Getting Ready at Blackthorne in Inverness
Annaleah and Martin had a wonderfully personal, laid back, music filled tiny Point Reyes wedding. It was a Thursday in October, and I walked up to the impressive redwood house perched on a hillside. The Blackthorne is a beautiful rental property where they were staying in Inverness. I was greeted by the sounds of singing voices, piano, and guitars. Kids were running around, homegrown food cooking, farm fresh goat milk and eggs, and cheese out on the counter. The mood was relaxed and welcoming.
Annaleah’s mother made some final alterations to the wedding dress that she has made by hand. Meanwhile, other family got dressed and ready and began the small caravan to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. On the way to the light house, we passed a coyote eating a lizard. We also saw hawks, turkey vultures, ravens, cows grazing in fields, elk and deer all sharing the rolling hills of West Marin.
Ceremony near the Point Reyes Lighthouse
Once we arrived at the Lighthouse (which was closed), we found our way to a little area close by which looked out onto the Pacific Ocean. Two unrelated visitors watched the ceremony from a rock nearby. Annaleah’s father, ordained by the Dudest Church, led the short, sweet, and nontraditional ceremony. After 11 years of being together they were married. It was personal and unique, and honored love, family, and community. The fog started rolling in and the wind picked up. As the sun dropped low in the sky, we slowly made our way to Point Reyes Station, stopping along the way to enjoy the incredible scenery. I hope you enjoy this tiny Point Reyes wedding as much as I did.