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.

Czarina & Lance - Jefferson Street Mansion, Benicia CA

Wozzers, where to start. First time I’ve seen so many tears of joy in such a beautiful ceremony. There was not a single dry eye in the house and it was so heart touching. The power of god was truly in this amazing couples heart. Czarina & Lance had their ceremony at Iglesia Ni Cristo - Church of Christ then reception to follow at Jefferson street mansion in Benicia

When I asked Czarina how they met, this is what she said “Lance and I met at a church gathering in 2009 same church we got married at 10 years later :) we were dating other people at the time, but God works in mysterious ways and brought us to each other in 2013. We're so blessed we ended up together.”

When I asked Czarina what her favorite part was, this is what she said. “Our favorite part of our wedding day was saying our vows at the altar. It was the sweetest and most memorable and sentimental part of our wedding.”

I also asked her is she had any tips for future brides :) this is what she said “Some tips I'd like to give to future brides, which were also tips given to me prior to the wedding are: 1) take a moment out of your wedding day, look at your husband, and embrace the fact that you're now .. married! 2) don't sweat the small stuff, your wedding will be perfect no matter what and 3) eat”

Thank you again for letting is capture your love story.


Anne & Dj - Engagement at Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Holy engagement session batman … This was sooooo much fun. Anne and Dj love the beach so there was no question that we had to have a session at the beach :) The shore line next to the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay was the perfect spot.

When I asked Anne about their love story, this is what she said “I met DJ at the gym very shortly after moving to Vacaville. It didn’t take me long to notice this very attractive trainer and we spent weeks exchanging awkward eye contact . We finally introduced ourselves and our first few “dates” consisted of me sweating my butt off while training with him. We went on our first official date to a baseball game on August 23, 2014 exactly 5 years before our wedding date!

Little did I know that this was God’s way of introducing me to my soulmate. We have grown together in ways I didn’t even think were imaginable. I love DJ because he has provided a safe place for me to be unapologetically myself while still stretching me to become the best version of me. He is my rock, my breath of fresh air, my best friend. He is my home ️

I am so excited to celebrate our love with all of our friends on our wedding day but I’m even more excited for everything that comes after. I can’t wait to see our vision become reality and to create a life together. And I look forward to the day that we’re old and grey and still more in love than we are today.”

Beyond excited to capture their up coming wedding :)

Denisse & Jordan - Taber Ranch, Capay CA

Oh my goodness, where do I start with this amazing wedding … From the very start walking into Denisse’s beautiful house we were treated like family. Her love for dogs, amazing personality, and overall sweetness made her feel like a long lost best friend. Deniess and Jordan were married at a beautiful Catholic Church in Dixon, Then had a beautiful reception at Taber ranch. They both were surrounded by friends and family including Jordans very fun wrestling buddies :)

When I asked Denisse what her favorite part of the wedding was she said “Our photo shoot in the garden/top of the hill. Here is why; we knew our guests were thoroughly enjoying themselves and we finally had a moment to just enjoy ourselves and let it all sink in.” I also asked her what advice or tips she would have for future brides, she said “don’t skimp on these two things: photography and videography. You absolutely need both and you will experience wedding amnesia so do yourself a favor, make the memories last forever.”

Venue: Taber Ranch , Dress: Vera Wang, Hair and Makeup: Ogasawara ( hair ) Stephane Azevedo (Make up) Cake: Cakes Done Wright Flowers: Dixon Florist Cater: Boone Vie Kitchen Jordan’s Tux: Indochino Second Shooter: Kearston Vargas, with Kearston Vargas 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 :)

Tina & Weldon - Rancho Solano, Fairfield CA

Ohhhh man where to start .... An amazing venue, an amazing couple and the band Tower of power ... say what!!!!!! This wedding was filled with so much fun, love, and laughter that I was not ready to go home. Tina and Weldon were married at Rancho Solano surrounded by friends and family from all around the world.

When I asked Tina what her favorite part of the wedding was she said "My favorite part of the wedding was seeing Weldon at the ceremony. I was nervous once I came walking out & saw everyone looking at me. But once I started walking down the aisle, I locked onto Weldon's eyes and saw his big smile! That turned my feelings around from being nervous to being super excited!!

I also asked her if she had any tips for future brides and she said "My advice for future brides is to get to get organized, get to know your vendors, & HAVE FUN! Being organized helps not only yourself, but everyone involved with the wedding planning. It helps for everyone to get on the same page as you & your vision. Getting to know your vendors made planning so much easier and was more meaningful to us. We felt that they really understood what we were trying to do & helped bring our wedding dream into a reality. Knowing your vendors helps with the flow of your entire day. RELAX! I know it's easier said than done but it's true. You will get stressed out moments which is natural. Be stressed for a few minutes but don't let that be the main feeling you get when planning the wedding. That will kill your excitement! Just know everything will always work out & sometimes, better than you initially thought!

Ugne & Wyatt - Park Winters, Winters CA

When you find someone that loves video games as much as you do, you never let her go … NEVER :) Ugne and Wyatt had the cutest little intimate wedding at The Park Winters. With family coming from all around the world, you could differently feel the love. Venue: Park Winters, Second photographer: Christopher Cooke Photography, Event Planner: Risa James Events, Flowers: Full Belly Floral, Cake: Freeport Bakery, Table rental: Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals. 

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 :)