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.
This wedding day sure was California dreaming on such a winters day ! The rain held out and the SUN CAME OUT and everyone’s dreams came true for this super cool Old Sugar Mill wedding. Alanna and David were just about the best couple you could ever work with in the universe. I was over the moon to photograph their unique colorful loosely based day of the dead themed wedding. The weather seemed super overcast and dreary as I approached the wedding venue, but alas the Sun busted a move and gave us the PERFECT delicious sunset light. I am so thankful and honored to have been a part of this oh so special day. The couples friends and family were amazing, the Old Sugar Mill is a photographers dream venue, and Alanna and David were THE BEST !!
Awww ! So many awesome and adorable things about Steph and Nesh’s wedding where do I start ? First off they got married in my studio, well o.k not IN my studio but in the same building at Antiquite Maison Privee’ ( We nicknames it Tara ala Gone with the Wind ), my studio is upstairs so they were able to use my cool studio for photos ! We all LOVE our building ! It is the gem of Sacramento with endless great places to capture true love. The next awesome things is I photographed Steph’s sisters wedding 10 years ago, so it was so great seeing the family again. And then of course the fusion wedding aspect with all of the amazing colorful and interesting aspects that brings. Their day was so very perfect with Jackson Catering knocking it out of the ball park with the perfect fusion meal and my buddy Sean at Music and More working his magic to make the event truly memorable . I truly LOVED this wedding !
Can we talk a bit about Rosie and Joe ? Their wedding was my ‘super bowl ‘ wedding to end all weddings. I was full on obsessed with this bride, from the moment we started talking it was just true love…oh back to Rosie and Joe…they were simply the BEST ! I loved how Rosie made everyone feel so comfortable and Joe was just a doll. Their wedding felt like a Kennedy wedding, I felt so privileged to be a part of this event. During their ceremony I had a moment of such joy wash over me, seeing these two take their vows in such a magnificent setting, it was spectacular. My beloved Aimee from 2Chic and The Find really outdid herself with the planning and design and our gal ‘Hatch ‘ From Bloomers nailed this one shut. It is always a pleasure to work with Classique Catering and their band, Hip Service , was fabulous. Dig her super cool Carolina Herrera Couture dress and bad ass Manolo B shoes ! And come on, we had so many stunning locations starting at the Citizen Hotel , then off to the ceremony at the Cathedral and ending at one of Sacramento treasures, The Memorial Auditorium , beauty and love galore, enjoy a glimpse :
Who does not like a good How I met your mother story ? Since I am in the business of shooting weddings I get to hear stories a plenty, but I especially enjoyed Ramie and kenneth’s how they met story. Here is my best recollection : During a fun filled night partying, Patrick was ever so slightly drunk and needed a ride so they wrote on his hand “need ride”, he was never able to shake the name and she was never able to shake the big crush on him from there on out. These two were one fun and super cool couple, I loved how their group of friends were so loyal and dedicated to them. Their wedding was at one of my all time favorite venues, The Vizcaya, so of course the wedding went off without a hitch. My friends at Visual Impact helped beautify the place with their gorgeous flowers and their d.j and Mr. Bart from Music to Memories rocked the house with his unique music stylings. Joy, true love, and happiness all around, see below for further illustration:
Fun Fact: In my youth I was on the fringe of being punk rock. More New Wave really, so I felt right at home with this group.
I Did have a new attitude shooting Nweni and Chris’s extremely adorable wedding ! These two were absolutely the BEST ! I was MADLY in love with them from the go-get and instantly gave Nweni the nickname ‘NEW’. Their wedding had so many beautiful elements, starting wit them getting ready at the unique and uber urban boutique Citizen Hotel, and then having their ceremony at the very classic Cathedral. But wait, don’t order yet because then we were off to modern and snazzy Arden Hills where the one and only Fearon May Events had designed them the most gorgeous fall themed wedding reception. My friend Beautiful By Nature did such an amazing job with the flowers to make it all just perfect. And to top it all off My homie Chris from Encore D.j, lighting and Photo booths worked his special brand of magic so they basically had the best day everrrrrrrrr. My favorite part of this wedding was what Chris said to his new wife during their toast, how he would be sure to give her an amazing life as husband and wife ( and that rhymes, so even better ! ) So much beauty, fun and love, truly the whole package.
Sheila ‘Parm’ and Justin had such a beautiful wedding. Really it was the dream wedding all around at their David Girard Wedding this fall. Beautiful lighting, colors, a breath taking venue, packed with loved ones cheering them on, I mean who could ask for anything more ? Their D.J, Ricky O’Neal was so talented on the turn table, their party truly ROCKED. This couple had it all, and they were both so sweet and easy going, it was a pleasure to be a part of their blessed union. Many thanks to Fransico ‘ Ricardo Girado ‘ and Nicole ‘ She Devil ‘ for all their help making this day fantastic. And yes…everyone DOES usually get some sort of nickname eventually. And one more HUGE shout out to my peep at Beth Sogaard Catering, man alive do these folks do a great job. LOVE THEM !
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 !
Sarah and Jack were such a class act ! Everything about this couple was lovely. So sincere and kind and their families were just amazing. I was so honored to be their wedding photographer at our very own photographers dream location, the Crocker Art Museum. Some of my favorite people helped to make the day perfect including one of my all time favorite make-up artists Shana Beals Make-up Artistry . Also in the mix, the talented and creative Vicki from Bella Blooms, super fun Tom Fretwell from Fretty’s D.j and culinary delights from The Supper club. Yes I could gush for a few more lines, but again I know you are not checking out my blog to languish in my literary talents.
I love her soft make-up from my pal Shana Beals.
WOW, what a beautiful place for a ceremony right. Just stunning.
SUCH A SWEET COUPLE ! I was so impressed with this couple, they were as in love and happy as two people could possibly be. They were an absolute joy to be around and work with. Their big day at Le Rivage was FABULOUS in every way. Huge shout out to the uniquely talented Martha from Blooms by Martha. As you can see in the photos, her flowers were stunning and realllllllllllllly added a big pop to all of her photos. And Great working with her make-up artist Jill Briggs, she made my job easier by making sure the hair and make-up looked PERFECT. Massive true love for this wedding and couple. One million thanks for letting me be a part of your incredible day. Again…life is GOOD !
Note the pure joy Susana had when viewing her hair for the first time : )
Talk about your joy, this is what Martha from Blooms bring to the table, one happy bride !
I LOVE this photo !
Yes, this is my one ‘ prison ‘ photo ( I kid )
And again thanks to my beloved Michelle for being such an incredible person and second shooter. LOVE YOU !!!
photos with heart and soul