Yikes, I still have weddings to blog from 2010 ? Who does that ? Me I guess. This wedding was a gem I tell you, so it needed some time in the sun. There was in fact NO sun for Megan and John’s nov. wedding, but no worries, we worked it out like nobodies bees wax. If you look up ‘ soul mates’ in the dictionary, there is a photo of Megan and John. Loving these two is EASY cause they are positively one of the most terrific couples on earth. Their wedding at North Ridge Country Club ruled ! They had their Ketubha signing followed by a ceremony under the Chuppah with so many beautiful moments. Much love and joy filled their special night. And much joy came from the fact that my bff Sarah Maren ( yes, you heard it right ) shot the wedding with me. Lucky !!!
This was the credo of their favorite soccer team, you will NEVER walk alone ! True DAT !
I dig the little spider web inside the flower : )
One of my all time favorite photos EVERRRRRRRR
Love this shot by none other than Sarah Maren Whitehead.
WENDY AND CARRIE ARE ON ‘ SO YOUR enGAYged ‘ blog TODAY. And, well every other Gay blog out there. Not knowing the ways of the blog I submitted it to every gay blog and it was accepted by…every one. My poor ladies having to fill out oh so many questionnaires ( sorry ).
Where to begin to speak of Wendy and Carrie ? Their love for each other and their family touched my soul. The fact that they are not given equal rights breaks my heart. But these two were not about wallowing in the in-justice, they were about celebrating their love for each other with all of their family and friends.
The dream team was the house ! Lora Ward from A Day to Remember planned the wedding like nobodies business, Matt from Extreme Pro D.J’s made the party Extremely awesome and Carissa from Sugar and Spice Speciality Desserts kept everyone in a delicious sugar high. The wedding was at the Citizen Hotel so we had an abundance of amazing places to shoot. Truly a memorable event !
I brought along my own dream team Andrea and Shannon to help me with this special day. Two brides need a lot of coverage people, I am so very thankful for my friends help !!!!
We were all so touched by the way Wendy and Carrie insisted we eat with their guests, we had the most delicious meal that we were talking about several days later. That is just how these ladies roll, a class act !
Awesome expressions ( my favorite part of any wedding ) were abundant on this special day.
I heart shooting at the Citizen Hotel sooooooooo much. Man alive are there loads of great spots.
Wendy walking their children down the isle, priceless !
Photographers LOVE up-lighting !
Of course as the photographer I was required to eat each of these treats after photographing them…. I was just doing my job people.
This photo was on MSMBC !
FUN FACT: Wendy is ‘ sort of a big deal’ in the gay community as an advocate for equal rights. I told these ladies when they are granted the right to marry like everyone else I will be there shooting their legal marriage as well.
A quick backstory….Brad is my boyfriend, Stephanie is Brad’s sister, making her my sister-in-law. She married Dave Johnson when she was 18 years old and they were married for 20 years, then they took a bit of a break…and then they got married AGAIN this past fall in Clarksburg. I loved how their wedding invite was titled ‘ taking a mulligan’. Stephanie often told me how disappointed she was with her first wedding’s photos, so this time around, we hooked it up ! There are so many cool places to go in Clarksburg we went a bit crazy shooting some rad photos! Since I love Stephanie and Dave so much this was one of the most fun photo sessions of the year. Of course my cute boyfriend Brad helped me the whole time and even found locations that were pretty amazing. Go BRAD ( check out the big brain on Brad ).
If there was ever a family that you would want to be a part of it is the Haynes family. Just some of the best people on earth. I LOVE this family and feel so very fortunate to be a part of the Haynes/ Johnson clan. Stephanie and Dave had the cutest, most intimate wedding in their backyard with their 3 girls by their side. My favorite, Rev. Jeri Murphy officiated and brought her unique warmth to the whole event. Very relaxed and filled with true love, their wedding was just perfect !
Um, are you KIDDING ME with this turned over tree. Man alive I was in heaven
This is one of my favorite photos EVERRRRRRR. WHAT A GIFT !
Love this ‘road less traveled : )
Stunning, mama soooo likes !
How cute is my boyfriend ? ( answer….cute )
I LOVE this moment during there ceremony, seeing Stephanie so very happy warmed my heart.
Two more people I love dearly
One look at Nicole and Todd and you can see that they are a totally cool, hip and fun loving couple. I absolutely adored this couple ! Their summer wedding at the General’s Garden at the Lions Gate Hotel was so relaxed easy breezy and fun. Nicole is so full of life and personality, I just loved her many expressions and zest for life. And Todd was so very enjoyable and…well, COOL ! I love being able to blog this during the winter to remind us all of the sunny Sacramento summers we love so much. So nice to work with Terry Stewart the house D.j, he and I go way back. And since his wife was so crazy preggo, I got to have the one and only gift they call Dustin Whitehead shooting this wedding with me. Dustin is such a talented photographer as well as one of my favorite people on this earth. Also the effervescent, passionate seasoned pro, Joan from Beautiful By Nature and one of my FAVORITE make-up artists, Jenifer Haupt, from Image Provocateur made me look good with their beautiful work. I am indeed lucky to work with professionals that make my job easier.
All good things for this happy couple’s special day :
I LOVE the ‘come hither’ look on Nicole’s face. She is such a beauty.
The photo of Todd on the left is one of my favorites photos EVER : )
What an absolutely precious moment.
I am a tiny bit obsessed with this photo !
For someone with no tattoos I sure like photographing them right ?
Their party was sooooo much fun !
Dig the Surewest satellite in the background.
FUN FACT : I Have known Nicole for many years and knew she had hit the JACKPOT when she introduced me to Todd.
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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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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That was just ONE of the many blog titles my boyfriend, Brad Haynes ( he loves to get a mention ) came up with for this Desiree and Mario’s wedding. ‘When you wish upon a star’ and ‘Cinderella…eat your heart out’ were a few of the other titles in the running. Are you getting the disney theme yet ?
Let me break down the absolute awesome-ness that was this wedding :
Des and Mario just ooze oggy googy love yummie love. They are positively soul mates, so very cute and happy. Mario is a special guy with star quality that it is hard not to fall in love with and Desiree is just about as nice a person as you can find. The world is a better place with these two in it.
The gorgious Whitney Oaks golf club on 10-10-10, their receiption ROCKED with music and lighting one of my all time favorites, Chris Terry from Encore Entertainment and photo booth, the best officiate everrrrr, Rev. Jeri Murphy made the ceremony so very special. I LOVE Miss Katie Edwards from Ambience Floral, she NEVER FAILS to do an awesome job. And man alive did Rebecca from Sweet Cakes knocked this one out of the park with their Disney Cake, it looked like some award winning cake you would see on a t.v show.
And the Super cute and talented Tiffany Torbick shooting with me. Just dreamy and perfect !
This moment will forever be in my memory, it was as if time stood still when Desiree walked down the isle. The look on her face was PRICELESS and of course the look on Mario’s face was gold. Yes, he DID do the ‘ulgy cry’. It was truly magcial !
I LOVE the look on Rev. Jeri Murphy’s face. I adore that woman, she is the BEST officiant in town.
There were like 15 photos of this moment I would like to post, but I had to pick one.
Yes….sadly I DID make them do the mickey mouse ears…
Desiree’s dad getting down on the dance floor.
And this is why photographers LOVE up-lighting
Fun Fact : This was NOT their car
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So I LOVE it when my brides tell me they blog stalk me. Ali told me how addictive blogs were for brides…and now IT IS HER TURN to be on the blogs. Ali and Daniel were a joy to work with, such up-beat and lighthearted couple. Their effervescent yet easy going personalities set the tone for the whole day: relaxed and fun ! These two were ecstatic to be getting married to each other. Their ceremony was to perfect and filled with so much emotion and sheer joy. With the beautiful Lakes of the Pines behind them during their vows, they were so full of great expressions and love. Daniel was trying so very hard not to cry but I knew those tears would flow. I felt so very fortunate to be the one chosen to capture their big day. My LOVE for these two ran deep ! Here is a peak into their special special day:
I LOVE this photo of Alison ! She is just stunning on her special day.
I LOVED this moment my second shooter captured right before the ceremony.
Do you LOVE slideshows ? Well then click HERE to see more of their happy fun day.
A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO MICHELLE ‘shifty’ SHIFTLET for doing this wedding as well as TONS of weddings with me this year and doing SUCH A GREAT JOB every time. You are a blessing and any bride is LUCKY to have you shooting her wedding ! You are an amazing photographer and I am super grateful to have you shooting with me !!
‘Keepin’ it real’ quickly became the nick name we gave our beloved Ashley Sondreal. Omg, she and Ryan had possibly the most adorable wedding known to man kind !
She had Shannon from Flourish and Fancy Pants Weddings AND the uber talented Kate Miller Events. Together they created Magic with the decor. And if that was not enough… My treasured Rachelle shot the wedding with me. Words can not express how much I love Rachelle, she is one of my dearest and most loved friends.
So much goodness involved for this special day !
The wedding was held at Ryan’s parents backyard in Grass Valley which was the perfect location. I LOVED the red barn and their super cute retro baseball theme. That Kate Miller….she is just the BEST !
I feel in love with Ashley from reading her facebook posts, she has the most delishious dark wit. And Ryan is a gem, one of the coolest people you will ever meet. Add their fun and happy bridal party made the wedding was a HUGE SUCCESS :
One of the MANY amazing shots by Rachelle
You see the benefits of seeing each other before, you are able to do cool random things like this funky guitar shop. I was over the moon with these shots
I absolutely LOVE this photo
See how captivating all of their little details were, again, go Kate Miller !
Miss Ashley collected these old coke bottles and did many ‘d.i.y’ projects to make the day special.
How much do you LOVE the barn in the background.
Oh how I LOVE the string light !
View their Radiant SLIDESHOW to see EVEN MORE photos.
Her STUNNING make-up was done by the STUNNING LEI LANI, great job as you can see ! They had cupcakes from a Icing on the cupcake…..mmmmmm good !
FUN FACT : I actually went to an on-line thesaurus to find another way to say ‘ADORABLE’ to describe this wedding.
LOVE STORIES are just the BEST right ? Who does NOT love a great love story ? I am blessed to hear love stories galore from my treasured brides and grooms. But often I get to see a different love story on the wedding day, like the love story of mother and daughter. Tamara lost her dad when she was a baby, so it was just her and her mom Jackie growing up. Seeing mother and daughter on this special day was just priceless.
Tamara and Eric were madly in love. Just look at this wedding and you will wish you were there to experience their joy. This couple lit up the world with their love.
They had a spectacular wedding day at Arden Hills Country Club. I LOVED all of Tamara’s bling and her purple flowers and shoes. Katie from Ambience did her usual EXCELLENT job with her flowers. Katie is the kind of person that makes this world a better place.
A fanciful wedding filled with pure love….Mama likes !!
This ring bearer is not so sure about all this going down the isle business.
One of my favorite things in the world…one single tear rolling down the cheek.
How can you look at this photos and NOT love Tamara ? Soooo cute !!
FUN FACT : Tamara is a ‘ do-good’ lawyer and Eric is from Kenya.
photos with heart and soul