I’ve been anticipating Adam and Kimberly’s wedding in Puerto Vallarta at the St. Regis Punta de Mita resort since the first day we connected! It’s always a fun adventure traveling to Mexico and photographing a wedding – and even better when you get a groom who’s possibly even more crazy than myself.
Adam’s ability to function unfiltered, and Kimberly’s love for his “funny” comments and actions keep a smile on my face whenever I’m around them.
I typically run from photos that might be considered “cheesy” at first look – but Adam is absolute comedy, so when he started suggesting photos I’d usually consider to be cheesy, I went with it – Adam can do cheesy and make it seem cool (or at least make his bride and me laugh)
The way Adam makes Kimberly smile is amazing and almost frightening at times.
When connecting with new couples I’m looking for how adventurous and/or playful they are. I knew pretty quickly upon meeting Kyle and Becca for the first time that these guys were playful, but it wasn’t until their wedding day that I realized just how extremely playful they are!
Being able to just let them be themselves and goof off together set me up for an easy day of beautiful photos. Learning new slang terms like “docking” made my day – though I also had Cheryl elbowing me in the side telling me to stop using my new word… soooo much fun.
Details – who doesn’t like a personalized hanger?
When looking at wedding locations in Napa, wineries are at a premium (technically there are only two wineries inside Napa county that can host weddings) – outside of this, you’re looking at resorts. V. Sattui is the first winery in the valley you’ll come across that can have weddings at their location.
Knowing that my couples getting married in Napa and Sonoma prefer to have their weddings at wineries and vineyards, I decided to make visit to each location and give you some quick photos to check out.
V. Sattui is a winery in Napa that hosts approximately 80+ weddings a year. Their wedding location is at the main winery on Highway 29 in the city of St. Helena.
With two great lawn areas, a barrel room and vineyards on site, you have plenty of options for ceremony and reception. I love the feel of the stone building and the mix of oak trees
It used to be that I would poke fun at my sister suggesting she was a hippie (she’s far from it) but the more life moves forward, the more I look for adventures and new things to try, the more I think I might be showing my adventurous side through some hippie-esque means.
I’ve enjoyed Kombucha for a number of years now – but it wasn’t until I was hanging out at my buddy Jesse’s a month or so ago that I was introduced to “The Mother” – aka the SCOBY.
It doesn’t take much for me to get addicted to something new (can we say that I’m game to try nearly anything three times?)
Looking forward to bottling a ton more of the next few months!!
As I seek to connect with couples who are more adventure minded, I was contacted by my friends at Tahoesbest.com about a guest post that covered this exact topic. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with my couples ideas that might play out to the adventurous side.
Guest Post by Lizz – TahoesBest.com
Why be restricted by a ceremony that doesn’t reflect your personality when you can let loose and have a true celebration by incorporating an adventure into your wedding? Lake Tahoe has something for every adventurer, whether they spend their time in the mountains or on the water, so of course there are plenty of opportunities to incorporate those adventures into the wedding of your dreams.
1) Instead of the traditional walk down the aisle and the usual white wedding gown, don a white bathing suit and a pair of water ski’s for a water ski sprint on the lake towards your ceremony. Everyone will be impressed with your creativity and ability to stand up on two skis while going high speeds on Lake Tahoe.
2) Another exciting way to have water play an active role in your wedding besides serve as a picturesque backdrop is to have a jet ski arrival or send-off. Why exit the wedding of your dreams in limo or car when instead you can shoot off to your new life together on a jet ski?
3) Do you adore mountain biking and are not afraid of getting a little dirty on your wedding day? If so, why not plan a mountain bike themed wedding? Bicycles have become a chic aspect of weddings in recent years, so finding great ideas on how to incorporate cycling into a wedding is easy. One sweet and romantic idea could be renting a tandem mountain bike for the bride and groom to arrive or leave together.
4) It is hard to fathom anything more romantic than saying “I Do” while gazing out at the sweeping vistas provided by a climb to the top of a mountain. A wonderful idea for a smaller, more intimate or even private weddings would be a hike to the top of one of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain peaks. In the spring and summer, envision lovely wildflowers scattered along your trail and views at the top that will be well-worth the climb.
5) One of the best ideas for a wedding that is creative and different but not quite so out there for those worried that their less adventurous guests won’t get it is to get married on a boat. Take your walk down the aisle on a spacious yacht for the epitome of contemporary elegance or a charming smaller vessel for a shabby chic theme, and of course taking into account the size of your wedding and the feel you are striving for. Fine dining and entertainment are a natural fit for yachts and larger cruise ships, so including these aspects for the boat reception will be easy.
Weddings should be a reflection of who you are as a couple, and if you love the outdoors and all of the adventurous activities that go along with that, don’t be afraid to include one as part of your wedding ceremony or reception. An interesting twist like adding an adventurous aspect to your wedding can set you apart from all the other brides and grooms getting married in the same season, and Lake Tahoe hosts endless adventures to make your dreams possible.
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