Sacred Mountain Julian
I want to start this off by gushing about all the love I have for Sacred Mountain Julian. This venue has been on my dream list for a while, and it’s for good reason. Ellie and Adam were originally supposed to have their big wedding here in July. But, like most 2020 wedding couples, they had to postponed the big celebration to next year. So, they decided on a Sacred Mountain Julian micro-wedding!
Sacred Mountain Julian was so kind as to still let Ellie and Adam host their micro-wedding here on their original wedding date. Surrounded by only their most immediate family members, they said “I do” in the venue’s secret garden before taking golden hour sunset photos on the bluffs.
The Start of the Micro-Wedding
Ellie began her getting ready process at Sacred Mountain Julian’s on-site honeymoon suite, the most gorgeous little cabin you’ll ever see. Her bridesmaids weren’t able to physically be present on her micro-wedding day, but she made sure to set up a group Zoom call so they could all be together before her wedding officially began.
Adam began his getting ready process at Sacred Mountain Julian‘s Meadow House, just a few steps down the road from the honeymoon suite. Both of the families were staying together at the Meadow House that evening, so it was packed to the brim with suitcases and snacks when I arrived. After snapping a few quick boutonniere photos, we hopped in a golf cart to drive to the first look location.
Adam and Ellie saw each other for the first time that day in front of the Old Rustic Barn’s doors, a charming and elegant cabin with the most beautiful scenic views of the property. I cannot tell you how hard it was to hold back tears during their first look. I have never seen two people so stoked out of their minds to marry each other (and that’s saying a lot ’cause most people are pretty stoked to get married).
Adam and Ellie walked each other down the aisle for their wedding ceremony in the Secret Garden. Ellie and Adam read personal vows to each other, and the ceremony was officiated by Ellie’s dad. It was a short and sweet ceremony that ended with a long kiss, followed by lots of energetic celebrations.
After the Micro-Wedding Ceremony
After the ceremony, we took a few photos with family members before driving the golf cart up to the bluffs. There, we took in the sunset and shot some beautiful golden hour photos as the sun dipped below the mountain ridges. Ellie and Adam’s energy was contagious. I almost forgot to stop shooting until I realized how dark it was.
After driving the golf cart back down to their reception location, Ellie and Adam shared a first dance with each other to a Taylor Swift song. If you knew Ellie, you’d know how fitting this was.
Their moms then shared a toast together before a delicious dinner from Julian Beer Co. was served. It was day full-to-the-brim with joy, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to celebrate Ellie and Adam again next year at Sacred Mountain Julian!
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