Rick and Amanda are a Central Valley (California) couple. However, the Santa Cruz and Aptos beach towns are near and dear to their hearts. While the wedding was a destination beach wedding for them, their roots and childhoods are inextricably linked to this town.
The wedding took place at the Hollins House, where there is amazing light and changing scenery available at every angle. From the getting ready moments to the end of reception, we marveled at the views (from golf course to valley to ocean and the Boardwalk). Amanda’s dad, Mark, quietly pondered the white steeple that was visible to the squinting eye, undoubtedly recalling many a family memory.
Although the number of years that Amanda and Rick have been together is subject to debate, that this wedding — and marriage — was worth the wait certainly are not.
There is nice separation of space between Hollins House and the Pasatiempo area down the hill. This reduced Amanda’s concern that Rick would see her before the first look.
Rick was able to get ready and save lots of time for fun.
The running joke throughout this family- and friend-filled day was the loooooong wait for a proposal. Amanda made it right on the wedding day; this time, Rick waited for her! Kidding aside, she too was worth it. Her dress was stunning and the vintage ring box that she hunted for was just right.
Laurie and Darcy at Seascape Flowers arranged beautiful florals, with surprise hints of berries here and there. Laurie tied a special pearl necklace into the bridal bouquet.
The view from the room that Amanda used for getting ready offered garden, gazebo and golf course views.
I loved that each attendant’s dress was a different color and texture.
The first look did not disappoint. It was clear at this time — and again during the ceremony — that Rick was swallowing back emotion.
Their eyes met…
The golden hour became magical. Amanda and Rick were open to a few moments away from their guests.
The cake was gluten free and tasted divine. Amanda hunted for vintage cake plates and platters for months prior to the wedding to locate the perfect ones.
Men eyed Rick’s guitar; women observed his tender vocals for Amanda.
Wedding photographers do not work alone. I wholeheartedly thank Rhonda Thorn for shooting with me at this very special wedding. We loved working with a great team of vendors. Send them some love!
DJ: Sound in Motion
Videography: Gilholm Productions
Florals: Seascape Flowers
Hair Styling: Becca Wood
Makeup Artist: Millie Amis
Officiant: Father Michael Burchfield