Sarah & Oren - Archer Hotel Napa, Ca / Mare Island brewing Co. Vallejo, Ca

This is not your average wedding with an extraordinary couple. Black dress, artichoke in the bouquet, seafood fried rice, ice cream bar, dessert bar, and no walking down the aisle AND married at a brewery …. I mean COME ON. Sarah and Oren relaxed and got ready in the Archer Hotel, In napa Ca then had an amazing ceremony and reception at Mare Island Brewing,

When I asked Sarah what her favorite part was, this is what she said “I think my favorite part about the wedding was seeing all of our friends and family come together. I have a very large and unique blended family and it was fun to see them all in one place (that doesn’t happen ever).”

I also asked Sarah if she had any tips for any couples planning their wedding, and this is what she said “My advice for a bride planning her wedding is to do exactly what YOU want. It is so easy to let friends, family, and strangers sway you into doing something that is more traditional than what you want. Find someone who understands you, knows you, and you trust who will be honest with you, and have your back when it comes to others trying to push their agendas on you. It’s important to plan your ideal wedding, not your parent’s, in-law’s, or friend’s. Lastly, take time on the day of to sneak away to breathe, it’s an overwhelming and demanding day, so do as much self-care as possible.”

Venue: Mare Island Brew @mareislandbrewingco, Archer Hotel: @archerhotelnapa, Cake: Scott Anthony, Facebook page: Baked Stuff, Food: Ñora's Spanish Catering @510nora, Dress: Bliss Bridal & Black Tie in Petaluma @blissbridalwear, Shoes: BHLDN brand is Harriet Wilde @harrietwildeshoes, Ice cream: Smitten Ice Cream @smittenicecream, Photo bus: Das Bus @dasbus1959, Hair: Janelle Cádiz @janellelovely, Make up: Janelle Cádiz @janellelovely, Flowers: Lauryl Lane @lauryllane

Ugne & Wyatt - Park Winters, Winters CA

Ugne & Wyatt were married at the park winters, in winters Ca.

When I asked Ugne a little on their love story and how they met, this is what she said “Wyatt and I met doing the thing we enjoy the most in our free time: Video Games. At that time, we were living eight hours away while I attended college. In between studying and work, we would spend hours a week playing games together, first with a group of friends and then later between just the two of us. Video games turned into Skype calls and about half a year later, we met for the first time in person at Six Flags with some friends of mine. Since I had to go back to college, we continued spending time online every day and saw each other a couple times a year. Things weren't easy, but we stuck with each other for three years before we finally moved in together. This year, we will celebrate six years together and our first wedding anniversary and we still play video games on a regular basis together. “

When I asked about her favorite part of the wedding this is what she said, “My immediate family lives on the other side of the country, and the remaining relatives overseas. Most of my family hasn't met Wyatt's side of the family, so for everyone to come together for the first time was truly heartwarming. Looking back at the photos and wedding video, having the people we love the most be with us was an incredible joy.”

I asked Ugne if she had any tips for a couple planning their wedding, this is what she said, “Do what works best for you and your husband. There seem to be many unwritten rules and expectations in online communities, and there is no problem in glancing there for inspiration, but it is not a cookie cutter. Take your time to look for good vendors and know what you expect of them. Our vendors all were incredibly amazing, but it took some time to find them. And remember what matters the most: That at the end of the day you and your husband will be married and you got to celebrate with people you love. Mishaps will happen, trust your professional vendors (Hiring a wedding coordinator is a MUST, even if you planned most of the details of the day yourself, a lot of the day-of stress will be relieved if you know that someone is keeping an eye on everything for you).”

Location: Park Winters, Food: Park Winters, Day of coordinator: Risa James Events, Makeup: @ChristiReynoldsBeauty, Flowers: Full Belly Floral, Second shooter photographer: Christopher Cook Photography.

Karla & Karl - Fairview, Napa

When you run away to Napa to get married you know it’s going to be a great time. An endless week / weekend of great wine tastings, amazing restaurants, hanging out with friends and family right before an absolutely beautiful wedding. When I asked Karla what her favorite part of her wedding was she said “I LOVED EVERYTHING. I’m sad it went so fast, But loved my family being together.” I also asked if she had any advice for future brides and Karla said “Hire a videographer, it goes by so fast. You’ll want to look back at it.”

Karla & Karl were married at Fairview, Napa in true Napa style :)

Katie & Steve - Scott's Seafood on the river - Sacramento

When you spend your days playing on the river then having your wedding next to the river was no question. This location was truly magical, with a perfect hotel right off the Sacramento river and cool breeze coming off the water that was walking distance it was really a perfect day. Katie and Steve were married at Scott's Seafood on the river with their two perfect children by their side. Congratulation you two, thank you for choosing me to capture your lovely day. 

Lyndsey & Terry - Taber Ranch event center - Capay

Sometimes the wedding day is not about just the bride and groom, sometimes is about a family becoming one. This amazing family become one last weekend and I can not tell you how beyond happy I was to capture it. Not only at one of my favorite venues Taber Ranch but on the most perfect of fall nights. Lyndsey and Terry were married by their closest friends and family and with Alexis by their side the day could not be more perfect. 

Katie & Josh - Green Valley - Backyard wedding

Every bride dreams of the perfect location for their wedding day. Whether it's the perfect country chic setting, or glamorous ballroom, we all have a vision in our heads. But when Katie and Josh were leaving a wedding venue that just didn't feel right, they noticed a few feet from the venue was this perfect little house for sale. Not only trying to plan the perfect day they decided to buy their dream house on top of it :) I cannot tell you how honored I was to capture there amazing backyard wedding. Surrounded by friends and family and Alamo they tied the knot in their own backyard where they can spend the rest of their life together. 

 

Jessica & Max - Fairview - Napa

This couple is proof that you can find love anytime and anywhere :) Met salsa dancing in a club and the rest is history. Jessica and Max have the perfect family, parents and siblings that love them so much and their cute, perfect and incredible sweet children. The two tied the knot at Fairview Napa the day before 4th of July and it was a perfect summer wedding. 

Mimi & Joey - Vintage Oaks - Vacaville CA

I get the pleasure of meeting a lot of brides and I fall in love with each and every one of them :) I laugh with them and cry with them and try my best to help them along the wedding planning way. When Mimi needed a little help in the wedding planning I was beyond happy to point her in the right direction, to helping her find the Venue, flowers, and the amazing Dj, I was beyond excited to watch everything fall in place for this amazing couple's big day. Mimi and Joey were married at Vintage Oaks in Vacaville. I love everything about Mimi and her personality and wish her and Joey years of minion love. 

Leahanne & Reid - Vintage Oaks - Vacaville

Sometimes you meet the love of your life in most uncommon ways. These lovebirds met and fell in love all because two people swiped right. This was such a fun wedding and I had a smile on my face the whole time. Leahanne was such a fun bride and I could've hang out with with her all night. Reid was such a laid back groom and we could've chatted about beer all day. Leahanne and Reid were married at Vintage Oaks in Vacaville and big shout out to Famous Creations for being day of coordinator, catering, and cake.