Masthead header

AM-blog-10

I absolutely love when long time friends contact me about photographing their wedding and April is no exception to that!  I have known April for at least 10 years since high school, and even photographed her younger sister Robin for senior portraits back in 2012.  I just love the way they met, as it was in a way totally unique to them.  As far back as I can remember, April has been in to geocaching, and from month to month, attended various meet ups within the community.  April and Mike met nearly two years ago at an event being held in Napa.  Their relationship took off in July of that same year, this time out in Yosemite at another Geocache event.  Since then, these two have shared this hobby together, and even take the time to find a cache together every day.  April and Mike were looking for an outdoor location that was woodsy and cozy, and I think we found the perfect place!  A friend of our suggested Scott’s Flat Lake out in Nevada City, so we made the trek up there together at the beginning of December.  As we drove, it rained off and on the entire drive.  As we got to the reservoir, it continued to rain some more.  April and Mike we real troopers the entire time, even crossing through some mud just to get the perfect spot – and kudos to April doing it all in heels!  April even took the time to make some holiday props to make these photos extra special for this time of year.
I am so excited that a fun session with these two rounds out the year for 2015, and I cannot wait for their June wedding next summer!
View full post »

facebookpinteresttwittersubscribecontact

aileenbenBLOG-2It is absolutely crazy that I’m writing this particular post.  So please bear with me:)
I vaguely remember the day I met Aileen.  It was March 29, 1996, and I still have the “big sister” shirt to prove it.  It’s hard to believe that just about 20 years later, we’re preparing for her to get married.  She’s come quite a long ways over the years, that’s for sure.  I know many of my friends remember her with her pigtails, watching my middle school sports events eating goldfish crackers.  Now, she’s away in Idaho studying physics with an emphasis in math and preparing to head back to the trenches and teach high school one day.  Kudos to her, right?  Now let’s rewind a little ways and talk about Ben.  Yes, I do remember the day I met Ben, and I have to say it’s a very appropriate story as far as Aileen’s introductions go.
I recall Aileen talking to our dad about the movie Maze Runner, and asking if the book was any good.  She mentioned that she was going to see it with a guy, and that was that.  After the movie was over, and Ben brought Aileen home they both came in to my parent’s living room.  Aileen was chatting with him about something, walks in to the room with the rest of us, turns to Ben and says, “and this is my cat, Mushu.” Never mind the rest of us humans in the room as well.  :)
All teasing aside, it has been quite a journey for Aileen & Ben thus far and the adventure is only beginning.  I’ve watched my sister grow in to quite a strong young woman, and I am certain that Ben will do wonders in caring for her.  They both share a love of nerdy things – Aileen is a science major while Ben is planning to be an accountant.  Oh, and their wedding theme?  It has a very strong Lord of the Rings/Lothlorien Forest vibe.  Clearly they are meant to be, as she had no intentions of ever going anywhere terribly cold for college, and where did she end up in the end?  Idaho with Ben.  My mom and I journeyed out over the week of Thanksgiving for wedding planning extravaganza.  We got extremely lucky with freshly fallen snow on Thanksgiving morning for their engagement session photos.  I don’t know if I have personally ever been this cold in a long time, if ever, but I think it is safe to say it was worth it!  It is always hard to narrow things down to a few favorites, so I suppose my “baby” sister’s engagement photos are even harder!  Enjoy!
View full post »

facebookpinteresttwittersubscribecontact

bartlettweddingBLOG-1The night before Carley & David’s wedding it rained.  Well actually, it POURED.  As I drove to the little town of Volcano, I prepared for everything.  Buckets of rain, thunder and lightning, the reception venue picking up and landing in Oz.  You name it, I was afraid it would happen.  Once I walked in the room where Carley & her sister were getting ready, I knew I had nothing to worry about.  Carley was all smiles and ready to marry the man of her dreams regardless of the weather outside.  David, who was right next door to the girls, seemed relaxed and ready to marry his girl.  Family was a key element throughout the entire day.  David’s sister did Carley’s hair, while his cousin did her make up.  While family was physically present throughout the day, there was still one very important individual missing.  David’s mother passed away earlier this year and while she was not there physically, she was there in spirit surrounding these two with her love.  Carley wore a beautiful necklace belonging to her, also worn by David’s two sisters on their wedding days.  At one moment during their bridal portraits, a single pear fell down from above, leaving the newlyweds smiling from her presence.
As these two became husband and wife, it was clear they were perfectly matched for each other.  Their wedding was a day to remember, and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to round out my 2015 wedding season.  I have loved getting to know these two, and know their life journey together has just truly begun.  Congratulations again, Carley & David!

View full post »

facebookpinteresttwittersubscribecontact

rotchfordblog-2One of my favorite things about the holiday season is photographing families for their annual holiday cards.  It gets even better when my best friend asks me to do something totally crazy, like photograph her, her husband AND their two fur babies.  Of course I said yes in the blink of an eye!  I last photographed Erika & Matt a few years back when they were celebrating their first holiday season with their new puppy (at the time) Moose.  Now, a few years later they’ve added another little one to the mix, and named him Bear.  Super cute, right?  It was a great Saturday morning spent with these guys, and the weather couldn’t have been any more perfect.  These pups sure kept me on my toes, that’s for sure!  With our friendship spanning more than a decade, I cannot wait to keep seeing how Erika & Matt’s family grows in years to come:)

View full post »

facebookpinteresttwittersubscribecontact

kernweddingBLOG-1
The moment I walked through the front door on Katie’s wedding day, I felt like I was part of the family.  Katie and her bridesmaids were gathered in the master bedroom en suite and there was laughter that filled the air.  A dear family friend was the gracious hostess of this picturesque home for these friends to get ready in for the day they have been waiting about a decade to happen.  Katie and Jacob’s love story is more than just a few passing years, but instead dates as far back as middle school.  Now, dressed in the princess dress of her dreams, Katie was finally walking down the aisle to marry her real life Prince Charming.  Friends and family came from near, far and even across the ocean to celebrate with her.  Katie’s Grandmother came all the way from England to celebrate this very special occasion, and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.
Katie and Jacob couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fall day for their wedding, with the weather finally starting to change for the year.  The venue was a wonderful touch, with a lake surrounding the entire ceremony area.  I know the years have finally led up to this big day for them, and I wish them both the best for a wonderful, exciting future.  Congratulations again, Katie and Jacob!
View full post »

facebookpinteresttwittersubscribecontact

JPwedblog-1

Thinking back on Jen & Paul’s wedding day, all I can think of is how thick the love in the air was.  The day was a long time coming for these two, and the excitement filled the air.  I walked in to the bridal room at Gibson Ranch, and it was filled with girls giddy with the day ahead of them.  Jen was surrounded by her closest friends and family as she got ready for the big day.  Not only were her girls close by, but her dear groom was on the other side of the wall getting ready for their big moment.  Jen’s mom helped her in to her dress, and before she knew it, it was time to head down the aisle.  Paul totally kicked it up a notch by walking in with his parents to one of the themes from Star Wars, which just went to show they couldn’t leave any parts of their personalities out from the wedding day.
The rest of the day was just as love filled as the first.  Jen and Paul were head over heels in love with each other, and all their friends and families nodded in agreement that this wedding was bound to happen.  It was such an honor to celebrate with these two, and the day was such a blast, it was hard to leave.  Her guests sure knew how to dance and have a good time.  Congratulations again, Jen & Paul!

View full post »

facebookpinteresttwittersubscribecontact