Zack and Kristen – Mendocino Wedding Photographer

In the last couple years I’ve been really fortunate to shoot weddings in some cool locations across multiple states. Zack and I were introduced to each other through Reddit and when the opportunity came to shoot his wedding 1200 miles away at Precious Forest in the Mendocino National Forest, and to drive there at that, how could I say no?

With a couple detours on our trip we ended up driving almost 3000 miles in a 4 day period. We ate at the cleanest In N Out I’ve ever seen in Salt Lake City, and inversely one of the nastiest ones ever in Reno. We saw tons of Proghorn Antelope in Wyoming. We saw a sign at a gas station that said “Don’t even think about parking here.” Breaking news, we thought about it. Call the thought police? We spent some time in Redding to see the sundial bridge and get postcards we still haven’t mailed 3 months later. We ran out of podcasts way too quickly.

The wedding itself was awesome. Some of the highlights were the venue having a cabin for the bride and groom with no electricity and an outdoor bathroom. There were pies instead of traditional wedding cakes. There was a surprise flash mob dance from the wedding party that the bride and groom didn’t know about. I could go on and on and on about how much fun it was. Was it worth spending a few days in the car? Definitely.

Wedding Cabin at precious Forest

Wedding rings and gifts at Precious Forest in mendocino forest

bride putting on temporary tatoo before weding

bride gets makeup done while mother watches

bride getting makeup done

emotional mother of bride cries while daughter is having makeup done

wedding and bridesmaid dresses hanging in window

happy bride getting ready

bride having hair done at precious forest in mendocino

groom getting ready in outdoor bathroom at precious forest

groom fixing his pocket square in mendocino

groom portrait at precious forest in mendocino

groom helping his groomsman with pocket square

bride sneaking peak of groom before wedding

bride reveals dress to mother and mother in law

wedding dress reveal

precious forest wedding cabin

scenic wedding first look in mendocino

mendocino wedding first look

wedding first look photos in mendocino forest

bride and groom walking down path in mendocino

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wedding starts at precious forest

bride walking down aisle at precious forest

groom watches bride walk down aisle

wedding ceremony photos at precious forest

groom laughing during wedding ceremony

groom reading vows at precious forest

precious forest wedding ceremony

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first kiss precious forest wedding

jewish wedding tradition at precious forest

wedding recessional photo

bride and groom edding recessional

precious forest wedding details

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wedding centerpieces at precious forest

wedding signage photos

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groom making a funny face

photos of wedding pies instead of cake

wedding pie cutting

father of bride gives toast at precious forest

precious forest wedding toast

guest laughing at funny wedding toast

bride and groom reacting to wedding toasts

grooms holding wine glass up during wedding cheers

sunset wedding toasts

bride holding grooms hand during toasts

wedding flash mob

wedding flash mob at precious forest

bride and groom join surprise flash mob

bride and groom perform thank you toast at wedding in mendocino

bride and groom dancing during wedding at precious forest

bride dancing with father at precious forest

wedding guests dancing

jewish wedding dances in mendocino

jewish wedding custom dance photos

bride and groom dancing in mendocino

bride with colorful dress twirling

bride twirling dress

wedding dance photos precious forest

bride and groom dancing during precious forest wedding in mendocino

wedding guests dance routine

wedding guests laughing while dancing

wedding dancing photos precious forest

precious forest wedding dancing

wedding party precious forest

bride and groom final dance precious forest