Modern Weddings/Real Weddings

Ruby Hill Golf Club Wedding With The Cutest Photo Ideas

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If you’re a bride or groom looking for fun portrait ideas for you, your love & your bridal party, boy – does this Bay Area wedding deliver!

Jessica & Marco worked hard on planning their own The Club at Ruby Hill wedding (bride Jessica has so much sage advice at the end of this post) and the results are so professional! Choosing a timeless & elegant color palette of blue & gold, and paying close attention to every detail that truly mattered & spoke to them as a couple, their well-crafted day is picture-perfect.

And much credit goes to their photographer Eric Doolin, who clearly knows how to create wedding photo magic. With plenty of great poses & ideas for bridal party photos, couple portraits & taking advantage of their golf course venue, this gallery is filled with fun inspiration for couples who plan to give their photographer a ‘shot list’. The best part is, no frame look too posed, or inauthentic – just look at bride Jessica’s gorgeous smile!

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Our Love Story

It was scandalous! We met through work. I was an intern so we snuck out to lunch occasionally and secretly visited each others’ cubicles, not to mention my father worked there at the time.

Six years later, after a trip through Europe, he took me “wine tasting” during Labor Day weekend, which I thought was going to be a chill, relaxing afternoon. After a quick “hike” to the proposal spot, I saw a mason jar with roses and a paper crane in the middle of a beautiful garden, a setup he prepared earlier that morning; I unfolded the paper crane to reveal a proposal poem, titled ‘Promise’, he got down on one knee and vowed to love me till the end of his days if I simply said yes.

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The Planning & Style

Our wedding was true to who we are as a couple. The decisions and details were made together (mostly), and if something didn’t feel like a reflection of us, then it didn’t make the cut.

We chose blue as our main color with some gold accents because it is elegant and timeless. We wanted simple, pastel florals that would be stylish but not over the top. Most of the decorations and paper goods were handmade or designed by us, which helped everything come together cohesively.

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The Ceremony

The ceremony was officiated by our best friend who has watched us grow as a couple over the years and presented our narrative beautifully by sharing how our friends and family view our relationship. We paid homage to both of our cultures by having our mothers read poems about love and devotion in Mandarin and Spanish. Our self-written vows were personal and emotional, from the heart about how we promise to love and respect one another throughout the marriage, in sickness and in health. The music we chose for the ceremony and reception also helped create an ambiance of love and happiness without being overly cheesy.

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The Photography

We love Eric’s style and color palette and felt that his work mirrored the feeling and atmosphere that we wanted for our wedding. He is able to capture the best of every moment through his candid shots, and his editing gives every frame a sense warm romance. The lighting is perfect as well to create that soft, magical feeling. We had multiple meetings before the big day to make sure that we were on the same page in terms of what shots we wanted to capture.

Eugene’s videography style has a modern well-practiced twist, yet remains timeless. His ability to bring to life key moments throughout the day and create a sense of wonder with every montage is impeccable.

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Favorite Moments

Even though neither of us are dancers, we decided to choreograph our first dance! We spent countless hours finding YouTube videos and piecing together different moves that we liked, fitting them to our song, “Marry Me” by Train. This was the last thing we finalized for the wedding, which was very stressful but so rewarding when we pulled it off, including a trust fall where I closed my eyes, fell back and he caught me – every time.

First dance aside, our Uncle’s family helped make our welcome sign and guest book out of wood that he cut, shaped and polished, which are beautiful time capsules and pieces that we will cherish forever. We also loved our sparkler exit, which was fun for us as well as our guests!

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Advice to Other Couples

While you might want all the bells and whistles, keep it simple and only take on as much as you can chew. The same goes for budgeting – if you want it all, be prepared to spend it. Otherwise, figure out what you’re willing to compromise on vs. what is a must-have. Shop around for different vendors and be upfront about your budget. Get quotes and do your research about what questions to ask certain vendors, and what services are covered.

Another key part of wedding planning is managing expectations and setting deadlines – who will be doing what and by when? How much will you plan vs. your partner? How much do you want your family to be involved in decision-making? Before the big day, make sure you identify at least a few close friends or family members (or day-of wedding coordinator, we highly recommend having a point person) know all the details of the day – what the schedule is, who the vendors are and that they know their responsibilities, where decorations should be, etc., so you can focus on enjoying your big day and not stressing out about the little things. Wedding planning is a massive undertaking but is so rewarding when it all comes together per your vision. Good luck!

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The Honeymoon

We went to Hawaii – Oahu and Maui – for two weeks after our wedding, which was so relaxing after a year of wedding planning and a week of anxiety leading up to the wedding. It was so nice to ride the post-wedding high and enjoy alone time as a married couple, and to let that sink in! We would recommend going somewhere relaxing so there’s not too much rushing from one place to another, especially since wedding week is so hectic. Don’t forget that you need to allocate time during wedding planning to plan for the honeymoon as well!

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