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ashleybenengaged-3Ashley was referred to me by her bridesmaid and childhood neighbor, who happens to be one of my dance friends from years gone by!  These two have the simplest, but sweetest, love story ever and it has led them down an amazing road thus far.  These two began their relationship at Cobblestone Park in Rocklin, simply over Ashley bringing a soda to one of Ben’s friends.  From there, the love between them grew and even gave them an adorable little daughter.  I spent an afternoon with these two back in June walking around Folsom Lake for the perfect spots to capture these two before they tie the knot.  The weather was perfect, the area was exactly fit for this country loving duo, and these two were perfectly adorable the entire time!  Seriously, I had such a hard time narrowing down to just a few “peeks” as this session!  This Saturday is their big wedding day, and I am SO excited to celebrate the next step in their journey.
Congratulations again, Ashley and Ben.  The adventure is about to begin!
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I can’t believe how time has flown by with these two!  When I photographed April & Mike’s engagement session, April asked me if I had heard from her mom or sister at all.  When I mentioned I hadn’t, she assured me that I likely soon would.  Sure enough, their mom Barbara messaged me and it was all becoming real!  I had photographed Robin previously when she graduated high school in 2012 and couldn’t believe that just a few years later, it would be time for her wedding day.  The couple began their wedding day at the Sacramento LDS Temple in Rancho Cordova, getting extremely lucky with no drops of rain falling from the sky that morning.  Robin & Nic’s day was filled with family and close friends both physically here with them and watching over from above.  A well loved Yoda plush took part in the day as a physical reminder of the father of the bride who was present in everyone’s heart that day.  After a busy morning of family portraits, the evening continue on the celebration for these two lovebirds back in Loomis at their family church building.  At the end of the night, these two headed off hand in hand to begin their new journey together, and I can just imagine what an adventure that will be!
Congratulations again, Robin & Nic.  I wish you all the best on your newest adventure together!  I know you two are quite a pair and will have a wonderful life together 🙂

Fun Fact: The ring photo above was taken on the same spot where Nic asked Robin to be his wife!
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I received a text the day of my sister’s wedding from an unsaved number, asking about graduation photos.  I quickly learned that it was this lovely lady, and I was incredibly excited!  Abby, much like a few of my brides from last year, is another alumna from our dance studio that I have seen grow up over the past 20 years.  She’s spent the past 5 years since high school working hard and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Sacramento State University just a few weeks ago!  We spent a few hours walking the campus for her graduation portrait session, and it was a complete walk down memory lane for me from when I spent time there from 2009-2011.  Some parts on campus, like the stadium, neither of us had ever been to until that day!  We made plenty of stops all over campus, being sure to find the perfect spots for this big moment in her life,  As you can see by her collection of stoles, Abby is a very dedicated individual and worked hard to reach her goals and make a name for herself.  I know this graduation is just the start on this new journey that is beginning, but I know she is already on her way to doing great things.  Congratulations again, Abby!

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abday2blog-51As if one day of celebration wasn’t enough, Aileen and Ben had to prepare for a day 2!  Friday was a day filled with family and friends, and Saturday was the big reception that both families had been preparing for.  We work up Saturday morning, and there was the rain.  Family and friends were at the church setting up the reception, frosting cupcakes and preparing for the evening.  As the time for hair appointments came around, the rain was in full effect and had no mercy.  As the time to celebrate inched closer, the rain took a break and we were able to get out for a short bridal session at the Griffith Rock Quarry just up the road in Penryn.  Before we knew it, it was time to head over to the reception and see all the hard work that paid off to create the vision Aileen & Ben had for their Lothlorien Forest reception.  The ceiling was draped with lights and chandeliers created custom for them, and the room was filled with friends and family from near and far.  Surprises trickled through the night, with a cardboard cut out of Aileen’s cat to our dad singing “L’Chaim” as his father of the bride toast.  Before they knew it, it was time to send these newlyweds off on their newest adventure together and wrap up a weekend of events that the past months had been leading up to.
As I do with all couples I spend wedding days with, I wish these two all the best in their new adventure together.  I still find it hard to believe the baby of the family is officially married off and back in Idaho continuing her schooling and making memories with her new husband.  How the years have flown by, and what a journey they are just on the very tip of beginning.  Congratulations again, you two 🙂
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abday1blogIt is hard to believe this day has come and gone already, and that these two have been married for just over a month!  April 8th, 2016 was a whirlwind of a day, not just as a photographer or a bridesmaid, but as a big sister.  Aileen and Ben drove home just a few hours after Aileen finished her finals in Idaho, arriving here in California around 6am Thursday morning.  My cousin Lisa and I took her out for some cheesecake and girl time before her big day.  Before we knew it, Friday was here and it was time these two had been waiting months for.  The front half of my parent’s home turned in to preparation central, as our hairstylist Jolee set up in the living room for Aileen while Lisa was doing makeup and hair in the kitchen as well.  After all the preparations, and a special moment with Aileen’s fur baby Mushu, we headed down the road for Aileen to have a first look with our dad –  a special request from my mom after having seen Natalie & Jenna‘s first looks with their dads.  Ben arrived, and then the two newlyweds to be shared a first look of their own before they headed off to get married.  These two were sealed in the Sacramento LDS Temple in Rancho Cordova, surrounded by family and friends, and after a day full of crossed fingers, made it through the entire day without getting rained on.  After portraits were done around the temple, we headed to a church building in Granite Bay for a small family reception and dinner.  Since the ceremony inside the temple was private and personal, Aileen & Ben took a moment to share some thoughts about their new marriage with all the friends and family that were in attendance as well as exchange rings.  After a few toasts, the evening wrapped up and these two were on their way to rest before the big festivities the next day.
It was an incredible honor to be able to have a few different roles on my sister’s wedding day, and call it crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Sister, photographer & bridesmaid all rolled up in to one made for a lot of things to have done and lists to check off as the day went on.  As you could probably tell I actually am in some of the photos as well, which I owe all to Doug of Doug Miranda Photography.  He really helped out a TON, and I couldn’t ask for better support on such a momentous occasion in the family.  Thanks Doug!
Aileen & Ben – It had been quite the journey leading up to this day, full of ups, downs and new beginnings.  I wish you two all the best in your new adventure together.
One day down, one more soon to follow.  Be sure to check in soon to see photos from Saturday’s bridal portrait session and evening reception!

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I met Heather back in January at the Sacramento Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show, along with a few hundred other brides.  Amid the chaos, we were able to chat a bit and then parted ways.  Fast forward a few weeks, and I received an e-mail saying that Heather was the grand prize winner for and engagement session!  We met at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Fair Oaks, which was where they would spend their early days of dating as they lived close by.  The weather couldn’t have been better, with gorgeous lighting just before sunset.  You could feel the love between Heather & her fiance Kerry, and we got more time to chat about their wedding day plans as we walked the trails in the area.  Heather & Kerry are on their way to a wonderful life together, and I am thrilled that I was lucky enough to document these moments for them.  Congratulations again, you two!

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