Crooked Willow Farms in Larkspur is a beautifully, rustic yet upscale wedding venue. The red barn, white fence and mountain views are just idyllic.
Nicole Cruze with Ashley Nicole Events created a lovely wedding ceremony and reception that dripped with flowers created by Newberry Brothers. Elyse had her hair and makeup done by Bisou Beauty out of Denver.
Elyse and Cameron chose to forgo a first look, and instead did bridesmaid, groomsmen and bridal portraits before the ceremony. Elyse walked with her father, as the groom, Cameron, wiped away tears. Guests rose to their feet to watch them make their way across the yard, and down a white flower petal aisle to a floral archway.
Cameron and Elyse laughed and cried throughout the ceremony, especially when Cameron had a hard time getting his ring on! The bridesmaids looked beautiful standing in their purple-grey and lilac floor-length bridesmaid dresses, the groomsmen in fitted grey suits.
At the end of their ceremony, they locked up a bottle of wine and letters to one another to open at their first year anniversary. I snuck to the back, behind the couple to capture a different view of their first kiss.
After their ceremony, we completed family portraits and then took wedding portraits near the fountain, white fence, red barn and at sunset, near the lake. Cocktail hour was held outside in the courtyard area. Guests gathered around outside in a circle as the bridal party was introduced, and then the bride and groom entered and began their first dance right away. They twirled and dipped and did their first dance outside as guests surrounded them. Elyse then danced with her father, and Cameron with his mom.
Everyone was then invited inside to begin the wedding reception. The wedding party sat at a long farmhouse table. Blush pink, purple and white lowers adorned every table, some high, some low. Their wedding cake was beautifully made by The Makery. Live music set the tone for the night and made their wedding reception a true party.
We escaped from the party for a short time during the reception to do some nighttime wedding portraits. Elyse and Cameron stood in the barn door as the twinkle lights glowed in the trees and dusk set a purple tone to the sky.
Guests ended the night with fried doughnuts (YUM!) and s’mores around the outside fire, and, of course, with more dancing.