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I fell in love with the Dawn Ranch Lodge the first time I saw it. Its rustic wooden cabins, spacious meadows, beautiful river, and tall Redwoods give out a beautiful relaxed vibe. The highlight of the property for me, however, was an apple orchard with beautifully old apple trees just covered in fruit. I was in love and Dawn Ranch was actually one of our own top two venue choices. Making the decision was painful, we had to make a long list of all the pluses and minuses of both venues and talked, talked, talked… We ended up booking the second venue, mostly because of how tiny our wedding is going to be – we didn’t want guests getting lost on the huge property! :) Right when I was all sad about not having a Dawn Ranch wedding we got a call from Stephanie and Tom. They were super sweet, getting married a month before us, and Stephanie’s vision for her wedding was almost a complete match of ours. Aaaand… they were getting married at Dawn Ranch! This immediately made me feel so much better, almost like I’d be able to have two weddings :)

So we’ve been looking towards Stephanie and Tom’s Dawn Ranch wedding for a long time and these guys exceeded all of our expectations! Their day was so beautiful, full of love and warmth. You could tell that Stephanie worked super hard and thought of every single detail to make the wedding theirs – from a custom made ring plate to the most beautiful and touching ceremony I’ve ever heard – the day was planned flawlessly.

Steph and Tom, you guys were such an inspiration for us, thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Here are a few of our favorites:

Stephanie's portrait at Dawn Ranch

Wedding Preparations at Dawn Ranch Lodge

Details and Wedding Preparations

Stephanie and Tom’s First Look was so sweet:

First Look at a Dawn Ranch Wedding

Bride and Groom at a Dawn Ranch Lodge Wedding

Meadow portrait at Dawn Ranch in Guerneville

Bouquets of Flowers

Wedding Rings at Dawn Ranch

Wedding Ceremony photo at Dawn Ranch

Portrait of Bride at a Dawn Ranch Wedding

The gorgeous meadow at Dawn Ranch:

Dawn Ranch Lodge Wedding

Playing on the Meadow with Parasols

Tears and laughter during the toasts:

Reception at the Apple Orchard at a Dawn Ranch Lodge Wedding

Twilight Reception Wedding Photo

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge
Hair: Stella Stevens
DJ: Patrick Numair
Florals: Lila B
Catering: Dawn Ranch Lodge
Wedding Coordinator: Erica Becks
Ceremony Music: John Chapman
Cocktail Hour Band: Russian River Ramblers
Jewelry: Yael Designs
Lighting Company: The Lux Productions

To see one more gorgeous Dawn Ranch Lodge wedding photographed by Choco Studio visit Dawn Ranch Lodge Wedding Photos

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.