There are many, MANY reasons to fall in love with this gorgeous Sonora wedding – the perfectly crafted DIY details, the vibrant pink hues, the utterly beautiful fabric bouquets (just to name a few) – but all it took was one look at the breathtaking Union Hill Inn setting and I was done for. In a big way. Because this isn’t just any wedding venue, it’s a garden-like paradise with a rustic meets dreamy chapel and a laid back elegance that is crazy amazing. En Pointe Photography captured every moment and the gallery is delivering some serious pretty. See it all here.
And a beautiful film from Ipomoea Films to cap off the day. Enjoy!
From the Bride… We really lucked out because both of us fell in love with the homey feeling that captures you as soon as you drive onto the property of Union Hill. There are multiple gazebos, a reception hall and a chapel all spread out amongst ponds with cattails, weeping willows, arches of tiny pink roses and irises of all colors! The owners, Barb and Don Stutzman were nothing but easy to work with as well, so that helped make it an easy decision! I knew that I wanted to do a lot of DIY crafts for our wedding that really represented Jeremiah and me, and I loved seeing how the crafts turned out and complement each other! One of my favorite crafts was Oscar the Grouch (in his wedding fur, of course). Both born in 1982, Jeremiah and I decided Oscar’s garbage can would be a fun and unique reminder of one of our favorite characters from Sesame Street! We “personalized” a garbage can we found at IKEA and attached a paper mache Oscar to the top as our card box. Another craft I loved was making the bouquets for the bridesmaids and me, as well as the corsages for the moms and Jeremiah’s grandmother. After trying many different types of paper and fabric flowers, I settled on a mix of burlap and hand-sewn yellow and pink flowers to complement the decorations in the chapel.
The day went as well as we could have hoped for! Friends and family came from all over the country! Walking down the aisle is an unforgettable moment. Both sets of parents couldn’t have been happier. Members from both families helped decorate the different gazebos and reception hall located at Union Hill, and the final product was stunning. They helped create a photo booth that people had a blast in. We even got Jeremiah’s cousins to cater our cocktail hour from their pizza and pie Food truck! There were activities for all ages and we even had a pinata for the younger guests (as well as some older young-at-heart guests). Our officiant was Dr. Tim Blecha, a family practitioner we had both worked with out in Superior, a rural town in Nebraska. He was our favorite of all the doctors that we had ever worked with, and as future rural docs ourselves, we could think of no better person to marry us! He had flown all the way with his wife to join in on the festivities and really added to the uniqueness of the ceremony with great, and sometimes embarrassing, anecdotes of both of us as students while working with him. The rest of the evening was just what we wanted — people getting down on the dance floor! Some may attribute their dance moves to the super moon that was shining in the sky that night, but we think it’s because our friends and family know a good song and how to get their grooves on! Jeremiah and I donned our shirts that we had bought in Boracay, Philippines, earlier in the year. These shirts had designs that were hooked to a battery pack that responded to the beat of the music. Oh, did we have fun with those!
Jeremiah’s mom made us quilt squares that were hung behind our wedding cake to represent our journey from being med students at Creighton to our time as family medicine residents back home in Northern California. Both sides of the family helped decorate Union Hill, so everyone had a great time seeing the fruits of their labor appreciated, especially when it came to the photo booth! Our invitations were mini books that we designed through Minted. We loved the mini books because they allowed us to tell a story and still provide information about the big day. I particularly loved that a lot of the major crafts were handmade. Each bridesmaids’ bouquet was different with hand-sewn flowers, and I got comments from other brides-to-be afterward that they were inspired to do DIY crafts themselves! I loved the colors in the bridal party and from the natural beauty of Union Hill! One of my roommates from college helped us mix dough — in our wedding colors — for over 400 cookies that we personalized with Williams Sonoma’s Message in a Cookie cookie cutter set. We also had table favors that were mini pinatas that were filled with candy. Each had a table marker with a picture and description of a place Jeremiah and I have traveled to in the past so our guests could get to know us and our love of traveling a little better. The best part was that we had so many of our dear friends and practically all of our family members in attendance! Some people we hadn’t seen in years were there, and it was so heartwarming to share our special day with all of them!
Wedding Photograhy: Susan Yee of En Pointe Photography / Wedding Venue: Union Hill Inn in Sonora, California / Event Hosts: Barbara and Don Stutzman of Union Hill Inn / Wedding Coordination: Terri Neher of Events Extraordinaire / Officiant: Dr. Tim Blecha / Wedding Cinematography: Manyip Li and Betty Lee of Ipomoea Films / Catering: Bob Morales of Sierra City + Kendra & Nathan Stuffelbeam of The Pie Place / Wedding Cake: Alicia Hartle of Alicia’s Sugar Shack / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Rentals: Porter Rents / Transportation: LinkLine Bus Charters & Tours / Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini / Hair: Melanie of Style Associates / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Their Choice / Men’s Ties: Ties-Necktie