Friday, January 26, 2007

Dunsmuir Historic Estate

I never got a chance to post the slideshow for this event I attended in December. It was a meeting of the Bay Area Wedding Network, which is an open network that holds fun events for all Bay Area wedding professionals. This was my first one, and I had SUCH a great time! Everyone was very friendly, and I felt very comfortable introducing myself around. I met some great florists and wedding planners, and bumped into a few photographer friends as well. And, yes, we got to eat that gorgeous food and those amazing pastries!

In addition, I got to check out the Dunsmuir Mansion in Oakland, where the event was held. It is a beautiful mansion from 1899 and it was lavishly and lovingly decorated by the volunteers for Christmas. It is just breathtaking! Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take photos inside, but if you ever get a chance to visit during the holidays, it's very pretty.

This is the old horse stable decorated for a party:

I am shooting a wedding there in May (not in the mansion - the estate itself has several beautiful venue options and it is huge, wild and gorgeous, right smack on the edge of Oakland!), so I was super excited to see what I get to work with! It was a gorgeous sunny day even in December, and I cannot wait to see how it will look in the springtime.

I highly recommend this venue - lots of open space and beautiful architecture/ old buildings, a romantic pond and gazebo, and very friendly staff.


justducky said...

what a gorgeous place...that wedding cake looks like spring apple trees...

Meredith said...

do you know who made that cake? it looks amazing. did it taste as good as it looks?

mama craftay said...

yeah, that cake blows my mind. i don't know if i want to eat it or put it in my living room.