Judith + Kaydin || Santa Cruz Personal Home Wedding
Judith and Kaydin’s wedding was one I have been secretly hoping for. They are close friends with Katie Monroe, my friend and photography mentor. I photographed weddings for at least three couples within their friend group, so I’ve seen them rocking the dance floor and so deep in love for the past couple of years. I was so hoping they’d ask me to photograph their wedding because I knew it would be so unique and full of their quirky energy. I was so right.
They were fortunate enough to use Kaydin’s mother’s property in the Santa Cruz mountains for their wedding day. It effortlessly fit over 200 guests who were all beaming with joy to support them. When I arrived to the property I was met with a huge smile from Kaydin’s aunt who was designing floral arrangements while the family dogs meandered around her. I had no idea who she was at that point in the day, but she hugged me like I was family. The entire vibe around the space was that this unity was fully supported by family and friends. The bridesmaids were arranging the blooms for their bouquets, creating a unique look for each. Extended family members carried in plates of sweet treats for the dessert table, announcing it was so-and-so’s secret recipe. This relationship had been built over ten years and people were stoked for this day to finally arrive. There were more bustling people than bees in the garden. It was a perfect day.
Kaydin got ready at the nearby hotel, the Brookdale Lodge (which I am only now finding out is HAUNTED?! Why did no one tell me?!). I love how the orange and coral tones of the wedding popped up even at the hotel. Kaydin wore a beautiful orange and red floral tie while the guys rocked some coral bow ties with their tan summer suits. The huge James Dean mural at the side of the hotel gave us a perfect spot for some awesome groomsmen portraits.
Judith got ready on the property, in a private wooded area next to the house. When I arrived, her nails were being painted a sparkly gold. Can we talk about how chill she must have been to get her nails painted the morning of her wedding? Respect.
Anyway, this gorgeous outdoor space was decorated with hanging mirrors, a bathtub full of flowers, and a variety of furniture pieces to give the area the perfect amount of whimsy. All of Judith’s friends were getting ready around her, making bouquets and snacking on fancy cheeses. When she put on her dress, they responded with whoops of delight and tears of joy. She posed and grinned as her dearest friends helped her with her jewelry.
The garden was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony. The audience was packed with people, a lot even standing in the back. Friends and family read 7 blessings, and even the dogs watched and meandered throughout.
The day was full of delicious food, great music, and abundant laughter. Judith and Kaydin have a love that is bold and beautiful, and supported by a massive amount of friends and family. I loved being a part of their wedding and laughing alongside them on one of the happiest days of their lives.
Venue // Private home in the mountains of Santa Cruz • Florals // blooms from UCSC + designed by family • Coordinator // Events with Miranda • Catering // Comestible Catering • Desserts // Comestible Catering and family recipes • Band // Harry and the Hitmen • Hair/Makeup artist // Sophia Simoneaux • Dress // Mikaella Bridal • Suits // Generation Tux • Paper goods // Vista Print