Sneak peek from Nora and Andy's South Lake Tahoe wedding this weekend! More to come :D
Today I'm sharing a beautiful Deer Park Villa wedding from last year with Juniper Spring Photography. I have a huge crush on this venue and was so happy to shoot there last year. Here are my favorite images from their day, starting with the guys getting ready.
Then we headed over to Deer Park Villa for their first look. I just love the moment bottom right where Monica laughs over her shoulder!
And then it was time for the ceremony!
I'm telling you, this place is a dream!
Dinner under the trees and cafe lights is so perfect on a warm summer evening.
This next one is possibly my favorite picture of the whole day!
To all of our surprise, Alex made it over an hour before her signature thumbs up!
And of course it all ended in the running man...because of course it did.
Thanks again to Alex and Dan for a great shoot! I'm excited to shoot your wedding this fall!
Today I'm excited to share my favorite images from Amy and Adam's Oakland Redwood Regional Park Old Church wedding! This was one of the most fun weddings I've ever been to. A beautiful ceremony with a tree planting, a ukulele player, sing-alongs, llamas, s'mores and a pinata--all under the redwoods. I MEAN COME ON.
After some portrait time it was time to make things official.
And then it was time to celebrate, starting with a sing-along/serenade.
What IS a toast without a surprise performance of Dido??
Just as Amy and Adam cut the cake there was yet another surprise--LLAMAS!
And then they capped off their reception with another ukulele sing-along :)
Thank you again to Amy and Adam for having me along to photograph this beautiful and fun day!
Also--one more quick shout out Romeo's Chocolates who did the favors. They were so so good :D
Sneak peek from Amy and Adam's Oakland redwoods wedding featuring three very special surprise guests :D
We call know flowers are pretty but many of us have not been planning our wedding since we were twelve and aren't sure which flowers to choose. Even if you can articulate your favorite flowers, you likely haven't hired a florist before. I'm going to talk you through my experience and give some tips to help you find the right florist for your wedding.
First things first: You're going to notice I’m saying “I” and not "we" on because I cut Stephen loose on this decision. While we made most decisions together, all aesthetic decisions were decidedly unimportant to my husband. So it goes.
Use Your Imagination...And Pinterest
The one guiding word I had for every decision in wedding planning was simple. When I started imaging how things would look I imagined something almost minimalistic (because even though I’m attracted to minimalism I can never actually commit to it) with a few fun details.
I imagined eucalyptus laid on the tables as the main element with a few flowers here and there for more color. I went crazy on Pinterest pinning all kinds of things that caught my eye, then I narrowed down to a final board of things that worked well together.
For personal flowers (bride and bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres) I knew I wanted a loose and flowy style with lots of green, yellow and white. I love texture and anything a little weird-looking. So I knew I wanted to go with someone with a non-traditional style.
Follow Florists On Social Media
Since I’m a wedding photographer and a lover of plants and flowers, I was already following a few florists on Instagram, which I highly recommend to see their most recent work and get a feel for their style! You'll get a good feel for a florists current work, which may be different from the images on their website depending on how often they update it.
Narrow Down and Get In Touch
In total I inquired with three florists. One of them got back to me right away to say she was booked and referred us to Rare Sparrow. I checked out their Instagram feed first and loved what I saw. When I contacted Rare Sparrow, Shannon was super responsive and friendly.
I sent her a few pictures of things I pinned and answered her questionnaire about what I was looking for and she sent me a comprehensive estimate. I appreciated how clearly everything was presented and how quickly she made changes when I realized I needed more boutonnieres and corsages than I thought.
Let Them Do Their Thing
Last year I was shooting a wedding with Apis Floral and admiring their work as they set up and I took pictures (above). I mentioned to them that the flowers were so cool and unique and they said the bride had told them to do whatever they wanted. Of course! Great things happen when artists are allowed to do their thing.
So when it came to my own wedding I only made a few specific requests. And YOU GUYS, I was so happy with how everything turned out! I'm so glad I wasn't overly specific because the flowers at once were very much what I envisioned but there were also lots of surprises. It wasn't until the following day that I really got to take a better look at my bridal bouquet and appreciate the variety of blooms.
Today I'm excited to share my favorite images from Ashley and Julian's Point Reyes engagement session! I made a quick stop to their apartment to get some pictures with their dogs before we headed out to Cypress Tunnel and explored from there.
Let me first introduce you to Roosevelt, who is obviously very shy. Ha!
Next stop: Cypress Tunnel!
These next couples ones I took just off the side of the road. I kept seeing all this cool Spanish moss in really precarious places not far enough off the road or surrounded by swamp. Then I finally found some off a small road. YES.
This is the part where we were nearly eaten alive by mosquitoes...but the flowers!
And then we hit the beach on our way back to town.
And a quick stop back in town because I like bricks and I love puns.
Thank you Ashley and Julian for a great shoot! Excited for your wedding in a few months!
Sneak peek from Ashley and Julian's engagement session. We started at their apartment so we could take a few pictures with their dogs Roosevelt (carefree, at left) and Butters (concerned, at right).
Today I'm excited to share Kelsey and Michael's Triton Museum of Art wedding! We started the day with them right before they did their first look as Kelsey was putting on the finishing touches. Here are some of my favorite images from their day!
Ideal first look reaction :D
Then it was time for their ceremony under the redwoods.
Then it was time for dinner--inside the museum. So cool!
Mom killed her toast, which led to my favorite photobomb AND a hilarious reaction from a guest.
Quick sunset break!