I wanted to do a post of all the things that I was thankful for on Thanksgiving ( passed by ) Christmas ( gone ) and then New Years….so I am a bit late on this one. So here goes.
Again and again I marvel at my many blessings. In my WILDEST dreams I could not imagine my good fortune. I am so very thankful for so many things this post would be 6 pages long, but here are just a few:
My cute boyfriend
The worlds cutest cat
My family, I really hit the lotto in this area
Just the best friends a girl could ever wish for, they truly make my life better in every way every day
All forms of white sugar combined with white flour
Sacramento, born and raised here, i ABSOLUTLEY adore this place and have often thought about being the spokesmodel
Some bad ass lens, I am a bit of a gear junkie
Home ownership, I love it
Zumba class at 24 hour fitness, love getting my work out on
The wind, man alive do I LOVE the wind
A big fast computer ( again with the gear )
Shooting for Sacramento Magazine
A warm comfy bed to sleep in every night
My good health and wealth of energy
Being able to describe myself as ‘witty’
Chocolaut Ice Cream, chocolaut candy, all manor of chocolaut really
Being fortunate to do so many killer weddings and having so many awesome couples
My sense of humor, man that sure can carry you through things in life
Having not one, but 2 hammocks in my backyard
My HOT TUB, we have a close relationship that borders on obsession
Soup and pasta ( not in that order )
Great vendor friends and relationships, this job can be tough, so cool to have so many buddies
Did I mention how cute my boyfriend was……
Alas here are some of my favorite photos to sum up the year:
We did this shot with the oh so talented Shannon from Flourish and Fancy Pants weddings for her Ad, and who’s that girl with the sexy legs ? None other than the coolest wedding planner herself…what they call Kate Miller.
YAYYYYYY ! THIS wedding is on STYLE ME PRETTY wedding blog. Wow-sers is that cool. I would love to take credit for the wedding getting on Style me pretty, but really it was ALL ROZ. She is positively the coolest girl ever. I would joke with the other vendors ‘what does a person have to do in another life to be born Roz, how many leapers does one have to feed ?’ Her Stunning good looks paled in comparison to her warm and loving personality. And just when you thought you would never meet a person as cool, in comes Kyle. They were just the PERFECT couple. She had soooooo many ideas and did soooooo many cool details, she was a shoe in to be on Style me Pretty.
I WISH I could tell you Roz and Kyle’s wedding was all sunshine and lolli-pops, but actually it rained BUCKETS ! Just NON-STOP rain. Roz and Kyle REFUSED to let it get them down. They had their dream wedding rain and all. What was one of the most memorable parts was how their vendors really pulled together. I could go ON AND ON about each vendors but suffice to say, ALL SEASONS ALL REASON rocked the food, Visual Impact did a stunning job with the flowers, Mike Jensen of Jensen wedding Films was terrific as usual, Carrell and Marjorie of the Coloma Country Inn and INNCREDIBLE EVENTS were……incredible, LOVE YOU LADIES. And my beloved Mike Regan from MR. D.J Service tore it up on the dance floor. Mike I am your biggest fan. Together we created magic !
The Coloma Country Inn had loads of these cute details. Just the most darling venue ever.
See why we loved Roz ! Who carves a pumpkin like that ? Answer : Roz
Please note : We were shooting this in the FULL RAIN ! Go Roz !
My boyfriend, Brad Haynes LOVED the photo of Roz making the face : )
This was one of my favorite shots of the day.
Note the dogs tail.
Another one of my favs.
I literally gasp when I saw this photo. Mama likes !!!
EVERYONE LOVED LOVED LOVED LINDA, Roz’s mom was a special lady !
So much crazy cool happy joy fun on the dance floor. I heart Mike Regan of Mr. D.J Service, you make any wedding you are at FUN.
LONG POST…sorry : ) One more shout out to my treasured Second shooter Michelle Shiftlet for her un-wavering support and great photos on this most wet day.
Here is their SLIDESHOW if you need to see more, or want to see more : )
TOUCHING STORY: ( instead of fun fact ) Roz’s mom Linda was such a character and loved by all of her vendors. She told me that she drove herself to the hospital to give birth to Roz and drove herself home. They had this beautiful mother daughter bond that touched my heart.
UPDATE: Roz and Kyle are now internationally known and their known the rock the microphone ( sorry, any excuse to use that line ). A Dutch blog is all about them now. Roz and Kyle….they are so hot right now :
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Barbara, Betty and Zuckerberg, oh my ! I know…. nobody like a name dropper, but it is just TOO tempting in this case. While shooting this years California Museum’s Hall of Fame awards all I could think was how proud my mom was going to be that I was able to photograph Barbara Steisand ! What an exciting event.
Here is my gossip run down :
Both Mark Zuckerberg and Serrena William gave me the stink eye for perhaps being a bit too zealous in my quest to photograph them. Betty White was just a adorable as she seems, one just wanted her to be their grandma. Maria Shiver was stunning ! What a vibrate woman. I was so enamored of her throughout the whole event. Barbara was just as one pictures her, ozzing star quality. Lisa Ling was pure delight, so bubbly and happy. It was an honor to photograph our Governor and Major ( I have a tiny crush on Kevin Johnson ). And So VERY thrilling to meet Client Eastwood and James Cameron.
Ok enought with me being star struck and bring on the photos :
Betty stole the show
JAMES CAMERON !!!!
James Broilin there supporting Barbra !
What ? Client Eastwood ? Super coolness right !
Maria Shriver, so vibrant and full of life. What an honor to meet her.
Merle Haggard looking good !
All kidding aside, I give crazy props to the creator of facebook ! Mark Zuckerberg, you really changed the world when you invented facebook ( mu sister still claims she invented it )
This is my friend Jared from Matthew Allen Weddings and Events. Good time !
Kevin is so cute ( yes I said it )
Harvey Milk’s nephew
The California Museum’s staff did a great job ! Much thanks for letting me be a part of all the festivities and a SPECIAL thank to Kelly Bitz and Brenna Hamilton ! Great job !!!
Not too many grooms would do a full on ” Tawny Kitaen Whitesnake video Here I go again ” on a pool table at the Forest Hill House, but Mike of ‘ Tracy and Mike ‘….HE DID ! It was one of the many moments of Joy and laugher from this very happy couples very happy day.
Shannon of Flourish and Fancy Pants Weddings and I always give our mutual brides a nickname. For Tracy it was ‘ Tracy Ultiman ‘ because she was the ultimate bride. We LOVED this couple and their wedding day at Forest Hill House ! That venue RULES with superior service and loads of great shooting locations. Also I am a huge fan of their D.j Andrew Verducci who did an incredible job and had awesome lighting. Of course I am Shannon of Flourish‘s biggest fan everrrr as she is the bomb florist of all nations. I know I know…another love fest up in here ! Enjoy Some of the lovin’ below :
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TRACY ! What a beauty ! Such great subjects. LOVE THEM.
This is Mike doing his ” Tawny Kitaen’ move. This Cracked me up all day. I love it when someone as young as Mike knows an old reference like ..we just ‘got’ each other.
My favorite group photos are always the ones my second shooter gets, Go Michelle !
If there is one thing I LOVE as much as one single tear rolling down someone’s face at the ceremony it is the bride laughing so hard she is holding her stomach at the toast. FUNNY !
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