Winspear Opera House Engagement

Winspear Opera House Engagement | Whitney + Richard | Sneak Peek

These two are quite the pair.  Self described as “reversed” from the norm, Whitney wanted nothing to do with engagement photos… at first.  Two days later, she’s posting on her facebook about how excited she is to see them.  Apparently, I’m fun to hang out with but they are the real fun: Whitney and Richard will jumping at the chance to climb, roll, run, and acrobat through their two hour session, which started out with drinks at The Mansion Bar, in The Mansion at Turtle Creek, a location significantly fancier than the three of us put together.  I was immediately in love with both of them and I can’t wait to force them to be my new Dallas friends.

Until I’m done, here’s a few images to hold you over from their awesome Dallas Winspear Opera House engagement session.

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Tahoe Ranch Wedding

Tahoe Ranch Wedding | Mo + Adam

I feel super lucky to have been connected to Monique and Adam through mutual friends.  Frankly, I’m shocked that I hadn’t met these two rad souls before.  They are gorgous, giving people full of light, love and clear adoration for each other and their young son, who is ridiculously adorable.  They met with me at the suggestion of some mutual friends over lunch and immediately signed a contract that minute.  I actually ended up ending a Costa Rica vacation early and flying home to photograph their Meyers, CA Tahoe ranch wedding at the Celio Ranch, a private historic estate in South Lake Tahoe and I’m so thankful I did.  It kicked off a summer of ridiculously awesome outdoor backyard and ranch weddings and I loved every bit of it.  Their friends and family were a joy to be around, they had a fantastic bluegrass band (local favorites Worn Out Welcome), and unbelievably delicious Indian food catered by good friends.  Mo was super worried that it was going to rain on her wedding day – the skies the days before (and in the weeks after) were to be threatening frequent downpours – but thankfully, the rain held off and they were treated to a gorgeous celebration under beautiful blue Tahoe skies.

Mo and Adam, congrats you two.  I can’t wait to dance the night away at another show with you!

Venue: Celio Ranch (Private Estate) | Florist: Morning Song Flowers |  Cake: Family Members | Catering: Kebab Express | Band: Worn Out Welcome | Dress: Trudy’s | Hair and Make-up: Audrey Graven

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Dr. Who Engagement Session

A Doctor Who Engagement | Sara + Will | Sneak Peek


I am so happy we found each other.

I have so many amazing stories to share with you about how they met and how we met and what we did this weekend in Sacramento, but in the meantime, you’ll have to be happy with this amazing sneak peek from our Doctor Who engagement session.


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Tahoe Photo Booth

You Never Thought You’d Wear That Again! | Tahoe Photo Booth

I love working for the Lake Tahoe Hard Rock Cafe!  I’ve set up my Tahoe photo booth there for a few events now and they are always so wonderful to work with.  This time, the Hard Rock Staff came up with a party theme so great, I’m disappointed I didn’t think of it myself: “You Never Thought You’d Wear That Again!”  How genius is that?!  I was super excited to break out my Catholic High School uniform because really, you can’t ever wear that enough and, in an odd turn of events, someone at the event came up to me because she had also attended an Ursuline Academy for high school and it turns out that we attended the same school 25 years apart!

If you were at the event, head over to the Hard Rock Lake Tahoe Facebook page to tag yourself in your photos.  You can also view and download your photos from the event gallery via this link.

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Lauren Lindley Photography’s Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rental is a fantastic and fun addition to all kinds of events including: weddings, corporate events, company parties, trade shows, birthday or engagement parties, fundraising events, festivals and more.  Photo booth is supremely social: even the most camera shy folks will have props in their hand by the end of the evening.   Small booths only hold a handful of your guests but the Lauren Lindley Photo Booth can fit everyone in!  More people, more props, more fun!  It’s also an affordable addition to your extravaganza that allows your guests to relive the party later thanks to our customized theme back drops, props and fun attendants!  Learn more about Lake Tahoe Photo Booth Rentals here.

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Rustic Nevada Wedding | Published at Confetti Daydreams

I’m so happy to have my first wedding published over at Confetti Daydreams and I can think of no better wedding than Courtney and Zion’s rustic Nevada wedding for the attention!  Filled with expansive flower arrangements from Lavish Floral, beautiful succulents and candle light, Court and Zion’s wedding was not just stunningly beautiful, delightfully off the beaten path, but also straight out of their own personalities.  I love love love that Confetti choose to include a few of their more personality filled photos, including the headstand and one from their portrait session.

Confetti Daydreams Wedding Blog is the go-to bridal resource for “swoonworthy bridal inspiration with a touch of flirty fun. Romantics at heart,  we’re not afraid to break tradition and be a little bit silly.”  They aim to guide others through the wedding planning journey while inspiring to discover how to bring individual flair to the special day.  With a mission statement like this, it’s no wonder there’s now a photo of my friends doing handstands on their blog!

You can read the entire post, which is quite lovely and filled with special commentary from Courtney herself, via this link.

You can also follow Confetti Daydreams on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.

Gar woods wedding

Gar Woods Wedding | Carnelian Bay | Brooke and Blake

Brooke and Blake likes sports and beer and having fun.  They are adventurers and travelers.  Brooke was an infectiously beautiful bride – with a giant permanent grin on her face.  You can’t help but smile at her photos!  Fall colors, an epic dance duet with her brother, and a DIY photo booth rounded out the pair’s Gar Woods Wedding in Carnelian Bay.

Venue and Catering: Gar Woods Grill and Pier | Florist: Martha Bernyk Floral Design | DJ: Jazz Cat Mobile Entertainment | Ceremony Musician: Greg Williams Productions | Bakery: Itty Bitty Bakery | Minister: Rev. Camille | Make-Up: Ashley Thornhill | Hair: Alaina Fraley

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Tahoe Wedding Photographer | Lakeside Beach | Published at Broke-Ass Bride

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I was hanging out with some of my most favorite client’s ever the other night and we were talking about weddings vs elopements and Sarah said, “It is hard to throw a big wedding if you are a fiscally responsible person.”  Don’t get me wrong, I love WEDDINGS.  I love the big parties, the glitz and the glamour, the fancy table settings and gorgeous flowers and grand ballrooms.  But, I also love the small weddings.  I love the unusual, or the DIY, or the off-beat and quirky.  I love the ones where it’s just about the couple and their immediate family and it’s not a huge party.  I don’t think that a wedding is a wedding is a wedding: each and every one is different.  Some weddings require more work on my end, some weddings less.  It depends on the size, and the couple, and the decor, and the location, and the number of guests.  There are so many ways your wedding is different from the next and that’s what I love about my job: each day is new, different, and uniquely rad.

Summer and Peter’s wedding was a small intimate destination affair with immediate family present on the beach at Roundhill Pines Resort.  They rented a gorgeous house for their wedding vacation week and hosted their family and friends there for the reception.  I knew, even while I was with Summer and Peter and their boys that this was a perfect wedding for the Broke-Ass Bride blog which focuses on:

“…bold and original approaches to weddings and budgets.  Your wedding is a reflection of you and your partner; it should say something about what makes your love unique. And it is just one moment of your life, which should equally be a celebration of your spirit!”  

Peter and Summer made their day memorable, unique and gorgeous (HELLO chandelier on the lake!).  I’m honored to be published at such an awesome blog.  You can read the entire post via this link.  Please feel free to retweet or share on social media to show your support!

You can also follow the Broke-Ass Bride via Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Bella Montagna Wedding Photographer

San Jose Wedding Photographer | Bella Montagna | Brittany + Chris

Brittany and Chris were wed under a starry night, with jazz wafting through the air, overlooking the twinkling building lights of San Jose.  Bella Montagna is a stunning estate to be wed at: ceremonies and receptions are held on a wide grassy lawn overlooking terraced grape vines and all of San Jose.  As night falls and the city comes to life, the view is breathtaking, not to mention the bokeh in the photos!

Chris and Brittany have more to celebrate than just their nuptials: Brittany is starting a PHD program at Yale this fall and Chris just took the Connecticut Bar Exam.  Brittany was every bit the radiant bride.  Her smile is gorgeous and infectious and every time I turned around, she was grinning in the most beautiful of ways.  Her family is equally infectious: despite the subdued nature of the event, they had great cause to celebrate and celebrate they did.

I loved spending the evening under the stars with jazz, Brittany, Chris and their friends and family.  Congratulations to the newlyweds!  Their wedding was gorgeous and the location was awesome.  I’d love to return to Bella Montagna to photograph another San Jose wedding!

Venue: Bella Montagna | Wedding Planer and Coordinator: Jenny Swigart | Rentals and Staff: The Party Helpers | Musicians: Magnolia Jazz Band | Bakery: Hannah Coffee Tea & Sweets | Florist: Tomobi Floral Art

Tahoe Family Portrait

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Pretty soon Carson won’t be a solo act.  By the time I edit this family portrait session, his new baby sister will probably be here to ruin enrich his life.  When I asked him who was going to be bigger, his sister or he, the young one was adamant that his sister would be the bigger of the two.

Until then, here’s a cute image from their family session.

Berkeley Wedding Photographer | SSquared Day 2

Only self professed nerds would hire a professional trivia company for their wedding festivities and force their family and friends to play.  Reluctant at first, the motley crew of folks broke into teams and before long were arguing over answers with conviction, jeering at their competition and cheering at personal victories.  If I ever have a not-wedding, I’m totally having a trivia night.  #stealingthis

The 2nd night of festivities for SSquared’s weekend extravaganza featured an unbelievable meal at Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen, which took me right back to my favorite city in the world.  I was overjoyed to see they had Abita Amber!  Even better, each of the tables in the venue that evening where named after some of my favorite author’s and each place setting came with a bookmark.

The evening was filled with laughter, hilarious #hashtag themed toasts and ridiculous amounts of fun.

Venue and Catering: Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen | Trivia Gurus: Brainstormer Pub Quiz