Weston and Mallori called us last winter to shoot their wedding reception at Hayden Cabin in Mammoth and we knew immediately it was going to be a nice change to the summer wedding schedule.
Weston lives in Truckee and is an awesome photographer and videographer. He studied video in school at Santa Cruz and in turn, hangs out with a lot of other like-minded people. So the plan was to have some of his friends and family shoot the wedding ceremony and then bring me in to shoot the reception.That way, the wedding party could do just that, party it up, during the reception.
It was a fantastic idea that was executed perfectly.
Along with Miguel, my second shooter that night, we arrived early and captured a lot of the details. Mallori had clearly spent countless hours designing the day to be just as she imagined and as you’ll know if you follow the blog much, we take a lot of pride in capturing those details in a way that the bride and groom will never forget.
We’ve shot s few weddings at Hayden Cabin, but the layout they chose gave me a whole new perspective on weddings there. It really is one of the coolest, most intimate spots to be married in the Eastern Sierra. The exclamation point is that it’s surrounded by wide-open vistas of Mammoth Mountain, the Sherwins and the White Mountains.
After their entrance on a DIY tandem bike (that they finished building not long before the ceremony), we jammed out to the meadow for some big group shots near the Sherwin Meadows ranch. After that, Miguel and I threw them in the car and went up towards Sherwin Creek Road for some sunset shots of just Weston and Mallori. We’ve done a few of these sunset shots close by and it’s a vista that never fails to impress.
After the portraits, we went back to party it up and enjoy the dance floor and DJ. The biggest surprise of the evening happened later with the couple’s choreographed dance.
A lot of couples are doing these this summer and they’ve all been fantastic, but this one was the most impressive of the bunch. It was a country-swing dance they spent several weeks learning. The acrobatics and athleticism (seriously, Dancing with the Stars-type moves) were outrageous. Everyone at the party crowded the dance floor to take it in, wide-eyed and in awe. It was incredible.
It was another of the coolest couples we’ve shot, even if we say that every week. This area attracts amazing people and I don’t think that’s going to change at all this summer.
I’m off now to shoot Kathy and Will’s wedding at Forest Chapel, then up the Mammoth Mountain Gondola to Parallax. Josh is in Tahoe today shooting Kara and Neil. We’ll have a lot to post from the weekend soon, as well as from Ali and Joe’s amazing wedding last weekend in Reno. Tomorrow we’re off to Quincy, in Northern California, to keep the tour going. Come back soon.