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Mia is one of my brides this year that I feel like I have known for longer than forever, which truly excites me.  Getting to be there for these “little girls” that grew up around dance costumes and ballet shoes as they turn in to beautiful brides on their wedding day is a feeling that I cannot describe.  Each time I met with her to discuss wedding day plans, I was amped up and ready for June to come.  The day came and it was time to venture out to The Ridge in Stateline, Nevada and see Mia become the beautiful bride she’s always been destine to be.  I met Donald for the first time that day, as he jumped over his patio and came to greet me.  The moment I walked in the bridal room, it was a moment I cannot forget.  Mia’s brother was the one styling her hair, the bridesmaids were gathered around just as excited as Mia was for her to finally marry Donald after all these years, and her sister Tessa was gushing over how gorgeous of a bride Mia was.  The day turned out gorgeous all around and thanks to a rainstorm, full of good luck and happiness.  Congratulations again, Mia & Donald!  It was wonderful to spend your day with you.

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Around the beginning of March, I came across a wonderful marketing opportunity through my Yelp account, and absolutely jumped at the chance.  Included in the opportunity was the ability to have a video featuring myself & my work to give a more realistic introduction as to who I am and why I love doing what I do.  After much thought, I decided that instead of just being static and interviewed the whole time, I wanted to have the video show me actually doing what I do best!  After a few bumps in the road of landing a location to use and settling on a date, I was lucky enough to have Tori send me an e-mail saying she was totally interested and up for anything!  We met up on a Tuesday afternoon out at the Bywater Lavender Farm in Lincoln, and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to meet for the first time on this occasion!  Tori & August were wonderful to work with, and I couldn’t help but LOVE her subtle Disney themed dress.  It was clearly meant to be.  I was impressed with the Lavender Farm, since all these images were shot in one very small location and there was SO much more that we could have used as well!  Tori even had the idea to bring along a few little props to make this mini session that much more special all around.  Here are a few of my favorites of these two and all their cuteness!
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cdBLOG-1The moment I met Carley a few months back, I instantly loved her and was excited for her wedding day.  Her personality was so bubbly and energetic, she was so much fun to be around!  I wasn’t able to meet David until the day of the engagement session, but spending time with them felt like we had known each other for years.  These two were SO much fun to spend time with as we explored Ancil Hoffman park together.  The day may have started off crazy and rainy, but when it came time to get down to it, the sky could not have been more perfect for an engagement session.  Narrowing down the photos to just a few favorites was incredibly hard!  These two were just simply adorable, and clearly head over heels in love with each other.  After an evening of wandering the area (and even getting in to the river!), I am SO pumped for their October wedding.  Seriously.  You’ll love them just by looking at them:)

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NMBblog-1The day Natalie contacted me about photographing her wedding, I knew 2015 was going to be a good year.  It was her that led me to photographing Jenna & Ben‘s wedding at the Helwig Winery in Plymouth last year, and I knew that the celebration for her and Marshall would be just as perfect.  Natalie & Marshall’s love story is sweet & simple. They were set up on a blind date in 2012, and after talking for hours, the rest became history. The proposal story was adorable, as it happened on their 2 year anniversary to the day. Natalie & Marshall share a love for baseball, specifically the Oakland A’s. The game wrapped up, and they searched for the perfect place to view the fireworks display from. After finding a spot to call their own, they stood and watched the show, and then and there Marshall got down on one knee and asked for Natalie to become his wife. Natalie put her heart and soul in to getting the details for her wedding just right, and their wedding was beautiful, not only in the details of their wedding day, but also the love that was beaming between these two individuals. It is easy to see that these two are quite smitten with each other, and of course gorgeous as ever. Their wedding took place in Sacramento at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, and after a weekend of crossed fingers and rain plans being formulated, the day was clear as could be for these two love birds to begin their new life journey together.  Their wedding was filled with friends and family from near and far, and had so many little elements to make it special and unique.  Natalie & her dad Michael started off the day with a first look and Marshall’s aunts continued these special family moments through in to the reception with the passing of a family teapot to the newest married couple.  Natalie & Marshall were the perfect couple to have kick off my 2015 wedding season, and I am so excited for their new adventure together:)

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hazelblog-7I’ve known who Hazel was for years, thanks to my family and their involvement with the Del Oro Golden Eagle Band program at the high school.  She participated in the Marching & Concert band programs, as well as the Winter Guard program the years that my sister was there as well.  Her mom called me early this spring and we began planning her portrait session.  Senior year was filling up with excitement that week.  She got her braces off, Del Oro hosted their Winter competition, and then Saturday evening was prom!  We met up at the UC Davis Arboretum, and spent two hours chatting about the end of her Senior year turning in to her new adventure yet to begin.  After spending time with her, her mom and her younger sister during her portrait session, I feel like I really got to know this lovely lady and how much excitement she has for her life to come in the next few months.  This lucky girl got an AMAZING scholarship to Boise State, where she plans to major in Psychology with a minor in Music.  She’ll be playing in the Boise State Marching Band, as well as pep band games for their Basketball team as well.  She’s got quite the journey ahead of her, and I had so much fun photographing her for this extra special occasion.  Here are some of my favorites from Hazel’s Senior Portrait Session:)

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