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.
SO MUCH LOVE AND LUCK IN THE HOUSE for my first wedding of 2011 ( YES, I DO have more 2010 weddings to blog, I am still milking them ). Gina and Rhett were so obviously made for each other, what an honor to capture their special day !
Just so many delicious ingredients for the valentines days wedding ! Gina, a remarkable girl, is so full of life and spunk AND A DOCTOR to boot. The minute I met her I desperately wanted to shoot her wedding. Add her now husband, Rhett to the mix and it was just the ideal wedding. These two had one of the BEST venues, The Citizen Hotel, one of the VERY BEST coordinators, the lovely and talented Lora Ward from A DAY TO REMEMBER. Matt Bryce from Extreme Productions did the lighting ( love ) , D.j -ing and was their officiant ( and coat check guy and he was a mid-wife to 3 children born that night…kidding ). I loves me some Matt Bryce, thats all I’m sayin’. And if things could not have gotten any better, Katie from Ambience made the day most beautiful with her flowers. But wait…don’t order yet, because we also got mr. sun shining his face to make our light oh so yummie and I was able to bring Carmen to shoot the wedding with me. Carmen is such a cool gal as well as a very talented photographer. I could go on and on, but suffice to say…MAMA LIKES :
Just Endless places to shoot in an around the Citizen Hotel, really a photographers dream location.
Yes…the alley can be a bit ‘pungent’ at times : )
How cute is Rhett. Just sheer delight to work with !
I LOVE this shot Carmen got of Gina reading her vows before the ceremony. Priceless !
Dig at the expression on Matt’s face !
I LOVE this photo !!!
The dance floor was so packed the guest were literally dancing all over the place.
FUN FACT: MY last wedding of last year and first wedding of this year was at the Citizen Hotel with Lora and Matt, dare I be so bold to say ‘ The dream team was in the house’.
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 !
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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 )
Wendy and Carrie are so very much in love and ready to get married. Lora Ward from ‘ A Day to Remember ‘ in their cordinator. Lora is the bomb, end all be all cordinator. I LOVE LOVE LOVE working with her, truly the BEST. They will say their vows at the Citizen Hotel this November, it is going to be quite the shin-dig ! I am so HAPPY they choose me to be a part of their big day.
We had a blast with these lovely ladies and their family. Of course they are big supporters of everyone’s right to get married. Wendy is…well…sort of a big deal in the fight for equality.
I am amazed that in the year 2010 so many people are not given this basic right. I loathe this particular discrimination ! I could go on and on, but instead I will delight you with these super cute photos of this SUPER CUTE family:
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A HUGE THANKS TO MY AWESOME BOYFRIEND BRAD HAYNES FOR HELPING ME WITH SO MANY ENG. SESSIONS ! May is a rough time in the life of a wedding photographer, My Brad is the ONLY way I could ever make it through any of this : )
photos with heart and soul