Philadelphia Wedding Photography | Emily & Cassie's California Wedding

*Posted by Matt*

I had the privilege of photographing Emily and Cassie's wedding in Santa Cruz, CA last year and it was honestly one of the most unique weddings I have ever been involved with.

For starters, it was initially supposed to be a wedding in Michigan until Cassie was relocated to California for work. It turned out to be a package deal, with Emily and their wedding plans moving to California as well.

But the most unique thing — to me, at least — was that they decided on having the wedding in the middle of a giant redwood forrest. They made it more than just a one day deal for anyone that wanted to come out earlier, even offering space to family and friends at their house.

They were having the wedding at the Sequoia Retreat Center in mountains of Santa Cruz. Everyone was invited to stay on-site in cabins so on Friday night they invited everyone to the rehearsal dinner at the center. They even tied in the holiday theme with a toy exchange!

Saturday was the big day and Emily and Cassie's uniqueness shined through. They opted to not pick sides for their bridal party, instead just having five of their closest friends be their joint bridal party. Cassie and Emily got ready in separate cabins with members from the bridal party shuttling back and forth. Cassie wore a beautiful strapless flowing wedding gown. Emily went with a suit and vest (sans jacket).

We did a First Look with enormous redwood trees as the backdrop before taking everyone around for some bridal party portraits in the forrest. Then they held the ceremony outdoors, incorporating a handful of friends to make their day extra special.

Then it was time to party! Cassie had a few tricks up her sleeve, including a surprise wedding flash mob that incorporated almost everyone in attendance. After the reception there was even a grilled cheese buffet and bonfire.

Cassie and Emily, thanks so much for entrusting me to capture your wedding day!