Twin Oaks Weddings Blog

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Lindsey and O’Brien

 

Chrissy Walther Photography

Our Story

O’Brien and I met at a mutual friend’s Christmas party in 2011. O’Brien expressed an interest but I had a boyfriend at the time. We remained very good friends and went through the gamut of relationships over the course of 4 years, always there to support each other and offer a laugh and the occasional coffee. In the beginning of 2015 we both went through difficult breakups. We spent a lot of time together, supporting each other and going on outings to get our minds off of a difficult time.

In June 2015 we finally realized what had been right in front of our faces the entire time. We gave dating a shot and have been inseparable ever since. O’Brien proposed one day short of our 1 year anniversary, on July 4th, 2016. Sneaky man, took my mother to dinner in June 2016 and asked my mother permission to take my hand. He then contacted my best friend, who lives on the opposite side of the country, to ask her permission and asked her to be apart of the proposal. Together the two had planned everything right up until the morning of the proposal! He proposed at the Cabrillo National Monument with a ring his mother had been saving for him 🙂

  • May 9, 2017
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Friend Zone to End Zone

Ben and I, Lesley, were actually set-up by our moms almost 6 years ago.  We met for coffee and had a great conversation, but he was still put in the friend zone for 2 years.  Eventually I came to my senses and realized what a great guy he is and how lucky I would be to end up with him.

 

Now we’ve been together as a couple for about 4 years.  Ben proposed just before Christmas of 2015 at House of Hints, a company that has escape room experiences.  He arranged to have the ring as one of the clues in the puzzle to get out of the room.  I, of course, had no idea; when given the hint to find the black box on the shelf, I didn’t think it was necessary.

House of Hints – Engagement Photo

 

I unlocked the door that got us out of the room and found our families waiting there for us.  It was then that I realized we need that little black box. When we found it, Ben proposed in front of everyone.  It was a very special moment with both of our parents there, considering their integral role in helping us find each other.  We are looking forward to our wedding date next July and can’t wait for all the joys of marriage!

  • March 1, 2017
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Rachel and Andrew

Rachel and Andrew met in high school and started dating their senior year in high school four years ago. The two recently got engaged in August 2016 during Rachel’s annual family trip in Mammoth Lakes, CA. This happy couple loves to go hiking, skiing, and go to car shows as well. After they tie the knot, “we are most excited to start our new careers together and eventually start our own little family!”

 

Why They Chose Twin Oaks…

“We chose Twin Oaks Valley Golf Course as our venue because it is the perfect blend of being simple, classy, and beautiful!”

  • February 22, 2017
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When You Know, You Know!

Adam and Karen met last April 2016. Their first date was at Hotel del Coronado, it was the best first date either of them had ever been on. After years of dating and being hit or miss, it was so refreshing for Karen to meet Adam. She explained that “Adam was so honest, persuasive, and well very handsome”. He was always thinking and planning out their next date which was something so new to Karen.

And that was IT!

The two became girlfriend and boyfriend pretty quickly. Karen admitted “I knew that this was IT for me, plus Adam was pretty open about wanting to marry me from day one”! Adam proposed on October 31st while the two were on a trip in Napa, California. How could anyone not get engaged at the most romantic place on Earth, right? Adam nailed it!

Here at Twin Oaks we love how this cute couple announced their engagement on social media, so creative!

Karen and Adam 10-31-2016

She Said Yes!

We chose Weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course…

“Because it had a little bit of home for both of us. Adam is a country boy from Mississippi and I’m just a gal from Arizona. Adam loved the trees surrounding the golf course and I loved the mountains. Plus, Jill was so welcoming and patient with us making it pretty easy for us to decide on twin oaks.”

“We are both looking forward to sharing our love, loyalty, faithfulness, and admiration for one another for the rest of our lives”.

  • February 9, 2017
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Best Friends, Partners and Soul Mates

Our Story

Lauren and Ismael met back in 7th Grade at Woodland Park Middle School. For two years they had random classes together; Science with Mrs. Marks, History with Mr. Crawford and PE with Mr. Logan. Ismael was always that friendly face and funny personality, cracking jokes while maintaining a sincere friendship. When they went to high school, they did what most Middle School friends do… separate and find your new group. High school was a beast. Ismael played Football his freshmen year and discovered his love for art, computers and cars. Lauren continued her love of Volleyball and followed her passion with school. Senior year Lauren’s Dad passed away, and life was never the same.

Graduation came and once again everyone separates to find their callings.  A few years later Lauren and Ismael reconnected through a random mutual friend, Jason. One day Lauren came home to find a message from Ismael on Myspace with the line “Remember me?” Instantly the two picked up their friendship right where they had left off.

Initially they had no intention of dating or any romantic connection, but that’s how some of the strongest relationships start. They began spending more and more time together and what was once a fun friendship blossomed into something much more. A love for the ages, an undeniable passion, and an unwavering respect for one another.  Best Friends, Partners and Soul Mates. The rest… is history <3

Why did we choose Twin Oaks Golf Course?

“I had my heart set on finding a venue that supported an outdoor area that we could hang market lights from. I always envisioned our wedding in the evening with soft romantic details- lighting being a huge part of that. When I toured Twin Oaks I fell in love… The venue had EVERYTHING we wanted. I love the ability to mix it up, and have different parts of the wedding in different rooms. The Patio area with the large fireplace and market lights was the icing on the cake- perfection. Not to mention – It was one of more reasonably priced venues.” – Laura Hennessey

All About the Action

Part 7 of Lights, Camera, Action! 

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Smooch Booth Action

Action Stations are quickly gaining popularity at weddings. Why? Because they make for great ice breakers if your guests don’t know everyone at your wedding! Action stations get your guests up and mingling while you’re taking pictures or a moment for yourselves. Some fun stations to think about for your wedding should include, Photo booths, Adult Snow Cones and a favorite of ours since we’re lucky enough to have our own fireplace is roast your own S’mores. Recently a couple had a build your own ice cream sandwich station, Ice cream cookie sandwiches as an extra dessert. A sweet treat for an extra sweet event, it is fair to say everyone screamed for ice cream!DIY Ice cream sandwiches Action Station

Games for everyone!

Having various games at weddings such as mini-golf, bat mitten and Corn-hole, lead to some fun candid shots. Besides getting guests out of their seats and mingling, games get your guests away from the just hanging out by the bar, which will inevitably help keep your tab down. Really it’s a win-win 🙂

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Consider having various games for all ages such as mini-golf, croquet, bat mitten and Corn-hole. These games lead to some fun candid shots and help keep the kiddos entertained.

#MakeYourOwnHastage

Lighting, fun and right photographer lead to some great pictures! Come up with a clever hashtag so all your friends and family can see the photo’s when you post and so you can see some of the shots from your guests. Not good at creating clever hashtags? I know I’m not. Make it a game at your bridal shower, best hashtag wins a bottle of wine, a pedicure or maybe just the bragging rights of knowing they came up with your special hashtag.

Thank you for joining us for our 7 part mini blog series “Lights, Camera, Action!”. If you have any questions or comments about our venue and vendors please contact us, we would love to answer your questions!

 

Photo Rights, Part 6 of Lights, Camera, Action!

We’re not done yet! The price is right and their personality is bright, but hold on tight, you might not have the rights to your photos after tonight!

Make sure you know exactly what you are getting before you sign the photo contract.  Here are some key discussion points to remember:

– Discuss your rights over your photos, do you have unlimited rights to do as you wish with your pictures?

– Who can print and post the photos? Typically photographers will only give you permission to post photos if they are water marked or give credit to them. In some cases the only way you can print your photos is by ordering them through your photographer or their company.

Rights – Future Photo Usage

Just because they are your photos and photos of you, does not necessarily mean you use them. Not big on the idea of anyone being able to view your photos? Have it stated in the contract that the images are only for a private shopping cart. The photographer can still own the copyright, but they will have the ability to post the photos so your family can view and purchase them. Unlimited usage is typically more convenient to you as a client. Unlimited usage means you’re not in charge of getting the photos out to Aunt Wilma in Nebraska. Most couples want the pictures online for family to order. If you own the copyright, the photo studio doesn’t have the right to put them on the shopping cart to show or sell online.

UNLIMITED usage is key!

True Photography made sure to mention that “What is most important is that you have unlimited usage of the images. This gives you the freedom to print the images, share them, give them away, etc…”. Basically, you can do whatever you want except sell your photos for profit.

Lastly, you’ll want to know how long it will take to receive them. While some photographers have assistants that can edit your photos on the spot and post them instantly, it may take another individual months to get your photos back to you. Turnaround time largely depends on your package, how many pictures you are expecting and what pictures need retouching. We know your wedding is the most important one on their to-do list. But be patient, there may be other happy couples also awaiting their photos because you all picked an amazing photographer.

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*Impressed and interested with our wedding photos here at Twin Oaks Golf Course? We are more than happy to share our vendors with you and discuss your wedding ideas!*

Find the Right Photographer for You – Lights, Camera, Action!

Once you’ve had time to shop around and look into various photographers or photo companies you’ll want to sit down and really review the photographers work or brand consistency, and personality before you consider them for the job. Then once you’ve settled on a photographer or company start reviewing the packages and specific details.

While we all have that one filter that makes our makeup pop just the way we like it, it’s just a trend, please try to stay away from trending styles. Remember how popular glamor shots were back in the 90’s and now we shutter when we walk past them in the hall way? I speculate that one day we will feel the same way about those cheesy SnapChat filters.

So, what exactly makes the best shot?

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Timeless with an Edge

Glad you asked! The best shot has to start with technical precision. The photo has to be shot with proper exposure, framing, and lighting, if not – then it’s just a good try.  Once the technique is established, then finding creativity or emotion within the image is important. Having all of these ingredients is what is going to produce a professional picture. Keep that inmind when looking at galleries from potential photographers, take note and try to avoid super trends like overly faded images, overly saturated colors that make people orange or neon. Basically stay away from current trends as they become dated quickly. True Photography mentions, “Keep it clean, classy, true to the moment, with beautiful color and contrast. We love images that are timeless with an edge, we feel that those will look amazing in 30 years”.

Photographer vs. Company

There are benefits with hiring an individual photographer as well as a larger studio with a handful of photographers. Hiring an individual photographer guarantees you that everything will be done by that one person. It is smaller and intimate. When hiring a larger company you are going more for the overall brand. With a solid brand and company it can bring great consistency and a very streamlined process. The big advantage of hiring within a solid company or brand, is that if one photographer gets a fever or breaks their leg the day before your wedding, there will be another photographer of equal caliber and training in the studio that has the same talent and approach. This almost give you a built in insurance policy. The key when viewing either an individual or larger studio is to view many galleries to see that consistency.

It is important to make sure that you like the studio/ photographers overall vibe and personality. But the final determining factor should be because you LOVE the work. It’s about finding the style and look that you really connect with.  It is important that your photographer is pleasant. But more importantly, it’s that they have the talent to produce amazing images, because that’s all that is left after the wedding day. The photographer is there for a blink of time (my parents don’t even remember their photographer’s name), but those images will always be there.  Basically, I suggest that you don’t get distracted by choosing someone who is really cool or because they remind you of your best friend from college. Consider that a bonus. Make sure that they are offering the end product that matches your vision.

When to say “Yes”

Do you love the work? Do you love many galleries? Does the company have amazing reviews in the industry or on Yelp? If you have said yes to all of these questions, then you my friend have found the right fit! Time to sit down and discuss the details:

-Costs of Packages

-Special effects (black and white, retouches, etc.)

– Number of images that you receive

-Hours and travel expense

Photos- Part Four of Lights, Camera, Action!

Camera!

While today’s cell phones take amazing photos, and we all know that one person who takes “the best cell phone pictures ever.” However, on your wedding day it’s always best to leave those special photos and memories of a lifetime to the pros’. First things first, you must decide on what style of photography you want; super artistic, stylized portraiture, candid’s, formal/traditional, trendy, or timeless. Perhaps you’re looking for a nice balance of all of the above? Choosing a style early on will help you choose from the seemingly abundant photographers.

Once you’ve picked your style, it’s time to hit the books and do your research. A great starting point is looking at friends and family’s wedding photos, if you like the photographer’s work you will already have a mutual connection, know their reliability and possibly even receive a referral discount. Friends and family photos, not exactly what you’re looking for? Then look to various Social Media sites that allow clients to post feedback. Often times, you will see large selections of different venues, occasions and clientele this person has taken photos for. By reviewing photographers on Social media sites you will be able to see how people rate the artist’s work and professionalism.

Book Early! This applies to your venue, wedding coordinator and photographer.

“The advantage of booking early is you get who you want vs. who’s left. There will always be an available photographer, that’s not a question. Their skill level and the quality of your photos is what you’ll be questioning.  A year to a year and a half out is a safe time to book, but there may be people still available six to eight months out” said Aaron of True Photography. Remember weddings like 11-11-11, 10-11-12, and other cute easy to remember dates get booked fast. This especially applies if you are getting married on a more common day, such as a Saturday.

When meeting with the photographer pay close attention to the galleries that are shot in a similar setting to yours. Try to look at as many galleries as possible. What you’re looking for are the key moments that you want captured during your wedding.  The key moments Katherine Heigl from 27 Dresses describes as, “You know how the bride makes her entrance and everybody turns to look at her? That’s when I look at the groom. ‘Cause his face says it all you know? The pure love there”. That’s what you want, and it happens to be a popular shot!

Other photos you’ll want to make sure the photographer has experience taking are the photos that make it on the wall, such as the family portrait. Most importantly, an experienced photographer knows how to not only catch the moments everyone’s expecting, but just as important, catch the moments nobody else sees or thinks of.  This is where the photographer’s creativity comes into play. That is why having a photographer who is candid and spontaneous while being technical is extremely important.

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Photo By: True Photography Weddings Michelle and George

  • August 15, 2016
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Not Your Average Two Step

Jeff and Natasha met at their now favorite bar Incahoots. Incahoots is a lively line dancing, Country themed bar located in Mission Valley. Jeff who had been a regular for at least a year before Natasha had started going to the bar, tricked her into thinking it was his first time visiting the bar. Long story short, Jeff went out on the dance floor and showed Natasha that it was definitely not his first rodeo. From there Jeff was able to Two Step his way from the dance floor into Natasha’s heart. They have now been dating for three years since that night at Incahoots.

Last year the couple went on a vacation to the beautiful island of Kauai, HI. While in Kauai they went on a tour to see the Fern Grotto; a renowned romantic destination because of the lush ferns growing on the cave walls as a result of moisture seeping from the irrigation of sugarcane growing on the cliff plateau. As they were approaching the end of the tour to head back to the boat, it is a tradition for the tour guides to play “the wedding song“. As part of the tradition at the end of the song you kiss the person next to you. Before Jeff and Natasha headed back to the boat, Jeff asked another couple if they could take a picture of them. Then, he asked them to take one more… Jeff got down on one knee and proposed, of course Natasha said yes!

We Chose Weddings at Twin Oaks Golf Course Oaks because…

“We thought it represented who we are as a couple and as individuals. We’re both very simple people and Twin Oaks had that vibe about it. It is one of the locations that you don’t even need to add many decorations to it, because it is just naturally beautiful. The first time we saw the venue together we knew this was the place for us instantly. As a married couple, we’re both looking forward to building our lives together. We both want to travel the world and experience different countries and cultures and we couldn’t be happier than to spend it with each other (as corny as that sounds)”.

  • August 11, 2016
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