Fire House Museum Wedding

San Diego LGBT Wedding | Jen + Lauren | Sneak Peek

 

 

Jenny is the greatest employee I ever had, probably because she was completely overqualified for the job.  As an manager who often rarely saw my employees, I used to leave a lot of notes behind for them.  When Jenny left, she literally covered my store with notes: hundreds of them!  I was happy to hear during Jen and Lauren’s ceremony that the tradition has continued and that she leaves post it notes for the love of her life as well.  I have so many stories to share about this amazing power duo from San Diego but those will have to wait a few weeks until I’m finished with their wedding.  In the meantime, I’m just still so honored and tickled that I was asked to be their wedding photographer!

Until then, here’s a few sneak peeks from Jen and Lauren’s San Diego LGBT Wedding at the Firehouse Museum in Little Italy.

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Fire House Museum Wedding
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SF Engagement Portrait

SF Engagement Session | Malia + Josh

Josh and Malia went to high school together.

Yes.

Now they are getting married and although Malia currently lives in Southern CA, Josh spends most of his time in Northern CA.  His family is originally from San Francisco and the city is extremely important to them.  When they approached me about becoming their wedding photographer and indicated that they’d like to have a SF engagement session I was overjoyed and readily suggested an all day tromp-through-the-city affair.

We started out our afternoon with a leisurely lunch in Little Italy at The Italian Homemade Company where the chefs serenaded us in Italian while dishing up huge heaping portions of homemade gnocchi rolls.  After that, we took a stroll through Washington Square Park over to Mara’s Italian Pastries for the requisite post lunch cannoli.  After that, we spent the rest of the day touristing at all the biggest and most iconic SF landmarks for the ultimate San Francisco portrait session: the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, The Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, the Legion of Honor, and Land’s End, among others!  We ended our day at an amazing event called Off the Grid that takes place in Fort Mason every Friday night.

It was a whirlwind day all over the city filled with amazing food, lots of laughter and really amazing company.  I’m looking forward to their wedding in December after spending such a wonderful and inspiring day with this fantastic couple.

Doctor Who Engagement

Doctor Who Themed Engagement | Sacramento | Will + Sara

SO MUCH YES.

Will and Sara are so fantastic and I’m absolutely overjoyed that we connected thanks to Thumbtack.  When they originally requested information, their message said, “My fiance and I are SUPER NERDY and our engagement itself was Doctor Who themed, while we both play Magic the Gathering.  We love all things nerdy and would like some of that incorporated into our engagement photos.”  I, of course, responded with, “SO MUCH YES” and our relationship was born.

Sara and Will met when she overheard him while walking down the street in Davis, CA, talking about Magic shortly after she moved there.   As fate would have it, Will walked into the Chipotle line directly behind her and she gathered up the gumption to go talk to him since she too played Magic.  When they told me this story, I suggested we start our session off with them playing Magic at Chipotle and they readily agreed.

After that, we headed down to the state capital in Sacramento because the building and grounds hold significant importance for the two of them.  In fact, their wedding ceremony will be held on the grounds as well.

Will and Sara are both huge Doctor Who fans and since Will proposed outside of the TARDIS at Stage Nine in Old Town Sacramento, they specifically wanted to incorporate this into a Doctor Who themed engagement session.  We took it a step further and recreated a picnic scene on the beach on the river in Sacramento and then headed back over to Stage Nine who was gracious enough to allow us to come in after hours and photograph in the TARDIS.

Our day was complete with a stop on the yellow bridge and an amazing dinner and bottle of wine together at Il Fornaio.

Basically, the whole day was like this:

SO MUCH YES.

I can’t wait to do it all over again at their wedding in November.

Napa Wedding Photographer

Intimate Napa Wedding | Published at the Knot

It’s always a nice reminder of how awesome all my clients are when some of my past work is published, and this intimate Napa wedding published on The Knot last week is no exception.  I continue to be so thankful that I was connected with Tracey and Adam.  They are such an amazing couple, so fun to hang out with and now, adding to their family.  I’m hoping to head down to New Orleans later this year to celebrate their newborn with a portrait session for them.

If you’d like to check out Tracey and Adam’s original wedding post on my site, you may do so via this link.

You can see their entire post at the Knot published last week via this link.

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Ferry Building Engagement Session

San Francisco Engagement | Malia + Josh | Sneak Peek

These two.

They met in high school (for real).

We may or may not have taken photos now described as “the anime photos.”

Serious foodies, thank goodness!  They took me to Off the Grid and I felt like I about died and went to heaven.

I’m 99% certain all we talked about all day was food and how much we wished we had room in our stomachs to eat more.

San Francisco plays and important role in Josh’s life and they really wanted to highlight the city in their engagement session so I was quick to suggest a romp around city for the afternoon and they were quick to agree.

More to come from this amazing San Francisco Engagement Session.  In the meantime, here’s a few frames to hold you over.

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Winters CA Wedding | Courtney + Vince

Here is yet another wedding that I waited way to long to share, though thankfully, it’s only been a few months, not half a year!  Vince and Courtney were my first wedding of 2015 and I can’t imaging a cooler couple to have stolen that memorable and celebratory spot in my 2015 wedding year.  I’m so honored Courtney’s mother connected with me and that I could photograph their special Winters CA wedding!

Vince and Courtney have an unbelievably unique and romantic story: they are both in the Air Force and met while stationed in Ohio.  Soon after meeting, Vince received orders to go to San Antonio.  He didn’t want to leave Courtney behind so he proposed to her Christmas Eve 2013.  They had to act fast, otherwise he wouldn’t be able to attach Courtney to his orders.  He was scheduled to leave in April of 2014!   They ended up having a civil ceremony in Ohio in the court house on January 3, 2014 and no family was able to attend.  Fast forward to one year later: the gorgeous couple arranged to visit Courtney’s family during the holidays and they came up with the idea to hold their official wedding, vow exchange and reception for family and local friends on their anniversary. In the end, it was a small intimate affair of about 50 unbelievably fun people with a rocking dance party (and really exceptionally good steak).

Venue: Buckhorn Steakhouse | Floral Arrangements: Lindsey Berg

Berkeley Botanical Gardens Wedding Photographer

Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding | Heather + Gerrad

I owe some amazing brides and grooms from last year some amazing blogs.  I was almost on top of every wedding from last summer, but there were quite a few that slipped through the cracks and remained, taunting me from my to-do list.  Heather and Gerrad’s Berkeley Botanical Garden Wedding is one of these.  I could wait until their one year anniversary to post it, but frankly, the lush gorgeous greenness of it all is just too fabulous to wait any longer for.

Heather and Gerrad met at a Starbucks in Tempe, where they both worked.  They quickly became fast friends after sharing a chocolate chip cookie together on their first day at work.  On the day of their wedding they told me all about their planned Honeymoon.  It turns out they both have an insane love for Disneyland (Gerrad claims he’d liver there if he could) and they drove from Napa down Hwy 1, topping off their vacation with a visit to their favorite place.

Heather and Gerrad are beautiful people and I’m so insanely lucky that they managed to connect with me.  Heather and Gerrad were Thumbtack clients of mine and they are 110% proof that awesome people use Thumbtack.  They are fun, bright, and smart with delightfully sweet families.  Their August wedding was small, intimate and full of tender moments and completely reflected their quirky personalities.  Plus, they are clearly folks after my own heart: they served BRUNCH.  Their first look is one of my favorite first looks of all time: we held it in the Japanese Tea Garden which was lush, peaceful, and gorgeous.

Without further adieu (because really, it’s been quite long enough), here are some of my favorite images from Heather and Gerrad’s gorgeous botanical garden wedding.

Venue: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens | Officient and Day Of Coordination: Jen Antoniou | Flowers: Costco | Catering: Wilma Lott

Napa Girls Weekend

Sonoma Girls’ Trip | Published at Love + Wander

Love + Wander

Love + Wander has given me so much internet love over the last year and I’m super appreciative.  It’s a super rad little blog that’s specifically geared towards celebrating photographers who celebrate life.   I’m so thrilled to see this Sonoma Girls’ Trip on their blog last week.  Every time some of my work gets published elsewhere, it’s as if I get to relive the day and this was one of my absolute favorite days of 2014.

You can visit the full post via this link.   Feel free to share some love and thank them for supporting me by leaving comments on their post, sharing it or retweeting us!

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Sonoma Wine Weekend

Amador Portrait Photographer

Amador Portrait Photographer Sneak Peek

After a whirlwind summer of weddings (34 y’all, 34!), I was desperately ready for some R&R around Thanksgiving.  With the first big Tahoe snowstorm still on it’s way after the holiday, I found respite in the Amador Wine Country, a favorite haunt of mine due to it’s proximity to the Tahoe area.  A short hour and a half drive, and I’m in wine lovers heaven.  Here’s a sneak peak of my Amador Portrait Session with Anne.  More to come – but now that ski season is under way – it may be a few days….

Until then, here’s Anne.

Amador Portrait Photographer

Napa Girls Weekend

Sonoma Vacation Photographer | Published at Gent & Beauty

I was so happy to wake up Wednesday morning to see that the Evalyn Ivy, ran a travel inspiration post featuring my photos as a Sonoma Vacation Photographer.  Evalyn Ivy was formerly known as Gent & Beauty and is a prestigious online Skandinavian Style Magazine run by a very fashionable man and wife duo.  They provide readers with an “eclectic range of inspiration with all the things [they] love housed under one roof.”   I am feeling pretty honored with my inclusion among the beautiful work and photos you’ll find on their website.

Someone recently asked me what my favorite job this year was and this day was it!  I had such a wonderful time following these smart fun Texas women around Sonoma as their vacation photographer that I want to do it all over again.  I still have a few bottles of wine hanging out in my wine fridge from William Selyem that are just waiting for the right occasion to be consumed!

Big thanks to Evalyn Ivy for sharing my work.  You can check out Gent and Beauty’s Travel Inspiration Post featuring my photos via this link.  You can also follow them on Instagram.