Time flies when a person neglects their beloved blog. Sorry, but now I am done with my bountiful fall of 2013 and have an abundance of wedding eye candy to tide you over for until spring of 2014. MAN ALIVE do I love this couple ! They were delightful in every way. Seriously , Lyndsey and Todd’s wedding touched my soul. About a year ago, she was the bridesmaid at another wedding and on that day she told me that when it was her turn I was her gal. Their wedding at Lake Natomas Inn had such an ease to it, everything was about as good as it gets. One of the best parts about this wedding was the group of friends Lyndsey and Todd had supporting them, just the coolest group of folks ever. And, it does not hurt that they keep referring me so I get to see them again and again. YAY ME !
I happen to personally LOVE her vendors, Shannon with Flourish designs, Rebecca and Hector with Sweet Cakes by Rebecca and Tom Fretwell with Fretty’s Limo and D.J service, they are all my peeps and did the best job ever !
Alas, a girl is blogging and then some:
MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE photos from this wedding by clicking HERE
A flash back to this summer, this wedding truly warms my heart. Rachel and Chris were two of the NICEST kindest, most loving people I have ever met. They were soul mates who had their perfect day at Arden Hills Country Club. I LOVED this wedding with every fiber of my being. With my great friends Jenifer Haupt from I make Beautiful making the bride beautiful and Shannon from Flourish making her stunning floral designs, this event was pure beauty, sunshine, love and light. And my friends out did themselves with the cake, Rebecca and Hector from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca sweetened up the place big time. I always look forward to working at Arden Hills, the staff, food, and service are top notch. They have it down and that makes for a wonderful and relaxed day. Again, less talk more photos right : )
Oh how I LOVE her bright and bouncy flowers, played Flourish : )
Arden Hills has so many great locations to get these bold dramatic shots, I love it there.
I adore everything about this photo, colors, the expression, it is true love all the way.
Giving some well received advise on a happy marriage : )
Please note their expressions, priceless.
Dig the detail of that cake right ? It is work of art !
A bit of recent work printed in Sacramento Magazine to feed the hungry blog : ). I have said 423 times how much I love and appreciate shooting various assignments. Partly because I am noisy and love getting a glimpse into folks lives, and partly because I love the challenge of finding nailing just the right photo.
Note the flowers from Shannon ‘Totes Mc Goats’ from Flourish, her milk shake truly does bring all the boys to the yard. Great table shot from The Citizen Hotel, such a beautiful room.
My adorable bride Sara who was married at The Crocker Art Museum this past summer getting some lovin’ : )
FUN FUN FUN at karaoke at Oishii, I want to go back there
soon. It is such a unique venue.
I love it, they call her the ‘menu whisperer’.
This was a ‘why you gotta bring up old stuff’ shot we did of the band Desario a few years back. Desario is the gem of Sacramento. Jim Rivas, band member extraordinaire, is a friend and husband of our very own, again Shannon from Flourish ( name dropping like crazy over here ).
And Lastly, this image snagged ‘The big picture’ spot in the magazine. This was from the Christmas concert from the kids at St. Patricks Academy, completely adorable, this concert really reminded me of what Christmas is all about. So very touching.
And Nicole and Patrick waited to find it ! They were the sweetest, most kind and generous couple ever. I felt an instant connection the moment I met them. Truly a match made in heaven, their shared faith really touched my heart. They were wed on a beautiful day with breath taking views at our very own Helwig Winery. They had gorgeous flowers from Flourish and Fantastic food by Bocca, one delish cake by
Pretty Sweet and just the perfect amount of lighting by Extreme Productions. The sentiment, the blue skys, the amazing wine cave, top notch service from Katherine and her team at Helwig, a couple madly in love, just
crazy amounts of Awesomeness everywhere on this so very blessed day ( I am surprised awesomeness is a word and I spelled it right on the first go ? ).
Man alive was Nicole a great model, looking so very stunning on her big day !
I LOVE this shot my second shooter, Michelle got of Nicole and her dad walking down the wine cave, Go SHIFTY !
Of course I always love these ‘ moment of truth ‘ shots.
Jessica and P.J called me in 2010 to shoot their 2012 wedding, it was one of those love at first phone call situations. Not only do I adore them but feel like I am part of their families at this point. One would be hard pressed to find a greater group of people than Jessica and P.j’s families. I positively adore these folks.
Jessica is a ‘bling’ kinda gal so the phrase ” Ling Ling you forgot your bling bling ” was used throughout the day. Their Citizen Hotel wedding was a stunner with Kate Miller events, Flourish , Extreme Productions and Shana Beals making this wedding just so very beautiful with design, flowers, lighting and the bride’s make-up. I LOVE this venue and every one of these vendors ! Everything about this wedding was impressive ! Oh how Mama LIKED ! And yes, this is yet another very long blog post as I was so in love with this couple and this wedding.
I love the way this photos shows off Shana Beals mad make-up skills with this dramatic make-up look. Well done my friend, I am your biggest fan !
Beautiful flower design by my beloved Shannon from Flourish, so very talented that Shannon a.k.a ‘ No-No ‘ !
One single tear is like a pot of gold for me, love this shot ! I love this photo, oh yes I do !
Sorry P.J : )
Stunning right, well done team !
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 : )
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 !
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 : )
ARG ! The fall is such a crazy time for the wedding photographer. I have meant to blog for my faithful 37 readers ( that is my joke, it is more like 12 people ) but iI am one busy bee. So I am just slapping up a link of being blogged…. does that count ?
TRUE LOVE PHOTO ON THE CITIZEN HOTEL BLOG
I HONESTLY love this couple ! Here are few more for the road….
And to try and fluff this not so big on the fly blog post I will add in the SLIDESHOW.
ITS OUR WEDDING !!! YEAHHHHHH ! First off, picture me in a quiet office area letting out a big YEAHHHHH when the good folks at the Our Wedding magazine told me I got the cover/ fashion shoot for their summer fall issue. I was thrilled beyond words, things were great and they were only getting better. If you have not been to the new Crocker Art Museum you really should visit, this place is stunning. So to be given the gift of shooting a high fashion shoot with amazing models and a top stylist, the best hair and make-up people with endless beautiful dresses, jewelry and flowers at the Crocker…I mean dream come true ! I loved the photos they picked for the magazine, and here are a few more:
So excited Shannon from Flourish got her super hot broach bouquet on the cover, go nono !
I can not possibly thank all the folks involved in this shoot enough, such pros !
Make-up : Brushworx ( I love what they call Sherri Morris )
Hair: Tina Romo ( aka Tina Roma, inside jokes )
Stylist to the stars: Sarah Kreutz
Dresses: Caren Templet
Flowers: Flourish ( Shannon has about 8 nicknames, nono being the most current )
Magazine Art Director/ Designer and loved one: Gabe Teague
Models Michelle Casagrande and Beck Trumbo from Cast Images ( really the best agency ever, love love love them )
photos with heart and soul