Alayna and Trey’s Wedding at The Maples in Woodland, CA

bride and groom after their wedding at The Maples in Woodland, CA

Alayna and Trey's wedding at The Maples in Woodland, CA photographed by wedding photographer Liz Koston.

Their Love Story

Alayna and Trey’s love story is like something out of a 90s rom-com! When I met the pair for their engagement session, I was so delighted by the story behind their relationship! The two have known each other since they were just 10 years old! Their friends have watched them become friends, fall in love, and eventually get married at The Maples on their wedding day! 

Their story was a long, winding one, but it made their love all the sweeter. After years of friendship, Alayna and Trey pretended to be in a relationship while in college to play a joke on some friends. They even went so far as to share a kiss (their first!) to make the charade convincing! But both of them knew deep down that night that their kiss really meant something more. The rest was history! 

Even though it took them years to go from friends to more, their friends and family saw the writing on the wall far before they did…which made the wedding celebration all the more fun!

Alayna and Trey’s wedding day dawned to perfect weather. Despite all of the damaging wildfires in Northern California this season, on this day, the air cleared and the sun shone. As I drove up the long driveway lined with olive trees at the Maples, I knew this venue was going to be something special. With all of the beautiful maple groves (the venue’s namesake), cactuses, old stables, and outdoor fireplaces, it’s got a little bit of everything. 

 

Their Wedding Day at The Maples

Since the Maples property is so vast, there are many options for the ceremony site within the premises. Alayna and Trey chose to recite their vows under a massive, protected historic oak, which added the perfect feeling of legacy and permanence to the intimate occasion. There were fewer than 75 people present, but guests traveled from all over the world—from Arizona to Germany!—to celebrate with them. It’s truly a testament to how special Alayna and Trey are and how much they mean to their friends and family

After the beautiful ceremony came a casual and fun-filled reception. Pizza was served, and the atmosphere was relaxed and joyful. And the laughter flowed freely, especially when all of the guests began toasting with their specialty cocktails—spicy margaritas for her and clubhouse whisky for him. Yum to both!

Even a small speed bump (Alayna’s veil had a short battle with some eyelash glue) couldn’t dampen a single moment of this perfect day! Everytime I interact with Trey and Alayna, I can see so plainly how pure and authentic their relationship is. I’m sure their friends and family would wholeheartedly agree. Congratulations to you two, and I hope to photograph the next phase in your love story soon!

If you’re planning a Maples wedding day of your own, I’d love to return to this spectacular venue! So, get in touch ASAP using my inquiry form so we can begin planning your wedding photography experience!

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Vendors:

Coordination + Design: Joyeux Events 

Venue: The Maples

Florist: Paper Moon Floral

Makeup: All Dolled Up

Catering: Bella Familia Pizza

Waitstaff: JQ Events

Cake: Timothy’s Bakery

Rentals: Celebrations Party Rentals

Dress: Charlotte Chui Bridal

Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie Official

Invitations: Basic Invitation

 

Alayna and Trey’s Engagement Session

Come adventure with them through Lassen Volcanic National Park for their engagement session.  Where we explored the woods and hung out by the lake.

Couple engagement session. Lassen National Park. Liz Koston photography. Manzanita Lake. Northern California. Couple gazes at each other in an embrace amidst a pine tree forest.

Other Wedding Venue inspirations in Sacramento

Full Belly Farm is great for a Farm-to-fork reception.  Almost everything served is from their farm.  They include a yurt for getting ready and a beautiful walnut grove.

 

Get married at a vineyard, a hidden gem, tucked away in Davis, California.  Great Bear Vineyard not only has great wines, but amazing views and a beautiful lavender farm that blooms in May.

Bride holding her spring colored bouquet walking with her groom during sunset. Spanish style building in the back.

 

 

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