Crystal Springs Golf Course Wedding Photography
Donna & Octavio’s gorgeous, mountain view wedding
“Being honest with your partner is just as important as being honest with yourself. Don’t hold back any feelings, whether they are good or bad. Share with each other and communicate!”
Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.
I knew for our wedding I wanted to keep a rustic, garden-like theme. My all time favorite color is green and I definitely wanted to incorporate that color in some way. I decided to go with a dark hunter green color and compliment that with lighter colors, which was peach and cream, and gold as an accent color. Having greenery and foliage was something I knew was a must. I love the look of green leaves on its own but adding florals to the greenery just makes it that much more beautiful. To keep with the wedding theme, I requested for any type of floral, as long as they were peach and cream. Succulents recently became one of my favorites and I knew my florals for the wedding had to have that! We had these added to the boutonnières and the bride bouquet. To keep with the simplicity of my wedding dress, I decided to go for little white flowers and green leaves in my hair. For the centerpiece, I loved the idea of the gold geometric terrarium surrounded by a wreath of eucalyptus and peach and cream florals. The ceremony backdrop was a DIY project I did on my own, and I decided to keep it simple with just hanging leaves and the twinkling lights. There were many things we DIY’d that I felt like we had a little personalization everywhere throughout the wedding. One of our favorites was a tribute table to my late grandmother and his late father. I loved the idea that we got to honor them in a small way and feel like they were there with us on our special day. Another favorite of ours was the kids activity book. With our big families joining together, we knew there were going to be kids who needed something to keep busy. We were glad to hear that all the kids enjoyed coloring and doing puzzles. Plus, I was able to take home some of the amazing artwork that the kids decided to give us at the end of the night! We also rented a photo booth and I think that was a hit with the guests! I loved the idea that everyone got to be silly and being able to see those photos at the end of the night was priceless. Octavio left it up to me to decide what he would wear, as he knew I would’ve wanted it a certain way. Of course, I did! To go along with the wedding theme and because it’s my favorite color, I wanted his suit to be a dark green suit. It was actually pretty difficult to find but we found one and it looked great on him! We went with an ivory paisley tie to match my dress and brown leather shoes to compliment the green. As for me, I knew that I didn’t want a big, puffy dress. I wanted something simple, flowy, and easy to move around in, yet still elegant. I tried out quite a few styles and finally found THE ONE! The chiffon was light and airy and the delicate beads and embellishments on the top balanced out the simplicity of the bottom and made it so beautiful. I decided to keep my shoes simple and went for comfortability with brown leather heels. Octavio and I met on opposite sides of the front desk where I worked as a receptionist and he was a vendor who came in for frequent follow ups on his product. Our conversations started off on a very professional level. We said hello, he signed in, I gave him a visitor badge, and we said goodbye on his way out. It slowly turned into more personal discussions and silly jokes. And that lead to passing notes to each other and phone calls and dates. We connected in so many ways, whether it was food, movies, art, video games or sense of humor. We never had a dull moment together. It took him almost a year to finally ask me out, but he was definitely worth the wait! Our love for Japanese animation was one reason that lead to the place where he proposed. We were dating for a little over two years at this point and were living together for almost a year. My birthday was coming up and he asked me what I wanted to do. One of our favorite Japanese animation film was called Spirited Away and I had heard of a place in Lake Tahoe that had an underwater railroad track just like in the movie so I said I wanted to go to Lake Tahoe and try to find this railroad track. He said ok and the weekend of my birthday we took a trip out to Lake Tahoe. We pinpointed the location based on some research we did but due to the rise of the water at the lake, we couldn’t see the railroad track as clearly but nevertheless, we did find it. He told me to just take a picture here so we can say we found it but little did I know that he set up the camera for recording and surprised me down on one knee with the ring! I will never forget that day. The sun was shining, the water was beautiful, and it was only us that morning out on the lake. It really felt like it was “our” moment. My most anticipated moments of our wedding day were the first look and reading my vows. Seeing him for the first time that day and his reaction to seeing me was something I will never forget. Once I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around, it brought me to tears as I knew we were only a few minutes away from being together for the rest of our lives. Octavio was looking forward to having that alone time with me to take in the moment as husband and wife, with nobody watching and nobody waiting. After the entire ceremony and reception, seeing everyone have fun and enjoying themselves, we were able to catch a few moments alone after the wedding to take in everything.