When I had first talked with Aldofo, he explained to me that they were going to have family and friends at their wedding with no wedding party at all. A couple of weeks before the wedding, we met in person to go over the final details, and they told me that they had just gone from zero to a total of 20 wedding party members! Not only was this surprising, but twenty people is now Karissa Wright Productions’ newest record of the largest wedding party photographed!
Imagine Heaven Here Oakdale Wedding Venue
There were so many unique aspects of this wedding, one of them being the wedding venue itself. Imagine Heaven Here is a family estate that the owner decided she wanted to use as a non-profit Oakdale/Knights Ferry wedding venue. You read that right: a non-profit wedding venue. How can this be?
One Stop Shop with A World Impact
The owner, Carla, designed the wedding venue to provide almost everything. From the bridal suite, chairs, tables, decor, plates and utensils, food, cake, and a bar, Imagine Heaven Here is a one-stop shop for everything a couple would need expect a DJ, Officiant, Photography, and Videography. Before the wedding, Carla asks the couple to choose a non-profit of their choice to donate a minimum sum of money as payment for the wedding. Even the helpers and staff that serves on the wedding day are volunteers to support the couple’s non-profit of choice. Amazing, right?!
And the property itself does not make a disappointment. The venue has a lake in the middle surrounded by different buildings and spaces used for the wedding day activities. One area would be for the ceremony, another for the reception, and lastly, a place that they called “Little Italy” for the cocktail hour, dancing, and celebration.
LITERALLY out of this world
Because this venue was in the middle of the country, cellphone reception was nonexistent. A huge benefit in this regard is that this removes your wedding guests from online distractions and focuses on the people and wedding festivities. But if you want your guests to be online social gurus to Instagram and Facebook your wedding day, other alternatives would need to be created.
From a vendor perspective, we were lucky enough to have had our walkie talkies that did not require service to quickly communicate with the photo and video team when we were on opposite sides of the property.
Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs.
This wedding is one for the books! Thank you Adolfo and Claudia for entrusting me with your wedding photography and videography. Excited to see your love and family grow more in the future!
Oakdale Wedding Photography & Videography
Photo & Video: Karissa Wright Productions
Venue, Floral, Rentals, Cake, Catering: Imagine Heaven Here