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 Photographer

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!

You can also follow Love + Wander on facebook and twitter.

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.

Napa Wedding Photographer

Napa Wedding Photographer | Published on Borrowed & Blue

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.

You can also follow Borrowed and Blue on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Murphys CA engagement session

Murphys CA Engagement Photographer | Angel’s Camp | Brittney + John

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!

 

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San Francisco Engagement Photographer | Julie + Michael

Julie and Michael are getting married here in Lake Tahoe in August and I’m so excited to be their Tahoe wedding photographer.  They kept meaning to sneak away from the city for a weekend getaway up here so that we could shoot engagement photos, but things conspired against them.  Instead, I decided that it would be super fun to have a city getaway myself, so I drove down to San Francisco for a Monday Fun Day with the pair.  We started with drinks in Union Square and then meandered through the city, up through Chinatown, where we stumbled upon one of Anthony Bourdain’s favorite haunts, to eat Italian in Little Italy and eventually, through Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghiradelli Square, where we capped our evening off with one last drink at the recently moved Gold Dust Lounge.

We had such a blast on our photo session scavenger hunt through the city that I want to go back and be their San Francisco engagement photographer all over again!

 

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Amador County Wedding Photographer | Rebeca plus Ryan Sneak Peek

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.