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Nadine & Arno: Riverside Wedding

Sonoma County, CA

February 8th, 2012

It’s pretty rare for me to kick off a wedding with photos of the reception before anything else, but when the bride and groom kick off the reception with a blindfold and a pinata, I feel I have no other choice! Nadine and Arno held their wedding and reception at Dawn Ranch Lodge, a charming “summer camp” resort on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA. I first spotted this wedding on 100 Layer Cake and couldn’t decide what I loved more; the perfect photography (thanks to Jesse Leake, the charming venue, the bride’s Vera Wang with the gorgeous ruffles along the bottom, or the playful spirit of the bride and groom. Usually I’m drawn to one particular element of a wedding. But this time, they were competing equally for my attention. So I decided they all win.I absolutely love the idea of having dinner in an orchard. The flowers and decorated dining tables fit the location beautifully. Have you ever seen a better father-daughter dance? Me neither.And as if the Russian River wasn’t enough water for this wedding, there was this classic swimming pool flanked with cute guest cottages.  I can’t get enough of this nostalgic location. Makes me want to float for hours in an inner tube and see a drive-in movie with my pajamas on in the back of an old station wagon.  Nadine and Arno had a great vision for their wedding and it was executed brilliantly.  Once again, wish I’d been a guest at this one!