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.Keywords: Bride (39), Bull Valley Roadhouse (6), San Francisco Bay Area (12), tilt-shift (3).