An intimate wedding at Sea Ranch Lodge on the Sonoma coast is one where you go to escape it all. A nearly three-hour drive from the closest major airport (SFO) builds commitment into the experience right from the start. Once you arrive, you’re greeted with the iconic curlicue logo or double wave and a collection of buildings that seem to exist as an extension of the natural landscape; key to the original intentions of the community to disrupt the land as little as possible. There’s a quietude over the place and this makes it such a wonderful place to unplug (although they do have wi-fi!) and relax. To be married along the bucolic California coast and then literally walk into your honeymoon has all the making of a dream elopement.
This intimate wedding at Sea Ranch Lodge took place on July 4th, a date more synonymous with barbecues, cheap beer, fireworks, and crowds of people soaking it all in to the sounds of Jamiroquai. This 4th of July had a very different feel though as the northern California coastline tends to attract a bit of coastal fog this time of the year. Nonetheless, this mellow and monochromatic afternoon was punctuated by the colorful personalities of Sandy and Scott and their small band of merry men and women.
Their Sea Ranch Lodge wedding provided just what they were looking for, a contrast of drama and lucidity, there, they were able to feel connected to each other, their friends, and the larger natural world around them; far from the commotion of every day life. The ceremony was short and sweet, and for as silly as these two are…there were all of a sudden some seriously poignant moments amidst the exuberance. Cocktail hour was held cliff side and the guests enjoyed signature cocktails and a selection of local cheeses and other delights while family joined the couple for photos. Dinner was served and was quickly followed up by some incredibly heartfelt speeches in the Lodge’s Fireside Room. The day seemed to go by too quickly, but that’s always how we feel after a great day, thanks so much Sandy and Scott for giving us a most memorable Independence Day.