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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!

 

Yosemite Wedding Photographer, Tenaya Lodge Wedding Photographer

Yosemite Wedding Photographer Preview | Second Shooting for Brady’s Photography

Working with other photographers is always a treat and heading down to Tenaya Lodge outside of Yosemite to assist Richard of Brady’s Photography last week was no exception.  The grounds were absolutely breathtaking, the wedding party was a total delight, and an epic dance party did occur.  All elements that add up to an amazing wedding day!

I can’t wait to share more of my photos as the second shooter for Sara and Zachary’s Yosemite Wedding Photographer.

San Antonio Wedding Photographer

San Antonio Wedding Photographer | Los Patios | Jimmy plus Karlie

I’ve known Jimmy his entire life.  He’s been in heaps of trouble with my brother on multiple occasions.  I’m pretty sure that my mother claims that Jimmy, BC and the two ushers from the wedding, Teddy and Josh, once broke her couch.  They are rabble rousers, party animals and dancing fools with veritable hearts of gold – all three of those boys.  I’m so honored that Jimmy and his bride to be, Karlie, choose me as their wedding photographer.  I can’t imagine a better honor than photographing the wedding of my brother’s best friend.

Jimmy has grown into such a handsome young man and Karlie is as sweet as can be.  They picked an absolutely amazing venue for their wedding: an oasis of calm, lush greenery in the middle of San Antonio.  She completed it with adorable DIY details; all the flowers, table arrangements and decor (including the cake toppers) were designed and created by Karlie herself.

The dance party was epic (especially since my own mother was there).  If you ever wanted proof that mad dancing skills runs in the family, look no farther than Jimmy and Karlie’s wedding album.  There was a dancing recessional at the end of the ceremony, Shiner on tap, midnight waffles, and a literal FIGHT for both the garter and bouquet.

Thank you Jimmy and Karlie for choosing me to be your San Antonio Wedding Photographer.

Your wedding was full of win and awesome.  Your wedding was so full of win and awesome that there are way too many photos in this post, but I couldn’t bear to leave any of my favorites out.  Did I mention DANCING RECESSIONAL?!  

I would really prefer it if ALL my couples would henceforth have a dancing recessional.  It’s my new favorite thing.

Venue, Catering and Day of Coordination: Los Patios | Cake: Meemo’s Bakery | Flowers: Travis Wholesale | Dress: Wedding Dress Bee

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Austin Freelance Photographer | CrossFit Texas Sneak Peek

I’m so excited for my friends Liana and Terry Collie!  They are following their dreams and just bought a gym after their own passion: CrossFit Texas in Pflugerville.  Since I was traveling all the way to Texas to shoot a San Antonio Wedding a few weeks ago, they requested that I make a stop in Austin to help with new marketing photos for their small business.  Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come!  Congrats to my friends, whose awesomeness knows no bounds.

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San Francisco Engagement Session | Julie plus Michael Sneak Peek

It was insanely difficult to pick just one photo to share with you today from Julie and Michael’s San Francisco engagement session.  We had so much fun bar hopping, getting creative with photo locations, gorging ourselves on delectable Italian food in Little Italy and even stumbling on a bar frequented by Anthony Bourdain.

I can’t wait to share the rest of our photos and stories from our Monday Funday!

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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.

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Sunset Sound System Season Opener

At the beginning of April I traveled to the Bay Area for a three day wedding aka THE BEST WEDDING EVER.  It was a quadruple whammy weekend of awesome: wedding photography, trivia nights, amazing food, and I got to spend time with some of my good friends who live in Redwood City.

I didn’t expect to have Sunday afternoon free.  In a surprise turn of events, I was able to join them for an annual Bay Area Party: the Sunset Sound System Season Opener.  It takes place every year at the unbelievably picturesque Stafford Lake Park in Novato.  The 139 acre regional park serves the local community and is able to host large scale events, picnics, musical performances and more.  There is fishing in the lake, a nature trail, picnic areas and a playground and a disc golf course.  Know before ya go: no dogs allowed and no swimming!

It had been a long time since I’d heard some legit deep dark house music so I was more than ecstatic to lay on the lawn of Stafford Park and listen to fantastic sets from Galen, Solar, J-Bird and Doc Martin.

It was a warm, balmy summer like day so there was lots of rosè drinking, napping and dancing.

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Wine Tasting 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?

STAY:

PLAY:

  • 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.

EAT:

  • 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.

DRINK:

  • 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.