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

Menia & Matt - Muir Woods, Mill Valley CA

Hello mother nature, could this backdrop get more grougus. When brainstorming ideas we know we needed outdoorsy and when the idea of Muir woods popped up how could we say no :)

When I asked Menia & Matt a little back story on how they met, this is what they said “ We met about 10 years ago when Matt’s family started going to my family’s church. We casually knew each other for a long time, but we were never really friends. Well, years went by and we both independently began to have feelings for each other, but we were both too scared to let each other know. We both went to Stanislaus State and we would occasionally hang out in between classes. One day when we went out for coffee, Matt said he finally had the courage to talk to me about taking our friendship to the next step. I really nervous about it, and had wanted to bring it up before, but I didn’t want to be the first person to bring it up—and from there our relationship blossomed. We went on our first date and it went really well, even though we were incredibly nervous. Since we knew each other for so long and had a friendship before we started dating, everything just came naturally and we were more comfortable around each other. We fell in love quickly and it has stayed strong ever since, almost 3 years later. He loves me so deeply and deals with my crazy love for Disney, lol. And on August 24, 2018 in the Happiest Place on Earth, he asked me to be his princess forever—and of course I said yes!”

 

When I asked what they are mostly excited for on wedding day this is what they said “ For the wedding day, we are most excited about getting to celebrate our love together with both of our families and officially begin recognized as a married couple. For our future we are excited to learn and grow together as a married couple, and start a family. :) “

Beyond excited to capture their wedding!


Chelsea & James - Grace Vineyards, Galt CA

When planning a wedding you go into a lot of thought on where you want your big day. Chelsea and James came across this location while trying to find a layback, backyard feel and man was this place amazing. It was so relaxed and beautiful and had vineyards for that napa feel and wide open country lad for that backyard BBQ feel. Grace Vineyards is a new up and coming wedding venue that has so much to offer.

I was lucky enough to attend high school with James and when it was time to marry the love of his life Chelsea I was so grateful and honored that they reached out to me. Watching him grow up to be the man he is today is truly a gift and can see why his mom had a smile on her face the whole time. Chelsea and James, thanks again for choosing me to capture your big day. :)

Amanda & Curtis - The Bayley Barn - Pilot Hill, CA

My love for old building and gorgeous brides was making this day pretty amazing. It was such an honor to capture Amanda & Curtis wedding at The Bayley Barn, An old historic home The Bayley house that was built in 1861 hopping to be the next grand hotel in Pilot Hill but Central Pacific railroad decided to go up Auburn and not Pilot hill so the hotel flopped.

When I asked Amanda what was her favorite part of the wedding was she said "Everything" "I loved walking down the isle with my dad and dancing and my sisters speech, it really touched my heart" I also asked Amanda what advise she would say to future brides and she said " Dont stress the small stuff, everything always comes together and to just enjoy every minute. When we found out we left the wedding rings back at the hotel and I was starting to have a melt down, I had to stop and remember I'm about to marry my best friend and all those little things dont matter I still got to marry the love of my life and we still had a beautiful ceremony" 

Thank you again Amanda and Curtis for choosing me to capture your amazing day :)  

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. 

Carrie & Adam - Taber Ranch

Losing a loved one is hard but when it’s your father before your wedding you can imagine how hard planning and having a wedding could be. But Carrie and her amazing mother had a bond that was so strong you can see it miles away. From mom walking her daughter down the aisle to holding hands during speeches and dancing tight for their mother / daughter dance it’s the most I have cried capturing a wedding … which never happens. Carrie and Adam were married at one of my favorite locations Taber Ranch with some of the coolest bridal party chicks ever. Congrats you two, wish you years of happiness.