Chico Area Wedding Photographer - Aric&Ashley

There are so many favorite moments from Aric&Ashley’s wedding day. These two are artists and dreamers and aren’t afraid to do things NOT by the book. They are an inspiration and have the kind of authentic love that is contagious and fills you with joy!

Ashley and her bridal party got ready in the penthouse at Hotel Diamond in downtown Chico. The penthouse offers the perfect space to keep everyone comfortable and have plenty of lovely natural window light which is perfect for bridal portraits! When we arrived everyone was calm and already ready having their hair done by Lynda Balken at Satori and makeup by Megan at The Powder Room. The limo then took them out to Ashley’s parents home where Aric was eagerly awaiting. 

Aric&Ashley shared a tearful first look that totally melted our hearts! We walked around the property for lots of bride and groom portraits before being joined by the awesome bridal party in the orchards nearby. 

Aric&Ashley are in a local band that Stephen and I actually had the privilege of seeing live a few months back. They are so talented! With their love of music they did things a little bit differently and it was the perfect fit for them. Instead of having a a DJ play the precessional, members in the bridal party who are also musicians played a song that crescendoed until the moment Ashley walked down the aisle with her dad. Again, more happy tears were shared, this time with all their close family and friends. For the recessional, everyone in the crowd participated in playing the happy couple off with a kazoo rendition of "Hey Jude".

Their reception was a casual affair seated in Ashley’s parents backyard. Bacio Catering Company made small assorted food plates allowing guests to walk around to each station and taste all the delicious treats. There was no seating chart or you typical reception setup. Instead, there was an array of comfy couches and fun vintage chairs guests could comfortably choose and lounge in as the couple mingled with everyone. 

We LOVE that Aric&Ashley totally thought out of the box and did their wedding their own unique way. We recommend all couples take the typical "wedding day" and make it their own! It makes everything so personal and special! Aric&Ashley share a beautiful love that is contagious. We left that evening with a full heart and so many amazing images to sort through. This day could have not gone more perfectly! Thank you Aric&Ashley, you guys are inspiring!

Enjoy some of our favorites below from the wedding day, plus a full film of these two coming soon…