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Brian and Julie are married! (teaser)

I could not be happier for Brian and Julie! Brian is a good friend of mine from our days when we both worked at Apple. I just love that he found Julie. They are such a perfect match in every way. Geoff and I were honored to document their wedding in photos. It was a beautiful day in Nevada City at the home of Julie’s parents. I am so excited to share more from this wonderful celebration. Here are a couple little teasers, including my new favorite night shot ever! Epic!

 

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Jason and Abbey are married! (teaser)

Jason and Abbey are two very sweet people who know how to have a good time. Hanging out with them and their friends all day last week was so much fun. They had a beautiful ceremony at the gorgeous and historicalВ Westminster Presbyterian Church accross from Capitol Park, followed by an evening of fun at The Firehouse Restaurant in Old Sacramento. There was lots of fun dancing, heartwarming toasts, cupcakes and gelato! Yummy! Congrats you two!

Almost forgot the cake pops! Cake pop ring shot for the win!

 

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Luis and Lizeth’s Cinco de Mayo Wedding

I cannot even begin to explain how amazing this wedding was. I may be a little biased, I do have a some of Mexican blood in me, and the culture, the art, the color, the music, all of it, holds a special place in my heart. 🙂 We just shared all of the fun and colorful wedding design we helped Luis and Lizeth create and we are so excited about the wedding being featured on Ruffled Blog! Be sure to check them out!

Upon walking into Luis and Lizeth’s home on the morning of the wedding, it was immediately apparent how very “them” this celebration would be. Sure, there were piles of colorful tissue paper scattered about the living room, and tin cans in Spanish leftover from the centerpieces on the table and in the kitchen. It was easy to guess how much effort – and time – was put into crafting decor at their home. But this wasn’t just a wedding on Cinco de Mayo and so they had decided to have a Mexican theme. Not at all. This was a true reflection of Luis and Lizeth and what they really love. Who they really are. Their everyday shelves were decorated in ceramics and trinkets in vivid hues.

Their walls were adorned with pictures of Frida Kahlo along side family photos.

Getting to photograph in a client’s home is always a treat. It’s so wonderful how much you can learn about who a couple really is. It got me even more excited about the wedding! Everything was simply perfect. I had so much fun going exploring the house to photograph the details.

An intricately painted wooden box filled with little pieces of tissue paper was home to the wedding rings and ceremony coins.

In true DIY form, Lizeth did her own hair and makeup — and looked amazing.

I dont think I could BE any more in love with Lizeth’s bouquet. The colors! The succulents! The stems wrapped in embroidered fabric! Yes please!

That is, until you see the bridesmaid’s bouquets, each completely unique and in it’s own rainbow hue.

The bridesmaids all wore dresses purchased and brought home from Mexico.

While I was having the time of my life with the ladies, Geoff was at a nearby hotel with Luis and his groomsmen. He’d just returned from setting up lots of decor at the reception. He was excited to get dressed and could not wait to see Lizeth.

Each guy had a boutonniere to coordinate with their partner’s bridesmaid bouquet.

As groomsmen gifts, Luis handed special flasks that not only went with the theme of the day but each one was a symbol of each groomsman.

He was one guapo looking guy!

Luis and Lizeth decided to see each other just before the ceremony. It was definitely one of the most adorable first looks!

The looks on their faces were priceless.

Into the church we all went for the main event. I know they couldn’t have planned this, but even the church was colorful!

A family member was handing out the multicolored papel picado inspired program fans we designed for Luis and Lizeth.

A Mariachi band serenaded the congregation. So amazing!

Three little flower girls dressed in traditional Mexican dresses handed out paper flowers to the guests along the aisle.

Luis you are so full of win.

After these two were hitched we headed to the reception to get a few more portraits. The afternoon light was lovely!

This giant Aloe plant made my day.

Dear readers, I’m not kidding, my jaw literally dropped when I walked in the room. Luis and Lizeth transformed a modest community center into a gorgeous, vibrant, and fun space that you can’t help but smile when you enter. There was no mistake that loads of fun would be happening there.

Pretty much everything was DIY’ed by Luis and Lizeth, or helpful loved ones.

Papel Picado everywhere!

Of course they had one of the most bright and striking candy and desert bars ever.

Can you believe this cake?

Lots of yummy Mexican pan dulce or sweet bread.

The Mariachi band joined the reception outside….

…while a live band was playing inside!

And OMG you guys, the FOOD! ::drools a little thinking about it::

After their adorable first dance it was time for Luis to change into some traditional clothing…

…as it was time to start the snake dance…

…which continued as Luis drank tequila from his boot as everyone tried to remove his shirt and throw him in the air.

The day these two walked into our lives was amazing. From the first moment that Luis and Lizeth were telling us how their heritage is not just an important part of their lives, but how it WAS their life, (and wanted help showing this to their friends and family), to the big day and seeing how all their hard work payed off, we were excited to help capture who they were. It still makes me giddy thinking how many of their guests thought their Save the Date was their wedding invitation because it was so unique and so Luis and Lizeth. Luis then told us how excited they were to share their real invites with all their guests (Lisa and I had literally just put them in the mail an hour before this conversation), I just remember being elated at hearing this at their engagement session. Guests were already excited and they had no idea it would be as amazing as you just saw. Thank you Luis and Lizeth for being who you are and trusting us to help you share a small piece of you with your friends and family.

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Luis and Lizeth’s Mexican Fiesta wedding design

Yay yay! I’m SO excited to share Luis and Lizeth’s wedding design! This was definitely one of my favorites of the summer (the COLORS!) and I’ve been keepin it under wraps because…ta da! Luis and Lizeth’s amazing Mexican Cinco de Mayo wedding is being featured on Ruffled today! Man, do they ever deserve it too! Luis and Lizeth’s wedding was labor of love with lots and lots of beautifully done DIY projects.

I’m going to start off by showing you all of the fun design we did for them, including save the dates, invitations, programs and an adorable guestbook! When we met Lizeth and Luis, we knew this was going to be one FUN, colorful, fiesta of a wedding! We were so excited to be a part of it! As we got to know them better through the design process and engagement photos, it was so apparent how much they love their heritage and love celebrating it.

The first thing we designed was the save the date. Luis showed me his love of old western-style typography and I came up with the idea of using a LoterГ­a (Mexican bingo) card as the basis for the design. The back is an actual LoterГ­a card (made sure to omit El Diablo and to include El CorazГіn, hehe).

Tied with twine to the save the date card is a custom bingo card featuring La Dama and El Catrin, the Lady and the Gentelman, together to represent Lizeth and Luis. The couple liked this so much that they had it blown up huge to display on an easel at the wedding!

Even the envelopes had a custom wraparound address label incorporating LoterГ­a elements.

Lizeth told me her guest were so impressed by the save the date, they actually mistook them for the invitation! Boy, an invitation did we create though! Papel Picado was a major item in the decor of the venue, so we knew it would play a big role in the invites.

Our western typography makes another appearance, this time adorned by LOTS of little colorful banners.

There was an English and Spanish version too.We also designed a map to tell the guests how to get from the church to the reception.

Next up to design was the ceremony programs! Lizeth expressed that she wanted to do a fan, and I came up with the idea to make it look like a piece of Papel Picado. We even printed them in many different colors, for a whole rainbow waving away at the ceremony.

One of the reasons I love doing design so much is that we get to incorporate the designs into the photography products as well. For example, Luis and Lizeth’s Engagement Session Guestbook! The whole session had a bit of a Mexican flair, (check it out here!) which В made designing the guestbook really fun!

We incorporated those vibrant little banners into the pages of the book.So cute!

Coming up soon we are going to be posting about the wedding itself, including all the amazing DIY details created by Luis, Lizeth, and lots of friends and family. The wedding was an amazing party, a true fiesta of color! Stay tuned! Also be sure to head over to Ruffled Blog to see the post!

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Allan and Genevieve’s Sunol Park engagement session

It has been a busy summer filled with many (many!) amazing weddings! We are super excited to start getting back into some engagement sessions, like Allan and Genevieve’s at Sunol Regional Park! Engagement sessions are so relaxed and fun, and such a great opportunity for us to get to know our couples better, and for them to get a lil’ practice camera time! (and some awesome photos too, of course!) Allan and Genevieve brought along their two chocolate labs who were very fun and rambunctious!

Yay for crazy dead trees!

Genevieve received this plaque from her late grandmother. What a wonderful gift. 🙂

No, I love YOU more!

To finish things up, Allan and Genevieve brought out the doggies for a good splashin’ around in the creek. The were having the time of their lives!

Allan and Genevieve, thanks for showing us this awesome location and being the wonderful cuties you are. We are so super excited fro your wedding this December in Tahoe!

 

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Eric and Brittney are married! (teaser)

Congratulations to Eric and Brittney, who wed last weekend at the beautiful chapel at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. The place holds so much meaning for this couple, who both attended school there, met there, got engaged there, and we even photographed their engagement session there! Now they get to add getting married to the list!

While they didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony, they got to hold hands (there was even a meaningful exchange of cake) on either side of the chapel doors.

We can’t wait to share more of this gorgeous wedding!

 

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Dane and Erin’s Firehouse wedding

We are so excited to share Dane and Erin’s lovely Firehouse wedding! This is a couple we absolutely adore and have such a sweet story to go along with their awesome wedding! Home is a really big deal for these two. They grew up on the same street as each other and had recently purchased their first home together. We actually took some of their engagement photos at each of those places! It was so perfect and fitting that Dane and Erin had their first look at their home where we got to take even more photos of them on their wedding day!

We were so excited to create a wedding film of Dane and Erin’s big day. It is always important to us to bring little pieces of the couple’s lives and relationship into telling the story of the day. Home and family played an important role in their film. It is so adorably sweet, please take a look!

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Just love it! Now on to the photos! Let’s start with Erin, who got ready at the home of her sister and maid of honor, who lives just blocks away from their own house. It’s always great to have family nearby!

Erin’s new bridal Rainbows next the ones she’d had for most of her and Dane’s relationship.

Keys were a major theme of the wedding.

This is pretty much the perfect illustration of how it feels once you get your wedding dress on!

Dane and his buddies got ready a few blocks away at Dane and Erin’s house.

Their iconic flamingos even got all dolled up for the big day!

The guys enjoyed some lawn games in the backyard.

Dane and Erin had the most adorable first look ever!

A must-have wedding day pose to match the engagement photo we took of them.

After some photos around the house, we all headed to Old Sacramento. Erin’s dad brought along his amazing ’56 Chevy for a few photos.

This was a fun and hilarious bridal party!

The guys and gals split up for some photos and the ladies and I hit up this awesome record store.

The emotions immediately after walking out of the ceremony are some of my favorites.

The reception at the Firehouse Restaurant was adorably decorated with Dane and Erin’s key motif.

The little sign explains the fact that BOTH Dane AND Erin’s parents were married 34 years ago on the same exact date, just two days after Dane and Erin’s own wedding date! Erin’s parents were even married AT the Firehouse too! There was so much meaning in everything.

The little garden gnomes complemented their flamingos very well.

One of the best entrances ever!

So much sweetness…

Congratulations again to Dane and Erin! We had the BEST time photographing your wedding, and creating your wedding film! We wish you many, many years of happiness!!