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Jill and Nik

Since finally getting my act together in this short, mid-season break to add to my website and begin my blog, I've realized I have to back track on some of the blog entries to the begining. This wedding took place last November at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Jill had contacted me and came to meet with me in May to knock out some main ideas and visions and then within the next couple of months, everything was in place.

They had one of the larger weddings for this venue with 185 guests. The weather was definitely crisp and cold and the colors of fall were in full swing. This event was surrounded by the coolest group of great friends and family for one massive celebration. Jill definitely didn't leave any details unturned.

Her colors were ivory and plum but the event itself was a more formal occasion. Taking the elegance with the natural surroundings into consideration, we formulated the perfect feel. Since the girls were all dressed in plum, she wanted all the bouquets to be a mini version of the bridal bouquet which we referred to as a "white cloud."Her bouquet was designed with white peonies, white sweet peas, white ranuculus and touches of Lily of the Valley. Finished with a simple double faced Italian ivory satin.

She's gorgeous and handled the freezing breeze!

His boutonniere was designed with a tuberose bloom, white dendrobium orchid, lisianthus buds and thistle which is a native plant to Yosemite.
Love how feminine and fluffy. Such a nice contrast against the deep, rich plum.

This was Jill creation. She knew she definitely wanted a canopy type structure for her altar area and this took many tries and careful planning. Her main vision was to make it look as if it was coming naturally out of the ground and to not have to anchor with any other base. Very simple with a "less is more" type feel. We took Birch logs, drilled deep holes up the base of the logs with long metal rods to stake, then some natural twine to tie the top logs with an ivory chiffon drapped over the top. Her hurricanes and candles were from Pottery Barn.

Nik and Jill are the proud owners of the coolest company out there, Go Pro Camera. They had the entire ceremony blanketed with their cameras to make sure they captured the love from every angle possible. The invention is so amazing and versitile its going beyond the use of sports and extreme sports over to where my brother has given me the idea to use this to film myself making bouquets for all the D.I.Y. brides out there. Definitely stay tuned to more of that.

Jill chose to use a low, square black container and we used ivory, plum and greens. Calla lilies, beauty berries, peonies, dendrobium orchids, hydrangeas, lisianthus and articokes were all in the designs.

Such a gorgeous detailed cake. Seven tiers, each with crazy detail and a different design and the vintage cake topper completes the entire look. The cake is displayed in the huge underlounge fireplace area which we staggered with a ton of ivory pillar candles.

Venue - Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park

Photographer - Rudy Arpia

Cake - Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park


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