Nicole and Anthony...this wedding is almost beyond words, but I'm going to do my best.
Nicole and Anthony have been together for 14 years. Their love is strong and united and they fit each other so wonderfully. They invited their close family out to Cambria, CA to help them celebrate finally tying the knot on the coast overlooking Moonstone Beach. We all stayed at Oceanpoint Ranch and had an incredible time. Anthony's dad married them while seagulls flew overhead and the wind whipped at our faces. It was absolutely freezing, but the warmth of everyone being together with them overshadowed how cold we all were. After their ceremony, we ate cheese and crackers and drank cocktails before heading in for dinner in The Canteen. Chef served 3 different types of burgers/sandwiches and we ate our hearts out before heading out for sunset photos.
We ran to catch the light. Literally. We knew we wanted to shoot on the bluffs during sunset and then hit the rocks on the water's edge at last light and we MADE IT. I was sweating, but Nicole and Anthony looked flawless throughout the entire time we spent together. This will forever be one of my favorite weddings I've ever had the gift of photographing. I got to spend 2 days hanging with and getting to know them and their families and I will cherish that experience forever.
If you've ever considered having an intimate wedding or eloping, I highly recommend it. It's truly the most intimate and wonderful experience I've ever had while shooting a wedding.
Without further ado, here's their day cut down to 30 of my favorite images to help tell their story. I hope you enjoy!
I second shot this GORGEOUS wedding at Olympia's Valley Estate with Lee Brown (one of my fav ladies!). I felt so lucky to be able to help her capture Emily and Dean's constellation themed late summer wedding. It was TO DIE FOR. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into their day - it was pure magic. Seriously, Emily smiled ear to ear THE ENTIRE DAY!!!
When Jessie and Mike told me that they held a special place in their heart for Guerneville I just about exploded. They are getting married next year at Highland Dell (YEEE!) and wanted to share their love of all things redwood forests and Guerneville's Johnson's Beach with me and shoot their engagement session there. They come up to Guerneville at least once a year for vacation and I was just so excited to photograph their engagement photos in such a special spot. I can't wait for their wedding next year, but for now, here's some dreamy ass sun-drenched engagement photos for you to check out. Seriously, Jessie pretty much looked like a forest fairy!
Yvette + Ryan and I hung out in San Francisco last month to capture their photos before their wedding in June. They were THE CUTEST EVER. We started at the Conservatory of Flowers and then headed out to Lands End and the Sutro Baths to photograph their engagement photos. We had so much fun despite the FREEZING wind. Seriously my hands were frozen cold. I can't believe they were able to brave it for so long with me, but we shot into sunset and watched the sun dip over the ocean rim and it was a glorious sight to see. I can't wait to watch these two marry each other this month!
Oh my word you guys. I sucked at blogging last year and to make up for lost time and sharing so many gorgeous weddings with you, I'm just going for it and sharing them now!
Jon and Janel were married at DeLoach Vineyards last year on August 5th and it was SUCH A GORGEOUS wedding! Jen Priest of Love Notes Wedding Planning put together an incredible day filled with beautiful details and simple touches. Jon's family is from France and they really brought so many great elements of their lives together in unison to celebrate their day.
One of Janel's close friends, Emily, is actually my bride-to-be (engagement session to come!) and she met me through Janel! I am just so thankful for these two and excited to shoot their anniversary session later this summer!
Kristen and Mike are two peas in a pod! I met up with them at Kristen's parent's house in Napa where they'll be having there wedding a less than a month and we walked the property together to scope out the wedding day vibes and make plans. We cracked jokes and got to know each other as we walked around and hung out and photographed their engagement session. I had so much fun getting to know these two and their love story. I cannot even wait to photograph their wedding day next month!
Faye and Raf met me up on Mt. Tamalpais to shoot their engagement session - they'd never been professionally photographed, but you wouldn't even be able to tell! We danced and laughed our way all over the mountain and ended climbing through the trees with the fog encasing us in a bitter, freezing wind. It was SO COLD, but we stuck it out and loved every minute of it!
When Faye first contacted me about photographing her wedding, we instantly clicked. I knew she was going to be one of my favorite brides from the get-go and she did not disappoint. When I photographed their wedding at the Pleasant Hill Community Center last year it was a drizzly November day. Even though the skies were gray and overcast, the love and excitement for these two was abundant and contagious. I've never met 2 people quite like Faye and Raf. They are kind and SO GENEROUS. Faye even made us goodie bags for the day that included things like snacks and Advil and anything else you could really think of. It was the most thoughtful gift I'd ever received on a wedding day from a bride!
Everyone was so kind and warm throughout the entire day and the best part? Faye's sister, Yvette, loved me so much she hired me to shoot her wedding this June! I'm SO EXCITED.
I just realized I never blogged Faye and Raf's amazing engagement session at Mt. Tam from last August, so maybe I'll do that next ;) Who says you can't do things backwards?
I've been photographing the Vanaman family for 3 years now. 3 YEARS! I can't believe how much Logan and Lucy have grown in the time I've known them...a marker even on how much my Oliver has grown as well. Their mommies are truly 2 of the kindest people I know and I absolutely LOVE that they decided to do an in-home "day in the life" of them with their two crazy and wonderful kiddos. We hung out at home, went for a walk with the dogs, played tag, read stories, and had a dance party. It was magic.
If you've been following me for awhile you already know that last October we (my, Chris, my brother Donnie, and soon-to-be SIL Kristen) went down for an adventure in Joshua Tree. We shot a total of 3 different times for D+K's engagement session and Joshua Tree did NOT disappoint. It continues to be one of my favorite places on Earth!
This is the final set of Donnie and Kristen's engagement session and probably my favorite of the three. Sunset in Joshua Tree? It can't be beat!