This was my last wedding of the year and by golly was it a beauty ! Jillian and Ilyan were so stylish, full of life and deeply in love. A blind man could see how much they adored each other and how happy they were to have found each other. Well I was sure elated to be the one shooting their wedding at one my favorite haunts , The Citizen Hotel. One of the things that touched me the most was how this couple had so many loved ones bursting with joy to share their big day. These two lived out of town so folks flew in from all over the United States and many parts of the world for this union.
I was also happy to have two of my favorite vendors there, Visual Impact and Encore Entertainment. It was the best way to end the 2012 wedding season with a big ol WOOOO HOOOO. Thanks again to my lovely and talented second shooter Michelle, I am so blessed to have you working by my side to create beautiful photos !
Please don’t make me sing the rest of the lyrics ! I am without words to describe how exciting it was to photograph this years FASHION NIGHT OUT produced my our very own Mary Gonsalves Kinney and sponsored by Sacramento Magazine. This event benefited UC Davis Childrens Hospital and was held at the Pavillions, Libby Siino did a great job running the show. When the models of all types began to show their wares, it was just a moment of sheer magic and excitement. My heart was filled with gratitude and joy. I LOVE everything Sacramento, all of its amazing locations, people and happenings.. As usual no one really wants to hear me babble, get with the photos lady !
To start we scored a ‘ Big Picture ‘ in Sacramento Magazine. Oh how I love getting that BIG PICTURE !
LOVE FEST 200O ALL THE WAY with my treasured Jennifer and Scott. Omg did we have a soul mate connection. Jennifer has the big hearty laugh that lights up the world. Such a dream wedding for me as we got to take them to some super cool places in the midtown area before heading to the Firehouse for them to do their vow. Loved their bright and beautiful flowers by Visual Impact and their lounge singer Lee diamond. Just pure love pouring out to these newly weds.
One more big shout out to my talented and adored second shooter Michelle. She is such a blessing to have at any wedding. I am so very thankful to have her on my team !
One of my all time favorites. Large indeed : )
I just ADORE this photo of Jennifer, such a beauty !
This was a don’t touch my hair moment.
So many great spots in Old Sacramento, I LOVE so many aspects of our beautiful city.
Yes…we DID steal this idea from pinterest !
LOVE this shot my second shooter got of the bride and her dad before the ceremony.
Kaitlyn and John were such a class act all the way, and man alive did they love to let loose and party with their friends. One of my best memories of the day was their whole bridal party in the limo just rocking out. Such a kind and giving, classy, genuine couple, these two were in love and so lovable. I was so thankful to be a part of their beautiful wedding at Sacred Heart Church and The old Sugar Mill. Shannon from Flourish worked her special brand of magic on their flowers, the whole affair was pure awesomeness, picture big crowds fist pumping on the dance floor like crazy. A special thanks to my treasured second shooter Michelle for her hard work on this HOT July day on a holiday weekend and this bride and groom for keeping it together in the 100 degree heat !
What I do is find the word that best fits the bride, so ultimate was PERFECT for this bride
The ‘first look’ can be such a good thing !
I adore this photo of Kaitlyn, such a precious and BEAUTIFUL girl !
This was a pose I did back in the day ( you can only say that if you are O.G photographer like me )
This really sums these two up so full of life !
There were so many big laughs like this, truly an entertaining toast.
These are a few of my favorite things… the bride and groom cracking up !
Mike from Jensen Wedding films working hard : )
YAYYYYY ! Isn’t it the best to see spring polkin’ its little head in to our lives. And for me, No better spring time boost than seeing my photo of the cover of Sacramento Magazine ! What a thrill and an honor. We were so LUCKY to get a sunny day to shoot our ridiculously good looking Cast Images models, Ellen Hancock and Reed Daniels, for the March cover. Then ANOTHER sunny day with another stunning Cast Images model ( these good looking people make my work look GOOD ! ) for our shoot the next day !
A huge thanks to both of our make-up artists and my friends Sherri Morris ( cover shot ) and Shana Beals ( park shots ), two of my favorite gals in the business ( they ALSO make my work look good ) ! And one billion thanks to Debbie Hurst for being a dream art director and always bringing so much style to every thing she does !
This may sound sooooo cheesy, but I am in with LOVE Sacramento ! Born and raised here, I think Sacramento is the best place to live and LOVE so many things about our city. So who better than me to photograph some of the cool things to do around here.
Yes indeed I am a lucky gal :
And BONUS ! They used some of my photos from the California Hall of Fame !
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
View their SLIDESHOW by clicking HERE
When I work with the lovely and talented Lora Ward from A Day to Remember, we call it ‘ A day of TRUE LOVE to remember’. Lora or ‘L.w’ and I go WAYYYYYYY back. Many times when working with her, I stop and notice all the MANY special touches she does for a wedding, She is your ‘O.G’ coordinator, time after time working with Lora I see her put her heart and soul into a wedding, it is truly her passion.
This home wedding in Orangevale, was STUNNING, SO many awesome details, such beauty and joy everywhere you turned. Becca and Dustin were just about the cutest human beings to ever roam the earth, just an absolutely precious couple. They were madly in love and so happy to be married ! Their families were the BEST. Their cakes by Carissa from Sugar and Spice Speciality Desserts was a work of art. If you are lucky enough to have Doug and Dara of Music on the Move as your D.j’s, you have totally SCORED, they are just the greatest to work with. GORGEOUS PHOTOS of this special couples special day !!! This photo brings joy to deep inside my soul, super cool and just plain weird all at the same time. I love these magic moments : )
Dig that butterfly in mid flight, rad shot !
O.K if you MUST see MORE…click HERE to view their slideshow.
FUN FACT : I shot Carissa from ‘Sugar and Spice and….’ wedding and encouraged her to start her own business, Now she is HOT STUFF. I have told her I am proud of her 17 billion times.
Other awesome and loved vendors :
Jensen films ( Mike Jensen rules )
Make-up by Shana ( I am her biggest fan by the way, Love me some Shana Beals )
photos with heart and soul