California Railroad Museum WeddingSamantha + Jeff

If you ever dreamed of having a California history wedding… Samantha and Jeff took their love to the next level with their Railroad Museum nuptials!

From a first look in Capitol Park to sunset portraits in Old Sac, these lovebirds shared their Sacramento pride throughout their Big Day.

Capitol Park Sacramento first look - Carmen Salazar

Samantha was so nervous to see her dashing groom. But Jeff was beyond giddy to give his bride the beautiful sapphire necklace he picked out.
First look at California State Capitol - Carmen Salazar

Sometimes my job has amazing moments where I get to go beyond the camera. Us photographers are often there for emotional support – wiping away happy tears or helping our newlyweds just take a moment to celebrate their love.

I’ll say it again… I LOVE what I do!
Bride and groom walk at Capitol Park - Carmen Salazar
Beautiful bride on Capitol steps - Carmen Salazar

Our beautiful bride embodied the elegant simplicity of winter bridal style. Her choice of calla lilies in lieu of a traditional wedding bouquet was a personal favorite!
Calla Lilly wedding bouquet - Carmen Salazar
Bride and groom portraits at State Capitol - Carmen Salazar

Our lovebirds’ interest in the history of their hometown grew through their family tree. Both of their families were homesteaders to Sacramento in the 1850’s during the historic flood and foundation of the city.
Bride and groom lovingly embrace - Carmen Salazar
California State Capitol wedding photographer - Carmen Salazar

On the steps of the Capitol building, Jeff told me that they were thrilled to learn that the California Railroad Museum offers a gorgeous wedding space — what better venue for two Sacramento history lovers to say “I Do”!
Wedding prank at Capitol Park - Carmen Salazar

While leaving the park, Samantha thought it would be a great prank to have the local CHP arrest her hubby-to-be. Their boys thought it was hilarious and rooted for the officer to leave him locked in cuffs.

Luckily for us, he made bail and made it to the altar!
Bride and groom at California Railroad Museum - Carmen Salazar
Sacramento String Quartet wedding performance - Carmen Salazar
Sacramento Railroad Museum wedding photography - Carmen Salazar

I had never been to the Railroad Museum before, so I was blown away by the dozens of gorgeous vintage trains. Little did I know that part of the museum experience is to say your vows on an actual, working train!
Bride walking down the aisle at Railroad Museum - Carmen Salazar
California Railroad Museum wedding - Carmen Salazar
First kiss at Sacramento Railroad Museum - Carmen Salazar

What a gorgeous and unique ceremony location — I was waiting for the train to start running away with them!
Newlyweds at California Railroad Museum - Carmen Salazar
Signing marriage license at Golden Spike - Carmen Salazar

Adding to their historical theme, our newlyweds signed their marriage license next to the Golden Spike. This shimmering spike was driven by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad.

The spike symbolizes the joining of people together, so it was the perfect place to sign as man and wife.
Simplistic reception design at California Railroad Museum - Carmen Salazar

I can’t express my love for those lilies! A clean, modern choice for an elegant reception.

(It also doesn’t hurt to have a backdrop of shining locomotives!)

Elegant calla lily wedding arrangement - Carmen Salazar

Old Sacramento sunset wedding photography - Carmen Salazar
Tender wedding photography in Old Sacramento - Carmen Salazar
Epic sunset wedding photography in Old Sacramento - Carmen Salazar

There’s nothing like a gorgeous Sacramento sunset and two enamored lovebirds!
Grand entry to museum wedding reception - Carmen Salazar
Wedding reception at train history museum - Carmen Salazar
Best man speech at winter wedding - Carmen Salazar
First dance portraits at historic museum - Carmen Salazar

When I asked Jeff if he had the wedding jitters, he told me: “I’m going to be there for whatever she [Samantha] needs. I just want to make sure it’s perfect for her.”
Arial view of bride and groom's first dance - Carmen Salazar
Modern wedding cake at museum wedding - Carmen Salazar
Newlyweds smooch at cake cutting - Carmen Salazar
Conga line at Sacramento museum wedding - Carmen Salazar

It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, when it’s conga time you better get your dancing shoes movin’! California Railroad Museum wedding train farewell - Carmen Salazar

For a magical farewell, Samantha and Jeff rode their ceremony train for a grand exit from their beautiful day. That’s what I call riding in style!

Happy First anniversary to these two lovebirds!


Venue – California Railroad Museum

Coordinator – Events By Rebecca

Flowers – Bloom + Vine

Event Rentals – Celebrations Rentals

Caterer – Buckhorn Grill

Cake – Above and Beyond Cakes

MC –  DJ Rufio Entertainment

Music – Sacramento String Quartet

Transportation – Limitless Limos

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