I feel pretty lucky that Courtney’s mother found me for her daughter’s Buckhorn Steakhouse Wedding in Winters, CA. Vince and Courtney’s story is incredibly special. I had an amazing time spending the evening with their beautiful family, who danced, regaled me with family stories, and hugged the night away.
Winters, CA is unbelievably quaint and adorable. I wanted to give myself plenty of buffer time (you can’t be late to a wedding!) so I arrived a few hours earlier than I needed to and spent the afternoon snacking at Preserve Public House and scouting portrait locations on Main St.
It’s pretty rare that I have time set aside for bridal portraits at all. Most of the time, I’m sneaking them in here and there when the moment strikes or we’re walking by a wall or a window that suddenly gives me inspiration. Courtney had built 45 minutes into our afternoon during the most perfect light for us to run around downtown and take portraits. I was in HEAVEN.
Here’s a sneak peek to hold you over until I’m finished with their wedding gallery. Congrats Vince and Courtney!
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!
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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!
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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