A Natural, Rustic Wedding at Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, California
Accents of lace, burlap and wood, combined with the natural surroundings of greenery, tall trees and mountains, served as a strong foundation for this country-chic wedding theme. With an amazing backdrop and a charming vibe, Raquel Rodriguez (28 and a sales accountant executive) and Sean Gruver (34 and a consultant) fell in love with the Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, California, for their outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. Details throughout the wedding day followed the muted pastels color palette of pink, mint, lavender and white, ranging from the variety of bridesmaid dress hues to the rose bouquets accented with dusty miller and the traditional wedding cake accented with flowers. The couple added no decor to the outdoor ceremony besides the hanging-ivory hydrangea arrangements lining the aisle, focusing on the natural elements with a gorgeous backdrop of the Sierras that was captured by BluElla Photography. The reception was held inside the three-level lodge on the property: The middle floor was the dining hall, the top floor served as the game room and dance floor, and the bottom floor reserved for the after-party. Dining tables were dressed in plum-colored linens and set with gold plates, which surrounded the centerpieces of carnations, roses, peonies and veronica placed on wooden slabs and arranged by Galeazi's Floral Designs. We got to see a fun side of the couple through their wedding favors, which were neon-colored sunglasses that guests could use throughout the night filled with drinks, dancing and laughter. "Our wedding favor was neon sunglasses, so our guests were definitely ready to party and have a good time," Raquel says. "The lodge also provided funny hats for all the guests to wear and we provided other costume accessories such as boas, masks, glow bracelets and necklaces. Sean and I really wanted to make sure our guests had fun, most of all."