We’re going back in time in our “Best of the Twenty-Teen” blog series. And this time we’re going all the way back to the California Gold Rush days with Christine and Tom’s Wedding (originally posted Nov. 8, 2013).
When we (Scott & Breanna) booked Christine and Tom’s wedding at Condor’s Nest Ranch, we couldn’t have been more excited!
Not only were we going to get to work with two amazing people, but we were going to get to do it at one amazing venue!
Condor’s Nest Ranch is one of our all time favorite places to shoot weddings in Southern California. Not only are there more unique and wonderful locations to shoot at than we could ever fully utilize in one wedding day….
….but the people who work there are some of the most laid-back wedding vendors ’round these here parts. Not only do the people at Condor’s Nest do a great job on your wedding, but they do it with a gen-u-ine country-folk kinda smile.
This chill atmosphere was an absolutely perfect match for Christine and Tom’s personalities. They wanted a wedding day that was beautiful, but not too stressful to enjoy. So they lucked out when they found Condor’s Nest. Not just because of the attitude there, but because of the style as well.
Christine and Tom were so inspired by the atmosphere around them that they decided to fully go with it and throw an “Old California” styled wedding. Think Gold Rush era with saloons where men dressed like this…
…and with ladies who wore intricate boots that look like these.
That was the atmosphere that Christine and Tom sought to capture, and capture it they did!
Of course there were a few areas where they veered away from their theme in order to incorporate their personalities.
For example, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that belly dancing wasn’t a super common past time in Old California. However, it IS a common past time for Christine, so it earned itself a place in her wedding!
Overall, I think they did a great job using their theme in a very subtle and classy way.
They styled it enough to make their incredibly cool details noticable (like all the bridesmaids’ borrowed vintage jewelry), but not so much that guests felt like they had to ride up on horses or refrain from using electricity!
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Great job throwing a beautiful, relaxed, and incredibly fun wedding you guys! I hope it was all you dreamed of and more! You were amazing people to work with and we truly enjoyed being a part of such a wonderful day to remember.
Click to see the rest of Christine and Tom’s Old California wedding here.