Unobstructed views of the Crane Ridge mountain range swathed in golden sunlight set the perfect scene for this timeless fall wedding just outside of the small town of Winters, California captured by WHITNEY NICHOLS PHOTOGRAPHY. Artist Katie Kukulka, and her groom Nicholas set to work crafting an exquisite affair on the magical ten acre estate of Park Winters. Fueled by the mood and colours of a bygone era, Katie drew her inspiration from a range of historic quintessentials. Nods to antiquity began with the Victorian moods and colours of Jane Eyre and continued on to the Edwardian fashion and florals of Downton Abbey. Tapered candles, trailing eucalyptus, and manicured garden lawns set the tone for this faded ivory and neutral toned wedding. Intricate detailing added further interest to the brides ivory "Aspen" gown by JENNY PACKHAM. This dress features a silk button and lace back, delicate capped sleeves, and silk chiffon train. Paired with a silk tulle cathedral veil and her antique Georgian diamond engagement ring, Katie encapsulated the vision of a timeless bride.
Gorgeous bride Katie shares with us, "Our venue was a house a few miles outside of our hometown that we discovered one day driving through the countryside. It had been neglected for years but preserved thanks to that neglect. We fantasized about living there someday. Years later when we were searching for a wedding venue we saw 'our' house had been renovated and was available for events. We thought, if we can't own it we can at least rent it and pretend we do for a day." The 6000 sq. ft. Victorian mansion was so detailed and authentic that it made capturing all of the inside portraits and finer details a grand experience. The bride herself crafted the stunning floral arrangements, including two bouquets for herself, with a variety of locally sourced stems from the San Francisco Flower Market. Ivory garden roses, blush dahlias, delicate lisianthus, hellebore, anemones, hydrangea, and queen annes lace complimented the neutral colour scheme desired.
"For our ceremony we created a simple, elegant, Victorian inspired backyard affair. Nothing over the top or extravagant." The ceremony site was further decorated with white pumpkins as a subtle nod to the fall season. With a shared love for antique photographic processes, the bride and photographer made sure to set aside enough time for portraits to be taken with an 8x10 Deardorff view camera, creating exquisite black and white film portraits much like those taken during the same era the mansion was first built. The reception was hosted inside the barn on the estate property, welcoming guests inside its double French doors to a candlelit dinner. Outside on the terrace, a string quartet filled the warm evening air while guests mingled underneath the romantic cafe lights strung between the trees. The atmosphere set by the estate suggested to all those in attendance that they had truly taken a step back in time to celebrate this elegant fall wedding.