From the moment I met Shannon, I knew her wedding would be stylish and unique. Shannon and Will got married at the Sequoyah Country Club in the Oakland Hills. A bay area couple, this was the perfect, local backdrop to their old Hollywood glamour style. Shannon wore a vintage dress she found at Happy Isles Salon in Los Angeles and had it tailored by TailorMaid SF. She had her hair and makeup was done by Salt Spell Beauty which wrapped her old Hollywood look together flawlessly. Will wore Klein Epstein Parker suit with Gucci loafers. It was a rainy winter day so the whole wedding ceremony and reception were hosted indoors in the gorgeous historic Sequoyah dining hall.
The couple kept their ceremony simple and danced the night away to the incredible Primo Pitino. Emily from Heart Throb Weddings took care of every last detail and the wedding was a perfect celebration.
Oakland Studio Bridal Portrait.
The wedding day can go by in a flash. Sometimes it’s nice to slow down and take some solo photographs before the big day. Bridal portraits are wonderful for several reasons. You can give yourself a chance to get more comfortable with your photographer, and with being in front of a camera. It will give you a chance to create a different vibe and get more gorgeous photos of you in your dress you so thoughtfully picked out for your wedding. And lastly you can use the occasion to do your hair and makeup trials and see if you like the way everything photographs. And lastly because they are fun.
Shannon and I met up a few weeks before her wedding and did a simple bridal portrait shoot in OMA studios located in Oakland. She had found this wedding dress at a thrift store but ended up deciding to wear a different one for her wedding day. She still loved this dress and wanted some photographs of her in this one as well.
We followed typed directions up a dirt road from Helena to the Black Mountain Lodge, where the bridal party had been staying for a couple of days before the wedding. Far from cell service and surrounded by National Forest stand a group of cabins that belong to the Hannon Family, distant cousins of Cooper’s family. The late Northern light danced on the lilting grass and wildflowers around the cabins.
It felt like stepping back in time. The whole wedding felt like stepping back in time. Or back into the Western imagination. In a cattle pasture outside of Helena, we witnessed a beautiful melding of cultures and families~ the groom- basically cowboy royalty, the bride a California artist. From the “Buddhish” ceremony under a chuppah and the signing of the ketubah to the anvil firing (look it up, it’s crazy), to a performance by a pop star, to dancing the hora on hay bales, we’ve never seen anything so beautiful and so deeply American.
Cooper and Ashley are at the nexus of two incredible families and surrounded by the most amazing group of talented friends, some are Artists and some are Ranchers and all came together for this incredible event. Talk about a Western style wedding? This was Authentic with a capital “A”. From bolo ties to apple pies, this was about as Montana of a Wedding you could get and everything felt so incredibly honest. They even had an assortment of bug spray- from organic to deet.
We could tell you more about how much we love Montana (and we do), but I don’t think we’ll ever get as close to the roots of it as we did with participating in this wedding. Hope you enjoy the photos!
Planning : Off the Beaten Path
Florals : Delisa Hiel
Hair and Makeup : Celeste- Beauty Operator
Matt and Daniela’s Berkeley Botanical Wedding.