They say rain is good luck on your wedding day and Fawn and Greg got real lucky! But a little rain could not stop the happiness of their special day. They chose the beautiful Historic Grand Island Mansion located in Walnut Grove. Surounded by the California Delta, you can see where the building gets it’s name. With it sprinkling just a little bit they were able to have the tea ceremony out in the garden as originally planned. I’ve done many a tea ceremony and this one was extra fun because of the games that were held before hand. I had never seen this done before and it was a great time of fun and laughter as the groom and his guys try to break in to get to his girl. But lo’ and behold the mighty bridesmaids had other plans as the groom would need to get pass them and several challenges to see his lovely bride. Fawn was serenaded by her man, he was forced to get very close with his friends with fruit nonetheless, and blind folded to win his way in to the mansion to Fawn. It was a great way to start the day and to lead in to the actual tea ceremony.
Later they would be forced to make the decision of having the western ceremony inside because the rain started coming down more then just sprinkles. But Fawn and Greg went with the flow and was just happy to be getting married. I loved hearing the stories of their courtship together and how long it actually was. They out did themselves with some wonderful details from the cake topper, to the kids toys at the tables, and of course the ever famous none stop fun of the photo booth. (Below is one of my favorite family photos ever taken at a wedding). But even with the rain still falling lightly they were determined to light off their sparklers and the floating lanterns at the end of the night. I have to admit it was one of my favorite parts of the day. One of the many reasons was because I heard no complaining that it was raining from anyone. So many guest got out there and gave their best efforts to help Fawn and Greg celebrate their wedding day. I love the reactions of everyone’s faces from the sparklers to getting the lift off of their lantern. It was a magical, whimsical, and memorable ending to a beautiful rainy day. This was the last wedding I photographed in 2011 and it was an amazing way to end the wedding season. I was so honored they chose me to photograph their day. Enjoy the photos below of their amazing day and don’t forget to leave a little note or story so they know you were here.