Alice and John Wedding Highlights!

Anne, a friend from college, messaged me in early January asking if I was available in June to document her older sister, Alice’s wedding. I had the date available, and was thrilled to have booked a summer wedding to document two people in love (my favorite thing!) 

Alice and John have been together for years and decided to make it official on June 24, 2017 at the Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina in Vallejo. They met in Vallejo and were excited to be getting married in that city with all their fam and friends! Through the process, I got to know Alice’s mom, Barbara, who was an absolute joy. 

They hired the coordinator of coordinators, Tamara of Tamara J Events, to help put together final details. It was her 500th wedding, and I was excited to work with someone so down and diligent on all the details. I can’t stress enough how awesome it is to hire a coordinator for your big day, especially someone who can help with set up, logistics, and keep everyone on time. Tamara was all about the details, so it felt like a dream working with her!

Back to the bride and groom! John’s a mariner, so it was only appropriate he marry his love surrounded by boats! The entire wedding had a nautical and maritime feel to it. It was honestly a dream come true to photograph… from all the decor, loving family, and two people in love. Nothing is better than that. 

The Lighthouse had gorgeous light, a ship’s steering wheel (used in a lot of photos), and great places for everyone to get ready. And that’s only the inside! The outside had SO MANY PLACES to shoot. I swear I could have captured Alice and John all the way through dinner, but I had to let them eat and enjoy themselves. Thankfully we went out for sunset photos overlooking the Carquinez Bridge and bay. It was absolutely lovely. 

I have to thank my darling fiancée, Anna,  for being my 2nd shooting for this wedding. I can’t imagine having captured it with anyone else. She’s a teacher by trade, but has such a creative eye for details and posing people, that I needed her with me to capture this day! 

It’s so impressive how much hard work, love, and creativity goes into a wedding day. I’m blessed to have captured Alice and John’s union, and am even more blessed to have gotten to know them and their families. I love my job, and this wedding was everything. The location and entire team of vendors that helped made this day even more amazing!

I delivered Alice and John’s wedding gallery yesterday and wanted to share a few handfuls of my favorite photos. There are so many photos! Usually it takes around 4 weeks to finish editing a wedding, but I completed this one in two weeks because I was so jazzed on this couple, this wedding, these photos! My heart is full. 

Special Thanks to all of these folks:

Alice and John for loving each other and committing to one another!

Anne for the referral! 

Barbara Power for being the mom of the year!

And the awesome vendor team that helped:

Cake:
Famous Creations 

Catering:
Chef To Go (Daniel Bell) 

Dress: Morilee Official

DJ:
Napa Valley DJ’s 

Floral:
DIY by Barbara Power! The wonderful Mother of the Bride!

Hair & Make Up:
Kurt Masrasrik (Hair)
Allie Yamaguchi (Make Up) 

Linen:
La Tavola Fine Linen Rentals 

Photobooth:
A Flying Cloud 

2nd Photographer: Anna

Rentals:
Bright Event Rentals 

One more time for the ultimate Wedding Planner:
Tamara J Events


Melanie and Marcos Point Reyes Engagement Session

April and Early May were filled with travels. Went to New Orleans for a week in April, and just about two weeks later went to Chicago for a week. Both were personal trips, but of course I brought the camera along to capture them (blog posts from trips coming soon!)… but, after coming back, I got right into work! My first shoot back was an engagement session in Point Reyes with Melanie and Marcos. What a great way to kick of May shoots! 

It was a beautiful day for a drive on Sunday. I left earlier than necessary, to avoid traffic, but so I could also scout locations along the Point Reyes Coast. I stopped for a sandwich at a cute cheese shop in Petaluma, and then drove to the coast! Melanie and Marcos told me that they wanted to shoot at the Cypress Tree Tunnel at Point Reyes. I hadn’t been to that area before, but it was one of my first stops upon arriving to PR. It was gorgeous to say the least! From there, I drove to the Lighthouse (which was super crowded), South Beach, and North Beach. It was so fun to drive around and scout locations. I loved South Beach because it had a really nice sandy walk way that lead to the beach, which I knew would be great for photos!

I met with this adorable couple around 5:30pm. This was the first time we met in person, so we talked for a few minutes and then started shooting! It was so fun to walk between the rows of cypress trees and capture two cuties that were absolutely in love! After shooting here for a bit, we made our way to the beach for some oceanside photos! The breeze was strong and the air was salty, but the light was perfect for pics. We shot there and then made it back to the tree tunnel for a few more photos during sunset. 

It turned out to be a lovely shoot of a lovely couple!! I love where my camera takes me and am so thankful for the couples that like to adventure for photos shoots.

Thanks for checking out this post and have a great weekend! 


It’s a girl!

Last Sunday I got to capture my friends Jess, Dave, and their li’l monkey Hannah in Old Sacramento. It was super special as I’ve been wanting to photograph them for a while! They got in touch last year about taking photos in spring, and it turns out they knew something I didn’t. They’re pregnant! 

It was even more special because they used these photos to announce that they’re expecting! YAY! Hannah is going to be a big sister later this year. 

The pink balloons were such a classy touch and way to announce their second baby girl. I loved Hannah’s playfulness with the balloons, and watching them bounce in the Delta Breeze.

I’m so so so thankful I get to capture these special moments and times in people’s lives. Congrats to Jess, Dave, and soon-to-be-big-sister Hannah!

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