A Summer Lodge Wedding at Dawn Ranch
April 19, 2014
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Believe me I tried to cram so much goodness into this little post. From the gobs of adorable images by Sonya Yruel to those striped linens (holy moly those are good) to the impossibly bright blooms by Poppy Stone Designs. It's all jam-packed in here and the result is summer camp fun with a dash of best wedding ever. Have a look here for even more.
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From the Bride... We wanted to honor the marriages within our family, so we created a wedding photo montage on the ivy wall adjacent to our reception. We also put together welcome bags for our cabin guests, including water, trail mix and an almond joy, the candy that the engagement ring was in during our proposal.

Each table setting had a pear with the guest’s name tag. Ryan’s family has a connection to the produce industry and the reception took place in an orchard, so it only made sense to use fruit as an accent and pop of color on the black and white striped tables.

Our Interfaith Jewish ceremony celebrated both of our families’ beliefs. It was performed by Rabbi Gershon, who blended Jewish traditions, performing the seven blessings under a chuppah while also allowing us to share personal vows and light a unity candle. Our chuppah was made from Ryan’s great grandmother’s lace table cloth and birch tree branches. The Ketubah ceremony, traditionally done among the immediate family, was performed at the ceremony in front of all our guests. We wanted to share that special moment and also to make sure we didn’t see each other before walking down the aisle.

The highlight of the wedding was the Hora, otherwise known as the chair dance. People start forming circles and dancing, then the chairs came out! We were hoisted up and down, supported below our friends and family. Our parents and sisters also got turns. It was a lot of fun and brought everyone to the dance floor.

Our wedding was a weekend full of wonderful memories. It was a time to celebrate with friends and family by the Russian River: enjoy roasting s’mores by the bonfire, visiting the taco truck, hiking amongst the redwoods, and floating down the river.