Talk about a great love story. Jessica and Doug have about the cutest love tale around. They met in…wait for it..5th grade. Their lives took them in many different directions, but for Jessica, who traveled a lot as a kid, Doug was always home ( ahhh I just got chills writing that ). These two are the real deal soul mates. When they interviewed me to be their photographer I wanted to book their wedding so hard. I must have played it cool, because I was honored to be a part of their most spectacular day.
Man live was the dream team in the house at this Wine and Roses ( a.k.a Guns and Roses ). Kendra Pfeiffer of Pfeiffer Event planning nailed this wedding, as did the very talented Audrey from Bontanica, superstar Bryan from Music and More, my girls Shana from Shana Beals Make-up Artistry and Tina Romo ( a.k.a Tina Romooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo )rocking the hair and make-up , and Corkie Matson as their heartfelt officiant. Love, joy, rainbows, bunnies and kittens all the way for the special day.
Fun Fact for the first photo, Jessica rented those super spendy earrings, and yes…I DID put them on a banana.
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 !
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 )
Picture me I screaming with delight when Lisa and Marcia from Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine,told me I WON the Sacramento Bride and Groom magazine cover. What an ego boost to have 2 magazine covers I shot with BOTH OF MY BRIDES. Man alive life is good. I HEART Sacramento Bride and Groom so much ! I started my business on a wing and a prayer and could only afford to place a small ad in their magazine. All these years later they folks at Sac Bride are like family, they have been so very good to me. Tami Miller, their graphic designer and owner of Moonlight Graphics, has done me like 1,400 ‘solids’ ( favors ). Marcia and Gary Reimers…well….. let just say I LOVE YOU, and I feel the love :
Check out the big blooms on Martha from Blooms, she did the coolest flowers for this wedding at the Citizen Hotel last fall. I told her she owes me lunch as I got her amazing floral creations on TWO magazine covers simultaneously.
And WHERE would we be without our beloved make-up people, Shana Beals rocked the make-up AS USUAL, beautiful job sister, I adore you !
I remember the first time I saw shannon, it was MANY years ago, she was bringing in her flowers to show the bride. The joy on her face was so memorable, like a kid bringing home an art project to their mom. She obviously had so much pride in her work.
I have often wanted to blog about my super cool vendor friends, but wondered…
How in the world could I EVER do a blog post about Shannon from Flourish. It would be impossible. First off we have done 1.4 million jobs, so how could I post just a few photos. And how could a person sing her praises, it would be a like a novel to read…
O.k I will try. Shannon rules the world. She is : adorable, funny, smart, beautiful, talented, creative, kind, loving, giving, witty, and one of my best friends.
Talk about a renaissance woman, she is this amazing florist, mother, wife and friend, but wait a minute, don’t order yet, because you also get budding photographer, card maker, and now BLOGGER.
Her new blog FANCY PANTS WEDDINGS is the talk of the town. Get clicking people.
I like to keep my posts short and sweet and filled with loads of photos, here are a few images from our last ‘hot fashion model’ shoot:
And alas… Shannon ( aka Nonnie butter, Nonista, Shannona rider ):
MAKE UP BY THE FAB SHANA BEALS, love you Shana !
FANCY PANTS GRAPHICS BY THE TERRIFIC STEPHANIE J DESIGNS
FUN FACT : Shannon and I give all of our mutual brides nicknames, so if you hire us both..you have a nick name : )
I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS WEDDING ! Really, we had so many factors going for us …the fact that the bride and groom are redonk good looking, the great light and backgrounds and AN AMAZING BRIDAL PARTY.
Here is the teaser :
More of the awesome-ness awaits you, here is their SLIDESHOW
This wedding was at the Berghold Winery, my beloved Shannon ‘nonnie butter’ from Flourish did the flowers and the always amazing Shana Beals did the make-up.
I will post LOADS more images later : )
photos with heart and soul