The recent wildfires left a lingering haze of smoke over the mountains, but Kelsey and Zack were here. They were excited to finally be able to stand in front of family and friends and say “I do”. The light played against the smoke creating gorgeous colors and the mountains stood as the perfect backdrop at The Grand Sierra Point of Forest House Lodge.
Every detail was perfect; from the rustic marquee-lighted heart the lodge had recently installed down to the heirloom necklace Kelsey wore stitched into her dress that belonged to Zack’s grandmother. Each piece carefully thought out and lovingly selected.
Kelsey and her bridesmaids wear matching silk robes before getting ready and playfully pose for Dee and Kris Photography. We love fun “getting ready” outfits so much we wrote a blog post about it!
A few of Kelsey’s bridesmaids bring out her dress to help her into it. After the dress and veil were all on, the other bridesmaids have a “first look” with their bride and are in awe of how beautiful she looks.
It’s time for a toast! Here’s to Kelsey and Zack and a perfect wedding!
Why let the girls have all the fun in their matching robes? Zack had these button down shirts embroidered for his groomsmen and they had some fun posing in them.
Sometimes a groom needs a little help from his friends.
Zack’s mother lovingly puts on her son’s boutonniere.
In addition to having a First Look session with her bridesmaids, Kelsey also has a chance to show her dad how gorgeous she is. This also gives her a moment to gift him this tie that she had especially made for him.
The big reveal came as Zack gets his first look at his bride.
Accents and details provided by the venue added to the natural beauty of the outdoor setting. Throughout the grounds, floral arrangements and rustic accents created a breathtaking ambience of softness and light.
The flagstone aisle added to the natural feel as the groom and his parents walk to the archway to wait for his bride.
Kelsey and Zack will plant this Japanese Maple to signify their eternal love and growth together.
The deep rich tones of the dark wood along with the navy blue and copper table settings give a feeling of luxury against the rustic feel of the cabin. Candles and white lilies throughout add a touch of softness.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Dolk are introduced as they glide down the stairs and into their first dance. Then the party begins!
The lovely and delicious wedding cake was created by Cakes By Monica, Forest House Lodge’s in-house baker, as well as the cupcakes and other sweet treats guests enjoyed throughout the evening.
Father and daughter enjoy a moment together before they surprise everyone watching with some slick choregraphed moves that sent Kelsey gliding into the arms of her waiting husband.
And then EVERYBODY DANCED!
Trevor at The Bar at Forest House Lodge kept the party going as the drinks were flowing! At Forest House Lodge you can party ALL NIGHT!