Sand Rock Farm, Santa Cruz Wedding | Scott & Liz

June 9, 2021 Weddings

From my first conversation with Liz, we just got along so well. She is super organized. Like sent me a spreadsheet with the names and pictures of all the guests kind of organized! I loved it! I mean, who doesn't love spreadsheets! Having been together for many years and a sweet daughter, Reagan; Scott and Liz had finally decided to make it official and get married. 

Scott and Liz giving Reagan int he middle a kiss on each cheek.

Sand Rock Farm is a beautiful venue with a quaint Bed and Breakfast in the tranquil redwoods of Santa Cruz. Jen Haggelhof and her team were amazing! The flowers were done by Amanda Connors from Designs in Bloom. She and her crew transformed the Barrel room into a dream reception area. I especially loved the wooden place settings. They fit so well with all the surrounding redwood trees of the venue.

Pastel flowers in a gold vase with an ivy backdrop
Top down view of place setting with wood slab and pastel flowers.
Decor detail of chairs and table setting in the barrel room as Sand Rock Farm
Table setting with pastel flowers in a golden was with ivy backdrop in the barrel room
Floral details in golden vase.
A look into the Barrel Room at Sand Rock Farm
Close up of pastel flowers in golden vase.

The two most important "weddingy things" to her were the flowers and cake. Amanda nailed the flowers! Their cake was as beautiful as it was delicious. Instead of the conventional cake topper, Scott & Liz had a Wonderwoman and a wolverine Funko Pop.

Close up of floral details on Scot and Liz's wedding cake
Wedding cake with flowers and funko pop toppers on a wooden slab.
Detail of Wonderwoman and Wolverine Funko Pop cake toppers

Scot and Liz had initially planned their wedding on 12/12/20. However, like many couples, they had to make changes because of COVID. They decided to still get married on their original date via zoom. They still wanted to celebrate in person, so they postponed the reception until May of 2021, when it was safe to celebrate with their family and friends. Liz described it as "everyone just took a really, really, really long time to get to the reception venue."


Arriving at the reception after a long wait.
Chris giving a toast to the newlyweds.
Scott, Liz and Reagan with a glass in hand listening to the toasts.
Wedding guests in masks

As a gift for all her wedding guests, we set up a beautiful lounge area with gorgeous sofas from Revival Rentals, where I took editorial-style family portraits. I soon learned what a fun bunch of family and friends Scot and Liz had. No wonder they wanted to celebrate together in person.

Editorial style portrait with Scot, Liz and their friends
Feltons editorial family portrait
Feltons quirky family portrait
Chris and family editorial portrait

As the sun started setting behind the redwoods, the guest was invited into the barrel room for dinner. The food provided by Sand Rock Farm's chef was incredible! As they toast were going on, Reagan and her friend started handing out stickers to the guest sticking them on their faces. This soon became a fun game, and everyone ended up with stickers on their faces. 

sunsetting outside the barrel room at Sand Rock Farm during the wedding reception.
Guests laughing at reception
Guests hands in the air at wedding reception
Guest listening intently to wedding toasts
Liz during her toast
Reagan handing out stickers to guests
Kid holding up her stickers at wedding reception
Reagan giving grandma a sticker on the forehead.
Family selfie with stickers on our faces.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your celebration and meeting your amazing friends and family!

Long exposure with starbursts from the hanging lights and blurred guests dancing away.

Venue: Sand Rock Farm

Coordinator: Jen Haggelhof of Sand Rock Farm

Flowers: Designs in Bloom

Hair & Makeup: Erin Perry of Feather Salon

Rentals: Revival Rentals

“From our very first call, I KNEW Danieka was the photographer for us. She was flexible -- and in an age of COVID and crazy planning, I can't stress ENOUGH how important flexibility and empathy has been -- and really focused on what WE wanted. Unlike other photographers we talked to, Danieka was more concerned about our style, our goals and what we wanted...so that she could bring ideas that would make every moment OURS.”