Bella Montagna Wedding Photographer

San Jose Wedding Photographer | Bella Montagna | Published at Borrowed & Blue

Holy Moly Borrowed & Blue – you might be my favorite folks in the world this week.  I’m feeling warm and fuzzy from all the internet love this fantastic localized wedding blog is giving me.  After being published already this week in the Lake Tahoe edition of Borrowed & Blue for Julie and Michael’s Riva Grill wedding, I’m now up in San Francisco as well for Chris and Brittany’s San Jose wedding at Bella Montagna.

It was so fantastic to relive this gorgeous star filled night for Brittany and Chris’s San Jose wedding.  With help from Jenny Swigart as coordinator and the Magnolia Jazz Band setting the ambiance for the evening, Brittany and Chris and their families danced the night away in one of the most stunning venues I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph at.   Hint hint: how about someone else hire me to be their San Jose Wedding Photographer again at Bella Montagna?  That place is simply stunning.

Follow this link to see Brittany and Chris featured on Borrowed & Blue San Francisco.

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Napa Wedding Photographer | Tracey + Adam | Published

Tracey and Adam remain some of my favorite clients of all time.  I make it a point to connect with them every time I visit New Orleans and I feel super lucky to have these two gorgeous fun wine loving people in my life.  In a funny turn of events, their fall Napa wedding at a private estate from last year was published not once, but twice, in one day.

You can revisit Tracey and Adam’s awesome afternoon over at The Budget Savvy Bride and A Golden Locket today.

The Budget Savvy Bride is dedicated to helping brides with a limited budget have a wonderful wedding without breaking the bank.  A Golden Locket is the blog for Wedding Story Writer, an artisan book creator that goes above and beyond the traditional wedding story re-telling: they create a book that encompasses the story of your life in words woven together by professional writers.

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A Golden Locket can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Denver Engagement Photography

Denver Engagement Photographer | Union Station | Maya + Dylan

I’ve considered Maya to be a good friend for a very long time.  How long exactly, I can’t remember, but it dates back to at least 2006.  I met Maya on the internet in a wonderful community of people on a secret message board dedicated to awesome folks who love great EDM.  Did you know that in my past life I was a raver?  Just so you know, I still love dark seedy clubs with deep dark house but I don’t see the inside of those walls very often anymore since I live in the rural mountains.

When I found out I was traveling to Colorado for a wedding, I jumped at the chance to help Maya celebrate her new engagement to Dylan with an engagement shoot.  Maya and Dylan both have a laundry list of awesome to their names: they are both rad, adventurous, sweet people that love to cook, drink adult beverages, sometimes dress as gnomes, and DJ, among other things.  I’m pretty excited that Maya found Dylan and I’m pretty excited that Dylan found Maya.

We had thrown a few ideas around about where to shoot – I thought something more urban was key for the two of them.  When Dylan suggested the newly renovated Union Station, I was more than game, despite having never laid eyes on it.  What a wondrous place for a photographer!   It had everything I love: great light, beautiful lines, neat textures and a retro furniture and best of all, alcohol!

Congrats Maya and Dylan!  I’m so thrilled for the two of you.  You guys are fucking rad and together you are fucking rad x gazillion.

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Murphys CA | Engagement Session | Brittney + John Sneak Peek

So this one time, this couple arranged to meet me in a clandestine way in a parking lot in Jackson, CA, where they then drove me hours outside of civilization, where we ate a picnic lunch in a stranger’s van, drank a bunch of wine, and then tromped around in the meadow and took photos.

Oh, and it ended in a library.  In the woods.  In the mountains.  In the middle of nowhere.

Next year, I get to photograph their wedding.

It’s going to be awesome.

Denver Engagement Photography

Denver Engagement Photographer | Union Station | Maya + Dylan Sneak Peek

The newly renovated Union Station in Denver, CO is a photographer’s dream location: there are high ceilings, gorgeous filtered sunlight, cozy dim bars and retro light fixtures and furniture.  I’m so happy Dylan suggested it for our afternoon engagement session.  I can’t wait to share more images of this awesome couple, but here’s a frame to tide you over until later!

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San Francisco Engagement Photographer | Published at Borrowed and Blue

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I love these two.

I just recently helped celebrate their Tahoe wedding as their photographer and, late into the evening, contributor to an epic dance party.  What a nice gift to have their San Francisco Monday Funday Engagement Session published over at the San Francisco edition of Borrowed & Blue.

You can see the entire post from Borrowed & Blue via this link.

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Napa Girls Weekend

Napa Vacation Photographer | Sonoma | Published at TrueBlu

This was the best job ever.

I had so much fun with these ladies.

How about more people hire me to photograph their day wine tasting?   Please and thank you.

Big thanks to Trueblu who agrees that these girls know how to vacation properly.  You can also follow Trueblue on Facebook, Pinterst, Instagram and Twitter.

San Antonio Wedding Photographer

San Antonio Wedding Photographer | Los Patios | Published at A Paper Proposal

Jimmy and Karlie’s wedding will forever remain one of my favorites.  It’s stood out for me all summer long as a highlight wedding: from the lush green lawn of the ceremony, to the DIY details, to the epic dance party and the amazing bouquet and garter toss.  I knew that I wanted it to be published in a place deserving of it’s special nature and A Paper Proposal was the perfect spot.  Sarah, over at the Paper Proposal, likes to promote passion and creativity when it comes to wedding planning and Karlie had that in spades.

You can see the full post over at A Paper Proposal via this link.  You can also follow Sarah via Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Napa Girls Weekend

Napa Vacation Photographer | Sonoma | Russian River | A Sonoma Girls Weekend

When five girls from Texas emailed me to find out if I’d be interested in following them around wine tasting for a day as their Napa Vacation Photographer, of course I said yes.  They were smart, bright, gorgeous, and hilarious women.  Let me tell you, these women know how to do vacation right and they put me to shame: they rented an amazing house with a cabana and a pool, overlooking vineyards in Glen Ellen, Sonoma County; they hired a driver; brought us picnics; hired ME to be their vacation photographer; and filled the air with laughter everywhere we went.  You want an amazing Girls’ Wine Weekend, hire these girls to plan it!

Want your own Napa Valley Girls Weekend?

STAY:

  • The girls rented this amazing 3 bedroom home in Glen Ellen, Sonoma, on Airbnb.  It has 5 beds, 3 bedrooms and an additional private cottage.  It’s on a quiet road, snuggled up next to surrounding wineries that you can walk to in the afternoon if you have extra time.
  • VRBO also offers a slew of wonderful properties for large group rentals in the area.  This secluded wine country retreat in Sonoma sleeps 7 and has a pool and hot tub.

PLAY:

  • The Vichy Springs are a little under a 2 hour drive from Sonoma and offer day use of their mineral baths and pools.  The Calistoga Hot Springs are just under an hour drive from Sonoma and a great way to spend the evening: after 7 p.m. the entrance fee is only $10 so bring a picnic dinner and some wine to enjoy poolside.
  • Local Osmosis Day Spa offers a Japanese influenced spa experience for 2.5 hours that starts in your own private tea garden and is followed up by a Cedar Enzyme Bath and a 75 minute Swedish-Esalen massage for $219!

EAT:

  • The Girl and the Fig offers “country food with a French passion.”  The menu changes daily depending on ingredient availability from local farms.
  • The Harvest Moon Cafe also features daily changing menus based on supply availability from local farms.

DRINK:

  • Stay Safe.  Denise with Da Vine Wine Tours will come to your house or hotel, pick you up, and drive you around every day.  She knows all the vineyards and wine makers.  She’ll set out an unbelievable picnic for you, complete with a table cloth, make appointments for you, and keep you on schedule, all with a smile.  She is awesome and I can’t imagine every doing a Napa, Sonoma or Russian River Vacation without her assistance!
  • Iron Horse Vineyards are rustic and elegant, with grand sweeping views of the Sonoma countryside, exceptional pinots, chardonnays and sparkling wines.  I purchased a bottle of the 2010 Rued Clone Chardonnay while there – it’s delightfully crisp, clean and refreshing.  In short, a porch wine.
  • Lynmar Estate offers great wines and an unbeatable garden.  Their patio is lush, colorful and filled with veggies.  The estate is breathtaking and intimate.  Here you trade vast expanses of rolling hills filled with grapevines for tight narrow pathways overgrown with exceptionally green plants.
  • William Selyem produces award winning knock out pinot noir and I had to buy one, but only one because that’s all I could afford.   The grounds are spectacular, the building awe inspiring and the tasting includes a tour.  Tastings and tours are by appointment only and for wine list members only.  You need at least two weeks head time to make a reservation.  Go here to join the mailing list and make a reservation.
Fort Mason Wedding

San Francisco Same Sex Wedding Photographer | Fort Mason

I wish I could share all the photos with you from this extremely touching same sex wedding at Fort Mason in San Francisco, CA, but I can’t.

I can say that it was awesome, intimate, and full of love.

Venue: Fort Mason Chapel | Reception: The Greens Restaurant