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This post is very likely the first of it’s kind, as it is one where I have known the groom to be longer than I have known the bride!  I’ve known Jacob since… well, as long as he’s been alive.  In our pack of six cousins we were often found doing something together, whether it was celebrating holidays, attending recitals, or just getting together for a weekend barbecue.   Throughout the past 20 or so years, it has only been my sister and I as the only girls in that mix of cousins.  When she got married last spring, that brought another boy to the mix.  Later in the year, there began to be mention of a girl in Jacob’s life and we all began to be curious about who this Sarah was.
Sarah and Jacob knew each other from high school, and had always been friends over the years.  A year after graduating from college, they began to reconnect and Jacob asked Sarah simply to hang out.  Sarah didn’t know it was considered a date until Jacob paid for dinner, complete with a cookie that Sarah didn’t even ask for.  In her own words, Jacob has always known her.  The proposal leading up to today was an adventure in itself.  Planned to happen in Sarah’s favorite spot in San Francisco, they were challenged with horrendous traffic, torrential downpours and the fact that the engagement ring hadn’t even arrived in the mail yet.  Making the best of a crazy situation, Jacob purchased a secondary ring, leaving Sarah now with two precious items to represent the beginning of the adventure they are about to begin.
I met up with Jacob and Sarah at the Folsom Powerhouse Historic State Park just as the skies were breaking after a cloudy, rainy weekend.  We spent the evening exploring the area, chatting and laughing.  Of course, I had to put these two dancers to the test with their dipping skills.  Safe to say, they did pretty well!  You can bet I’m expecting an epic first dance from these two at their wedding this September 🙂
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Kelly and I have known each other for about 20 plus years, so we’ve been lucky enough to see the better times in each other’s lives and even the not so great.  After some ups and downs, Brennen came in to Kelly’s life and from there she seemed to be a brand new kind of happy that I hadn’t seen before.  Out at dinner one night with another one of our dance friends, Kelly mentioned how they met online and that when she and Brennen started talking, she just knew it felt right.    The next excitement in their journey together came when they found out they were expecting a little bundle of joy to turn their family from two to three.  From there, Brennen proposed backwards, and Kelly said it was because their love story wasn’t quite like what everyone considered typical.  I finally got the pleasure to meet the man who stole my friend’s heart, and he was everything she had talked him up to be and more.  It was such an honor to document this special moment in my dear friend’s life and couldn’t have imagined better for her.
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Last summer, my graduating class hosted our 10 year reunion.  That alone was a weird enough feeling and while some of us attended the reunion, I didn’t get to see a good amount of those that I spent some time with throughout those 4 high school years.  A few months after the reunion festivities ended, Renae contacted me about planning a family portrait session with her, her husband, and their new sweet little boy.  Thanks to a great tip from another local photographer, we met at Rockville Hills Regional Park in Fairfield.  I absolutely love the personal flair they brought to the session with their wardrobe choices, and a little baby kilt couldn’t be any cuter!  It was so wonderful to be able to catch up with Renae and it felt like no time had gone by since the high school years.
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Earlier this year, I received an e-mail from Amber, letting me know that she was one of my lucky giveaway winners from a previous bridal show!  We planned out their engagement session on the streets of Old Folsom, in the midst of a very rainy winter.  On the day of the session, the rain stayed away but the clouds lingered, creating the perfect light for Amber & Marc’s session.  Old Folsom was the perfect location with it’s rustic brick buildings backing right up to the greenery area by the river.  The evening was a chilly one, but these two rocked it out like it was a warm summer afternoon.  I am so excited for these two as they are now just a few days away from tying the knot!  Congratulations again, Amber & Marc!
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One of my favorite things about being a photographer is getting to be able to stay in touch with them for years to come and documenting important moments in their life.  Anna & Chris are no exception to that!  Back in September of 2014, Anna & Chris tied the knot in Sacramento and had Anna’s two kids as their flower girl and ring bearer.  After the busyness of the newlywed life finally settled, we were able to get together this past fall for a family portrait session.  Boy, have those kiddos grown!  The weekend we planned to photograph, the weather took a turn and the rain was coming down by the bucket full.  Somehow and some way, the skies opened up for us just in time to meet at Rusch Park and it could not have been more perfect!  It was so much fun to spend time and chat with this little family outside and see how they have grown over the years.
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As I walked in the front door of April’s childhood home, I knew instantly this wedding was going to be something special.  April was surrounded by her sisters and bridesmaids as they helped her get ready for the day.  Around the corner was her mom helping get food ready for after the ceremony and down the hall were her nephews, watching movies while they waited.  Mike and his groomsmen got ready across the court at a family friend’s home and family on both sides were lending a hand to get the area ready to go.  April’s brother walked her down the aisle, as a seat was saved in the front row for her father who is no longer here with them.  April and Mike’s vows were the perfect start to their new adventure together, which has already taken them on trips around the ocean and beginning a new adventure in life together in Arizona.  These two were meant to find each other, and will have many new adventures (and geocaches) to find together!
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