Rylynn + Tyler's Bohemian Wedding in the California Redwoods

Sand Rock Farm Aptos California wedding photographer

Words and images by Catalina Jean

This is absolutely one of my favourite weddings I have ever shot. Rylynn + Tyler obviously adore each other so it was easy to direct them in a way that reflected that feeling. Also, this wedding was almost completely DIY! Rylynn designed almost everything herself. She took a watercolour calligraphy course for the signage, purchased all the vintage furniture that took over a year of shopping, and worked closely with the florist and venue to execute her design. 

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The biggest challenge of most summer weddings is shooting in mid-day bright sun. It was very sunny on the day of the wedding and most of the portraits were going to be taken around noon. I had just finished up a workshop taught by Abi Q (http://www.abiqphotography.com) and Blush by B (http://blushbyb.com) that focused on shooting in tough mid-day light so I was looking forward to trying out my newly acquired skills. I was no longer nervous of harsh light; I was actually excited by it! I purposely put my client in dappled or direct light and have done so at all my sunny weddings ever since the workshop.

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I think this wedding is one of my favorites because Rylynn + Tyler were always so relaxed and happy during every single moment of the day, even when things didn’t go as planned. For example, the cake fell on the floor and a groomsman attempted to pick it up and put it back together. This would have stressed out some couples but not them. They just laughed and continued to enjoy their party.

Gear used: Canon Mark III, Canon 6D, Canon 70-200 2.8L II, Canon 35mm 1.4L, Sigma Art 50mm 1.4, Sigma 85mm 1.8

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Wedding film by A Little Long Distance


Planning + design: The couple
venue: Sand Rock Farm - Aptos, California (http://www.sandrockfarm.com/)
florals: Amanda Connors + Jen Hagglof (http://www.sandrockfarm.com/
videography: A Little Long Distance (http://www.alittlelongdistance.com/)
wedding dress: BHLDN (http://rstyle.me/n/dsrp5qyvw)
shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (http://www.nastygal.com/shoes-brands-jeffrey-campbell)
hair + makeup: StudioK (http://www.studio-k-salon.com/)
groom’s attire: J.Crew (http://rstyle.me/n/fd8hxqyvw)
officiant: Christa Mercado (http://www.honeyintheheart.net/)
paper goods: Honey Hue Paper Co. (http://rstyle.me/n/bjcsydqyvw)
catering + baked goods: Sand Rock Farm (http://www.sandrockfarm.com/)
dj: Brigido Bautista (http://www.djbrigidope.com/champion1/team/brigido-bautista/)