‘Getting hitched’ at Alpacas of Anza Valley Ranch offers unique photo opportunities

The alpacas who added fun, class and a bit whimsy to the photos; often stealing the show adorned in their floral leas and bows. Ashley Williams photography
The alpacas who added fun, class and a bit whimsy to the photos; often stealing the show adorned in their floral leas and bows. Ashley Williams photography

When Ashley Williams visited the Roy’s alpaca ranch last year at one of their Alpacas of Anza Valley Open Ranch Days, she fell in love, not only with those fuzzy cute alpaca faces but the landscape itself. Returning home to the San Diego area her creative mind began to see possibilities. A photographer by trade she could imagine using the local flora and fauna and cute alpacas in a photo shoot that spoke everything wedding. From floral arrangements, place settings, invitations, bridal gown, groom’s tuxedos, the ceremony setting, to the couple’s table and reception area, all would take on a new look at the Roy’s alpaca ranch.

Ashley decided to call Julie Roy and explained her idea, asking if it would be OK if they used the ranch and alpacas in a wedding themed photo shoot in the early spring.

“It had been raining a lot that week and as the day approached I hoped it would stop raining in time for the ground to be just right; dry enough, but not to dry. A long white wedding dress does not go well with mud nor dust,” Roy explained.

Ever mindful, she didn’t want Ashley to waste her time. She knew she would be showing up with a whole crew, props, flowers, models and vendors and Roy really wanted everything to go well the first time.

Then there was the alpaca factor. Though they were cute and friendly with most people, Roy wasn’t quite sure how they would react to the cameras with all the equipment being used during the photo shoots.

The day of the photo shoot finally came and for Roy that day took on a magic of its own. She watched in amazement as each shoot was scoped out of the wilderness that surrounds the ranch to be photographed at just the right time of day to make the best use of the natural light. She watched the experts in their field prepared and create the many different wedding vignettes to be used as props showcasing their wonderful talents and wears.

“The models who represented the bride and groom that day were so natural their shots gentle and kind,” said Roy, adding they worked well with the alpacas who added fun, class and a bit whimsy to the photos; often stealing the show adorned in their floral leas and bow ties.

The out of the box floral arrangements matched the mood of the local landscape perfectly, simple yet elegant. Each floral was purposefully created to draw the eye into and around the vignette, full of creativity, style, fun and new inspiration.

By placing prepared florals and plants in the foreground along a drape walkway full of color Williams created a simple yet exciting ceremony setting that would draw onlookers in and satisfy the couple that was to be wed.  The group worked tirelessly the whole afternoon until dust just to catch the right light for their amazing end of the day photo shoots.

It was an “out of the box” kind of day, perfect and something Roy figured had probably never happened in Anza before, but one that should definitely happen again.

They say the proof is in the pudding and the photos created by Ashley Williams and her crew speaks loudly.

For more information on Alpacas of Anza Valley, visit http://alpacasav.com/ or by call (858) 361-6321.

To contact Photographer Ashley Williams call (760) 214-2932 or visit www.ashleywilliamsphotography.com.

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