A short drive up the orchard lined highway from Yucaipa sits the most adorable, scenic and welcoming wedding venue, Oak Glen’s Buttercup Cottage. The “cottage” is actually an estate, with a gorgeous Victorian style main house, sprawling lawn with a perfect white gazebo, and views that go on for miles. Candice and Scott’s were married this past Fall at Buttercup Cottage and I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph the nuptials. Buttercup Cottage is owned and run by Linda, her beautiful family, and doting staff. Linda is so incredibly sweet, and definitely leaves no detail overlooked.
Our day started in the bridal suite with its amazing bay windows and perfect afternoon light. The bridal suite boasts the cutest white antique vanity set that provided a perfect little spot for “getting ready” photos of the bride. I honestly could have sat and stared out those windows at the view and the sunset all day!
Downstairs, arriving guests were treated to a water station with yummy fruit infused waters, before they found their way to their seats on lush green lawn. The ceremony set-up provides a great view of the bride and groom from every seat, as they stand at the gazebo to exchange their vows. Being so far removed from the city and traffic noises, there is a peaceful calm in the air that made it easy for every guest to enjoy actually hearing the vows!
After the ceremony, I was able to wisk the bride and groom away to steal a few moments alone in the impressive Hansel and Gretel inspired tree house. I mean, seriously, a tree house! Where else in Southern California can you find that at a wedding venue? I am completely in love with the unique photo backdrops that this venue offers, I cannot say enough about how beautiful it is!
Throughout the evening, guests were able to enjoy such nice little touches as lawn games, a s’mores station with a fire pit, and little benches and “sofa’s” made of hay to sit and relax and have a conversation. The patio is decorated with cafe lights and very cool vintage street lights, and makes the perfect spot for guests to dine and dance the night away under the stars.