I always get excited every time someone mentions a camping trip. It brings back memories when I used to be a Boy Scout and ran around the woods. Plus, the change of scenery from the city is always a breath of fresh air. Jessica and Max are two high adventure lovers who would rather escape in the woods more than anything. What better way of hosting their destination wedding than in a forest! Jessica and Max hosted their destination wedding at a beautiful venue in the deep forest of Idyllwild. The ironic thing about this wedding was that prior to their preparations, they each took a brisk 10+ mile hike! Once the two of them returned from their short adventure, Danny and I started their photography session. Simplicity was what they aimed for in this wedding, which they planned successfully. Jessica and her ladies handmade all the details for the wedding from the center pieces to the actual napkins and tablecloths! That was definitely a nice touch for this wedding. Their destination wedding in Idyllwild consisted of only the closest of family and friends (about 30 in total). Enough details, check out their wedding photographs from Idyllwild!
Rainbow Inn on Strawberry Creek
54420 South Circle Dr
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Jessica and her ladies prepped up
I thought this shirt said so much about these two, so I just had to include this photograph in their wedding. Jessica and Max both got their PhD in physics. Another unique part of this wedding was that Max wore a kilt to represent his Scottish side. Either way, that made their wedding photography session so much more unique.
This was a touching wedding photo when Jessica’s mother did the final touches before they all walked down the aisle.
Check out their simple, yet beautiful, wedding overview from the balcony. While Jessica and Max waited in their designated rooms, Danny and I had the opportunity to snap a few photos of their wedding hall and details before the actual wedding ceremony commenced.
This wedding setup was so cute! I specifically loved the banners that hung around the parameter. Jessica actually stitched each and every one!
A kiss to seal the deal and end the wedding ceremony!
Family photo session! Everyone was dressed with so much vibrant colors, which definitely created such an awesome photo addition to their wedding memories.
With some spare time before the reception, Jessica and Max had their wedding photography session taken with all the greens and nature for us to use at our leisure. Our wedding photography session was a brisk hike around the hillside and a short hop around a couple streams. =)
While Jessica and Max were out for their wedding photography session, their wedding guests had plenty of games to play while they waited for their food! When was the last time you played bean bags?!
Sorry, princess. You might have to wait a few more years before you can taste that bottle.
While the wedding guests all sat down and enjoyed a home cooked meal provided by this lovely venue, Jessica and Max made a wonderful speech and thanked everyone for their journey up the mountain to their intimate destination wedding.
For their adventurous honeymoon, they planned to conquer Mt. Whitney (a mountain that defeated my friends and me a couple years back) to kick start their lovely marriage. As a present from their wedding guests, they made a flag to mount once they reach the summit. Good luck on that battle!
To wrap up this destination wedding photography blog, I thought this photo during the wedding reception was a nice touch. Although Max is fearless in any high adventure, he somehow has a fear of babies. The impression on both Jessica and Max’s faces were priceless. I actually have a large printout of this wedding photo mounted on the wall of my studio to share with all my visitors.
Congratulations again to the both of you. Good luck on your conquest to Mt. Whitney because you will need it! It was definitely a pleasure to be your wedding photographers.
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P.S. – Since Danny and I were up in the mountains, we sat outside and enjoyed the entire blanket of stars after we clocked out. It would have made an amazing photo…but I was too lazy to take my camera out of the trunk.