The first time I talked to Kayla and Nick on the phone I knew they were my people. With stories of bird hunting, boat building and all around good fun – there wasn’t a question we’d get along.
When it came time on their wedding night to do portraits, I knew they would be down for the cause to hike up the beach a ways to a private dock (ask for permission later…?) and it ended up being a GREAT call:
I will never question myself about sneaking somewhere I’m not supposed to be – sooo worth it!
Kayla got ready for her West Shore Cafe wedding on property which allowed for a relaxing morning creating images of Kayla and her closest friends laughing and goofing off as the boy got ready next door.
Nick spent his getting ready time sipping whiskey with the boys – but when it came time to clean up, he did so in style and with ease.
Tahoe is all about adventures and one of those is boating. While they didn’t go for a ski session after their ceremony, Nick and Kayla did take a wood boat ride after their West Shore Cafe wedding.
Did I mention Nick’s buddy’s brought some whiskey? (yes, I tried it, it was good!)
About that dock and not asking permission? Yeah.
Sometimes asking a couple to dangle their feet off a dock 20+ feet above the water is just what you need for an epic series of photos.
Thanks so all the awesome wedding professionals who came together to make this a perfect wedding:
Bonnie with Summit Soiree
An and Ric’s Kunde Family Estate wedding in Sonoma Wine Country was what a winery wedding is all about. Rustic yet elegant, indulgent, but understated.
I loved how playful An was and that she was game to head out into the dirt for the perfect image.
Their musician was the perfect accompaniment to the day with the acoustic in the background from pre-ceremony through the reception.
Ric may be a bit more reserved, but he didn’t hold back his emotions when he saw An.
I loved how they incorporated Ric’s son into the ceremony and the importance they put on being together as a family.
The rustic ruins at Kunde Family Estate were featured in the movie Bottle Shock – as well as multiple other amazing sites on property.
My idea of an adventure is getting lost in the woods, and An and Ric had their own version of this during their reception under the trees on Kunde’s Olive Hill wedding site.
Ric and An put a huge smile on my face when they asked me if I would meet them for a “day after” session back on property to help them get a ton more beautiful photos of them exploring different spots and letting loose more than they were able to on their wedding day.
Having them walking up and down rows and rows of vines and playing on property was my idea of a perfect session.
I can’t wait for my next Kunde wedding. What an amazing wedding location with soooo many different nooks and crannies to explore and get lost in!
Josh and Tia had their beautiful Sonoma Vineyard wedding at the Styker Sonoma Winery and made my day by having their dinner reception in the middle of the vines! Great wine, amazing food, perfection of indulgence in wine country.
Getting ready on property at Mayacama Golf Club in a private home created the perfect atmosphere to indulge the camera with beauty and sophistication around every turn.
What a GREAT wedding with some amazing wedding professionals! Rachel from So-Eventful made it all come together and Gustavo from Silver Tie Films create a beautiful film of the day!
Sometimes you are asked by a media outlet or photo contest to look back through your imagery for something specific – This week I was asked to dig back and look for any outdoors photos that reflected my adventurous side and featured water as a large part of the photo.
That’s when I remembered this beauty:
Melanie and Dan made my day when they contacted me about their wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Melanie has been a “fan” of my mine for a number of years now – when I was just finishing college I started a blog where I posted one photo a day (It was carefully named “Photo A Day” – I’m deep like that)
Through all of my url changes, blog updates and moving to Northern California, Melanie has kept up, and as soon as Dan proposed, she already knew she would be working with me to capture her day, and I couldn’t be more honored by her stalking.
We schedule an evening in Los Angeles to head to Union Station for their engagement photos.
One of my favorite moments of their session was when I put the camera down to change cards, turned back around and they were dirty dancing together – I was cracking up sooo bad – yes, I got a photo of it, but I figured I’d let them cherish the moment on their own. But watching them together reminded me of how much fun loving someone is – as I stepped back and gave them space, I always found them touching and laughing. I love laughing.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you might already know, I’m a sucker for red – and I’m especially a sucker for heals – and a little toe cleavage… well – yes.
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