in a single sitting…
Here, the kids had a little anxiety with the grand entrance. This is their first grand entrance after all…
The wedding party didn’t disappoint though, as we got a taste of the dancing that was to follow later in the evening. Everyone busted out a move, including the Mother of the Bride. We now see where Rebecca gets the “bubbliness” from!
And now, the newlyweds…
As Rebecca and Wes went table to table to greet and thank everyone, we had guests at one table break out “So Happy Together” to the happy couple! Video to come later… 🙂
Awesome toasts by the Best Man and Matron of Honor…
Rebecca and Wes decided to do a First Song, in lieu of the First Dance, and they pulled it out pretty good!
Mother-Son and Father-Daughter dance as the sun starts to set.
It started to get a little chilly as the sun went down and the winds started kicking in, but that didn’t seem to slow anyone on the dance floor.
And we got a chance to capture a few shots of Rebecca and Wes before the night was over. More to come later!
A big hank you to Rebecca and Wes for allowing me and my team to capture you on your special day. Your family and friends were fantastic, and I wish you guys nothing but the best as you embark on your life journey together. Thank you also to the wonderful folks at The Purple Orchid Resort and Spa. It was awesome to meet and speak with Rhiannon Eddy, who ran a successful photography business and now co-owns Purple Orchid with her husband Derek. Thanks to my crack team, Albert, Ruben, and Tiffany, who seemingly make my job a lot easier. You guys are true professional!