A Wedding in the Redwoods



My older daughter got married two weekends ago in a lovely ceremony in a California redwood forest. Some people expressed an interest when I mentioned it so I thought I’d tell a little about it. I’m afraid I was too busy to take pictures, so I only have a few my husband managed.

Wedding party

Instead of a church or any other formal venue, my daughter and her guy chose to have their wedding at a unique B&B where they’ve often stayed. It was the second marriage for both so they did it their own way. CJ had eloped the first time and wanted a real wedding complete with a gown and being given away by her father. Joe chose to wear a nice suit but no tie. Their attendants were their three daughters. And instead of a wedding cake, which she dislikes, CJ made brownies, cookies and tiny cheesecakes.




The original plan was to have the dinner and dancing outdoors on a large lawn and Joe strung lights around the area. Unfortunately, rain suddenly threatened (and actually did arrive–the first time the B&B ever had rain for a wedding) so everything was moved to the covered porch area. We all helped set up the tables and decorate. Our younger daughter who is a fantastic artist directed things and did a wonderful job.




Entry & stage2

Luckily the rain stopped by noon and the ceremony was able to go as planned. The bridal party stood on the porch and the guests gathered on the lawn to watch. The B&B’s little white dog decided to join the party, to everyone’s delight. And half way through the sun came out to smile on the couple. After pictures on the lawn we all adjourned to the wrap-around porch and a delicious catered meal.


First dance - making use of blanket

First dance – making use of blanket



The wedding was small–family and close friends–about 50 people in all. A very congenial group and lots of fun.

Dancing followed on the deck. Because of the possibility of inclement weather, CJ and Joe had chosen microfleece lap blankets as wedding favors. By evening, most of the people on the porch and deck were making good use of them. A lot of the guests were staying at a nearby B&B so the party didn’ t end early.

A somewhat unconventional wedding that fit the newlyweds perfectly.

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  1. Thanks for the account and the pictures. It sounds lovely!

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