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Alison + Isaiah's Micro Wedding In Sacramento
Alison And Isaiah Always Knew They Were Meant To Be Together—or At Least Alison Always Knew! Alison’s Junior High Crush On Isaiah Remained Unspoken And Therefore Unrequited For Years. Their Families Remained Close Throughout Their Lives Which Allowed For These Two To Develop A Deep Friendship That Blossomed Into So Much More When The Time Was Right. This Couple’s Certainty That They Are Meant To Be Helped Keep Them Flexible And Calm When Their Wedding Shifted Due To Covid From Their Original Vision To A Micro-wedding At Alison’s Parent’s House In Sacramento.we Started Alison And Isaiah’s Wedding Day By Capturing Photos Of Their Wedding Details And The Bride Getting Ready In Her Parent’s Home. Pictures Of Alison And Her Siblings Were All Around The House. These Old Memories Surrounding Everyone Felt So Special As Alison’s Bridesmaids Helped Her Get Ready To Marry Isaiah. alison And Isaiah Did A First Look At An Irrigation Facility Turned Park Around The Block From Alison’s Parent’s Home. The Impromptu Location Turned Out To Be A Beautiful Backdrop For This Special Moment. After The First Look, We Took Bridal Party Photos At The Park And Then It Was Time To Head Back To The House For The Ceremony.the Backyard Of The Zuris’ Home Was Transformed Into A Ceremony Site. A Wooden Arch Adorned With A Floral Centerpiece Stood At The End Of A Short Aisle. Isaiah’s Brother Served As The Ceremony’s Officiant And Both Isaiah’s And Alsion’s Siblings Made Up A Large Part Of Their Bridal Party. The Connection Between The Bride And Groom’s Families As A Whole Made The Day Feel Even More Intimate. Vows Were Given, Rings Were Exchanged, And With A Kiss, Alison And Isaiah Officially Became Husband And Wife!after The Ceremony, The Bride And Groom Took Photos With Their Families At The Ceremony Site. Everyone Then Moved Inside To Share A Meal And Raise A Glass To The New Mr. And Mrs. A Few Happy Tears And Tons Of Laughter Were Shared During The Toasts. The Party Was Then Moved Back Outside To The Twinkle Light Lined Patio Where Alison And Isaiah Shared Their First Dance And Then Danced With Their Families. we Ended The Day With Sunset Photos Of Alison And Isaiah Along A Quiet Bike Path Outside The House. Working With These Two Was Such A Dream. They Were So Flexible And Stayed Calm Through All The Last Minute Changes. They Just Have So Much Love For Each Other And It Radiates Through The Images Captured Of Their Wedding Day. to See More Of Their Romantic, Intimate Wedding Day, Click View Gallery.
A Real Life Fairytale
Just Months Ago, Chris Almost Didn’t Make It Through A Bad Car Accident. The Doctors Told Karra To Say Goodbye. But It Was A Miracle In The Making, As His Grandmother, Constantly Visited His Hospital Room, Got On Her Knees And Prayed For God To Do The Impossible. And Here We Are Celebrating Their Wedding Day!!congrats To Karra + Chris!! Cheers To A Lifetime Of Love, Gratitude And Faith.#weddingday #miracles #lovestory #prayerchangeseverything #raleighweddingphotographer
Chick White, Black, Light Grey, Charcoal Grey Wedding At Lakeside Pavilion
This Was My First Bilingual Wedding Ever And It Was Incredible. There Is Something About Having The Same Speech Spoken Twice. You Become Highly Aware Of The Emotion In The Faces Of Others While They Listen And It Is Powerful! Let Me Tell You, There Wasn’t A Dry Eye In The House When The Officiant & Friend Translated Oscar’s Dad’s Speech To The English Speakers.oscar And Karin Met In February 2017 In Mancora, Peru While Karin Was Backpacking Through South America And Oscar Was Vacationing With His Friends. They Traveled Together For 2 Weeks Before Oscar Had To Return To Chile. In August, Karin Moved To Santiago, Chile To Be With Oscar. They Lived In Santiago Together For Over A Year Before Decided To Go Backpacking Throughout Central And South America. In December 2018, Karin And Oscar Flew To Cancun, Mexico To Start Their 6 Month Adventure Together! They Traveled Through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, And Colombia, Where They Got Engaged. After 6 Months Of Navigating Through These Countries, Karin And Oscar Knew They Were Meant For Each Other. Then They Had To Return To Their Respective Countries And Wait For Oscar’s Visa To Be Approved So He Could Move To California. Oscar Arrived In November And The Two Have Been Planning Like Crazy To Celebrate Their Love In February 2020 With Both Of Their Families Present!karin And The Ladies Got Ready At Her Family Home By The Park. In The Backyard Is Where The Couple Had Their First Look! Then We Took Wedding Party Photos In The Redwood Grove By The Nature Center In Lower Bidwell Park. It Was Less Than A 5-minute Drive From Lakeside Pavilion. This Added Some Location Variety To Their Photos.i Am So In Love With Karin’s Wedding Ring, It’s A Beautiful Emerald Cut. I’m All For Unique Engagement Rings That Break The Confines Of The Traditional Diamond Ring. I’m Not Hating On Diamonds, I Have One Myself. We All Know They Are A Girl’s Best Friend. But All The New Gems I’m Seeing Out There Are Like The New Best Friends You Make At College!their Tables Had Chic Styling With White Linens And Silk Charcoal Grey Hand Linens. Paired With White And Green Center Arrangements. The Wedding Party Was In Black, This Theme Tied Into Their Winter Wedding Style Perfectly. Although, Unlike Most Winter Weddings, Here In California Is Was 70 Degrees!karin & Oscar Did Their First Dance To A Chilean Salsa. It Had All The Guests Standing And Cheering Along. It Was Remarkable And Made Me Wish I Knew How To Salsa!i Hope You Love Checking Out This Lakeside Pavilion Wedding. Maybe It Will Give You Some Ideas If You Are Planning A Winter Wedding Of Your Own!see More Of My Favorite Images From Their Gorgeous Wedding Day By Clicking View Gallery Below :)
Lauren + Cory's Yolanda Ranch Wedding
Lauren Is A Nurse And Cory Is A Firefighter, And They Make The Perfect Team!lauren Was First Caught Checking Cory Out At The Gym. She Tried To Impress Him With Her Brut Strength During Workouts But Cory Doesn’t Remember That. Cory Says, “i Just Liked Her.” Cory Asked Lauren Out To Coffee In The Gym Parking Lot Soon Thereafter. A Few Fun Dates Happened, But Things Didn’t Get Serious Until A Few Years Later When Cory Dislodged His Shoulder While Snowboarding And Lauren Had To Pull His Quite-fragrant Snowboarding Boot And Sock Off For Him Because His Right Arm Was Entirely Out Of The Socket. Fast Forward A Few Dates After This Bonding Moment And Lauren Quickly Evened The Playing Field With Things Like Dropping Cory’s Phone In The River While Trying To Take A Selfie, Accidentally Skipping A Rock Into The Back Of His Head, And Stalling Her Car In His Driveway With Un-jumpable Batteries. All This To Say, Cory Has Learned A Lot About Unconditional Love And Says Lauren’s “goofiness” Is One Of His Favorite Things About Her. Lauren Would Say Loving Cory Has Been So Easy And She Knows His Constant Patience And Kindness Is Undeserved. He Is The Picture Selfless Love. Cory Challenges Lauren To Grow, Unlike Anyone Else.cory Proposed In Hawaii In April At The End Of A Strenuous Hike. Lauren’s Family Was There And Did A Great Job Keeping The Secret And Capturing The Shock On Lauren’s Face When Cory Got Down On One Knee. The Whole Day Was Beyond Her Wildest Dreams.cory Had Lauren Convinced There Was No Chance He Had Enough Money For A Ring, Even Though He Had Been Behind The Scenes For A Few Months Working With A Few Of Lauren’s Friends To Determine Her Perfect Ring. And Perfect It Was!lauren And Cory Have A Lot In Common Such As A Shared Love For Their Dogs, Exercising, Watching Sports, Exploring The Outdoors, And Spending Time With Family And Friends. But They Also Differ In Many Ways Such As Sleeping In, Being On Time, Raiders Vs. Broncos, Having Feelings…the List Goes On. But This Is The Only Reason They Are Perfect For Each Other. They Accept Those Differences And Choose To Grow From Them And Refine Them To Make Their Other Half Better.see More Of Their Beautiful, Rustic Outdoor Wedding Day By Clicking View Gallery Below.
Golden Hour Wedding Photos That Will Convince You To Take Sunset Photos
Considering Carving Out Time On Your Wedding Day Timeline For Golden Hour Photos? It’s A Must, And I’ll Tell You Why. Golden Hour Is The First Hour After Sunrise And The Hour Before Sunset. The Sky Is Filled With Pink And Orange Hues. The Warm Glowy Light Is Incredibly Flattering On The Skin And In-camera. Plus, You Can’t Go Wrong On The Time Of Year Because Every Season Has Beautiful Evening Skies.i Also Highly Recommend Doing A Sunset Session On Your Wedding Day Because This 10-15 Minute Window Gives Newlyweds A Moment To Soak It In And Be. These Always Become Favorites Of The Bride And Groom. Still Not Convinced? Look At How Much Fun These Couples Are Having On Their Wedding Day!the Yolanda Ranch Wedding
Design & Styling Trends For Wedding Reception Tables
Spring Wedding With Warm Florals & Gold Accentsthis Intimate Spring Wedding Featured Small Two-seater Tables For Social Distancing. Wood Leaning Table Numbers With Calligraphy Painted Lettering. The Pops Of Color From The Gold Candlesticks And The Gold Flatware Pair Beautifully With The Blush Napkins And Centerpieces.
Chicago Engagement Session
The First Time I Met Amber, Her Mom Had Hired Me For Their Family Photo Session. Then I Had The Pleasure Of Being Her Sister, Michelle’s, Wedding Photographer… And Now Her’s!!!i Met Amber And Elliot Together At Michelle’s Wedding, And It Was Apparent These Two Would Be Getting Engaged Soon! They Were So Giddy About Each Other, You Could See It All Over Their Faces. Fast Forward Two Years; It’s Just The Same! These Two Sweet, Silly, Peas In A Pod Are Full Of Personality. They Reside In Chicago Currently. I Had The Opportunity To Fly Out And Capture These Two In Their Element. We Had So Much Fun Shooting Their Engagement Session Around The City; I Would 3rd Wheel With These Two Any Day!so Looking Forward To Their 2021 Wedding!! But For Now, See Some Of My Favorites From Their Downtown Chicago Engagement Session By Clicking View Gallery Below.
Winter Wedding With Navy Blue, Burgundy & Ivory Color Palette
When Gina And Richard Were Looking For Their Perfect Wedding Venue, Finding A Way To Incorporate Their Dogs Was A Top Priority. Animals Are Gina’s Life Work. She Is A Huge Advocate For Animals And Works At The Local Shelter. Richard Fully Supports Her Passion And Has Been Known To Help At The Shelter So Often; Those Other Shelter Workers Consider Him An Honorary Employee.they Found The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection In Sacramento, Ca! This Place Allowed Pups And Was The Perfect Venue For An Indoor January Wedding. Their Vision Of A Formal, Art Deco, Wedding Celebration Came To Fruition. The Color Palette Was Navy Blue, Burgundy, Ivory, Blush, And Gold. The Geometric Arbor Was Custom Made By The Groom, And The Table Centerpieces Were Glass And Gold Atriums. These Elements Can Be Seen Throughout The Decor And Through The Wedding Invitations.the Bride & Groom Had Three Dream Photo Requests — All Of Which Are Hilarious, And Awesome In My Personal Opinion.gina Wanted A Photo Of Her And Three Of Her Close High School Friends, Holding A Pillow, That Had A Picture Of Them On It At Emily’s Wedding (the Maid Of Honors) Holding A Pillow, Of A Photo Of Them Holding A Pillow. It’s “pillow-ception” – Needless To Say, That Moment Was All Laughs.gina & Richard Asked Their Dear Friend Christian To Be The Officiant. It Just So Happens That Christian Has A Hidden Talent Of Sabering Champagne! He Has Done It On A Handful Of Occasions But Generally At Night With Low-quality Iphone Video. But This Time, They Wanted Us To Capture It! It Was An Incredibly Clean Cut!gina Wanted Photos With A Group Of Friends In Front Of Graffiti. Luckily For Us, Being In Downtown Sacramento There Was Plenty Of Different Mural Graffiti Art To Choose From.cheers To The New Mrs. Gina Catallo-kokoletsos & Mr. Richard Kokoletsos!side Note About This Venue: It Was My First Time Working At This Venue. It Was Truly An Enjoyable Experience, Even As A Vendor! Tina, The Manager And The Entire Staff Treated Our Photo And Video Team Like Guests And Had Incredible Hospitality To Every Person That Walked Through Doors. Not The Mention, The Food Was To Die For Good. If You Are In The Area, Stop By – Their Restaurant Is Open To The Public.but For Now, Check Out My Favorites From Their Modern Wedding Day By Clicking View Gallery Below.
Aurelia + Zach's Nella Terra Wedding
This Modern American Chinese Wedding Had A Few Unique Touches To Honor Heritage. The Seating Chart Tables Were Named By The Chinese Zodiac Calendar. And For The Reception, The Bride Changed Into A Traditional Chinese Wedding Dress! Scroll Through The Blog To See Some Of My Favorite Images From Their Day And Learn A Little About The Details Of The Wedding At The Bottom.essential Details To The Bride & Groom:the Most Important Parts To Them From The Day Were The Vows, The Dance Party, And Incorporating Their Dogs. The Pups Were In The Ceremony And Made An Appearance For Family Photos. They Had A Dog Walking Service Pick Them Up And Take Them To The Hotel, So None Of The Guests Had To Leave The Wedding!zach’s Attire:his Vibrant Blue Tux And Cream-colored Bowtie Complimented The Fall Colors Rust Orange, Pale Pink, Emerald Green.aurelia’s Attire:she Purchased It From Lisimon, Little White Dress In Denver, Colorado.note From My Experience:this Couple Is So Incredibly Sweet, Not Only Were They A Dream To Work With, But They Also Cared Deeply For All Their Guests And Even All Their Vendors. It Was Important To Them That Everyone Had A Good Experience, Guests, And Vendors Alike.about Zach & Aurelia:nearly Five Years Ago, Two Recent College Graduates Began Their Careers In Denver. One Was A Colorado Native Entering The Finance World. The Other, Having Grown Up In California And Sent To Denver On A Two-year Teaching Commitment, Had Not Experienced A Real Winter In Her Life. Both Loved Dogs.the Couple First Met Online When Zach Very Creatively Messaged Aurelia With A “hey, What’s Up?” The Conversation Always Flowed Easily, And An Instant Connection Was Made. For Their First Date, Zach Decided To Take Aurelia To The Denver Art Museum Since Her Tolerance For Alcohol Was Nonexistent And “drinks?” Wasn’t An Option. It Felt As If They Were Old Friends Just Catching Up, Laughing Together The Entire Time. Fast Forward Two Years When Aurelia Was Close To Finishing Up Her Teaching Contract In Denver, Zach Introduced Mowgli Into Their Lives And Convinced Her To Stay! Two Houses, Two Dogs, And A Whole Lot Of Love And Happy Memories Later, The Duo Couldn’t Be More Excited To Begin Their Adventures Growing Old And Gray Together.to See More From Their Picture-perfect Outdoor Wedding Day, Click View Gallery And Scroll Through Some Of My Favorite Images!
Jewel Tone Wedding Palette At Almendra Winery In Durham California
Almendra Winery & Distillery Is A Hidden Gem Of A Wedding Venue. It’s Nestled In Durham California, A 10-15 Minute Drive Outside Of Chico Ca. The Building Itself Has Old Mission-style Architecture, A Tasking Room With Big Beautiful Windows, And A Small Vineyard Surrounding The Property.this Bride Decided To Do The First Look Off-site At A Beautiful Nursery Called The Plant Barn. We Did Some Of Full Wedding Party Photos There And The Remaining Photos At Almendra. The Rich Jewel Tone Palate Paired Perfectly With The Setting.the Table Arrangements Had A Mix Of Pomegranates And Other Accents For The Perfect Fall Wedding. If That Description Of Cora + Doug's Perfect Day Spoke To You, Just Wait Until You See Their Photos!!click View Gallery Below To Scroll Through Some Of My Favorites From Their Picture-perfect Day!
Elk Cove Inn Elopement With Tessa + Rj
While Many People Are Currently Holding Elopements In Place Of Covid Canceled Ceremonies, Tessa And Rj Had A True Elopement. They Did Not Announce Their Engagement Publicly, So To Most Of Their Friends And Family, The News Of Their Nuptials Would Be A Complete Surprise. Even Their Parents Were Last-minute Invitees! Tessa And Rj Eloped In The Small Town Of Elk, California Just Outside Of Mendocino. Tessa Loves The Ocean And Rj Loves The Redwoods; Elk Has The Perfect Mix Of Both.tessa And Rj Spent Their Wedding Weekend At Elk Cove Inn & Spa. Nestled Along California’s Highway One, Elk Cove Inn Is A Unique Gem. The Craftsman-style Mansion Was Built In 1833 On A Bluff Overlooking The Dramatic Mendocino Coastline. While The Property And Views Are Breathtaking On Their Own, The Inn’s Service And Hospitality Propel It To Another Level. Their Restaurant Serves Delicious 4-5 Course Meals And Has A Sommelier On Staff To Recommend Perfect Pairings And Local Pours. Fresh Baked Cookies And Port Await The Inn’s Guests In Each Of The Rooms Upon Arrival. Tessa And Rj Are Such Warm And Welcoming People And That Was Reflected In Their Choice To Host Their Elopement At Elk Cove Inn & Spa.on Their Wedding Day, Tessa And Rj Did A First Look Among The Thriving Gardens On The Inn’s Property. Tessa’s Lace Bodice Sheath Gown Looked Stunning Amongst The Tall Flowers And Greenery. Rj’s Parents Snuck A Fun Little First Look Of The Bride And Groom As Well! After Their First Look At The Inn, We Took A Short Drive To The Redwood Forests. We Captured Some Beautiful Shots Against The Dramatic Backdrop Of The Trees. Any Wedding Day Jitters This Couple May Have Had Were Completely Laughed Off. Tessa And Rj’s Silly Nature Shines Through In So Many Of The Moments We Captured.tessa And Rj Returned To The Inn And Headed Down To The Beach To Exchange Their Vows. They Both Kicked Off Their Shoes Once They Made It To The Sandy Shore And Walked To The Ceremony Spot Side By Side With Their Parents Close Behind. Once They Arrived At The Site, Tessa’s Father Handed Her A Lush Bouquet Of White Blooms And The Officiant Began. Tessa And Rj Shared Personal Vows Which Made It Such A Heartfelt Moment. They Then Exchanged Rings And Sealed Their Union With A Kiss! while Still Down On The Beach, Tessa And Rj Took Portraits With Their Parents. After Family Shots, The New Mr. & Mrs. Remained Alone On The Beach To Capture Some More Photos Of The Two Of Them. This Hilarious And Adventuresome Duo Kept Wanting To Get Into The Freezing Water! We Got So Many More Gorgeous Pictures Of Tessa And Rj Along The Shore. It’s Hard To Say Which Dramatic Backdrop, The Redwoods Or The Ocean, I Preferred To Shoot In But I’m Fairly Certain Tessa And Rj Could Look Beautiful And Have Fun Anywhere.with All The Photos Taken, All That Was Left To Do Was Enjoy A Delicious Meal Back At Elk Cove Inn With Family And Raise A Glass To Tessa And Rj. I Can’t Say Enough Good Things About The Kindness And Warmth Of This Couple. People Like Tessa And Rj Fill My Job With So Much Joy. The Whole Experience Was Incredible. I Am So Grateful They Asked Me To Photograph This Special Day And Enjoy The Charm Of The Area And The Amazing Hospitality Of Elk Cove Inn & Spa For The Weekend. If I Could Go Back And Do This Session Every Day, I Would!to See More From This Gorgeous, Intimate Elopement, Click View Gallery Below.
Mount Tamalpais State Park Engagement Session
Jenna And Ryan Are Making The Most Out Of Quarantine Life. Like Many Couples, The Pandemic Caused Them To Postpone Their Wedding Until 2021 When Hopefully They’ll Be Able To Gather With All Their Family And Friends. Instead Of Letting Their Delayed Nuptials Get Them Down, This Adventurous Couple Decided To Embark On A Cross Country Trip. Jenna And Ryan Purchased A Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon Camper And Completely Renovated It To Tour The Country Together. A Week Before They Headed Out On Their Road Trip, I Met Jenna And Ryan At Mount Tamalpais State Park For An Engagement Photo Session.mount Tamalpais Is The Highest Point In The Marin Hills. Jenna And Ryan Chose This State Park Not Only For Its Sweeping Hillsides But Also For Its Views Of The Pacific Ocean And San Francisco Bay And City Skyline. San Francisco Is Where Jenna And Ryan Met And Have Lived Up Until Their Van Adventure. We Started The Day Near Trojan Point To Make Sure We Could Capture Photos With All The Backdrops Mount Tamalpais Had To Offer. i Loved How At Ease Jenna And Ryan Were With Each Other. You Could Tell How Completely Comfortable They Are Together. They Were Giggly And Sweet And Having So Much Fun As We Traversed The Rolling Hills Of Dry Grass. Jenna Wore A Gorgeous White Reformation Dress With A Red Rosebud Pattern. It Looked Effortless Yet Striking Against Mount Tamalpais’ Color Palette. Ryan Accented His Fiancée’s Style With Khakis And A Denim Button-down Shirt With Rolled Sleeves. once We Finished Shooting On The Hillside, We Headed Back To Jenna And Ryan’s Van, Which They Have Lovingly Named Lucy. We Captured Some Fun Moments With Jenna, Ryan, And Lucy All Together. It Felt Only Appropriate To End The Session With The Three Of Them Driving Away. i Loved Getting To Work With This Charming Couple. I Admire Their Sense Of Adventure And Willingness To Leave Their Jobs To Head Out On The Open Road Together. I’m Excited To Follow Along On Their Adventures And See What The World Has In Store For Jenna, Ryan, And Lucy! (if You Want To Follow Along Too, You Can Find Them On Instagram @along_came_lucy).see More From This Dreamy, Adventure Engagement Session By Clicking View Gallery Below.
Mini Wedding In Niagara On The Lake, Canada
The White Gazebo In Niagara-on-the-lake Is Almost As Famous As Niagara-on-the-lake Itself. Enjoy A Refreshingly Small Wedding Captured By Afterglow Images On A Mix Of Film And Digital In The Heart Of Old Town Niagara On The Lake.
Jessica & Layshia Clarendon Berkeley, Ca Wedding
I Have Had The Privilege To Capture So Many Moments In Jessica And Layshia’s Lives, From Their Engagement To Their Wedding And Jessica’s Maternity Photos. Now That Baby Clarendon Has Arrived, I Am Looking Forward To Photographing Their Little Family Of Three As Soon As It Is Safe To Do So. While I Excitedly Wait For That Time To Come, It Seemed Like The Perfect Time To Reminisce On This Amazing Couple’s Wedding Day.jessica And Layshia Met At The University Of California, Berkeley, So When It Came Time To Exchange Vows In November Of 2017, They Returned To Berkeley. They Started The Day Together, Having Their Hair And Makeup Tended To And Sipping Mimosas With Their Bridal Parties. Once It Came Time To Don Their Wedding Apparel, Jessica And Layshia Went Their Separate Ways To Get Ready For Their First Look. Jessica Wore A Timeless A-line Gown With A Satin Spaghetti-strap Bodice And Flowing Tulle Skirt. She Accented The Dress With A Champagne-colored Satin Belt At Her Waist And Topped Her Bodice With A Cap Sleeve Lace Overlay. Layshia Wore A Crisp White Button-down And Tailored Grey Suit With Slim Leg Trousers Featuring A Higher Pant Break To Show Off Her Tobacco-colored Leather Brogue Oxfords. Layshia’s Completed Her Outfit With A Beautiful Floral Tie By Dazi.when It Was Time For Their First Look, Jessica And Layshia Made Their Way To Campus. It Was So Sweet To Capture Jessica And Layshia Walking Up Either Side Of Uc Berkeley’s South Hall Steps To Share A Kiss And Some Laughs Before Their Ceremony. Jessica And Layshia Both Held Lush Bouquets Of White Blooms And Greenery For Their Photos On Campus. After Their First Look, We Finished Our Time On Campus Shooting Their Wedding Party And Family Photos In Front Of Uc Berkeley’s Library.i Have Been To And Worked At Many Weddings. Still, To This Day, Jessica And Layshia’s Ceremony Stands Out In My Memory For Its Authenticity And The Emotion It Evoked For Everyone Present. The Ceremony Took Place A Little Before Sunset On The Patio At The Shattuck Hotel. The Space Was Decorated With Abundant Greenery And Votive Candles. Jessica And Layshia Wanted Their Ceremony To Be Intimate, So They Arranged The Ceremony Seating In A Circle. They Stood In The Center Of The Ring, Surrounded By Their Closest Family And Friends While They Wed. Jessica And Layshia Exchanged Touching Personal Vows That Were Incredibly Intentional. Their Ceremony Was A Powerful And Moving Moment To Witness. I, Along With The Rest Of Their Guests, Was Tearing Up The Whole Time.once Their Vows Were Exchanged And Jessica And Layshia’s Union Was Sealed With A Kiss, Jessica Shed Her Lace Overlay Top, And Layshia Traded Her Suit Jacket For Suspenders And Rolled Up Her Sleeves; It Was Time To Celebrate. The Cocktail Hour And Dinner Were Joyful Affairs, And The Dance Party That Followed Was, In A Word, Epic. i Absolutely Loved Being At This Wedding.jessica And Layshia Are The Types Of People That Create Joy Wherever They Go, Not Just On The Dance Floor. They Are Just Good People. Layshia Is A Professional Basketball Player In The Wnba And Uses Her Platform To Raise Awareness And Speak On Marginalized Communities’ Issues. They Are Social Advocates Who Fight For The Inclusion Of Lgbtq+ Folx. In Place Of Wedding Favors, Jessica And Layshia Made Charitable Donations In Their Guest’s Honor. Like I Said, Good People. Getting To Be Part Of The Big Moments In Jessica And Layshia’s Lives Has Been Such An Honor, And I Cannot Wait To Capture More Of Their Family’s Journey.see More From This Beautiful California Wedding Day By Clicking View Gallery Below.
Elegant Wedding In Santorini
Lewis And Stephanie, Chidhood Sweethearts And Soulmates, Tied The Knot On The World's Most Romantic Island Of Santorini, In Greece. While Having Travelled In More Than 50 Countries Together, Santorini Remained In Their Hearts, As Lewis Had Proposed To Stephanie There.their Day Was Magical! Stunning Views, Beautiful White Florals And Gold Details Added To This Trully Romantic And Elegant Wedding. Their Love Filled The Air And We Couldn't Be Happier To Capture Their Special Connection!
Indian Wedding At The Gamble Gardens
I Usually Don’t Take Weddings Less Than Five Months Out, But When I Met Devana And Daniel, We Just Clicked, And I Was Blown Away By Their Organization. After Postponing Their Big Indian Wedding Multiple Times, They Decided To Downsize To A Micro Wedding. Both Project Managers In The Bay Area Tech Industry, Devana And Daniel Poured Their Work Skills Into Their Wedding And Were Able To Plan The Whole Event In Just About Three Weeks. Devana Presented A Slide Show That Communicated Every Detail Of Their Plan At Our Consultation, From The Ceremony Site Set Up To Their Covid Conscious Seating Arrangements. Devana And Daniel Truly Made Their Wedding Day Their Own.the Wedding Day Started In Devana’s Parent’s Home In Palo Alto, Where The Bride And Groom And Their Attendants Got Ready. They Applied Their Own Makeup And Traditional Wedding Henna. Even Daniel Had A Unique Henna Piece On His Palm. The Dress Devana Had Initially Planned On Wearing For Her Wedding Day Could Not Be Imported From India Due To The Pandemic, So She Instead Wore The Same Dress That Her Mother And Her Sister Wore On Their Wedding Days. All Of Devana’s Bridal Jewelry And Bangles Were Borrowed As Well. Once They Were Ready, Devana And Daniel Did Their First Look Before Heading Together To Their Ceremony.devana And Daniel Hosted Their Wedding Ceremony At The Elizabeth F Gamble Garden, Just A Short Walk From Devana’s Childhood Home. The Garden That Devana Grew Up Visiting Was Transformed Into The Ceremony Site With An Aisle Leading To A Simple, Airy Mandap, A Hindu Wedding Altar. The Mandap Was Adorned With Lush Florals Hung Asymmetrically, And A Hindu Priest Was Present Via Zoom To Conduct The Traditional Indian Wedding Ceremony. Devana And Daniel’s Hindu Wedding Involved Many Traditions And Rituals Steeped In History And Meaning; It Was A Beautiful Ceremony To Witness And Photograph. After Their Hindu Ceremony, Devana And Daniel Also Participated In A Western Ceremony And Exchanged Vows. Finally, They Rounded The Whole Thing Out With A Kiss To Seal Their Union!after The Ceremony, We Took Portraits With Family And Guests In The Garden. Devana And Daniel Have Family Members At High Risk For Covid Complications, So They Took All Precautions Possible, Including Socially Distanced Photos For Guests Outside Of Their Pandemic Pod. The Guests Had Fun Showing Their Relationship With The Bride And Groom Even While Staying Six Feet Apart. Everyone Then Headed Back To Devana’s Parent’s Home For A Backyard Reception. Guests Were Spaced And Seated By Their Small Family Groups, Where They Each Toasted With Personalized Wine Bottle Glasses And Individually Boxed Charcuterie Snack Boxes!devana And Daniel’s Intimate Yet Socially Distanced Wedding Was Proof That So Long As You Focus On What A Wedding Day Is Truly About (hint: Getting Married!), You Can Overcome Almost Any Obstacle And Create A Beautiful, Personal Ceremony And Reception Full Of Tradition, Meaning, Joy, And Love.see More From This Beautiful, Indian Wedding Day By Clicking View Gallery Below.
Romantic Cellar 52 Wedding - Kitchener Wedding Photographer
A Romantic Cellar 52 Wedding, St. Jacobs Ontario (1430 King St N, St. Jacobs, On): When Our Lovely Couple Reached Out To Us About Photographing Their Lovely Cellar 52 Wedding Day In St. Jacobs, We Were Thrilled! To Have A Cellar 52 Wedding Means You Have Plenty Of Natural Light Throughout The Venues, The Entire Day. This Wedding In St. Jacobs Officially Started With The Lovely Bride And Groom Getting Ready With Their Wedding Party Right At Cellar 52. One Of The Things That All Couples At Cellar 52 Love Is Their First Look On The Staircase, As The Bride And Her Dad Had. The Bride And Her Groom Exchanged Vows In An Intimate Ceremony Surrounded By Friends, Family, And The Natural Light Seeping Through The Windows Of Cellar 52. After The Ceremony, The Happy Bride And Groom Joined Us At The Riverside Along With Their Wedding Party While The Guests Enjoyed The Patio Reception. This Venue Is Unique Because There Are Many Locations For Photos - Wedding Photos And Details Can Be Done Inside And Outdoors. A Couple Can Also Choose To Have Their Ceremony Outside By The River. When We Returned To The Patio, The Bride And Groom Had Their First Dance. Celebrating Under The Edison Bulbs, They Danced Happily As The Evening Came To A Close. We Love St. Jacobs And Absolutely Can't Wait To Return To Cellar 52 For The Next Wedding! If You Are Considering A Venue With A Lovely Space For Your Ceremony And Reception And Where You Can Dance Under Some Pretty Lights Over Your Head, You'll Find Everything And More At Cellar 52. 
Outdoorsy Wedding Weekend At Ovy Camp & Event Center
No Matter How Many Weddings I Shoot, It Is Always Fun To See How Each Couple I Work With Makes Their Wedding Day And Venue Uniquely Their Own. When I Had The Opportunity To Second Shoot Collin And Jessica’s Wedding At Ovy Camp In San Gregorio, This Was Especially True—because Ovy Camp Is Where I Hosted My Own Wedding!collin And Jessica Exchanged Their Vows In The Property’s Redwood Grove Framed By A Wooden Arbor Circle The Couple Made And Stained Themselves. The Modern Wedding Arch’s Caramel Tone Created A Beautiful Contrast Against The Redwood Trees’ Dark Bark And Evergreen Leaves. Collin Wore A Classic Grey Suit, And Jessica Wore A Unique Gown Straight Out Of A Bohemian Wedding Dream. Jessica’s Rue De Seine Nahla Gown Was Flowy Crinkle Chiffon In A Muted Floral Pattern, And The Bodice Featured Crochet-reminiscent Lace Detailing And Cutouts. The Mix Of Classic Details And Pops Of Texture And Color Made Collin And Jessica’s Ceremony Beautiful To Shoot.after The Ceremony And Capturing A Few Shots Of The Bride And Groom And Their Bridal Party, It Was Time For Collin And Jessica’s Reception. To Carry The Ceremony’s Romantic Tone Into The Reception, The Property’s Main Hall Was Adorned With Dried Floral Arrangements, Ivory Tablecloths, And Brass Accents. Collin And Jessica Also Included Many Unique Details And Activities That Showcased The Joys Of Hosting Their Wedding On A Summer Camp Property. From A Tie-dye Station To Various Yard Games, A Live Band, And A Rustic Pizza Oven Where Guests Each Built Individual-sized Pizzas For Dinner, Collin And Jessica Made Their Wedding A Complete Experience For Their Guests. returning To The Site Of My Own Wedding And Second Shooting With Fellow Photographer Shannon Rosan Gave Me The Chance To Be Reminded Of Just How Spectacular Of A Venue Ovy Camp Is. The 100-acre Property Nestled In The Bay Area Peninsula’s Redwood Forests Functions As An Overnight Youth Summer Camp During The Week That Is Available For Events And Weddings On The Weekends. Ovy Camp Offers Its Facilities To Be Rented For A Single Day Or Exclusive Access To The Property For The Entire Weekend. With Cabins And Tent Camping Options, Couples Can Spend Their Whole Wedding Weekend Surrounded By Up To 150 Of Their Closest Family And Friends. There Are Multiple Locations On-site Where A Couple Can Choose To Exchange Their Vows And Dance The Night Away, All Of Which Lend Themselves To Customization. it Was Such A Joy To Be Back At Ovy Camp For Collin And Jessica’s Wedding And See Another Couple Make This Exceptional Venue Their Own. I Will Always Recommend Ovy Camp And Hope I Have The Opportunity To Shoot There Again Soon.see More From This Beautiful, Boho Wedding Day By Clicking View Gallery Below.
Fairytale Wedding At Gardener Ranch, Carmel Valley
On Occasion, As A Photographer, I Find Myself Falling In Love With The Details Of A Client’s Wedding, Which Is Precisely What Happened While Second Shooting For Katie And Doug’s Wedding At Gardner Ranch In Carmel Valley. Being A Second Shooter Typically Means I Get To Hang Back Just A Little More Than I Typically Would On A Wedding Day. As The Second Shooter, My Job Is To Capture The Smaller Details The Day And Venue Have To Offer While The Primary Photographer Works Through The Client’s Shot List. Luckily For Me, Gardner Ranch Had An Abundance Of Swoon-worthy Details, And Katie And Doug’s Touches Played Off Of Those Details Beautifully. gardener Ranch Is A 24-acre Property About 25 Minutes Southwest Of Monterey Nestled In The Sun-soaked Hills Of Carmel Valley. The Canopies Of Oak, Sycamore, And Willow Trees Create A Romantic Diffused Light As The Sun Streams Through The Leaves On The Tree-studded Ranch. One Of The Most Picturesque Parts Of The Property Is The Woodland Lawn. The Naturally Styled Grassy Field And Greenery Beneath The Trees Make You Feel As Though You’ve Stumbled Into A Previously Undiscovered California Meadow. This Tranquil Scene Is Where Katie And Doug Chose To Exchange Their Vows. katie And Doug Let The Beauty Of Their Surroundings Speak Almost Wholly For Themselves. Their Only Addition To The Backdrop Was Arrangements Of Eucalyptus, Feathery Pampas Grass, And Muted Florals To Line The Aisle. They Let The Branches Of A Sycamore Tree Be Their Wedding Arch, And The Lush Grass Be Their Aisle Runner. The Bridesmaids Wore Blush-hued Dresses, And The Groomsmen Wore Navy Blue Suits. Katie’s Gown Had A Beaded Lace Bodice And A-line Tulle Skirt That Felt Airy And Ethereal In The Dappled Lighting. With Vows Exchanged, And Their Union Sealed With A Kiss, Katie And Doug Left The Woodland Lawn Hand In Hand As Husband And Wife.after The Ceremony, The Celebration Shifted To Gardener Ranch’s Clubhouse Patio Beside Its Sparkling Pool. Katie And Doug Chose To Host Their Reception Outdoors Under Market Lights Strung From The Treetops. The Weather Stayed Perfect All Day Long For The Outdoor Ceremony And Toasting The New Couple In The Open Air. When It Came Time For Dessert And Dancing, Guests Were Welcomed Inside By A Cozy Brick Fireplace And Retro Black And White Tile Flooring Beneath Their Feet. The Energy Of The Space And The Joy Of Katie And Doug’s Guests Ensured That The Day Ended Full Of Fun.gardner Ranch’s Mix Of Rustic, Natural Overtones And Its Chic, Elegant Details Lend Themselves To Almost Any Couple’s Style While Ensuring Romance Stays At The Forefront Of The Occasion. Gardner Ranch Also Offers Onsite Lodging Just As Beautiful As Its Celebration Spaces, Allowing Its Guests The Option Of Spending Their Entire Wedding Weekend With The Property As Their Private Paradise. while I Find Details I Love At All The Weddings I Have The Privilege Of Photographing, I Have To Admit That Gardner Ranch Swept Me Off My Feet. I Hope I Have The Opportunity To Return There To Celebrate Another Couple Soon.click View Gallery Below To View Some Of My Favorites From Their Day!
Laguna Beach Elopement At Top Of The World Park
I'm Going Wild Over Over This Elopement Session I Shot With Sallie & Brent! Their Wedding Was Originally Planned For 2020, But Has Now Been Rescheduled To Next Year Due To The Covid-19 Shutdown. So We Planned An Elopement Session To Celebrate Their Official Wedding Day. They're Such A Fun Couple, And I Had An Amazing Time Photographing Them In This Gorgeous Place. Looking Forward To Heading Out To Ny To Photograph Their Big Celebration Next Year! Many Thanks To Susanne At Crown Weddings For Putting It All Together And Dawn At Tularosa Flowers For The Beautiful Florals.