Monday, March 26, 2012

Rainy Kenwood Depot Wedding in Glen Ellen (Lauren & Ryan are married)






Because I am a travel wedding photographer, I meet many of my clients for the very first time on their wedding days. Some of those couples are even those that are relatively close to my home. Like so many before, I met Lauren and Ryan for the first time on their big day! I was pleased to see how natural and fun they were. They were surrounded by their big beautiful families that loved them and the amount of detail and work they had laid into their wedding was amazing!

Just as amazing was the amount of RAIN the skies let loose that day! The ceremony took place at the Kenwood Depot in Kenwood, near Glen Ellen and Santa Rosa, with the reception just beside the little green field covered with spring sprouts. It was beautiful and covered in twinkle lights and amazing homespun decorations. Lauren told me she did all of the boutonnieres herself (!) and I think did quite a few more projects than just that. Each place setting was set with a single stem of dried lavender with our name card strung through each individual piece. The ceremony took place in front of the fireplace, which was flanked with cherry blossoms branches Ryan had plucked from an obliging tree just moments after I had pulled up at the home where they had gotten ready together. The fireplace was adorned with 1,001 folded origami cranes, done by Lauren herself, for luck. They will be displayed in their home evermore as a symbol of their wedding day and everlasting commitment.

In toasting his new bride, Ryan borrowed the words of another die-hard romantic whose words I love and admire and whose collection of love letters I keep in a book on a shelf in my living room: Ronald Regan.

My Darling Wife

This note is to warn you of a diabolical plot entered into by some of our so called friends – (ha!) calendar makers and even our own children. These and others would have you believe we’ve been married 20 years.

20 minutes maybe – but never 20 years. In the first place it is a known fact that a human cannot sustain the high level of happiness I feel for more than a few minutes – and my happiness keeps increasing.

I will confess to one puzzlement but I’m sure it is just some trick perpetrated by our friends – (Ha again!) I can’t remember ever being without you and I know I was born more than 20 minutes ago.

Oh well – that isn’t important. The important thing is I don’t want to be without you for the next 20 years, or 40, or however many there are. I’ve gotten very used to being happy and I love you very much indeed.

Your Husband of 20 something or other.


Under the twinkle lights, with the rain pouring down on the roof, Ryan read those sweet words to his new bride and toasted her and hoped he could someday come up with words and phrases and rhymes as sweet and dear.

Not quite everything went to plan though, so through your romanticizing, don't forget that... The rain poured down like it was time to build the next ark! The reception tent flooded and layers of astroturf and then even broken down cardboard boxes were brought in as an attempt to keep the mud out- but it didn't keep the love out and nobody minded. We tracked that mud all through the Depot, and nobody cared. Lauren and Ryan did their First Look in the fields behind the Kenwood Depot in the pouring rain. My lenses steamed up, my battery packs soaked and I fried my main camera. (Luckily I always carry two back up camera bodies with me). It was a wild birthday for me, and when I treked out to my car in the still-pouring rain at the end of the night, I had to wade ankle-deep in order to get in.

And I stood there in the pouring rain with water almost up to my legs in the grass and all my broken and fried equipment in one hand and my wellies in the other and said, and I quote,

"You're seriously shitting me right now."

But it was one of the best weddings ever.

I love you guys. It's going to be a beautiful life!















































Many, or even most of the images in the slideshow are straight out of camera. Since I didn't really do any filming on this wedding, but still wanted to do a video short, I whipped this up with the negatives. :) Hope you don't mind the mix!



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Friday, March 23, 2012

Ponderosa Ridge Ranch Rustic Chic Wedding in Chico (Brandy & Brian's Wedding... In Sepia)

Brandy & Brian married on the luckiest day of the year (or second luckiest of this year, after Leap Day!), St. Patrick's Day! Their wedding was filled will green, love, a few rainbows and maybe a brew or two! Here is a lovely sepia version of their rustic barn wedding on Ponderosa Ridge Ranch's farm land!

Thank you to 530 Bride for coordinating the day!


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A bride to be and a 3 week old puppy- what's better than that?!


















Continuing on with my AWESOME one-woman-trend I'm starting (tee-hee), Brandy also volunteered to get dressed outside under the trees like Cecilia and Sandyn did at their respective weddings. Go Brandy!










Brandy & Brian also did a "First Look," beginning their ceremony in private, with only nature and each other as witnesses to the beginning of their marriage.


















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Monday, March 19, 2012

Ponderosa Ridge Ranch Wedding: A Lucky St. Patrick's Day Rustic Barn Wedding in Durham for Brandy & Brian!

Or Mr & Mrs. BT as they like to be called! :) WHEWHOO!

They married at Ponderosa Ridge Ranch in Chico, on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17th. The whole world will be celebrating with them ever-after! They even had an Irish hand-fasting ceremony ( I once did a Pagan handfasting...), in a rainbow of colors during their services. Pure awesomeness. But let's focus on the love birds today, and we'll see some details later. It's wedding season, and the chaos is already here! I also had a lot of homework from my favorite therapist this weekend too (no, not the dog, the real one). It's wonderful, but a little exhausting. A special thank you to The 530 Bride who coordinated this event! Logan Steele at LJS Productions DJ'd.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sacramento McKinley Park Picnic Engagement

Part 2 for H & S's engagement session. You can see their formal session, on the top floor of The Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento, HERE. For the second half, we headed over to McKinley Park.

My father and mother met at McKinley Park in the 1960's. My dad was a lifeguard working his way through college (along with a few other jobs), fresh out of the army, and my mom was a cashier at the pool there the summer after her first year at Concordia University in Minnesota. We drove by it a few years ago and my dad pointed out the specific bench he had first spotted her on and described what she had been wearing that day; the very first time he ever laid eyes on her. My parents are good friends, although, they've both had other personal developments in recent years.

When we got to McKinley, Holly laid out a BEAUTIFUL picnic basket laden down with wine, brie, a baguette, fresh grapes, blueberries and raspberries (in that cute anthropologie container if you were wondering), and Shane and Holly nestled down between the Camellia shrubs for their early evening sweetheart's picnic...














































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