I was really skeptical about having such an informal meal at our wedding. I thought people would think it was cheap and tacky. Boy was I wrong! I have gotten so many compliments about the food at our wedding. Lots of people thanked us for having "normal" food that wasn't too fancy to enjoy. I quite agree that really ritzy food is sometimes not as good as good ole enchiladas, beans & rice. :) It totally added to our informal, family picnic feel and made our wedding that much more fun and enjoyable. Also, it was SO affordable. Like ridiculously inexpensive. They even did set up and take down on their own. It was so convenient. All in all, I wouldn't change or ask for one more thing.
Nataly is the best there is. My husband and I both agreed that our pictures were the most important part of our wedding and we were willing to pay! Luckily, when we found the best, she was also the best deal. Nataly and her husband Art are beyond compare. Her pictures pop with color (very important to us) and capture every special moment of the day so perfectly. Best of all, they're super friendly and flexible. Definitely drop her a line and tell her hello from us. :)
Since I was a little girl I've dreamed of an informal, fun, brightly-colored, outdoor wedding. Having grown up going to Lake Arrowhead often, (my grandparents have a home on the west shore) I knew that was the location for our big day. It was only a matter of finding the perfect spot. We hunted for weeks before someone finally suggested this park. Funny thing is, it's less than five miles from my grandparents' house. It worked out perfectly. The park overlooks a smaller inlet from the lake with the golf course on the other side. Originally we were going to have the ceremony on the patch of grass that looks across the lake because we wanted to get married on the water, but the houses that were destroyed in the 2007 fires still haven't been finished and we didn't want a singed mountain in the background of our photos. We changed the ceremony location to the spot across the parking lot that is surrounded by trees. It made for a beautiful, very intimate setting for our wedding ceremony.
The only downfall to this location is that parking is limited, but can be managed if people just park up the street. We had about 150 people at our wedding and didn't have a problem. Also, with the dry weather, the grass was a little brown. We contacted the city and asked them to pay special attention to it in the weeks leading up to our wedding and it was a lot better, but still a little patchy looking. Lastly, you'll need to get in good with someone who owns a home in Lake Arrowhead and is a member of the homeowners' association. Luckily my grandparents were and we got a great price for the venue.
This is a PERFECT setting for a fun, beautiful outdoor wedding. I absolutely recommend it!
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