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
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.
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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.
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.
My friends Tracey and Adam are in Napa this week on vacation, fitting as they were married this very week last year at a private estate there and hired me as their Napa wedding photographer. Tracey and Adam found me on Thumbtack and to this day, I feel so fortunate to have them in my lives. They are vivacious, fun, wine-loving people destined for a life of win and awesome. I’m thrilled that as an extra little anniversary present (as if a return trip to Napa wasn’t enough), Borrowed and Blue Napa featured their wedding on their blog!
Head over to Borrowed and Blue Napa via this link to see Tracey and Adam’s intimate Napa wedding featured.
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For as long as Brittney has been alive, her family has been visiting their property outside of Angel’s Camp, CA. Tucked into the mountains above Murphys, CA, the property feels removed from civilization and remote. Her father now lives permanently there and although Brittney would have loved to hold her wedding in the nearby neighbor’s meadow, the logistics of getting that many people up into the wilderness seemed just too daunting. Since the land holds such an important piece of her identity and childhood, when she suggested the neighbor’s property and meadow area for her engagement shoot instead, I was ecstatic.
It’s a bit out of the way and the day we decided to travel there, her step-mother was reporting pouring rain. We decided that we’d go anyways and perhaps it would stop, we all agreed, dubiously hopeful. The storm clouds above Angel’s Camp weren’t just extremely ominous: it looked like we were driving into Mordor. The worst thing that could happen, we collectively assured ourselves, was that we had sandwiches with her step-mom and Dad and then headed back out of the mountains to explore other locations.
We arrived on site and it was raining so we piled into the neighbors unlocked camper van and feasted on wine, whiskey and the most amazing home made sandwiches. Just as we finished our lunch, the skies opened up and graced us with time to take photos. As we were finishing, the neighbor arrived on the property and unlocked the old barn he’s been renovating into a library for the small community that lives there. In the end, our day turned into the most perfect woodsy engagement session I could have ever imagined. I can’t wait to be Brittney and John’s Lake Tahoe wedding photographer next summer!
Previously unknown fact about this most amazing couple in the world: they went to prom together.
I had such an amazing time as their Amador County Wedding Photographer and felt so welcomed by the two of them, their friends and their family, that I stayed and partied until the stroke of midnight.
More to come from Rebeca and Ryan’s super rad laid back wedding at Rancho Cicada Retreat in Amador County.
What’s better than a weekend wine getaway at friend’s ranch in the Amador County Wine Country for Easter weekend?
The answer: a weekend wine getaway at a friend’s ranch in Amador County Wine Country for Easter weekend where we have an adult Easter Egg Hung and roast a lamb.
Pleasantly warm temperatures, abundant sunshine, good friends and a lot of wine equal quite possibly the best weekend ever. Add some charcuterie and cheese plates to the mix and the whole weekend becomes as delectable as burrata on toast.
Want your own Amador County wine weekend?
- The roads in Amador County are perfect for road biking so bring your bikes along and tour the wineries in the best way possible. There is a limited amount of road routes available at this site, but from what I can tell, most of the roads we were on, including the main highways, would be amazing to ride on.
- Taste has a rotating menu of seasonal ingredients and you can get an appetizer and beverage pairing for $13 at Thirteen Dollar Thursdays at the Wine Bar.
- Andrae’s Bakery is heaven from the tables of cookbooks outside the door to the breads, pastries and sweets that line the glass counter inside. Make sure you pick up some of their specialty sea salts while you’re there. The Mediterranean Blend is great to coat on grilled fish, chicken or veggies and the Durango Hickory Smoked Sea Salt can’t be beat for steaks and burgers.
- Holly’s Hill is my most favorite winery of all time. It’s not on the fastest road to Amador, but you should totally take the long way to Plymouth and Sutter Creek vie El Dorado County and stop into Holly’s Hill. Their staff is unbeatable and their grounds are gorgeous. Nearby Madroña Vineyards is also always a clear winner. I love their zinfandel.
- Helwig has beautiful grounds with an amazing outdoor amphitheater. Large groups can reserve the private tasting room for a true tour of what Helwig has to offer. Check out their summer concert series schedule – buy a bottle (or three) of wine and take a picnic to enjoy the summer nights.
- Cooper Vineyards is a favorite. The owner, the grounds and the atmosphere are relaxed and unpretentious. Locals love to visit on the nights they host their “Old-Timers’ Music Jam.”
- Turley is one of my most favorite wineries of all time. I can still remember the first time I ever took a sip of their wine. Their wine is hard to come by and a must order when I find it on restaurant wine lists. The tasting room is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.