Heavenly Resort Wedding

Heavenly Tram Wedding | Cristie + Ben

Cristie and Ben are mad at me because I didn’t show up to their party last week.  There may or may not have been excessive wine involved in my lack of attendance.

July was a little nutty for me, schedule wise, so I’m awfully behind on blogging all the amazing weddings and couples I’ve photographed this summer.  Cristie and Ben are one of those amazing couples and I’m super excited to share their Heavenly Tram Wedding photos with you today.  Originally, their small intimate elopement was to take place at the Blue Sky Terrace, off the mid station of the Heavenly Gondola, but when excessive wind closed it for the day, their nuptials were moved to the top of the tram.  It was honestly more befitting for the couple, in my opinion, as Cristie grew up skiing on the Heavenly Race Team and had spent many a day of her life doing laps on Gunbarrel under the gaze of the tram.  In all the chaos, their wedding was also delayed an hour and it was the perfect amount of time to celebrate with her girlfriends with a bottle of my summer favorite, rosè, poured out of the trunk of the car.  Are these my people or what?

Venue: Heavenly Ski Resort | Dress and Jewelry: Sidestreet Boutique

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CA Ranch Wedding

California Ranch Wedding | Desi + Ben | Sneak Peek

I should buy a lottery ticket because I feel pretty lucky right now: two outdoor ranch weddings, two weeks in a row.  My favorite kinds of weddings are outdoor, informal, relaxed, dance party affairs with little pomp and circumstance, with few of the standard wedding “traditions.”  Desirae and Ben’s California Ranch Wedding was totally on point with all of my favorite things and included the most delicious tri-tip I’ve had in years.

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Empire Mines Wedding

Empire Mine Wedding | Emily + Dave

I spent six years as a camp counselor in college at an all girls non-denominational summer camp called Camp Mystic, that sought to enrich the lives of young girls by helping them become better people, giving them the space to allow themselves to grow as young adults and let camp bring out the best in them, and develop spiritually, however that may be.  Every year on one special day, we told the story of the Warm Fuzzies, about two people who lived in a land where everyone was happy because they were always sharing, giving and recieving these little balls of fluff called, of course, “warm fuzzies.”  Since Warm Fuzzies were “always given freely, getting enough of them was never a problem. There were always plenty to go around, and so everyone was happy and felt warm and fuzzy most of the time.”  The story goes on and there’s some melodrama and sadness to overcome, as all good stories have, but in the end, we’d give all the campers a whole bunch of warm fuzzies and they would spend the rest of the term handing them out to people, bringing unbridled joy and happiness to all of the land.

Where am I going with this in a wedding blog post?

I’ll tell you:

Emily is a Warm Fuzzy.

She is the warmest of warm fuzzies.  The minute you meet her, she envelops you with these large, gracious, giving eyes and she brings you in and makes you feel loved and welcome and fabulous.  Dave is hardly any different: grinning, congenial, extremely smart, and with a snarky fun wit that makes Em light up.  You can see it in their wedding photos: it was seriously difficult to get a photo of Em not laughing.

Their Empire Mine Wedding at Empire Mine State Park in Nevada City, outside of Grass Valley, CA was stunningly beautiful.  It looks like fairy land: everything was green, awash in golden sunlight and etheral.  I am so over the moon for this venue that I cannot wait to return to it.  Just a word of warning: if you hire me to be your wedding photographer, person reading this, then you best put an hour of portraits on your schedule beause I could take portraits there for DAYS and not exhaust all the awesome out of it.  It’s GORGEOUS.

But, back to Em and Dave.

These two people are so rad, so loving, and so secure in themselves, their faith and their friendships that they are nothing short of inspirational.  They are giving and gorgeous and I know that only extreme happiness is coming their way because they ask for nothing in return but laughter and smiles.  They deserve every bit of their joy and I feel extremely lucky to have met a real life warm fuzzy and better yet, to have photographed her wedding.

Ceremony Venue: Empire Mine State Park | Ceremony DJ: Sac City DJ | Flowers: Sweet Roots Farm | Reception Venue: The Powell House | Caterer: Farm to Table | Rentals: SRC Rentals | Decor: Roots Reclaimed | Bride Hair: Analise Joy Haines | Bride’s Dress: Dreamnette Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Banana Republic

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Ridge Golf Course Weddings

Auburn Wedding Photographer | Amy + Alan | Sneak Peak

These two are darlins’.

Literally: it’s actually their last name.

But really, they are darling.  Amy is sunshine and smiles and absolutely stunningly beautiful.

Alan used to play a variety of sports in both college and semi-professionally and he is All American and clearly smitten with his gorgeous wife.  I had such a blast as their Auburn wedding photographer at the Ridge Golf Course and I can’t wait to share more photos from their day!

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Family Portraits at Lake Tahoe | Fallen Leaf Lake | Sneak Peek

This light.  This family.  This location.

I’m so excited about this gorgeous family portrait session at Fallen Leaf Lake.  Hailing from all over the US: Vegas, Salt Lake and Florida, this family wanted something uniquely foresty and rustic for their family portraits at Lake Tahoe and I knew just the spot.  More to come from this totes adorbs fam.

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Little Italy Engagement Photos

San Francisco Engagement Photos | Kelley + Neal | Sneak Peek

Kelley is my best mate’s other best mate.

I was absolutely overjoyed when she decided she wanted me to be her wedding photographer.  I was jumping up and down on my bed (figuratively, not literally) when she said she wanted to rendevous in San Francisco for her engagement session.  It was an absolute blast and it was a trip made even better when our best mate Haley and her husband Dave traveled up from LA to join us.  I can’t wait to share all the awesome photos we took on our day in the city from Brenda’s Soul Food for breakfast, to city scapes at every view point we found, to oysters at the Ferry Building to Coit Tower.  Here’s a few sneak peeks from our awesome weekend together.

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Ehrman Mansion Wedding

Ehrman Mansion Wedding | Rachel + Thomas | Sneak Peek

Ermahgerd.

That’s what I put in the subject line of my email to Rachel about her sneak peeks.

Ermahgerd.  I totally want to edit this wedding and only this wedding right now because I’m so in love with all of their photos from their vintage 20s inspired Ehrman Mansion Wedding at Sugar Pine Point State Park.

Ermahgerd.  Rachel was so flipping gorgeous and her laugh was so amazing.

Ermahgerd.  Can we be friends forever?

Ermahgerd.  There were Star Wars legos on their boutonnières and bouquets.

Ermahgerd.

Just look at this.

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Culver City Portrait Session

Culver City Engagement Session | Published at Ever Ours

This one time, Lydia over at Ever Ours published one of my engagement sessions and I waxed and waned about how honored I was to be part of her amazing photographic community.  She celebrates real love, great photographers and amazing photos and I’m overjoyed to be featured on her blog for the 2nd time, with this gorgeous Culver City engagement session for Andy and Sarah.

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You can see the entire feature over at Ever Ours via this link.

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Miner's Foundry Wedding

Nevada City Wedding Photographer | Alysha + Jackson | Sneak Peek

Alysha said that she knew I was the photographer for her the minute she saw me on Skype with a huge glass of wine in my hand.  Alysha and Jackson were visibly relaxed during their wedding day at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center.  Surrounded by friends and family and the rustic weathered building that was originally a machine shop, they wed in a quiet ceremony and celebrated with a reception that offered some of the best mac’n’cheese I’ve had lately (and you know I love mac’n’cheese).

Here’s a few sneak peeks from my day as their Nevada City Wedding Photographer.  There’s more to come from this awesome couple!

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Fire House Museum Wedding

Firehouse Museum Wedding | San Diego | Jen + Lauren

These ladies are the coolest of cool, the best of the best, and the most amazing of all the amazing folks I know.  They are philanthropists and businesswomen with big hearts and even bigger laughs.  Jen is a financial advisor and land banking manager.  In fact, she is MY financial advisor and land banking manager.  If you are looking for someone to help you invest in your future, I stand 100% behind this woman.   Lauren is an OB/GYN and although I can’t vouch for her services in that arena, I can vouch for her unbelievably infectious personality.  She is all smiles and graciousness, with a sprinkling of sarcastic snarky.

A few years ago, Jen spent over a year traveling in Vietnam and fell in love with the people she met there.  She had such an inspiring experience in her years abroad that she successfully fundraised, built and now maintains a home for 24 impoverished, disadvantaged or orphaned children in Vietnam called Mary’s House.   Mary’s House opened in January of 2012 and is named after Jen’s grandmother, Mary.   Mary’s House will be the recipient of my 2015 donations but you don’t have to wait for a donation to be made in your name to Mary’s House by hiring me: you can simply follow this link to read more about Mary’s House, Jen’s mission, and donate today.   If you are interested in more information about my pledge to give back to others, you may follow this link.

Jen and Lauren are absolutely 100% perfect for each other and it became even more clear in the week I spent celebrating with them in their hometown of San Diego, CA.  They were wed in a boisterous and laughter filled ceremony at the San Diego Fire House Museum in Little Italy.  It was an amazing wedding venue and held both the ceremony and reception.  Guests stayed at the nearby Porto Vista Hotel, a mere two block walk from the venue.  I have to give extra special props to their catering company, Waters Catering.  It was the BEST most delicious food I’ve ever eaten at a wedding, hands down, and I have been to a lot of weddings!

Here’s a few too many of my favorite photos from their Firehouse Museum wedding.  I had such a hard time narrowing these down.  The party was so awesome and the people so gorgeous it was hard to pick just a few!

Venue: Firehouse Museum | Florist: Flower Child | Caterers: Waters Catering | Baker: Friend of the Brides | Hair and Make-Up: Bianca Espinosa-Boyer | DJ: Simon Taylor | Dresses: D’Angelo Couture | Officiant: Alex Del Rio

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