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Stacy + Nick – A colorful DIY Clarksburg wedding!

Nick and Stacy were married at the end of May and could not have been happier to spend a beautiful day with their family and friends at Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg, CA. When you first meet these two you know they were made for each other. You meet Stacy and she brings a smile immediately to your face as you can see how excited and passionate she is about life, love and good design. Yep a girl after our hearts when it comes to design. Then there is Nick. Standing at 6’9” he has a  presence that almost speaks for itself. Nick however is the cool, calm, collected man who only towers over you in height but embraces you as a friend from the first moment you meet him. They wanted a fun and colorful day for their wedding and Stacy made sure that happened. She made everything, she even had cute boxes labeled and organized with all the fun decor she created. With a little help from her friends and Clarissa, Nick and Stacy’s day of coordinator. Thanks so much for letting Lisa and I capture the start of your adorable family. We could not be happier for you!

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Justin + Shannon: Love up & down the California coast!

Justin and Shannon were married last week at Dana Powers House in Nipomo, California. It was beautiful as Shannon chose to get ready at a gorgeous hotel on the bluffs of Pismo Beach, over looking the ocean. They even chose a gorgeous overlook to see each other for the first time. Water is such an important part of who they are, together so why not get married near the ocean? Their friends all got to spend a weekend on the central coast enjoying perfect weather, many of them getting away from the heat of Northern and Southern California.

Not too many couples start out falling in love in a swimming pool. These two not only did that, but quickly managed falling in love and being half way across the state as Shannon left Davis to continue her schooling as a veterinarian in Southern California. She luckily got a job in Sacramento and moved in not only with Justin but his roommate, also his brother and now best man, in their small apartment. Being separated by 100 or 600 miles is never the easiest thing for any relationship. In fact I remember how hard it was for Lisa and I who were only 100 miles apart for a year of our relationship. You find ways to use it to bring you closer together, you spend countless hours on FaceTime or the phone just chatting, or in our case sometimes falling asleep together on the phone. You just find ways to cope being madly in love and being apart. I know how happy these two felt to finally be together. A year after their underwater engagement session and these two were getting married happily at Dana Powers House.

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A photo can tell a thousand words but sometimes there is a little story behind an image that just needs to be told. I arrived at Justin’s room as he was trying to relax. He didn’t sleep great as he is tall, like 6’6″ and hotel beds never make it easy, plus he was about to marry the love of his life. His brother got him a green jamba juice to get some food in him and quickly started to help him get ready. Neither of those two were great at ironing and were trying to use the heat lamp in the bathroom to heat Justin’s pants. It only took a quick look away and his brother had accidentally burned his pants. The beauty of this story is that Justin’s close friend Scott is just as tall as he is and had the same pants size. Scott took one for the team and wore the burnt pants. Nobody really knew this all happened, except we did let you in on the secret now. 🙂 I love the fact that this image however simple it is will always bring back a fun and memorable moment for all of those involved. It is even a moment I am chuckling about as I write this because such simple things in our lives really do make an impact. Friends just being friends really does mean the world as their friendships make us who we are. Scott is a great friend and I know Justin appreciates him, and well his pants.

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Thank you again for letting us capture your wedding day. Dana Powers House was such a perfect setting and getaway for you, your family, and friends. We could not be happier we were allowed to help tell the story of your family being created!  

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Paula + Calvin – a Summer Piedmont Park Wedding!

Paula and Calvin were just married at Piedmont Park. Some of you may not know where this is, but it is next to the Oakland hills overlooking the bay area. It is this quiet park where you can walk your dog, go for a stroll, or marry your best friend — and that is exactly what Paula and Calvin did! It may have been a warm day, even for a spot on a hill next to the bay, but a bit of sweat did not bother any of their guests. Francisco and I met up with Calvin and Paula at her parents house. Since they both live in NY they wanted somewhere that they loved to get ready, and what better place than where Paula grew up. Calvin had the entire downstairs and Paula had the upstairs to get ready. It was fun watching everyone interacting with each other at the house. Paula was actually born in Romania and Calvin was born in China. Both of them and their families are immigrants to the US and even had family coming in from out of the country. Calvin’s mom spoke mostly Mandarin but that did not stop her and Paula’s mother from understanding each other, sharing family photos with each other and taking selfies together. There were more selfies taken at this wedding than I had ever seen and it made me smile. Pictures were not important they were a way of life. It was beautiful to see how photos could supersede so many things. Finding ways to tell the story of two kids born worlds apart who then met in high school and ended up becoming the loves of each others lives is not a difficult thing to do. The hard part is making sure you do the beautiful story justice. I hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse into one alluring day that was Calvin and Paula’s wedding day at Piedmont Park. Thank you again for having us there to capture it.

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