As a history nerd, historical venues always have a special place in my heart. I was so happy to get a message from Jessa and Paul to photograph their wedding at the historic Newhall Mansion in Piru, California.
Piru is the largest town in the largely agricultural Santa Clara Valley. Another favorite venue of mine is close by at Rancho Camulos. The Newhall Mansion, also known as the Cook Mansion was originally built in 1886 and is the #4 Ventura County historical landmark. It’s had several owners over the years and now hosts weekend weddings throughout the year.
This couple had friends and family travel from all over to enjoy the festivities and to celebrate the love + union of these two. The bride is from Hawaii and has strong Croatian roots. The two added lots of little touches paying homage to their heritage including a flower crown brought over from the islands, ukulele tunes, and bread made with family traditions for the dinner.
We did the first look out on the balcony followed by some portraits around the grounds. The ceremony took place on the back lawn with the reception to follow. The charming mansion was a beautiful backdrop for this perfect wedding day in the valley.