Witnessing Romance at Park Winters: A Wedding Story

We often travel outside of the San Francisco Bay Area to work at unique venues. This time, we were invited to document Angie and Scott’s wedding at Park Winters, in Winters, California. Park Winters is located 40 minutes west of Sacramento in Yolo County. The private estate features a Victorian Inn, which we used for Angie and Scott’s getting-ready preparations. The venue also has a lush garden, a modern barn, and views of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. We particularly enjoy weddings that include outdoor dining followed by indoor dancing. We started the day with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, complete with door games, prayer, tea, and food. Afterward, we headed to Park Winters for the Western ceremony and festivities.

The weather was perfect for an outdoor ceremony, with the sun shining and a gentle breeze blowing through the garden. Angie looked stunning in her white gown, and Scott was beaming with joy as they exchanged vows under a beautiful floral arch. The reception was held in the modern barn, which was elegantly decorated with fairy lights and greenery. Guests enjoyed a delicious meal, heartfelt speeches, and plenty of dancing throughout the evening.

As the sun began to set, the party moved indoors for the dancing portion of the evening. The newlyweds shared their first dance as husband and wife, surrounded by their loved ones. The energy was high, and everyone was having a great time celebrating Angie and Scott's love.

Overall, it was a magical day filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments. We were honored to be a part of Angie and Scott's special day and capture all the beautiful memories for them to cherish forever. Park Winters provided the perfect backdrop for a romantic and joyous celebration, and we couldn't have asked for a better setting to document such a beautiful love story.

Venue: Park Winters, Winters, California

Coordinator: With Grace and Love Events

Photography: Inspired By Studio

Videography: Inspired By Studio

Hair and Makeup: Lisa’s Hair and Makeup, Orchid Duong

DJ: DJ Evensteven

A groom smiling and reading from a paper, standing with his groomsmen outdoors, dressed in suits with pink ties

Chinese tea ceremonies before the western wedding ceremony usually takes place early in the morning. The groom and his groomsmen arrived at the bride’s parents’ home and then performed various tasks, like singing, to buy their way into the home.

Elderly asian man cooks noodles in a large wok in an outdoor street food setting, surrounded by cooking utensils

Meanwhile, the father of the bride, cooks up meals for all the guests at the tea ceremony. This is to be enjoyed after the tea ceremony is over.

A bride in a traditional red and gold chinese dress laughs with her father while holding hands with the groom in a suit

After the bridesmaids approved of the groom’s completion of the door games, the brides father presents her in a formal exchange.

A smiling couple in traditional attire stands behind with candles and a woman pours water from a ceramic pitcher

The bride and groom prayed to their ancestors and asked them for their blessings. The food and tea are blessed so that those in the afterlife can enjoy them as well.

Close-up of a bride's hands with gold jewelry, placed over a traditional chinese red and gold wedding attire

During the tea ceremony, it is common for the bride and groom to receive gifts from their elders. The closer relatives can give jewelry, often gold. You can see Angie is heavily covered in gold bracelets. I think she’ll be set on gold for the year.

An elegant green motif wedding invitation set, including the main invitation, an rsvp card, and a details card

The bride and groom’s wedding invitations were perfectly themed for the kind of wedding they were going to have at Park Winters.

A white wedding dress hangs gracefully from a chandelier over a staircase in Park Winters, California

We really enjoyed the look and feel of the Victorian Inn at Park Winters. The bride’s wedding dress hung beautifully in the middle of the circling stairs.

A pair of glittery silver jimmy choo high heels with jewel-encrusted toes, displayed on an ornate wooden table

<3 Jimmy Choo shoes for weddings. Need we say more!?

A young girl in a white dress adjusts the shoe of a bride wearing an elegant wedding gown at Park Winters, California

Our hearts melted when we saw that the flower girl, the bride’s niece, decided to help her with putting on her Jimmy Choos.

A bride in a white gown walks down an aisle with her father, surrounded by guests at Park Winters, California

The bride and her father walking down the ceremony aisle at Park Winters.

A black and white photo of a wedding ceremony, focusing on the groom who smiles at the bride at Park Winters, California

Although the bride is the center of attention during the ceremony procession, capturing the groom’s reaction really ties in together the overall emotions of this moment.

A wedding ceremony at Park Winters, CA with the bride, groom, bridesmaids, and groomsmen standing at the altar
A bride and groom kiss and walk joyfully down the aisle, guests applauding at Park Winters, California
Outdoor wedding reception setup with chairs labeled "bride" and "groom" at Park Winters, California
An elegant outdoor wedding table setup with white chairs and a long table with delicate flowers in vases and glasses

The sweetheart table at Park Winters and this rustic feel for the wedding guest tables were perfect for the outdoor reception at Park Winters.

Three-tiered wedding cake with pink and gold motif with leaves and flowers in Park Winters, California
A bride in a white gown and veil and a groom in a blue suit embracing during sunset at Park Winters, California

The lush gardens at Park Winters went perfect with a warm backlit golden hour sun.

A bride holding a bouquet and groom holding hands walk down a rural road with mountains at Park Winters, California

This road is found just in front of Park Winters. There was no traffic at all during the evening, so it allowed us for some cute long-walks-on-the-beach type of shots. It also gave the bride and groom some time to get away on their own for a bit. Weddings can get tiring!

A bride and groom stand separately under a large white door at night, at Park Winters, California

Park Winters also had a swimming pool. This was the large white door leading to it, which gave us an idea of doing something like a modern “Alice in Wonderland” scene.

A bride and groom share a romantic look while six bridesmaids in pink dresses hold sparklers surrounding them

We ended the night with the bridal party helping illuminate the bride and groom with sparklers for a sweet portrait.