I have this small disclaimer on my wedding services page that states, “I will always work with budgets if I feel you and your wedding are a right fit.” People either get it or they so clearly don’t. The ones that get it send me amazing emails filled with personal details about why they are a good fit. Kerri and David were some of those people. She wrote in her email, “I’m trying to surround myself with people on my wedding day that have good/fun energy.” Kerri talked about how important it was to her to include vendors who fit the bohemian intimate vibe they really wanted to recreate at their Rancho Cicada Retreat wedding. They couldn’t have picked a better venue for what they were going for either: Rancho Cicada Retreat is a special place. It’s a no-frills setting that you can rent for the entire week. It’s lush, overgrown, and green with a brambling brook, hammocks and lawn games. It’s a place where you can stay up late drinking whiskey by the campfire and no one comes to hush you. It’s the kind of place where you can dance the night away and there is nary a neighbor to hear you. It’s the kind of place where you can get married in an idyllic wonderland of green and golden hues, surrounded by as many of your friends and family as you want. Although it is smack in the middle of one of California’s best wine regions, it feels like you are the only people in the world while you are there.
It’s the kind of venue that breeds a DIY affair and Kerri and David’s was certainly that. Friends baked all the pies, officiated, and MC’d the night. The party went on all weekend and their friends and family were so lovely and including that once again at this venue, I stayed and partied the night away in their company. It seems to happen at this venue. It’s clearly where the cool couples wed and I certainly can’t wait to return! I’m feeling pretty grateful that Kerri found me and wrote to me so honestly and candidly and with such emotion. It was clear from the get-go that these two are full of love and care and it was even more apparent on their wedding day. Thanks Kerri and David for sharing your wedding retreat with me. It was an honor!
Venue: Rancho Cicada Retreat | Florist: Matthew Armbruster | Catering: Chuck Collison | Bride’s Attire: Holly Stalder | Groom’s Attire: Thailand | Groomsmen Suspenders: Suspender Superstore | Make-Up: Hawley Lopes | Hair: Amanda Lyn Jones | Rentals: Partysmart Rentals | Videographer: DGL Studio | Succulents : The Succulent Source | Decor: BHLDN | Bridal Bouquet: Eucca Floral Studio | Signage: Marrygrams | Cornhole Boards: Back 40 Life | Cornhole Bags: Sky Pixie Cornhole | Koozies: The Drinking Buddy
Mark and Julia are getting married in Lake Tahoe in 2017. Tahoe wasn’t Julia’s original plan. She grew up in the bay area and really wanted something elegant and indoors. Mark is an outdoors kind of guy: he grew up in Wisconsin and loves mountains and lakes. When Julia stepped into Edgewood for the first time, she knew they had found the perfect compromise.
The one thing Julia desperately wanted was a few romantic golden lit images. Golden light comes easy in Tahoe: because of the way the sun sets over our mountains and the tall trees, we have a few hours of it every morning and afternoon in certain locations. In Texas, golden hour is more like golden-ten-minutes, so I know how lucky I am in Tahoe. Julia also really wanted a little bit of a tour of San Francisco in her images and thankfully, we timed that tour just perfectly to snag some of that golden backlight in Fort Mason last week.
There’s more to come from this adorable duo!
Josh and Malia are amazing. Although they’ve known each other since high school, they didn’t begin dating until much later. Today, they are the best of friends and at such ease with each other that their engagement session is still what I consider my best work ever. That being said, we did take photos for an entire eight hour day while exploring San Francisco together! They are so close, such good friends and know each other so well that they essentially bought each other the SAME wedding day gift. I can’t wait to share their photos from their first look during which they opened their presents back to back while laughing because they were essentially the same.
Both of them hail from fairly large, extremely loving families. Not only are the loving, but they are open, gracious and extremely close. I was overwhelmed by how much fun these families had together at their wedding and the amount of love shared during the toasts. I’ll share more from this gorgeous winter Arden Hills wedding, but until then, here’s a few frames to hold you over.
Well, I for one was not so sparky this morning after the epic dance party in the Igloo Tent for Autograf and Cut Copy last night! After a short nap and maybe the hair of the dog, I will be raging and ready to go for the last night of Snowglobe! Here are a few of my favorite photos from day 2 and recommendations of who to catch on on this last day of the festival! Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website. Happy New Year!
- FDVM: The Igloo, 5:30-7:00. FDVM are Florent Denecker and Victorien Mulliez, a deep house/tech house duo from France that serves up classic deep house with a touch of disco and some airy happy vocals. For fans of: Miguel Migs, Disclosure, Toddy B.
- Option4: The Igloo, 8:30-10:00. If you are looking for an education on the roots of EDM, look no farther than the moving melodies and soulful vocals of deep house. Hailing from Denver, CO, Brennen Bryarly’s tagline is “More House than Tech, More Deep than Disco” and he offers a refreshing retake on a classic and beloved genre. For fans of: Damien Lazarus, Sebo K, Donald Glaude.
- Ghostland Observatory: Main Stage, 10:00-11:00 PM. Ghostland Observatory and their magnificent laser show hail from my hometown of Austin, Texas and while the music can be described as a combination of electro, rock and funk, I say that it’s shimmering pulsating pop at it’s best. Frontman Aaron Kyle Behrens’ stage performance is like none other: while he struts like a peacock and gives you the beat, I promise you’ll be nothing short of mesmerized. For fans of: David Bowie, Laurent Garnier, New Young Pony Club.
Welcome to Snowglobe! How awesome was day 1?! The temps may have been chilly, but the energy certainly wasn’t! While most of the crowd was over at Jack U, the highlight of my day was being in the Sierra Tent with the E-40 fans! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day and recommendations of who to catch on Day 2 of the festival. Single day tickets and the schedule are still available on their website.
- Lil Dicky: Main Stage, 4:00-5:00. Comedian David Burd grew up in an upper middle class family outside of Philly originally started rapping as a way to garner attention comedically under the moniker Lil Dicky. Originally, he aimed to write for movies and TV shows and act but his foray into the rap industry created such a viral sensation Dicky successfully started a Kickstarter campaign to fund a rap tour. His perseverance paid off: Burd was invited to SXSW in 2014, kicked off a concert tour and released an album this year. Burd credits his success with his comedic approach and that he’s “just a normal dude,” which makes him relatable. His video for $ave Dat Money is a must watch primer. For fans of: George Watsky, Doc Brown, Spose.
- Alison Wonderland: Sierra Tent, 8:30-9:30. This classically trained musician (she was a principal cellist in the Sydney Youth Orchestra) turned DJ has been described by Irish DJ and Television Producer Annie Mac as “the best party set I’ve heard in a long time.” Her eclectic influences make for a wide variety on her most recent album, which she did all the vocals for herself and collaborated with the likes of Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and New York rapper Johnny Nelson. For fans of: Galantis, JOY, Brika.
- Cut Copy: The Igloo, 10:00-11:30 PM. Cut Copy has long been one of my favorite synthpop bands. While their live show is absolutely fantastic, a DJ set by this energetic duo from Australia is not to be missed and comes on the heels of the release of their new mixtape called A Forest Through the Trees. The mix features tracks from Jamie xx, Four Tet, the Chemical Brothers, and Talking Heads. For fans of: Holy Ghost!, Daft Punk, Classixx.
Snowglobe Music Festival is fast approaching and although three day passes are sold out, single day tickets, last chance three day passes, shuttle passes and VIP passes are still available. While Kaskade and Dillon Francis may be big draws for the under 30 crowd, I can’t wait for Ghostland Observatory to give me the beat.
Here’s some insider’s tips to having your best fest!
- Didn’t buy a shuttle pass? DO NOT DRIVE to the festival as there is NO PARKING on site. There is NO PARKING in the adjacent neighborhood. Good news for you: shuttle passes are still available! Want to travel in style? An All-Access Transportation Pass will provide you and up to 13 friends on-call, door to door transportation between your house/hotel, the festival and bars/after parties all weekend long. If you actually split it between the maximum amount of folks, it’s a veritable bargain with added convenience. If you aren’t into either of those options, Tahoe is proud to have UBER in town finally (and LYFT will be here soon). Please note, there are not a ton of drivers so services may be spotty. Drivers from CA may pick you up in CA and drop you off in either state, but they cannot pick up in NV. Drivers from NV can pick you up in NV and drop you off in either state, but cannot pick you up in CA. If you are at Stateline and having a hard time getting a driver, simply walk across to the opposite state to see if it offers you an available car. Taxis are always available at casino reception areas.
- Dress warm: snowsuits optional. When the sun goes down each day around 5 PM, it’s going to feel like it’s 20 degrees. Expect your weather the next three days to be clear and cold. Keep your core warm with polypropylene base layers under tights and skirts and if you’re feeling really flush, buy those super cheap disposable hand and toe warmers at the grocery store. You’ll be the only person there with warm toes and you won’t regret it.
- Drink water. You’re from sea level? Drink three times as much water as you think you need. Those of us who live at altitude love to watch those of you from sea level get drunk on one beer. It happens.
- Don’t forget to explore. In the past few years, Snowglobe has added some amazing things to it’s line-up, one of which is talented artists. Take a few minutes in between acts to explore the artwork, local vendors and great food. Worried about your phone? Hit up the mobile charging lockers which keep it safe while it charges. You can pre-pay for one for the weekend via this link.
Lauren’s Picks: Day 1
Festivals are my favorite way to discover new music, so be sure to catch a few of these lesser known acts on Day 1 of the festival.
- Lex: Main Stage, 5:45-6:45 PM. This dynamic four piece hails from Los Angeles and was discovered by Daft Punk engineer Peter Franco. They released their self-titled EP on May 5, featuring alluring phantasmical synths and a live electronic performance merging art, fashion, design & technology. For fans of: Lykke Li, Lana del Rey, Billie Eilish.
- Hippie Sabotage: Sierra Tent, 5:00-5:45. This dynamic brother duo hails from Sacramento, CA where they’ve been making music together since the mid-2000s. They were thrust into the limelight in the Spring of 2014, however, when Ellie Goulding shared their remix for “Stay High” by Swedish singer Tove Lo. Expect them pull from their extensive and wide ranging remix catalog featuring everything from ethereal vocals to dirty beats accompanied by their signature subtle touches that don’t overwhelm, but move you from the core. For fans of: ODESZA, Adventure Club.
- E-40: Sierra Tent, 8:45-9:30 PM. E-40 is no stranger to the rap scene: he released his first EP in 1986. He’s released 22 albums to date and in 2014, his single “Choices (Yup)” charted at number 125 on Billboard and number 43 on r&b/hip-hop chart. This East Bay Rapper isn’t just about music though; he recently announced plans to release a 40 ounce malt liquor which I expect you can guess the name of. For fans of: Too $hort, Mac Dre, The Coup.
Remember that flipping awesome couple who wanted to have a Dr. Who themed engagement session? That met at a Chipotle thanks to Magic: The Gathering? That couple that is so insanely fun, vivacious, silly, smart and sarcastic that I’m keeping them as friends?
Yeah, well, they got married at a MTG themed Sacramento Capital wedding this past month and I am so honored to have been their photographer.
They are so important and loved, their wedding was sanctioned as an official MTG tournament.
There was a throwing of Thor’s hammer, some Star Trek quotes thrown into their vows, and I’m sure a wealth of other references that I didn’t catch because I was too busy taking photos of their gorgeous wedding on the steps of the Sacramento Capital Building.
I can’t wait to share all the photos from these two, but until then, here’s a few to hold you over.
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
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.