Monday, October 24, 2011

Timber Cove Pier Lake Tahoe Wedding (Cecilia and Matt got Married)


Cecilia is one of my closest girlfriends. Not the kind of friend who you see every day, or call up to catch up on every day, regular things, but a special kind of friend. She and I are the kind of friends who are there for each other in crisis. She has been there for me at my worst, lowest moments. At first it was by accident, a medical misdiagnosis six years ago had me sitting in a conference room at the tax firm where we met, shaking with nerves, and when I got the call it had all been a huge mistake, I stumbled out of the room, full of tears and went right into her arms. We have been friends ever since. We learned how to support each other in a way other people didn't. We have always been there for each other when it counted.

On Friday, I got to be there for her on a different kind of day. An overwhelmingly emotional day, but a happy one. She laughingly commented how pretty I looked with make-up; she was too used to seeing it running down my face to know what it looked like in it's proper place. :)

After seeing THIS wedding, Cecilia and Matt (who also happens to own Paladin Private Security, the biggest security company here in Sacramento) decided to marry in the same place, at the longest pier overlooking the blue waters of Lake Tahoe at Timbercove Marina. Cecilia, knowing me too well, managed to dupe me into being her Maid of Honor and shooting this wedding. (Still not quite sure how she did that, but I am NEVER doing it again! Never, never, never! lol)

The night before the ceremony it was realized that Cecilia and Matt's hand written ceremony had been left back at their home a few hours away, but since I had just so happened to have officiated a ceremony a couple of weeks before for my friends Kim & Jeff's 10 year vow-renewal, I had a whole ceremony already written, and a ton of additional readings and scripts already sitting in the backseat of my car (see, I told you it pays to be a slob) that we were able to adapt to Cecilia & Matt's love for each other and reflect their relationship. I emailed it to the officiant about 10:30pm the night before the wedding and somehow it all came together! I also have to credit my friend Vince Henry, whose wedding I will be shooting next year as well. I put a call into him to do some quick research on ring exchanges and he read me the scripts over the phone and I typed them into the service! It was wild, but turned out perfect.

Originally, Cecilia's parents hadn't been able to come to the wedding, but with Matt's entire family, and Cecilia's extended family there, there was more than enough relatives to make up for their much-missed absence. Cecilia had some special mementos from her family incorporated into her attire to honor and remember them on this big day. What Cecilia didn't know is that her mom had planned to surprise her and arrived at the marina just before the ceremony. I was so overwhelmed when I saw her I just burst into tears and gave her a big hug. We went and found the bride doing some last minute touch ups in the powder room, and her mom gave her a special emerald ring as her "something borrowed." It was super emotional and everyone was so happy!

But the surprises didn't stop there! Before the end of the reception, Cecilia's dad came through the door as well, and Cecilia got to celebrate her wedding day with both parents present. It was a huge surprise and great bonus and made for a great, joyous, exciting end to the reception.

You can see their engagement session at the Folsom Marina HERE.





Cecilia wasn't the only one who did some "duping." I sweet talked her into getting dressed in the woods. All brides should do this, don't you think? LOL









(Disclaimer: Again, I'm not a professional videographer, and I just do these for fun. C & M hired a professional videographer for their wedding day who will be putting together a wedding video for them. These clips were filmed by me during their engagement session.)







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Photography: Emily Heizer Photography
Wedding Film: Emily Heizer Photography
Venue: Timbercove Pier, South Lake Tahoe
Reception: Tep's Villa Roma
Florals: Bride's Aunt, Donna Lieb
Bride's Shoes: Michael
Official Videographer (I shot all of the video above, but you can see their "Love Story" video HERE by Ed Black): Imagination Harbor Media Group
Officiant: Reverend John

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FYI

For Your Information...

I have been and will continue to be out of the office this last weekend and through this coming week. You may or may not have received an automated email saying I was out of the office. Please know your message is important to me and I will be getting back to you as soon as I can. I have a very busy working week and will be out of town as well.

I believe I have hired an intern to help with paperwork; sending out copies of contracts, master discs, that sort of thing. I am so excited to introduce you to her and tell you all about her. She is going to be a HUGE asset to the company and you're all going to benefit. I hope you're as excited as I am!

If you are waiting on non-urgent correspondence, such as paperwork, I really appreciate your patience. Please know that I am going as fast as I possibly can, but I am in peak wedding season right now, and the most important things to take care of are the wedding images for brides who just got married and are waiting for their proofs. That will be my first priority when your turn rolls around as well. Even correspondence has backed up, because it is so important to me that my brides get their pictures as fast as possible, and that I be able to focus on the correspondence I need to do with my brides that are getting married right now, or just got married.

Please also know that we are ALMOST at the end of the chaos train! (YAY!) Know that it won't always be this bad, but this is a supremely poor month for routine paperwork. I went from having 3 very busy, full events... to EIGHT. EIGHT. Did I mention EIGHT? Those five extra were all favors too, which I didn't feel I could turn down. Let us please just get through October and things will definitely settle down. Again, I REALLY appreciate your patience and understanding through this really extra busy month. I'm logging around 100 hours a week right now; I'm trying my very best, but some things are going to wait for next month when it isn't so hectic. I'm sorry. :( ( Or be delegated...)

AND that is what the intern has been brought on to help with... So you don't have to be quite so patient. :) But please, please still try to be patient. It is just me over here while I start training the intern in my loads of imaginary free time. lol But she is going to try and help with all of the regular office chores that I just don't have time to keep up on. I am so excited! YES! Finally!

Remember final confirmations for your event will go out about a week before your wedding. If you are a Silver or Elopement Package client and have already closed your account, you don't have to lift a finger or do a thing until the week of your wedding when you receive your confirmation sheet. :) Platinums will have to come play with me and do a session usually, so a little more work! ;) If you're getting married in 2012, don't worry about scheduling your bonus sessions until after the new year. No rush, and then also I will have much more time to devote to you.

Official turnover time on all sessions is 90 days. If I can do it sooner, I will! If you need some images up for thank you cards, birth announcements or the like, just let me know. Not a problem. But official turnover on complete proofs is a minimum of 90 days. Sometimes it takes longer. I try really hard for it not to.

Master disc workshops will begin as soon as my off season starts in November. We go in chronological order, so all of those wonderful weddings that were published last year go first!

I'm being published again this fall... in TWO magazines... YAY!

Have you checked out our Travel Dates Page lately? I'll be in Southern California, Washington DC... and although it's not official yet, Utah, all in November and December! You should definitely sign up for a portrait session or a consultation for your wedding while I'm in town!

I have really bad insomnia (probably from all this anxiety!) and it makes me sad because my beagle grumbles at me because my tossing and turning disturbs his sleep. He has been grumblin' and grumblin' and finally just getting up and going to sleep in his crate! It is so sad! :(

I recently had a problem at a wedding with inappropriate guest and wasn't sure how to handle it because I didn't want to ruin anyone's day. This wasn't the first time someone had done something like this to me though so it was pretty upsetting. I've talked about it with a few people and colleagues feel I should have [figuratively] struck back more assertively because what happened was wrong. I wasn't comfortable doing that at the time, and even now, I'm still not sure. I can only hope that it doesn't happen again. After all that I have been through, it was alot to take... But I am still more inclined to put other people first, rather than myself. I dunno.

I'll see you guys next week! Thank you so much for always being so awesome! I love working for you! Was this boring to read? lol

"And that's how the kids got married" (Becky 'n Charles are HITCHED!)

Becky and Charles married Saturday in a Catholic ceremony at St. James in Davis. A location, about an hour into shooting there, I realized I had been before. LOL I felt ridiculous. How many weddings have I done now that it takes me a whole hour to be like... "Wait a minute... that rose bush seems familiar..." Even Becky knew I had shot there and I didn't realize it! LOL

A venue new to me, but one which I had hoped to shoot at for awhile was the Historic Hotel Woodland. Totally lovely! Twinkle lights and climbing vines? Yes! Even better was the dancing... These guys are CRAZY AWESOME! Charles' dad is a hoot and a dancing MACHINE! :) I don't often include reception pictures, but... just this once. ;)

You can check out Becky and Charles' Home Depot engagement session HERE, or their cornfield/airplane wonderment over HERE.






















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Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Forest" Mark & Jenny's Wedding Preview & Fusion Film



Disclaimer... I am not a videographer, and when I make these little fusion films it's just for fun, because I can and because it's something a little different for me. I'm not a professional videographer and don't claim to be. :) If you're looking for one of those in the Sacramento area, check out these guys. For Utah, this guy is my man. (Although the link takes you to my fav video in San Diego... but it's my FAVORITE!) If you love vintage cameras and old reel film, and you're on the East Coast, she's your gal. I love wedding film, so if you hire any of these wonderful pros, make sure you run right back over to me and hire me too so I can work with them! :D

You'll know Mark & Jenny from their Forest Gump themed engagement session back HERE and HERE.


Starts with the brief opener to their ceremony, then the music will start. :)











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Florals by Flourish

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Folsom Marina Engagement Photography with Cecilia & Matt

Cecilia, Matt and I shot their session down on the Marina in Folsom at dawn. It was cold, a little wet, the fish were jumpin', and I thought Cecilia's toes were about to fall off from frostbite at any moment. But the sun was beautiful and the sailboats were the perfect backdrop to play homage to their mutual love of the ocean, diving, and their nautical themed wedding coming up in just 11 more days! (And yes, that IS a 3 carat diamond... uh-huh! Jealous much?)

For friends and family of Cecilia and Matthew, feel free to share these images on your Facebook or MySpace pages, but do not crop or alter the images or watermarks in any way.



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Who knows this famous book and movie reference? :) It's the brides FAVORITE. Huge hint for everyone that knows them!

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Das ist carpe!
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I'm just hoping she'll be doing this in her wedding dress too!

Signage by: ME
Couple's initials by: ME
Antique Frame refinished by: ME
Knowing your photographer could possibly attack you with props at any time: TERRIFYING