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. :)

Lisa & David - Vizcaya, Sacramento

Every wedding is special, but this wedding was extra special. With the announcement of a baby on the way and a gender reveal with the wedding cake … talk about awesome and not a dry eye in the house. Lisa and David were married at Vizcaya in Sacramento surrounded by their closest friends and family. Hair & Makeup- Lavender Salon (Rocklin)  - Cake, Studio Sweets - Flowers, Stems Florist - Venue and food, Vizcaya - Second photography shooter - Ashley Teasley Photography.

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 :)  

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. 

Stephany & Aaron - Delta Diamond Farm - Isleton, CA

My fun rockabilly awesome bride got married this month and man of man was it a party. Not only did she bring classic cars but also the heat. It was the hottest wedding i've ever capture at, a fun 116 degrees. Stephany and Aaron had me laughing the whole time and loving the day. I really can say I missed them as soon as I left. There were married at Delta Diamond Farm with best friends, family, and the sweetest dog by their side. I miss Stephany's laugh and Aarons fun personality, Congrats you too. Can't wait to watch your love grow. 

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.