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Paul and Valerie’s Oak Farm Vineyards Wedding Photography

December 4, 2014

Valerie & Paul

Oak Farm Vineyards Wedding Photography

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Before Paul and I started dating, we shared a passion for boating. Wakeboarding and spending time on the water quickly became one of our favorite things to do together. One weekend we were out on the Delta, and a friend of ours pulled up to the beach a little too quickly. The boat prop was bent, and it was a looonnng idle back to the dock during sunset. Paul made a move and the rest is history.

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When we decided we were going to get married this year, we knew we didn’t have a lot of time to find a venue. We agreed that having a water element was really important to us, and wanted a place that felt unique.

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We both loved Oak Farm – the property is surrounded by vineyards, they had a beautiful old barn, a clean lake-pond, and a great big oak tree which had been part of my dreams.

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I also knew we had to have one other piece as part of our ceremony…..To me it didn’t feel complete without the bent boat prop.

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Keeping with the theme of water and our love for boating, I wanted our colors to be blues.

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During alterations ,we realized that adding a bustle was going to be tough – the weight of the dress not only made it difficult to buslte, but it added a lot of oomph to my rear side. Given that the dress was a steal, I decided I wanted to cut the train off after the ceremony!

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Keeping with the fun of the photo booths, we decided to have guests snap a Polaroid of themselves (or groups) for our guestbook.

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We wanted something personal, yet lighthearted and fun. We laughed, cried and spoke our hearts during the ceremony. It was perfect.

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Jonathon was an absolute delight to have as our wedding photographer. He captured so many important moments, and blended in so we hardly knew he was there.

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Before Paul and I started dating, we shared a passion for boating. Wakeboarding and spending time on the water quickly became one of our favorite things to do together. One weekend we were out on the Delta, and a friend of ours pulled up to the beach a little too quickly. The boat prop was bent, and it was a looonnng idle back to the dock during sunset. Paul made a move and the rest is history.

Five years later, Paul decided it was time to propose. When we decided we were going to get married this year, we knew we didn’t have a lot of time to find a venue. We agreed that having a water element was really important to us, and wanted a place that felt unique. We both loved Oak Farm – the property is surrounded by vineyards, they had a beautiful old barn, a clean lake-pond, and a great big oak tree which had been part of my dreams. I also knew we had to have one other piece as part of our ceremony…..

To me it didn’t feel complete without the bent boat prop. A couple years after the infamous day on the water when it was bent, Paul brought it out of the shed and I was incredibly touched that he had saved it.

The succulents and white flowers went perfectly with the planter boxes and burlap runners, and completed what I had envisioned for the wedding. It really went with the relaxed feel we wanted for the wedding. When we started thinking of what to do for favors, I immediately “we HAVE to do koozies.” We always have a stash on the boat of various koozies from different houseboating trips and lakes, so it seemed like a perfect fit to give those to our guests. I had always loved the photo booths at other weddings, but we wanted something a little different for our favors. Keeping with the fun of the photo booths, we decided to have guests snap a Polaroid of themselves (or groups) for our guestbook.

Keeping with the theme of water and our love for boating, I wanted our colors to be blues. I love the serenity of “spa blues” and fell in love with the color of the bridesmaid dresses. I had ordered my dress online thanks to a referral from a friend, and was able to get my dream dress.

“During alterations ,we realized that adding a bustle was going to be tough – the weight of the dress not only made it difficult to buslte, but it added a lot of oomph to my rear side. Given that the dress was a steal, I decided I wanted to cut the train off after the ceremony.

The easiest part of wedding planning for me was picking who was going to be our officiant. Before I had even met Paul, I had this secret wish for our closest family friend’s son to be my wedding officiant. This family had been friends with mine before I was born, and Noah has always been the silly and loving big brother figure to me. When I asked Paul what his thoughts were regarding who would be our officiant, he also said it would be great to ask Noah. We had a great time working with Noah on the ceremony and are incredibly happy with how it turned out.

We wanted something personal, yet lighthearted and fun. We laughed, cried and spoke our hearts during the ceremony. It was perfect.

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Officiant: Noah (Family Friend}
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