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.
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 !
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 !
That was what Jake of Lesley and Jake told us at one point as Lesley and I were in this huge post wedding love fest. Funny ! We just had endless, “no I love you” e-mails. Thinking about it warms my soul. A special day indeed, one could feel the love between these two. It felt like they were both just so very grateful to have found each other. Jake was as good as it get in the groom department, and Lesley had a way of making everyone around her feel joyful and relaxed. How deep is my love ? DEEP !
So why do I blubber on and on about my favorite vendors ? Because this can be a really stressful day at times and having your favorite peeps around really makes for a happy couple, and a happy couple makes for awesome photos. A win win ! So that is why I will rave about Larry from Extreme ( deep love ) and how he makes an event AWESOME, and how Shannon from Flourish makes the whole day more beautiful with her arty flowers, and what a great job the folks at the Citizen Hotel do making sure everything runs smoothly and the couple feels well taken care ( run on sentence much ? ).
I heart the Goveners suite at the Citizen Hotel.
Lesley gasping at delight upon seeing her flowers from Flourish.
I love this moment of Leslie with her favorite auntie. Awesome shot by Francisco who I nicknamed Ricardo and call him that so much I often forget that is not his real name.
Shannon sure makes pretty flowers !
These are the moments I love the most !
I love this photo !
One view of this shot…
And the second view here : )
Fun Fact : Here is an example of said love notes after posting this blog post on Lesley’s facebook page:
I am ready to revive our love notes now : )
SUCH CUTE DETAILS ! Amie and Johnny had such great style for their wedding at The Citizen Hotel. They had such great everything really, I LOVED their cute happy bridal party, SWEET CAKE and FUN reception. In addition to being incredibly beautiful, our Amie is also brainy, she just got her doctorate ! And Johnny was also deep and soulful as well as super cute and a great subject. Just a slam dunk all the way. I especially loved working with Tom Fretwell, he has such a unique way of making a party fun. And he lighting kicked butt. Man alive could I go on and on and on about how cool this couple was and how much I simply adored their wedding but as usual, me thinks you would love it if I shut up and showed you the $$$ ( aka photos )
Johnny was such a good subject right ? Move over Megan Fox !
Don’t you just love her colors and bridesmaid dresses ? So cute !
Deeply in love with this SWEET cake by…wait for it….SWEET CAKES BY REBECCA. We are all a tiny bit obsessed with Rebecca and her artistic cake making abilities.
Such cute details !
I thought it was SO funny when I was having this groomsman do a photo with one of their lollipops and I heard someone say ‘ I think the photographer likes him’. He was adorable that is for sure.
I heart this photo !
The Big Bang did an exceptional job on her flowers.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the yellow up-lighting ! Great job Tom Fretwell !
DEEPLY in love with this photo !
Mama likes !
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’.
I DO love kimberly and Aaron. What an amazing couple ! Just thinking of them warms my heart…
Kimberly, so classy, beautiful and down to earth, just a charming and lovely girl. Aaron, what is not to love ? kind, warm, giving, relaxed and sensitive with movie star good looks.
One could loose themselves in his blue eyes. They booked me over the phone as I shot his sister’s wedding many years ago ( that really warms my heart ). Their wedding was so much fun ! We were blessed with great weather considering it was February, a unique venue..The Citizen Hotel and an amazing florist, Martha from BLOOMS. Add in the fact that this couple really took my advise and met up before the wedding so we could take advantage of the many facets of The citizen Hotel, which made all my my wedding dreams come true.
Such warmth and love, it was so great to be able to spend some time with Aaron’s fabulous family ( especially Bonnie ) again. Love you…. love your show.
I always love this moment, what a great area to get one’s ‘first look’.
This is one of my favorite photos of the day.
Great shot by my super cool second shooter Michelle !
The one and only Pamala Pamperin, the harp lady was in the House, she adds such an element of class to any wedding and she is delightful to boot.
Sexy cake by The Crazy cake company, so crazy, sexy and cool
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FUN FACT : Aaron invited Kimberly to his birthday party when they were 9 years old and she said no because she would have been the only girl.
photos with heart and soul