Once my friend Amy acquired the historical Washington Hotel along the serene Stanislaus River with the goal of creating a riverfront wedding venue, I was absolutely captivated by the idea. The charming small mining town of Knights Ferry, California, with its gold rush history and vibrant spring wildflowers, made the perfect canvas for a picturesque wedding location. We knew this untouched countryside gem could be every bride’s dream, so we decided to plan a styled shoot to showcase its natural beauty and create a truly unforgettable experience.
Knights Ferry holds a captivating history dating back to the Gold Rush era, which adds to the charm of the shoot location. The Washington Hotel, a treasured historical gem with lush lawns and a picturesque riverfront, became the focal point of our creative journey. We gathered talented local vendors and a real couple deeply in love to curate a vibrant and joyful celebration that incorporated the latest colorful wedding trends.
Ursula looked radiant in her Martina Liana gown, style 1488, adding an enchanting touch to the shoot. With a captivating bouquet and stunning table arrangements, the scene came to life, showcasing a rustic and organic charm.
Using a real couple instead of models brought an undeniable romantic aura to the photos, making every moment genuine and heartfelt. One of my favorite moments was capturing the couple’s love in the beautiful Knights Ferry Recreation area with its breathtaking 360-views.
This styled shoot not only showcased colorful wedding trends but also highlighted the unique opportunity for Central California brides to have their dream wedding at this enchanting riverfront venue. We hope our collaboration serves as inspiration for future brides and shows them the unparalleled beauty that awaits at this remarkable new venue! If you’re a Modesto, Oakdale or Sonora area bride, then I highly suggest considering The Washington Hotel in Knights Ferry for your wedding venue, especially if you’re getting married in the Spring!
Photography: Storybook Photography, wedding photographer based in Sonora, Modesto & Oakdale California
Venue: The Washington Hotel in Knights Ferry, California
Coordination and Design: My Wildflower Events based in Sonora and Angels Camp, California
Florals: Sweet Lilacs floral designer located in Sonora, California
Rentals: Premiere Event Rentals in Sonora, California
Hair & Makeup Artist: JQ Glam located in Modesto, California
Rings and Jewelry: Taylor Jewelers located in Sonora, California