Where do I start when talking about Jenny and Aaron’s ( JenArron ) special day ? These are friends of mine so I could go on and on about their magical Lake Natoma Inn wedding. These two had the best day of their lives.
What stuck in my mind the most was how Jenny’s mom, Lucy told me that it was a ‘ Jim and Pam’ ( from the office ) love story. Aaron had loved Jenny for a long time and then when the timing was right, their relationship blossomed.
How adorable right. Also I loved how chill Jenny was, she was ready to really enjoy the day. Later Jenny told me she could not imagine finding the kind of happiness she found with Aaron. As usual, I am sure you do not want to hear more from me but see some of their photo.
Yes, I AM posting this wedding closer to their anniversary than their wedding day. These two gifts were married last June when it was supposed to be super sunny but instead they got overcast and the threat of rain. But Jolene and Justin are about the happiest, most fun loving people you will ever meet so it did not hamper their super happy day one bit. I loved their wedding at Morgan Creek Golf Club and loved having my friends from Encore photo booths there capturing some of the fun. There was so much laughter and joy. These two are so very blessed to have found each other ! And I just got word that baby makes 3 as Jolene is with child. That is one Lucky kid that is for SURE !
Here is their day summed up in photos : )
This one is for my friend Lucy : )
BONUS ! A few of their images were published recently in ” I do ” magazine
That was what Jake of Lesley and Jake told us at one point as Lesley and I were in this huge post wedding love fest. Funny ! We just had endless, “no I love you” e-mails. Thinking about it warms my soul. A special day indeed, one could feel the love between these two. It felt like they were both just so very grateful to have found each other. Jake was as good as it get in the groom department, and Lesley had a way of making everyone around her feel joyful and relaxed. How deep is my love ? DEEP !
So why do I blubber on and on about my favorite vendors ? Because this can be a really stressful day at times and having your favorite peeps around really makes for a happy couple, and a happy couple makes for awesome photos. A win win ! So that is why I will rave about Larry from Extreme ( deep love ) and how he makes an event AWESOME, and how Shannon from Flourish makes the whole day more beautiful with her arty flowers, and what a great job the folks at the Citizen Hotel do making sure everything runs smoothly and the couple feels well taken care ( run on sentence much ? ).
I heart the Goveners suite at the Citizen Hotel.
Lesley gasping at delight upon seeing her flowers from Flourish.
I love this moment of Leslie with her favorite auntie. Awesome shot by Francisco who I nicknamed Ricardo and call him that so much I often forget that is not his real name.
Shannon sure makes pretty flowers !
These are the moments I love the most !
I love this photo !
One view of this shot…
And the second view here : )
Fun Fact : Here is an example of said love notes after posting this blog post on Lesley’s facebook page:
I am ready to revive our love notes now : )
If I had nickle for every time a person said to Travis ” you are so lucky to have a girl like Samara ” I would have cleared 30 cents easy. I was included in the people saying how Lucky Travis was to have Samara. She was as beautiful inside as she was out. This couple was pure delight thought the entire wedding relationship. My fondest memories were during the ceremony, it so heartfelt and vivacious. Samara was also a smart cookie who choose some awesome vendors to make her day AWESOME. I LOVE working at the Hyatt Hotel , adore her talented make-up artist Christi Reynolds ( she is one of the best in the area ) and greatly admire her baker, the one and only Sweet Cakes by Rebecca. Also her D. J was INCREDIBLE. Super lighting as well as a unique wedding experience. Much thanks to Behind the Scene Sounds for making their evening so memorable. And lest we not forget who did her BEAUTIFUL flowers, one of my favorite florists Visual Impact. Life is good and so was this wedding !
Did I mention Samara was STUNNING ?
I heart Visual Imact !
I love this shot by my second shooter Michelle. Love you Shifty !
This photo as well as several others from this wedding are in this months OUR WEDDING magazine. This guy was so good, I thought it was a recording at first.
Dear Sweet Cakes by Rebecca, I love you ! Sincerely, Beth B.
There were several of the cake photos that were so funny, here is just one : )
Also soooooooooo many great dancing photos !
Helwig is the hot new venue in Sacramento and Kathleen and Ronnie are the hot new couple in Sacramento conwincidentally married AT Helwig ! Let me tell you EVERYONE just adored Kathleen, she is the whole package with style, looks and a extremely likable personality ! Kathleen and Ronnie made the best couple, both very down to earth, she found a real peach in Ronnie. On their big day they had the best vendors to christen the new venue, Shannon from Flourish knocked it out of the park as usual with her beautiful bright flowers, Bocca Catering did a fabulous job with the food and my friend Sonny from Exquisite Events and Entertainment did some super arty cool lighting. LOVED the peacock feathers, bright blue shoes, and bright yellow truck. Life is good and so was this wedding !
lighting by Great job on the lighting right ?
Kathleen was such a stunning bride. I loved everything about her.
Sonny G from Exquisite nailed the lighting, I have said it time and time again, up lighting rules.
Fabulous food from Bocca Catering, in addition to yummie food, the folks at Bocca are delightful.
You gotta love a bride who hires a jazz band !
Loving their cave !
Oh the way Dee and Ravi looked at each other. Talk about the look of love. They had such a cute love story, having met in a youth hostile while traveling in Europe. Everyone had the best time at their wedding in her parents home this July ( yes, there is no rhyme or reason to my blog sequence, all part of my charm ). We LOVED the relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful outdoor setting. Dee and Ravi kept it really simple yet made the day so memorable. This was such a great wedding with so many great moments and YUMMIE food from All Seasons All Reasons ( one of my favorites ). Check out these two madly in love on their special special day:
Ravi = adorable right ?
I heart this photo !
If you could swing getting me more weddings like Aaron and Liz that would be AWESOME. Just the ideal couple in so many ways. Positively hip and chill in every aspect of their big day. They were one go with the flow couple. Such a cool venue with delish food and loads of cool spots to photograph, Mulvaney’s treated us well giving us not one but two dinners ( yes, food is a way to win us over ). Also NO BETTER place to get ready than the Citizen Hotel for stunning photo opts. And BONUS having my friend Chris Terry from Encore Entertainment there to do both the lighting and entertainment. Chris, I am your biggest fan !
The moment when I was editing this wedding and saw the shot of Liz both laughing and crying, well lets just say I was ecstatic ! One of the most genuine and lovable couples I have ever met, I am so very thankful to have been a part of their special day !
This sums Liz up ‘ original ‘.
Deeply and passionately in love with this shot.
I adore this photo on the right, priceless.
My heart be still ( aka MAMA LIKES )
Michelle, my trusty second shooter, gets so many great candid shtos, LOVE YOU Michelle !
They had an vintage typewriter so their guests could write them love notes. How cute is that ?
Fun Fact: I shot this wedding on my birthday : )
THE BEST WEDDING ANYONE COULD IMAGINE ! Katie and Trey’s wedding was ‘ the whole package’ that is for sure ! Blessed fantastic weather at the beautiful Chardonnay Golf Course, this madly in love couple had the intimate wedding of their dreams. There was such a great energy in the air as these two started their lives together. I felt so blessed to be a part of their happy union and witness so much laugher and joy. And the sunset was to die for ! One more thing, I had BRAD HAYNES there ! Now that my friends is a good day !
I LOVE this photo of Trey’s Mom seeing Katie for the first time.
This was pretty much Katie the whole day, filled with such joy !
On the left, that is tissue in her hand, she is getting ready to shed some tears of joy : )
This shot taken by our very own Brad Haynes ( he does not claim to be a photographer but he nailed a few shots )
Patti Serpa, the brides mom was such an impressive woman !
As you may know….one single tear is one of my favorite things in the world to catch.
Trey was loved by all, you can really tell a lot about a person by their friends. Yes, overkill on the sunset photos, my bad.
SUCH CUTE DETAILS ! Amie and Johnny had such great style for their wedding at The Citizen Hotel. They had such great everything really, I LOVED their cute happy bridal party, SWEET CAKE and FUN reception. In addition to being incredibly beautiful, our Amie is also brainy, she just got her doctorate ! And Johnny was also deep and soulful as well as super cute and a great subject. Just a slam dunk all the way. I especially loved working with Tom Fretwell, he has such a unique way of making a party fun. And he lighting kicked butt. Man alive could I go on and on and on about how cool this couple was and how much I simply adored their wedding but as usual, me thinks you would love it if I shut up and showed you the $$$ ( aka photos )
Johnny was such a good subject right ? Move over Megan Fox !
Don’t you just love her colors and bridesmaid dresses ? So cute !
Deeply in love with this SWEET cake by…wait for it….SWEET CAKES BY REBECCA. We are all a tiny bit obsessed with Rebecca and her artistic cake making abilities.
Such cute details !
I thought it was SO funny when I was having this groomsman do a photo with one of their lollipops and I heard someone say ‘ I think the photographer likes him’. He was adorable that is for sure.
I heart this photo !
The Big Bang did an exceptional job on her flowers.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the yellow up-lighting ! Great job Tom Fretwell !
DEEPLY in love with this photo !
Mama likes !
GUNS AND ROSES, That is my nickname for Wine and Roses, the perfect place for Alissa and Michael to have their PERFECT WEDDING. I am so enamored by this couple, they are ideal in every way. Alissa was so beautiful on her wedding day, she has to be one of the coolest gals on earth ! Both so genuine and thoughtful, everyone LOVED them ! It was so great to have such awesome vendors like Tom Fretwell of Frettys D.J and Limo Service and David Bonetti from Bonetti Videography capturing day on video. LIBBY SIINO did and excellent job with the coordination, she sure made my job easier !The only nutty part was the rain was looming at bit. When it did rain for a few minutes and we were getting wet, I was so impressed by the way Alissa just laughed it off. Here are some of my favorite photos from their big day:
This is kind of our thing, for some reason I am always wanting to put a ring in either Alissa or Michael’s mouth ?
This girl could strike a POSE !
LOVE LOVE LOVE !
This photo made my heart skip a beat : )
In this kids defense, the officiant was a bit long winded : )
YAYYYYY, THE SUN CAME OUT !
Please accept my apologies for posting this photo.
I love the lush gardens all around Wine and Roses, truly one of the best venues.
FUN FACT : This couple has been together since High School, during the toast I loved how Alissa said ‘ we never gave up on each other ‘.
photos with heart and soul