Hayley and Trey are lucky enough to live in the magical mountains of Nevada City, where they walk the trails through the forest surrounding their home. Early after moving in, Hayley happened upon Harmony Ridge Lodge on one of her walks. When it came time to choosing a wedding venue, HRL immediately came to mind as the perfect spot to say their vows and have their family and friends join them right there in their new hometown… soon to be hometown of their little one.
We love Nevada City and and super love the Harmony Ridge Lodge, where we are preferred vendors, and also where we photographed this 2017 summer wedding. When I saw there was likely going to be snow, I was both nervous and excited. The outdoor ceremony spot, with it’s wooden arbor, is one of my favorites, and I was admittedly a little crushed when I heard the official word a few days before the wedding that the ceremony would take place indoors.
When I arrived that morning in the middle of a light snow flurry and walked inside the Lodge, my jaw hit the ground. The staff did such a fabulous job of re-arranging the entire space and the setting was so beautiful and perfectly cozy, too. There was a feeling of being in an intimate wood cabin, fireplace and all, surrounded by snow-capped trees.
The interior was also brought to life by flowers from Foothill Flowers and the vibrant food art put together by Feast & Gather. Now, I’ve never called catering food art before, but they put together such a rich and colorful display, from the cheese table to the family style plates passed around the table… those photos alone are worth checking out below!
Jordan from J Crew Productions made sure everything ran smoothly, from the music to letting the guests know when and where they needed to be. He was a breeze to work with and even made my job easier (and more fun, too); definitely a good guy/DJ to have around.
But the best part of the day was seeing the love between Hayley and Trey. They opted out of a First Look and saw each other for the first time as she walked down the aisle; such a sweet moment. My favorite thing I learned about them during their toasts was that Trey “found a girl who could work on her own motorcycle.” I think that’s super rad and love that they share that passion.
It was a beautiful day all around, and I am so thankful they were willing to roam about for some photographs in the winter wonderland. I am very grateful to have shared in and photographed this special day.