Monday, July 30, 2012

Roseville Family Photographer (Katherine, Matthew & Baby Diana)

When I grow up, my babies are going to look just like Diana. Or I might just steal Diana. I haven't decided yet. Hmmm... Look at those cheeks!!


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lolo, Montana Bridal Portraits in the Bitterroot Valley (Ali & Brady)

This is what is going on today... a wedding... in Corvallis. Thursday we met, did their First Look in Ali's reception dress and shot their groomals.

I loved them both, but I cracked up when I saw Brady fist-pump me when I floored it through the almost-red light while following their car at the outskirts of Missoula, racing against sunset!

Alexis about made me fall over with love and dancing little hearts over my head when I peeked inside the bag she presented me with which was FILLED with huckleberry treats- carmels and taffy and Charlie Coffee specially made by Brady's family. (Check them out at the Missoula Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings!) I know at least a couple of these things must be from The Black Cat Bake Shop where she works, and were probably made with her own hands! Or if they aren't, I'm going to at least be showing off huge amounts of her talent and handiwork at the wedding- she showed me her list of desserts and her dessert table is HUGE! Lemon Chardonnay Cake with fresh huckleberries? Oh yes!

But these shots... they both look like they just strolled out of a tin type... Today, they join hands and marry. Raise your hands in JOY!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Yosemite National Park Wedding (Jonathan And Sarah)

Sarah and Jonathan were supposed to get married at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park last year, but due to the late winter and weather concerns, the ceremony was moved at the last minute to the Mountain Room at Yosemite Lodge instead. I never actually blogged all of the photos a year ago, I posted a fusion film instead, so when Sarah wrote out a beautiful interview about this wedding,  I thought it would be great opportunity to share it with you all so you could hear about her experience!

You can watch their wedding fusion film from their post last year, HERE.


Yosemite National Park became a special place for us after we went camping there 1 month after we met, and when my husband proposed on the top of Half Dome. On the hike down it seemed only natural to have the wedding in Yosemite.  The advantage of having a destination wedding is that we were able to keep it small and intimate.

 Our love of nature inspired us to re-use, recycle and reduce.  Being eco-friendly was our unofficial theme that our guests didn’t really know about.  We made our own programs and place cards from recycled paper and wine corks, our save-the-dates and wedding RSVPs were online, I made half of the favors (a wood burned ornament made out of a slice of birch tree that had fallen at my husband’s parents’ house) and the other half were reusable jars of locally made jam from the Yosemite gift shop, we won our hand-made tree-free invitations, our wedding rings were made from panned gold (as opposed to mined, which is harmful to the environment) by an artist from etsy, my engagement ring was a recycled antique diamond w/recycled gold, our candles were made from another fallen birch tree, the dinner was all vegetarian, our centerpieces were live orchids, one of which still grows in our kitchen.  

    The people in our ceremony were personal friends: the officiant was Jon’s former Unitarian minister, his friend sang “Songbird” by Christine McVie, and my friend read an adapted version of the song “Wedding Song” by Bob Dylan.  We also had a rose ceremony for the three mothers, and a hand fasting ceremony.  We tried to make the ceremony different and very personal.

  Our “father-daughter dance” was really an all-parent dance to the ukulele version of “Over the Rainbow.” Jon’s parents were divorced and remarried so I danced with the dads while he danced with all the moms so that we included everybody, and it was really fun! 

I’m also glad that we did a lot of DIY stuff. It saved a lot of money, it was fun, and it made everything much more personal and memorable.  We also got a lot of stuff from Etsy because we would rather support artists than order something mass-produced.  I picked out our flowers and bought them from a flower market in San Francisco and my husband’s sisters arranged them.



Notice the trail is TOTALLY flooded! They are standing in a waterfall! And I was totally kneeling in it!!

No wedding will turn out perfect, there will be a lot of glitches that you will laugh about later and make for great stories. If you have an outdoor wedding, prepare yourself and have a backup plan because everything that can go wrong just may happen. Also, make sure you get a good cake! Our cake was amazing and I will always remember that. People who said they hated wedding cake loved it. Find someone who’s planned a wedding to help you, because it is so hard when you have no idea what to think about or how to do anything. I think that’s why wedding planning takes 8 months. Spend money on the photographer, and look through their entire portfolio, because the most important memories you will have are captured in your wedding photos. We love showing people our pictures because we are so proud of them, and every time we do we say how happy and lucky we were to find someone special. Picking a photographer was a little like picking a dress, if you don’t love it, don’t buy it. Lastly, don’t be afraid to cry, and be assertive to get what you want or need from people. Other people don’t understand what you are going through unless they’ve done it themselves. Get everything in writing, down to what your cake decorations are going to be (ours were “forgotten”). Planning and executing a wedding is one of the most stressful and rewarding things you will ever do. Make it your own and have fun! Cherish the moments you will spend surrounded by people who love you. It can’t get any better than that!

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Orange County Orange Grove Wedding Bridal Picture Session (Lisa & Tim are Married!)

Lisa & Tim were married at The First Presbyterian Church Of Anaheim, in Orange County, California. Just a few short days later, we met in a magical orange grove for this post-wedding bridal session. Both Lisa and Tim  were raised amongst the orange groves: Lisa in Orange County, California, and Tim in Florida. It was a very neat way to tie in their upbringings and future life together all in one!

Lisa and I met at Nohl Canyon Elementary when we were just six or seven years old and had not seen each other since we were fourteen or so! It was so very exciting and fun to shoot her German themed wedding at the Phoenix Club, also in Anaheim, and you will see more of that later!







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