No matter how many weddings I shoot, it is always fun to see how each couple I work with makes their wedding day and venue uniquely their own. When I had the opportunity to second shoot Collin and Jessica’s wedding at OVY Camp in San Gregorio, this was especially true—because OVY Camp is where I hosted my own wedding!
Collin and Jessica exchanged their vows in the property’s redwood grove framed by a wooden arbor circle the couple made and stained themselves. The modern wedding arch’s caramel tone created a beautiful contrast against the redwood trees’ dark bark and evergreen leaves. Collin wore a classic grey suit, and Jessica wore a unique gown straight out of a bohemian wedding dream. Jessica’s Rue de Seine Nahla gown was flowy crinkle chiffon in a muted floral pattern, and the bodice featured crochet-reminiscent lace detailing and cutouts. The mix of classic details and pops of texture and color made Collin and Jessica’s ceremony beautiful to shoot.
After the ceremony and capturing a few shots of the bride and groom and their bridal party, it was time for Collin and Jessica’s reception. To carry the ceremony’s romantic tone into the reception, the property’s Main Hall was adorned with dried floral arrangements, ivory tablecloths, and brass accents. Collin and Jessica also included many unique details and activities that showcased the joys of hosting their wedding on a summer camp property. From a tie-dye station to various yard games, a live band, and a rustic pizza oven where guests each built individual-sized pizzas for dinner, Collin and Jessica made their wedding a complete experience for their guests.
Returning to the site of my own wedding and second shooting with fellow photographer Shannon Rosan gave me the chance to be reminded of just how spectacular of a venue OVY Camp is. The 100-acre property nestled in the Bay Area Peninsula’s redwood forests functions as an overnight youth summer camp during the week that is available for events and weddings on the weekends. OVY Camp offers its facilities to be rented for a single day or exclusive access to the property for the entire weekend. With cabins and tent camping options, couples can spend their whole wedding weekend surrounded by up to 150 of their closest family and friends. There are multiple locations on-site where a couple can choose to exchange their vows and dance the night away, all of which lend themselves to customization.
It was such a joy to be back at OVY Camp for Collin and Jessica’s wedding and see another couple make this exceptional venue their own. I will always recommend OVY Camp and hope I have the opportunity to shoot there again soon.