Where do I begin with this unique and once in a lifetime experience..
Elaine is the elder sister of one of my best friends, and their mom reached out to me to be the photographer for the wedding. Originally I had imagined a typical, traditional wedding at a church somewhere in the Bay Area, nothing too crazy or unexpected - and this was far from that. Elaine and her fiance chose a location called Carrville Inn Resort, located in Coffee Creek, California - 6 hours north of San Francisco Bay Area.
I was invited to stay for a total of 3 days, with only one of those days actually shooting while the remaining time I was encouraged to hang out with my best friend and her boyfriend, who also happens to be my best friend/brother/former housemate/former dancer/etc etc haha. I browsed at a few photos of the venue online and knew that it was in the middle of nowhere, and that was pretty much it. Upon arrival to the venue, however, I was blown away.
This 'inn' is more like a MANSION. It had countless rooms and bathrooms, all with their own unique style and furniture, all different themes. A bar downstairs, jukebox, massive kitchen, dining area, living room, patio, it goes on and on. The place was incredible. The surrounding area..also breathtaking. A large lawn area with a hammock and tree swing, a gated pool area, a farm with fresh eggs and livestock, a volleyball court...even a house nearby for even more rooms. The place was an escape from reality, a true fantasy. The internet was very sporadic as well, and I appreciated that a bunch because it allowed me to disconnect as well - something everyone should do every now and then.
The wedding itself was by far the shortest and sweetest I've ever experienced - about 10 minutes total - the dinner was fantastic, the cake was delicious (guava flavored!) and the reception was so fun (I ended up djing for the second half of the night). I've already said way too much, but in conclusion I want to say a big congratulations to Dustin and Elaine - this is by far one of my best work to date - and it was an honor to be not only your photographer but a guest to your amazing wedding!