Medieval Times Wedding

Medieval Times Wedding | Buena Park, CA | Emily + Travis

Emily and Travis have been acquientences for a few years now thanks to some of my other amazing clients. Strangely enough, they are connected to two separate couples, both of whom I found independently of each other, but they are the link between them!

Their good friends, the Moxes, originally hired me to do a Doctor Who themed engagement session and then again for their Magic the Gathering themed wedding (apparently I never blogged this one, whoops).  Their other good friends, Kristen and Jamie, originally hired me to do an unconventional engagement session where a yeti attacked them in the woods and they were saved by their dog, and then again for their Estes Park Colorado camp wedding

Still following?  Good because now we’re onto the really good stuff! Emily and Travis were actually celebrating their two year anniversary with this ceremony (they eloped at a courthouse originally) and wanted a wedding that really represented them as a couple so low and behold: a Medieval Times wedding.

You know what I love?  The unconventional.

Guess who couldn’t wait to eat chicken with her hands?  This girl.

Guess who matched with a dude on Tinder in the uber ride to the venue and then subsequently flew back to southern California two weeks later to go on a date?  This girl.

That’s another story for another day though.

Guess whose clients wanted to do a Last Supper-esque recreation and then I decided to take it up a notch and make it epic?  This girl.

In other news, I’m overjoyed to find out that I’m going to be photographing another one wedding from this friend group in 2019. These are clearly my people.

Overall it was such an amazing experience with such a great group of people – I love when people celebrate in their own way with the ones they love and this was no different, except that it didn’t have silverware. Silver lining: no clinking glasses demanding that you kiss over and over and over again.

Other things to note: our knight, the Green Knight, not only won, but betrothed his sash to Emily at the end, which was especially exciting.  Also, I’m thrilled to announce that I won a Wedding Photojournalists Association award for excellence in wedding photography with the featured header image on this post.

Ceremony: Buena Park Community Center | Reception: Medieval Times | Florist: Maria’s Floral Designs | Bride’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

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LGBTQ Friendly Wedding Resources

Wedding planning can be an enormously stressful undertaking all by itself, but when you add in the additional worry that that you might not be treated fairly, or have you concerns taken seriously it just exasperates the stress.  Yet, that is something that many LGBTQ couples face when planning their weddings. The fact is your wedding is yours and should be the amazing day that you have dreamed it to be without the added stress.  Unfortunately, trying to find vendors who will support you and help bring your vision to life is not always rainbows and roses. It can be time consuming trying to find and sort through good vs. bad and supportive vs not supportive. Here’s a selection of LGBTQ Friendly wedding resources filled with vendors who you know will be positive and help bring the vision of your perfect LGBTQ wedding to life.

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Rainbow Wedding Network

Rainbow Wedding Network is the producer of hundreds of boutique-style Gay & Lesbian Wedding Expos throughout the nation. These boutiques help connect LGBTQ couples to wedding vendors in their communities. These are vendors who support LGBTQ rights and are comfortable with making your day unique and special.  The network is lesbian-owned organization that has produced over 200 wedding expos in 33 different states. They produce 25 new events every year.

The site itself has an abundance of resources for any LGBTQ couple. It houses an online directory where couples can input their location to find a list of wedding vendors who will be comfortable working with you and your partner. The site also contains a blog where you can browse articles and find wedding ideas and inspiration.  What sets this site apart from the others is that the Network has a podcast where the team discusses trends, how to work with vendors and keeps you updated on LGBTQ current events.  Of course, the most important page on the site is the list of dates for the upcoming wedding expos they are hosting in different cities.  The expo for Texas will be held on May 19, 2019.  There is normally an expo in Austin and San Antonio in the spring every year as well, so, if you are planning your wedding for the fall or winter of 2019-20, this might be one to catch.

Overall, the site is user friendly and a great resource for finding LGBTQ friendly vendors, wedding tips and keeping up with LGBT news.

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Pridezillas

Pridezillas is also a wedding resource site for the LGBT community.  Their focus appears to be on connecting couples with LGBTQ friendly vendors. Like the Rainbow Wedding Network, they allow you to search for vendors by location.

The site also boasts an extensive blog with articles on many topics including “Tips from Officiants,” and photography guides. In addition to the blog, the website includes an album of beautiful LGBT weddings to help get your planning creative juices going.

Though not as intricate as the Rainbow Network site, the simple website design makes this site easy to use and less time consuming which might be helpful when you are on an already tight wedding planning timeline. 

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Purple Unions

Purple Unions LGBT wedding directory was founded by Scott & Mark, a gay couple who met in 1992 and legally married in 2008. According to their site, Scott and Mark “want to help others find welcoming, friendly and supportive wedding vendors to plan your day together.”

The resources on the website are amazing and like the others already mentioned, they allow users to search for vendors by location. A unique feature of this site is that it hosts travel giveaways thanks to the help of their sponsors.  The site also includes a wedding blog and includes a page of links to other wedding and non-wedding related sites that may be of interest to LGBTQ couples.

Though this site hosts a pretty solid directory of LGBTQ friendly wedding venues, what makes them most unique is the abundance of links to other resources.  The site owners Scott and Mark also run Purple Roofs which is now one of the most popular gay and lesbian travel directories on the web.  So be sure to check that out as you reach the honeymoon planning phase!

This is just a short list of LGBTQ wedding planning resources to get you started and help shorten your to-do list just a little bit.  All of them boast of vendors who come highly recommended and have already shown support for the LGBTQ community and LGBTQ weddings.  Hopefully this list will help you find positive vendors who will help you create your ideal wedding.

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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

THESE TWO.

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.

YES.  THAT HAPPENED.

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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!

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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