Natalie & Nick | White Arbor Wedding in Elk Grove

Wow, Natalie and Nick’s wedding. I’m always a fan of everything-in-one-location wedding days, and at this beautiful yet unassuming venue, having that little extra peace of mind and extra time was welcomed. Natalie was able to have a small “first look” with her grandmother (whose expression I’ll never forget!) before sharing a first look with Nick.

A few of my favorite moments:

  • After the ceremony, the wedding party snuck back upstairs to sign the marriage license and have a little joyous “Now it’s REALLY official and we’re the only ones to see!” celebration.

  • Looking back at Natalie and Nick’s wedding guests in their own romantic cuddle watching their first dance.

  • Witnessing and capturing the tiny moments of love between family - such as Natalie’s mom wrapping the grandparents together with a blanket.

Though their guest count was around 150, somehow it still felt so intimate!

Venue: White Arbor Weddings
DJ: DJ Eli Freshmode
Caterer: American River College
Flowers: American River College
Bridal Gown: BHLDN

Jenny & Jae | Seymour Marine Center Wedding in Santa Cruz, CA

It's a pretty amazing thing when you're leaving a wedding, having been on your feet all day with a ton of gear, feeling tired yet completely refreshed and happy. Jenny and Jae's wedding did that for me as they had me be a part of their crazy, love-filled day at the Seymour Marine Center

With Jenny's response to Jae's proposal long ago being "Of course I will, you asshole!" it definitely set the tone that this was going to be an adventure. With their chihuahua Louie as the ring-bearer, a serious rendition of an excerpt from Space Ghost Coast to Coast, an officiant that was just as excited for the first kiss, dinosaur wedding cake toppers that did unspeakable things, shortened ties, an impromptu fireworks show from afar, and all the energy and laughter that never seemed could end, this wedding sets the bar for what love, family, and friends feels like. 

Oh yeah, and with the help of her friends and family, Jenny made all the paper flowers. Wat. 

Mary & Conrad | Wedgewood Crystal Springs Wedding in Burlingame, CA

Mary and Conrad's wedding was the first time I was with my couple all the way until they got back into regular clothes, and it made me smile so much the whole day that my cheeks didn't stop hurting until they dropped me off at my car and we said goodbye. After their early afternoon wedding at the Wedgewood Crystal Springs golf course in Burlingame, Mary and Conrad escaped with me to take a few more photos at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. 

Throughout the day as I'm shooting, I'm always looking for the moments between people and my mind doesn't really get to take a break until I know it's all over. As we rode in the limo together, they shared with me how fast they felt the wedding went by and even small stories about their families. They relaxed, kicked back in their seats, and put down the glasses of champagne the limo driver had poured for them. Already had plenty of drinks at the reception. 

As we headed back to their place so that they could change and drop me off at my car, which was still at the venue (we played an interesting game of "Who parked where and where do I need to go to drop off who?"), I realized how amazing it was that I was able to be a part of so much about them. Back at their apartment, I was able to see a handful of prints and canvases from our engagement session displayed all over their space (and they saw me getting super excited.  I saw all the groomsmen back in their normal clothes, happy to be out of the suits, and trying to clean up some candle wax that had spilled onto a 16x20 canvas of my favorite engagement shot of them. It was absolutely fascinating to see the aftermath of a joyful day. 

Here are a few of my favorite moments.

Grace & Tommy | Clos LaChance Winery Wedding in San Martin, CA

There's something quite endearing about a couple when you see their relationship as almost a reflection of your own. It's hilarious, telling, and very encouraging - little bits and pieces here and there that make me go "US TOO!" from behind the camera. Things like the way Tommy made the same face at least three separate times when Grace kissed him because of her bright red lipstick, the comment about heels and height ("We're the same size!"), and the way Grace laughed at how Tommy struggled to think of something romantic to say to her on the spot. This is real life, this is real relationships! 

I was thrilled to shoot again at the Clos LaChance Winery and even more thrilled to be documenting Grace and Tommy's wedding day in it. I was incredibly motivated by how many moments they shared with their family and friends. Tommy's sister Megan duetted with David Choi for the dances (with a solid high five after!), Grace's father hugged his daughter at the beginning of the ceremony just long enough to make everyone cry, and we caught Tommy's dad with the most excited expression on his face that I've ever seen when the newlyweds made their grand entrance into the reception. 

Grace and Tommy, you guys and your families are so freaking awesome. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing day with me! It was an honor to document it for you.