Lets rein supreme eating tangerines, I will be the keen photo queen, in 2013 ( and yes, I DID google words that rhyme with 13 to come up with that ). Just a bit of silliness to end the year 2012. Man alive do I feel blessed and filled with love as I write this last post. I am in the process of launching a new web site, so I have about 5,000 ( I wish I was kidding about that number ) favorites to pull from for an end of the year ‘ favorites’ post. Honestly I could post 575 images as had so many rad weddings this year. One million thanks to all the folks who let me take their photos in 2012. And even more thanks to the 2013 brides who have trusted me with one of the most important days of their life, I promise I will deliver the goods.
I have massed 4 gift cards for massages that have been beckoning me to use them for some time, I am planning on using them all before 2013. So I will be one relaxed photographer come the new year. Life is good and only getting better. Mama likes…mama likes indeed !
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 !
I have LITERALLY been waiting to blog about this couple for YEARS ! REALLY ! I will try not get too mushy here, but I need you to know my LOVE for this couple runs DEEP.
My first memory of them was …love in an elevator. I was heading up in the Citizen Hotel elevator,when Joaquin and Heather introduced themselves. They told me I had done a few of their friends weddings and soon enough I would be doing their wedding. Naturally I was VERY flattered. And indeed I was the lucky photographer to capture their unique love story. They were married at St. Ignatius Church and had their reception at The Sacramento Grand Ballroom. Positively fabulous food from our friends at The Supper Club, and a truly delicious dessert buffet from Ettores ( I can still remember how much we enjoyed those treats ). It was oddly an overcast day in Aug, but not to worry, we worked it out like nobodies business with some unique fun and funky photos.
I was so touched by this couples love for each other and kindness towards everyone else…I am getting a bit misty so here are the photos, talk amongst yourselves.
Yeah, note, this couple was ” sort of a big deal ” with their large amount of higher up clergy : )
FUN FACT : They are both quite the musicians, and sang to EACH OTHER during the ceremony. Not a dry eye in the house people !
These two really did have a genuine ‘ When Harry met Sally ‘ love story ! I instantly fell deeply in love with these two and was thrilled when they choose me to capture there precious memories. For their engagement session, we had big dreams, to include all manor of wood, signs, bikes, some vintage feeling things and of course if you hire me you are going to get a bit of funk. I left this session thinking how lucky I am to get to work with such fun people creating cool photos. They are getting married this May at the Grand Island mansion. I can not wait to get to know them better and make more magic.
Yeah, I think I am going to build a life with this photo ! LOVE is an understatement.
Now if you get that title you are a true retro gamer ! The promise of receiving cake is a super retro game referance and was the theme of Stephanie and Jerred’s cake. Man alive did they have some cute details at their Monte Verde Inn wedding. I LOVED this couple ! So fun and vibrant, creative and original and in love ! I remember when they met with me oh so long ago they told me they could not imagine another photographer shooting their wedding. Yes, folks by all means flatter away. Since I have the taste of 12 year old girl ( and sometimes a 14 year old boy ) I was in heaven with their retro gamer theme and unique details. This couple just exuded such genuine love, orginality and zest for life. The Monte Verde Inn really delivered giving them their perfect day. Those folks sure do a great job !
Please enjoy a taste of the fun :
Truly the most creative invitations I have ever seen. My super cute boyfriend Brad Haynes, who is an avid retro gamer, was goo-goo ga ga over these invitations and demanded he received one for his collection.
Stephanie is a budding model so she was just the ideal subject !
I am so smitten by this photo.
Did I mention how fun this couple was ?
Awesome shot from my second shooter Sarah Beth, great job !
Deeply in love with this photo, we are making plans for a life together as we speak.
O.K you got to the end of my overly long blog post, now enjoy your cake !
Whewwwwwwwwwwwwww ! The eagle has LANDED ! Alas the new OUR WEDDING magazine has launched. Click here to see the whole magazine on-line and Click here to get a free magazine sent to you. It does not get much better than this fashion shoot with hot fashion models from Cast Images. Our team knocked it out of the park with Sarah Kreutz the clothing stylist, Debbie Hurst the Art Director and Sherri Morris doing make up and Tina Romo doing hair. Well done team. I can not tell you all how much I appreciate being able to work with these ladies and for this magazine.
We were at the historic Masonic Temple, what a magnificent building, so many great locations and such an interesting backgrounds. And BONUS ! The perfect flowers from Ambience, LOVED her work for this shoot !
Here is the layout:
And a few more Gems:
A huge thanks to my assistant Fransico ( he has too many nicknames to even mention ), you are a blessing !
And their wedding was a BLAST. Elyse and Josh were filled with such exuberance to be marring each other at her parents home on such a lovely, yet windy day. I was so thrilled to be the person to capture their love with a camera. I loved how Elyse posted on her facebook page that this was the happiest day of her life, indeed !
Super double bonus was being able to work with Doug and Dara of Music on the Move, Man alive these two are seasoned pros. They sure put in the extra mile. Enough with me talking and more with me posting photos : )
I did eat said box of Good and Plenty after this shot, call it research.
Hot cakes indeed : )
This baby is on ROCK AND ROLL BRIDE TODAY ! Triple WHOOT !!!! I LOVE getting on that blog, sort of on a mission to get published on Rock and Roll Bride’s blog as many times as humanly possible.
So CIRUS FREAKS ! Talk about a collaboration ! So many super cool ladies worked on this shoot ! We had planned for an outdoor shoot with a very different vibe, but it rained buckets so we headed indoors. If I tell you one more time how blessed I felt to be doing something like this would you be inclined to punch me in the neck ? Sorry, I can not help myself. I have the most creative friends ! It all started with my friend Dacy McWhorter having the idea to do a vintage Circus styled shoot. It was off and running from there. Please note the list of people who made this look like this below : ) ONE MILLION THANKS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED I I love you…I honestly LOVE YOU !
I heart :
Me, super cute photographer: True Love Photo/ Beth Baugher ( If giving myself a link is wrong I don’ wanna be right )
Stylist: Dacy McWhorter ( She LOVES it when you call her Daisy )
Planner/Designer: 2CHIC Events ( The CHIC-est EVER )
Make Up : I Make Beautiful ( She really does make beautiful )
Hair: Tina Romo ( Tina, she’s so hot right now )
Cakes: Sweet Cakes By Rebecca ( I want to go to there )
All things paper and graphic design: Honey Paperie ( Added a big splash of coolness to the day )
Rentals : The find and Celebrations ( Find a way to Celebrate people )
Floral Design: The Posh Posey ( Being posh 24/7/365 is not easy, but they manage )
Linens : La Tavola ( So glad you could come to the party )
Wedding Dresses : Miosa ( Sacramento’s own High Fashion Gift to brides )
Jewellery : Classy or Sassy on Etsy, Untamed Menagerie on Etsy, and Stella and Dot. ( The cool beans of the jewelry world )
Super hot fashion models : Julianna Steel, Chelsea Dixon, and Amanda Pacheco ( Loving these gal is easy cause they are beautiful AND super cool )
WHO PUT THIS UP ? A Clip of us celebrating our being published on Rock and Roll Brides blog, NOT COOL:
Circus Freaks Celebration Dance ( I do look good in a red baseball cap though )
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 !!
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