It was so fun to reunite with Amanda and Dan again this year after last year's mini session I did with them. This fall held a whole new reason for a shoot though...the celebration of Amanda's pregnancy! I was so excited when the I got the email from Amanda telling me she was pregnant and looking to do a maternity shoot. She was on top of her game, contacting me well in advance! I swear, we picked this day months ago and got so lucky there was no rain or fog; just beautiful weather and golden light! Having recently moved out to Half Moon Bay, Amanda suggested we go out to the Ritz Carlton beach for her baby bump shots. It was a perfect backdrop for this shoot. Amanda looked radiant in her fit and flare, pink dress which showed off her adorable 35-week baby bump perfectly! We wrapped up the shoot with a few cutesy Christmas card worthy photos and called it a night as the sun set beyond the water. I'm so happy for Amanda and Dan and am looking forward to seeing pictures of their little girl soon!
Samantha & Guenther were such a sweet pair! My husband and I met them out at Crissy Field on a beautiful San Francisco day just a couple weeks back. They were so easy to chat with and also fun to relate to each other about being pregnant! They're expecting their first baby as well! It's a very special time and I'm happy they asked me to capture these memories for them as they await the birth of their son. I'm excited to see photos of their baby when he arrives in December!
I don't think I could have ended my wedding season this year on a better note! I know I always speak highly of my couples (and seriously it's not an exaggeration that I've been so blessed with awesome brides and grooms) but Katie and Joey go down as some of my favorite people to work with! Katie is a genuine sweetheart and is always so kind and Joey is super nice, not to mention hilarious. He's just such a character and the kind of person you naturally gravitate towards to make you laugh. Together as a pair, they are down right meant for each other and I was SO happy I was a part of their wedding day! I loved the colors they chose, with blue bridesmaids dresses and a deep red as a highlight. Sassy Diva Designs and Events nailed it with the luscious bouquets as well...they really popped! Some other things I loved:
- Katie's hair and makeup was stunning! Kudos to Heidi Johnson for the hair and Vanessa Concetti for the makeup at Sitting Pretty
- Joey's face during their first look was priceless
- YUMMY pizza for dinner by the talented Copper Top Ovens
- In lieu of a cake, these donut lovers had a donut bar courtesy of Psycho Donuts
- An epic dance party, complete with Joey lip syncing to Backstreet Boys!
Such a wonderful day and I have so many favorite photos to share. Scroll down to see how the day unfolded!
VENUE: Picchetti Winery
FLORIST: Sassy Diva Designs and Events
MAKEUP: Sitting Pretty
CATERER: Copper Top Ovens
BAKER: Psycho Donuts
VIDEOGRAPHER: Catch the Moment Production
DRESS DESIGNER: Maggie Sottero
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer Mihalyi
It's been such a joy to work with Jenna and Brad this year as they've prepared for their wedding day! Seriously, Jenna is a pure sweetheart and one of the easiest brides. She has such a carefree and positive attitude every time I've seen her, even on a packed wedding day! She was a beauty in her boho Dreamers and Lovers gown, complete with baby's breath in her hair. Brad look very dapper in his navy blue suit and eucalyptus boutonniere. Both so simple, yet very classy. They were something out of a magazine! I loved their ethereal decor with a teepee altar and bouquets filled with berries. Also my favorite, long and elegant eucalyptus table runners are always a win in my book! It all came together so well at the ever beautiful and lush Saratoga Springs. As the daylight faded into night, this wedding turned into a full on party! The night was full of energy, pumping music, and some awesome dance moves. If I wasn't working, I definitely would have joined in on the dance floor! It was a wonderful day through and through and I was so happy to be a part of it!!
It's that time of the year again! Family photo sessions are all the rage right now to get that perfect photo for the annual holiday card. I was happy to start the season off with one of my favorite families...the Browns! It's been so awesome to photograph them from engagement shoot to wedding and now to annual family photos with their sweet baby girl, Emma. With her 2nd birthday around the corner, she was all smiles! Quite the improvement from last year. I even got multiple hugs at the end of the shoot as we said good bye...d'aww! We really had fun during our shoot. It was natural, carefree and nothing felt forced, which are always the best of shoots. I sure hope we can keep these up as the years go on. Thanks Monica & Brian for trusting me with so many special memories in your life!
Anniversary shoots are not only a great gift idea, but a wonderful way to document your love over the years. It doesn’t end with the “i dos,” it starts with them! Beautiful wedding photos are to be cherished forever, but I love when couples decide to keep the magic going with a shoot celebrating how far they’ve come in their relationship. For Megan and Phillip, they are celebrating three years of dating and their first year of marriage! Everything is still fresh, new and exciting as they embark on all the firsts of married life. To celebrate, we decided to go to Crissy Field in San Francisco and grab some of that golden light as it dipped behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Megan wore a cute white dress and Phillip donned his signature bow tie (their wedding color nonetheless) and rocked it! I hardly had to pose them; I just captured their kisses and nuzzles and ultimately wanted to showcase their newlywed love. Happy Anniversary Megan and Phillip and cheers to many more!
Picchetti Open Preserve just has a way of never disappointing me! Granted, you do have to get the timing of the light just right because the "sunset" is really just the sun going behind the hills nearly an hour before actual sunset! For Kristine and Lance's engagement shoot, I think we nailed it with the timing. I also think they nailed it with the posing! Smiles, cuddles and lots of hugs throughout the shoot always make for sweet, sentimental photos. This Hawaiian couple, though currently residing in California, are naturally having a destination wedding in none other than their home island, Oahu. Bummed I won't be shooting their gorgeous wedding, but excited I got to work with them during this special season in their lives. Wishing you both nothing but the best!!
If you're looking for a gorgeous Redwood wedding venue that won't break the bank... look no further than Sanborn County Park! This unsuspecting park can be transformed into the perfect wedding venue with the help of friends, family and a talented event designer. The farm tables with eucalyptus runners were simply beautiful and the red and shimmery gold accents throughout the wedding added an elegant touch. Not to mention, Alex looked stunning in her lacy gown with an illusion neckline and my favorite: buttons down the back! She looked so good and rocked those Kate Spade glittery gold Keds!
No detail was left untouched. Eugene put his crafty skills to work, making tons of the signage throughout the venue and also the bar counter itself. All the details were laid out and the florals looked amazing my Eugene's sweet Aunt Lisa. The ceremony beneath the towering Redwoods was lovely and the reception was full of energy. Alex and her father showed off their dancing skills with a choreographed father/daughter dance, then the bride and groom were treated to a performance from traditional Mexican dancers, and to finish off the day, Cookies N Cream food truck pulled up to serve up some delicious ice cream sandwiches! If this wasn't a fun wedding, I don't know what is. It was awesome to be a part of it and capture all the details and emotions from the day. Wishing Alex and Eugene (and Buster their adorable golden retriever son) a happy, and long life together!
From the moment we met, I knew Joanna, Ljay and I all clicked! Our first consultation meeting was like getting coffee with friends. They are some of the sweetest people with such a heart for the Lord! In fact, growing up they both were pastor’s kids (PKs, if you will) and have stayed true to their faith into adulthood. Both grew up in the same community, but didn’t hit it off romantically until 3 years ago when they both went on the same missions trip to the Philippines. It’s all about God’s perfect timing, and this was their time to finally join as a couple. Their wedding was nothing short of beautiful! Nestldown, hidden in the Santa Cruz mountains with towering Redwood trees, is always a dream. All the details that went into it all came together into a beautiful reception. Apis Floral worked wonders with the flowers and Joanna outdid herself with her DIY calligraphy skills! All 165 names on each place setting and the lovely seating chart were handwritten by the lovely bride and made quite the statement. It really was a special day and I could tell by all the family and friends who surrounded them that Joanna and Ljay are very adored. Sending my best wishes to the new Mr. & Mrs. Madanes!
MAIN COORDINATOR: Marissa Barnes
FLORIST: Apis Floral
MAKEUP/HAIR: Shirrell Beauty
CATERER: Poetry in Motion
DJ: Big Fun (Henry)
VIDEOGRAPHER: N Compass Cinema
INVITATION: Cards of Wood
CALLIGRAPHER: The bride!
BRIDAL SHOP/DESIGNER: Bridal Gown Studio
ASSISTANT PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer Mihalyi
What a bundle of joy! Zoey was a doll and so peaceful throughout the shoot. She slept soundly through the beginning and even when she did wake, she still was so easy. Just a mid-shoot feeding and she was calm as can be. Zoey was comfy in mom or dad's arms. Christina and Aaron were so lovely to work with as well! Lack of sleep didn't phase them. They were ready and willing to cuddle and kiss baby Zoey and just soak up the joy of finally having their baby in their arms. Really happy for this growing family and I wish them the best of luck as their daughter grows!
Taking the trip out to the Monterey area for this Berwick Park engagement shoot was so worth it! Katie and Joey were such a treat to photograph. From the minute we began, they were cracking jokes left and right. We all definitely were laughing the whole way through and that's exactly the way I want every shoot to flow. I love that they chose to incorporate not only the city they first met in, but also the specific bench (lovingly referred to as the "Donut Bench") where Joey proposed! Over looking the beautiful Monterey Bay, I'd say this was the perfect spot for a proposal and subsequently for their engagement shoot. We lucked out with the weather too; no fog, and perfect golden light filtering through the cypress trees! Very excited for another wedding at the lovely Picchetti Winery this fall!
Rachael was absolutely glowing at her maternity shoot! She came prepared with multiple outfit changes, a cute picnic set up to cheers with milk and cookies and some awesome energy to climb the hills of the open preserve. It's not always easy to trek up to the beautiful oak tree grove, but when you're pregnant and it's about 80-some degrees outside, it's waaay harder! She was such a champ though and I always think the hike is worth the photos! So glad we timed it right with the gorgeous light spilling in through the trees and the golden, tall grass. It's such a treat to be able to document this special time in a couple's life and provide them with some memories for when their baby is all grown up. I can't wait to see what Rachael has. Can you believe they are waiting to find out gender until the baby is born? I couldn't do it! But the surprise makes the birth even more special and I hope it's a smooth delivery. Congrats you two!!
Retzlaff Winery could easily get overlooked in the numerous wineries across the Livermore area, but it's quaintness is exactly why it's such a great spot for a wedding! With plenty of rows of organic grape vines, a nice lawn area for the ceremony and reception and cute barn doors with pops of red and green, this venue is the perfect place for a wedding with a backyard feel. Madison and David were just darling together. After almost a decade of dating, these high school sweethearts can finally call each other husband and wife! There were so many details that made this day extra special. First and foremost, Harley and Finley, the beloved doggie ring bearers were cute as can be with their mint green bow ties and matching leashes! You could tell the love Madison & David both have for them is definitely reciprocated with lots of licks and kisses! Madison's bracelet was also very sentimental. Having inherited her late grandpa's wedding ring, she had it made into a bracelet and commemorated him by wearing it on her wedding day. All together now... "Awww"! I loved watching her grandma's face when she saw it for the first time. So sweet! All the other little details like the succulent favors and the lavender toss at the end of the ceremony were all just icing on the cake. The day came together so nicely and the new Mr. and Mrs. Goossens I know are going to live happily ever after!
There were so many wonderful things about Samantha & Min's wedding that I loved, it's hard to recount them all! First of all, shooting at Willow Heights Mansion is always fabulous: the decor, the lighting, the staff, the food...I could go on! Though it was an extremely hot day (if you're in the Bay Area, you know about the heat wave) this wedding was worth every second of the heat. Samantha's bridal details were just gorgeous, the flowers popped with hints of deep red accents, the wedding party was super fun and were good sports about bearing the heat and everyone genuinely just seemed like they were having an amazing time. Though Samantha shed many happy tears, I'd say the number of smiles and laughs I saw from her far outweighed those tears. She and Min were glowing throughout. It was so evident how loved they were by all the family and friends that surrounded them and the many heartfelt speeches! I swear, I get so lucky with the clients I have because they are all so sweet and kindhearted people. I'm spoiled! Now scroll down for some of my favorites images from this beautiful wedding!