I can't believe I spent my last day of 2016 with this gorgeous mama to be with her second daughter. Megan and I were so absolutely blessed with not only finding some snow, but a beautiful roaring river. The temperature was cold, and Megan battled the snow for her maternity shoot like a champion. We even were able to get a peak of sunset while shooting.
The world is such a stunning place, and we are so excited to welcome baby girl Harper into 2017.
I am absolutely in love with Jennifer and Ryan's wedding at the Malibou Lake Mountain Club, in California. Not only was her beaded Justin Alexander dress absolutely stunning, but this was my first Egyptian ceremony! We may have chased the sun to finish their portraits at Malibou Lake, but in the end we were able to embrace the beautiful environment. Not to mention them renting a gorgeous car for the drive from the ceremony to the reception. I can't wait to see where these two end up in their lives, and I'm so happy to have been a part of their beautiful union.
I never knew that I would get a second opportunity to savor the beauty of Muir Woods National Monument on the edge of San Francisco, Ca until Adi and Edgar mentioned that it was where they wanted their engagement photos. I was first introduced to this location by a couple last year, Alexis and Guy, and it was such a treat getting to experience the park in a different season and find new hidden gems. We were challenged by the sporadic winter light and morning breeze, but Adi and Edgar were amazing to traverse the woods with.
It's hard to not bond with a couple while you're walking miles through the woods, and these two were the absolute best to photograph. Besides wearing coordinated outfits to go with the green, no single suggestion went without a generous yes. Every rock was climbed and cuddled upon, and their willingness to adventure led us to a hidden river. I can't wait to photograph these two getting married in March, and see their smiling faces again.
We were hoping for a snowy session up at Ice House Reservoir, but instead we were blessed with some of the best sunset light ever mixed with the gorgeous Icehouse Lake! The pine trees and mountainous background were a beautiful contrast to their High Sierra Iris & Wedding Gardens wedding that will be happening next spring. Joey and Nathan were an absolute treat to get to photograph, full of smiles and giggles the entire time and I am so excited to get celebrate their wedding in 2017.
It may have taken a 6 hour drive to Sacramento, and an hour and a half drive to Truckee, Ca to find snow, but by gosh I found it! Nothing is sweeter than photographing a couples engagement photos in the same place that the proposal happened, and I was blessed with that opportunity with Michael and Marlee. After proposing at their family cabin in Truckee several months prior, we journeyed back to the same spot, and the same tree, to snuggle in the snow before their wedding in March at the Vizcaya in Sacramento, Ca.
Sometimes when you arrive at a wedding venue, you are just blown away by how gorgeous the property is. This was definitely one of those times! The Gardens at Peacock Farms in Arroyo Grande, Ca was just a picture of perfection, also a working vineyard and farm! Bekah and Jay are easily two of the best people you are going to meet, not to mention they are absolutely perfect for each other. With a beautiful relationship for the last 12 years and two furry children at home, these two tying the knot was just a matter of time.
I will keep this short, even though the story of Janet and Nate is a beautiful but long one. These lovebirds were married at this exact same location 5 years ago on October 25th, 2011 at the Paradisus Punta Cana Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They swore 5 years ago that they would be back, and they did exactly that. With a few close friends, they renewed their vows and promised their love again.
I cannot believe how fast kids grow up, and equally how fast time flies! I met the gorgeous little Miss. Ava when she was just 3 years old and while she has gotten a bit taller, her love of dancing in circles has definitely never changed. Now just 5 years old, her hair is longer, her dancing leaps a little bit bigger, and her hugs at the end of the session were pretty much heart melting.
Marlee, Michael and Ava met me up at High Hill Ranch in Placerville, Ca at the peak of Apple Hill season. If you have ever lived anywhere near this foothill town, you would know that this fall occasion where the apple trees get heavy, and the pies are everywhere is pretty famous. What makes it great for me, is not only do I get to go buy a quick caramel apple, but we get blessed with a beautiful fall October sunset. Coming from Southern California where most of my sessions are beach and palm tree filled, the fall trees make me a little giddy to visit Northern California more often.
This particular fall family session was extra special as all of them are when they are a blast from the past, as Marlee and I went to not only High School together but all the way back to Elementary school! It is so amazing to get to see her little girl grow up into a striking image of her beautiful mother and I can't wait to see how she continues to grow! What I did leave out of this sneak peak is just how graceful Michael is as he leaps through the air, but if you know this gorgeous couple, they might just share if you ask really nicely.
I am finishing the amazing wedding between Annie and Chuong, and just had to throw together a quick sneak peak to show just how perfect this day was! Starting at their personal houses, it ended at the Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura, CA. A combined event of two different cultures, these two created a beautiful well-planned day that was symbolic and memorable in every way possible. Not to mention the amazing dresses that Annie dawned throughout the day, I can't even imagine a more beautifully dressed bride. I can't wait to see where these two go in life next.