A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to second shoot an Eagle Ridge Golf Course Wedgewood wedding. Luis and Kenna married at the golf course in early February, but it was a surprisingly warm day out. It was slightly overcast, except for a bit of sun during the ceremony, which is why you see those beautiful rays peeking out at while everyone is walking down the aisle!
Since I second shot this wedding (which means I joined up as a paid shooter for the day of), I thought it would be fun to spend some time highlighting what I noticed and loved about the Eagle Ridge Golf Course as a wedding venue. For the sake of telling the WHOLE wedding day story, I included all of the shots that I normally would for a blog post, so you can still look at my favorites from the day. 🙂 The only difference with this post is that I’ll interject some paragraphs between the photos explaining parts of the venue, or about the day. Think of it as a sort of behind-the-scenes look!
Eagle Ridge Golf Course Wedgewood
First of all: Wedgewood Weddings is an all-inclusive wedding venue, and they have locations all over the country with quite a few in the Bay Area. This particular wedding is at Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, but I’ve also had the opportunity to shoot at the San Ramon location as well.
What I loved about THIS location: everything looked fresh and neutral, which makes it easier to use whatever colors and decorations you want for your wedding, AND it makes it easier on me to take the photos! My style is very clean and bright, and as you can see with the detail shots and ceremony photos below, this wasn’t hard to manage at Eagle Ridge. Of course the overcast day helped a bit too (no harsh shadows!!), but I could see this being a beautiful summertime venue as well.
Keep reading for some more in depth comments on what I loved at this Eagle Ridge Golf Course wedding.
Lots of clean white places! I love shooting at venues that make good use of greenery along with white backdrops and accents. You can easily add your own touches of color with florals and it won’t clash with anything already there.
Pretty neutral reception area! Lots of open windows with a balcony, which is great for natural light during an afternoon/early evening reception. It won’t help much with those after-dark hours, but that’s what a flash is for! My flash worked really well in this venue because of the neutral colored walls.
One helpful tip: if you have a drawing of the layout of your ceremony and reception, it can be GREATLY helpful to send that to your photographer ahead of time! If you have a planner, let them know!
Groom’s Getting Ready
Tucked away in the main building are the getting ready rooms. Plenty of seating and lots of space to get dressed.
Eagle Ridge Golf Course Wedding Ceremony
Look at that light! Sunset time was perfect for this ceremony because of the soft light it cast over the whole area. I could also see a morning ceremony being really lovely here depending on the time of year.
One thing I really liked about this ceremony area was that it was grassy. Makes it easy to sneak around and not disturb the ceremony.
One thing to keep in mind here is the lighting. If you have an afternoon ceremony at this venue, you may not be able to get photos like this at the ceremony site afterwards. The lighting worked out really well on this day because of the overcast skies. If the sunlight had been directly on their faces, this after-ceremony location would not have worked nearly as well. The good news is there are plenty of other areas around the property for these photos too!
Bride and Groom Portraits
I took these photos on a hill overlooking the golf course. Since the sun was going down fast and the reception was starting in the main building, we spent maybe 15 minutes taking these portraits. The sunlight was still beautiful! Just a reminder that planning your timeline out with your photographer is so important! 🙂
The white walls are really great for bouncing my flash off of! I love the way they set this room up – two separate areas for eating, sweetheart table in the middle, and a big open area for the first dance right in the middle of everyone.
What about you?
Are you looking to have a wedding at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Gilroy, CA? I’d love to be considered as your photographer! If you loved these photos, contact me about dates and pricing.