Mr. + Mrs. Josh Villasenor
June 15th, 2018 | The Maples | Woodland, Ca.
It was a sunny and windy morning at the Maples in Woodland but that did not stop us from getting all the shots we wanted but before the day even started I knew we were in for something special.
In my 8 years of doing wedding photography I have worked with two wedding coordinators and let me tell you...it makes ALL the difference. I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Jennifer Tan and her team at Tan Weddings and Events. WOW, is the best word I can give you. They knocked my 3 keys for business...Quality, Professional and Personable out of the park. I wish I could work with them every wedding. The wedding day was smooth, stress free, gorgeous and over all darn near perfect. I was checked in with, taken care of and communicated with the whole time...all I can say is working with a team like Jennifer has built makes you step up your game for sure.
The Maples is a stunning venue that was built with the bride, groom and vendors in mind. It is truly a dream come true...I can honestly say it is a venue that did it right. There is a bridal suite, a groom suite, an industrial kitchen, an additional kitchen for the bridal party, a meeting room and tons of natural light plus clean, beautiful bathrooms. All of these amenities are centrally located which makes it super convenient too. The landscape is so whimsical, huge olive trees welcome you as you drive in and the heart of the venue has an old Spanish feel that just takes you to another world. There are multiple locations to have your wedding here. Josh and Alex chose this huge tree that gave so much shade to their guests and was also stunning.
After getting some shots of the venue we stopped in to get some of my favorite pictures Bridal Prep. Alex bought her stunning dress from AE Bridal in Yuba City, Ca. Her dress was complimented by her perfect choice of updo made possible by the ever so sweet, professional and talented Michelle DeeAnn.
Josh + Alex chose to do a first look before we kicked off additional pictures. It was so beautiful!
We kicked off the party with some champagne and bridal party pictures!
At this point in the day I was so excited for the wedding. I couldn't believe how amazing this venue was, how beautiful Alex looked in her dress and I kept thinking how could this get better? WELL IT DOES!
Lonnie + I were truly spoiled at this wedding from the time we booked with Alex + Josh to even now as we finalize their video the communication and outpouring of professionalism has been unbelievable. We worked with some top notch vendors and I will credit Tan Weddings and The Maples for bringing this all to life. The wedding was catered by Anderson Family Catering and the whole staff was so friendly but the food was equally amazing. I have only eaten at a wedding 3 times in my whole 8 years of shooting weddings. Why? I am scared I am going to miss something. Unfortunately some DJ's move on to the next segment before checking with anyone so I have walked in half way into speeches after I have been given a schedule of events. I was scared to sit down and eat at this wedding but every vendor that we worked with that day reassured me that they would come get me before anything moved forward, almost had to force a plate in my hand.
BRIDES, listen. Hire professionals, talk to your vendors to see how long they have been doing what they say they love to do. We want to be a team for YOU and make your day flow and stress free. We also know that you didn't put out all this money to just celebrate in the moment but to remember it for many many many years to come. You want pictures and videos to show your kids and we don't want to miss anything. Josh and Alex were in the cutest love bubble and they could remain in it because everything was taken care of. It puts everyone at ease when you feel like a team.
We came back from our dinner and did all of the main events before whisking the bride and groom off for some sunset pictures. One of my new favorite things to do. Usually I would try to build the schedule around it to make sure we have it but adding it in is easy as long as all our vendors work together.
It was a perfect day. I am so thankful and honored to have been a part of this. Josh and Alex two so sweet and loving people with the family to match. I cried twice during this wedding! We are so excited for everything that is coming their way! Thank you both from the bottom of our hearts for trusting us and inviting us to spend your day with you.
Please see our vendors list below to get in contact with any of these amazing folks!
Photography: Ashton Imagery
Planning, Design, Florals, Coordination: Tan Weddings & Events
Venue: The Maples Wedding and Event Center
Catering & Bar: Anderson Family Catering & BBQ
DJ & Lighting: Deborba Events
Rentals: Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals
HMUA: Michele DeeAnn Makeup Studio
Cake: Sweet Sensations
Party Rentals: Standard Party Rentals