We always talk about how much we love it when a couple chooses to see each other before the ceremony – it’s always an emotional and beautiful way to see each other for the first time in wedding clothes. Melissa and Arvin chose to see each other for the first time in a serene setting at the Hakone Estate and Gardens. Hakone Gardens are 13 acres of perfectly designed and manicured Japanese gardens in Saratoga. There’s incredible scenery behind each and every turn at this place: a picturesque wooden bridge, lush bamboo forest, ponds full of Koi fish, Zen gardens, and beautiful waterfalls. Hakone Gardens have almost limitless opportunities for pictures and Melissa and Arvin were awesome to work with. I’m pretty sure we could have photograph there forever, but eventually it was time to prepare for the ceremony :)
Melissa and Arvin’s ceremony and reception took place at another stunning venue – the Silver Creek Valley Country Club. I think it’s one of our all time favorite golf clubs for photographing a wedding. The Silver Creek Valley Club has everything you might want for a wedding – a waterfall backdrop for the ceremony, a beautiful ballroom with a marble dance floor, floor-to-ceiling windows for the reception, and an open terrace for the cocktail hour! The main clubhouse looks like an Italian villa and has stunning views of the golf course and the waterfall. Needless to say that this wedding was just beautiful, with a super sweet ceremony and a reception full of toasts, fun, and good times.
Here are some favorites from the day:
The ceremony setup for the Silver Creek Valley Country Club wedding was just breathtaking:
This shot was taken from the back of a moving golf cart on our way back to the reception hall:
This has to be one of the coolest and most hilarious cake toppers we’ve ever seen! Arvin is a great snowboarder and everyone at the wedding enjoyed this original wedding detail:
Congratulations to this awesome couple!!! We enjoyed being with you on this great day.
All the credit for the day goes to:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Silver Creek Valley Country Club
Wedding Coordinator: Janece Shelloe
Hair & Makeup: Athena U
DJ/Band: Big Fun DJs
Florals: Gingerleaf Floral
Catering: Silver Creek Valley Country Club