This couple decided to see each other before their ceremony so they could have more time with photos and be present at their cocktail hour. It was a hot June day and I didn't want to cook them and make them sweaty messes before their ceremony. So we opted to take these before pictures inside the mansion. I placed the bride on this chair right next to some nice window light coming through, which made the two of them really stand out. They both started to look out the window to see which guest were arriving and in that split second I fired off a couple pictures before they looked back at me. This is one of the photographs that I came away with. Sometimes you just have to be ready and shoot away.
The Grand Island Mansion is the crown jewel of wedding venues in the California Delta located near the charming town of Walnut Grove. Honestly I think it’s one of the best wedding locations in all of the greater Sacramento area if you’re looking for a more of an elegant or formal wedding location. You can not beat this location when it comes to the wow factor of the grounds and everything on the property. The front pillars to the mansion are just massive and one of the many features of this wedding venue.
On your wedding day brides and grooms can get ready in some of the many rooms at the mansion. Most all wedding ceremonies take place on the front lawn. There are two locations, one on the far right side and one on the far left side of the mansion’s front lawn. If the weather doesn’t cooperate on your big day the wedding ceremony can be held indoor or in the back wedding reception tent. If you’re having a larger wedding your reception will take place in an eloquent reception tent behind the mansion. While smaller events have the option to have their dinner and dancing located inside the mansion. With the dinner taking place on the main floor and the dancing being held downstairs. This venue is that it can host ceremonies, receptions and events all year long unlike other locations in the great Sacramento area and Delta region.
The mansion and it’s property is a photographers playground with such massive grounds and house to photograph inside and out. There’s the front of the mansion with it’s pillars, steps, fountains and tall cypress trees. Across the road are breathtaking views of the California Delta water ways and the Steamboat Slough. Behind the mansion are more fountains, a pool, tennis courts and a private pear orchard that’s a great back drop for pictures. Inside the mansion photo opportunities bound vintage decorated rooms, hallways amazing lounge areas. This is always a plus during summer weddings to go inside and cool off.
Here’s a list of unique services that they offer for events.