Jullie & Kevin - Brix Napa, Ca

When a food blogger gets married, how could you not pick one of the best restaurants in Napa, CA

I asked Jullie what was her favorite part of the day this is what she said “My favorite part of the wedding was the actual ceremony...my dad crying while walking me down the aisle, our families taking part in the ceremony, and getting to do all of the traditional elements such as the veil and cord...it was all so profound and intimate. And I knew I’d have my best friend, love of my life, and best partner/teammate I could ever ask for by my side, forever. That is the best part. (But a close second would be all of the food at our reception! Lol Brix is so good!!!)

I also asked Jullie if she had any tips for future brides :) This is what she said “ Since I‘m also pregnant and I wanted my wedding to be as stress-free as possible, my tips are all about self-care and comfort! A) Don’t forget to eat. You might be worried about squeezing into your dress, but nobody wants a bride with low energy/blood sugar levels either. Especially if you have an afternoon ceremony like I did, make sure to fit a light, balanced lunch in beforehand! And hydrate with enough water, summer brides! B) Have comfy shoes ready for the reception! I wore flat sandals and it helped a ton. Once you’ve stood around taking photos and have done a bit of walking around different locations, your feet (and calves!) will thank you for the relief of flats. C) Remember to relax and enjoy your moment! It’s really easy to get swept up in the scheduling of it all—ceremony at 2, photos next, cocktail reception at x-oclock, then speeches, then first dances, etc., etc. Take a moment every now and then to take your own mental snapshots, breathe and be present, and feel gratitude for your special day!

Location: Brix Napa, Hair & Make up: @skinwithstace & @cecesbeauty Flowers: @nikkibana https://www.bandbfloral.com/ https://www.nikkibana.com/ Cake: @leparisartisan Second photographer: @valerieozellaphotography

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.


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. :)

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 :)

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.

Katherine & Chi Chi - Engagement session at Legion of Honor - San Francisco

When you want a WOW factor for your engagement session, San Francisco Legion of Honor is the way to go. Katherine and Chi Chi live in San Francisco so they wanted something local in their own backyard, and man we picked a great location. I mean these picture are STUNNING. Katherine and Chi Chi met in college and their friendship grew into an amazing relationship. Chi Chi popped the question on their 5 year anniversary at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. They are beyond excited for their wedding day and to spend it with their family and friends.