Monica and Ryan voted most darling photogenic couple on earth! Boom, one fabulous first wedding of 2016, yes please and thank you. We LOVED this couple so much, they were bursting with fun and vibrant energy and they loved photos. We packed in every photo possible. The Citizen Hotel rocked as usual, we heart Melissa from All Dolled Up and adore everything about Visual Impact and their beautiful work. I am as usual so thankful to be able to document these special occations, for such an amazing venue and for my freaking AWESOME second shooter Sarah Torres. Yup, life IS good indeed.
LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this wedding. The Citizen Hotel, and Music on the Move, and Claire and Garret ! So many good things going for Claire and Garret’s oh so happy wedding day ! They were pure sunshine and delight, and their peeps were uber cool. Just slipping this one at the last minute to give these wonderful folks and 2014 one last shout out. Heading into 2015 with bells on over here. Lets get it started !!!!
Please get my ‘ Taladega nights ‘ reference and please fall as deeply in love with this couple as I did. Man alive could I go ON and ON about my love for Amber and Ryan. I felt such love for them through out the whole wedding process. Just the coolest folks you will ever meet. Their wedding at The Citizen Hotel was yummie in every way. With my treasured Dominic from Extreme Pro D.J’s and the amazing folks at the Citizen Hotel, this wedding was a slam dunk. The other members of her dream team were Sugar and Spice speciality desserts, Sparkle Bridal Couture and G.Rossi & Co. florists. Well done team !
I do want to rave more, but my need to post these photos is going to win out:
SWEET ! Hello FIRST WEDDING OF 2013. And I am here to report, it was stunning in every way.
First off, Kacee and Micah and I have a massive love thing going on, I am goo goo ga ga for them. Lets count all of marvelous things involved in this wedding one by one.
The wedding was held at the coolest place on earth, o.k, in Sacramento anyway, The Citizen hotel. Their flowers were so perfect for Kacee’s vision, I love Jackies flowers, she nails it every time. One of my ‘flava flav’ d.j’s, Dominic ( I won’t post his nickname as it is a bit racy ) from Extreme Pro D.J’s always brings his A game. And my beloved Rev. Jeri Murphy officated, I lurve her. Add in her fun friends and family and their kindness towards everyone involved and this wedding was exceptional. Since this is my first blog post in a bit, hold on, it is a long one ( who am I kidding, there are all pretty long ).
Great shot from my awesome second shooter, thanks Jammies !
Yummy shot of Kacee and her beautiful flowers, just perfection.
I LOVED her M.O.H, always good to have some strong women in the mix : )
Yeah, don’t ask…
Again, Go Jackies Flowers, NAILED IT SISTER.
Ceremony #1, did mention, this was a brillant idea !
And then onto the public ceremony, I LOVED this part, where Kacee is trying so hard not to cry. Again, hiring Rev. Jeri Murphy was a wise move, I love her energy.
This couple had the cutest decor, just darling !
And this is how they met, adorable right.
One of my all time favorite candids of all time.
Fun fact, Kacee and Micah had 2 ceremonies, the first was a combo ‘first look’ private ceremony on the balcony, and the second the traditional public ceremony. Brilliant idea ! I felt so very blessed to be in attendance of the private ceremony, it was pure magic !
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 !
If you could swing getting me more weddings like Aaron and Liz that would be AWESOME. Just the ideal couple in so many ways. Positively hip and chill in every aspect of their big day. They were one go with the flow couple. Such a cool venue with delish food and loads of cool spots to photograph, Mulvaney’s treated us well giving us not one but two dinners ( yes, food is a way to win us over ). Also NO BETTER place to get ready than the Citizen Hotel for stunning photo opts. And BONUS having my friend Chris Terry from Encore Entertainment there to do both the lighting and entertainment. Chris, I am your biggest fan !
The moment when I was editing this wedding and saw the shot of Liz both laughing and crying, well lets just say I was ecstatic ! One of the most genuine and lovable couples I have ever met, I am so very thankful to have been a part of their special day !
This sums Liz up ‘ original ‘.
Deeply and passionately in love with this shot.
I adore this photo on the right, priceless.
My heart be still ( aka MAMA LIKES )
Michelle, my trusty second shooter, gets so many great candid shtos, LOVE YOU Michelle !
They had an vintage typewriter so their guests could write them love notes. How cute is that ?
Fun Fact: I shot this wedding on my birthday : )
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’.
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 !
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