Bride with tattoos at Hotel Burlington Port Costa
Dawn Kelly Photography

Bride with tattoos at Hotel Burlington Port Costa

After the bride and groom enjoyed their brunch reception with friends and family, we explored Port Costa, in search of interesting and unique photo opportunities.  I really love the bride's tattoos because turquoise is my favorite color, and they look so gorgeous on her.  When I saw the chippy blue and yellow paint of The Burlington Hotel, I knew I had to use it as a background.  

The bridal gown was purchased at Flares Bridal and Formal in Walnut Creek.  It's a perfect silhouette for a curvy bride--a fitted sweetheart neckline bodice with a full, a-line skirt and short train.  

This bridal bouquet is my current favorite because of the loose, boho design and choice of anemone flowers.  The colors are perfect for a spring wedding.


The Hotel Burlington in Port Costa, California has a rich history.  According to Atlas Obscura, "The Burlington Hotel is the oldest operating hotel in California, a throwback to an exciting era of unruly railroad workers and busy ports."  It was built in 1883 and has a rowdy past, full of drunk bikers, prostitutes, bats, and rumored ghosts.  The current owners are working to restore this gem.  

The Bull Valley Roadhouse, next door, is a beautiful and quirky wedding venue.  It used to be a dive, a restaurant where the locals could grub for very little money.  Now, all the locals hate it and have taken to Yelp, complaining about the expensive food and snooty patrons.  I LOVED it!  The little brunch wedding was beautiful and quaint, the staff was wonderful, and the food was out of this world.   


Enjoy a slideshow of Emily and Tom's rustic boho wedding.

*I chose my Lensbaby Composer Pro tilt-shift 35 optic lens to make this photo.  I love the blurred edges and dreamy feel.

Location: 2 Canyon Lake Dr, Port Costa, CA 94569.

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