This is pretty awesome…We always love getting to see past couples at weddings…it is the best!
This is pretty awesome…We always love getting to see past couples at weddings…it is the best!
Anmol and Priya were recently married in a joyful celebration filled with family, friends, food, fun, and LOTS of color. Priya was born here in California and Anmol was born in India. He had made a trip into Sacramento with some friends from college and was hanging out at a club. He tried to get Priya’s number but she said no. Anmol persisted and Priya gave in, and the rest is simply history. They were married last month and we covered four days of their wedding extravaganza. It starts with their Sangeet which included some hindu ceremonies and a lot of singing and dancing, followed by the Mehndi ceremony a few days later. Check out Priya’s henna….there is a golden gate bridge and the Disney castle. It is pretty cool as it is where she lives, and where Anmol proposed to her. Next was the Sikh wedding ceremony. Anmol’s family is Hindu, but in these modern times both families embrace each other’s cultures to celebrate the love of Anmol and Priya. The last day, their reception was the final party and goodbye as these two started their journey as a married couple. There were a lot of tears, a lot of color, maybe a horse, and a whole lot of fun. Thank you Anmol and Priya for allowing us to capture your beautiful wedding!
After the families met it was time for a short breakfast before the ceremony. This was perfect as everyone was getting ready by at least 6am for this beautiful ceremony that was about to take place!
The last ceremony of the day is where Anmol and his family picks up Priya to take her back to their house. It is the last ceremony of the day and is filled with more symbolism and emotion for me to describe to you in a few words. It still brings me to tears seeing these images and knowing that one chapter was ending and another starting, and this ceremony was to define the pages turning.
The last and final day was their reception! We met up a couple miles from their venue for a couple photos real quick. I am not going to lie that each day I was thrilled to see their different wedding attire! Also…Anmol and no beard again…he looked great and it was a fun surprise as he grew it out for the ceremony.
Even Lisa and I got dressed up for the reception too, and a guest really wanted a photo with us.
The Presidio in San Francisco is the perfect place for an intimate wedding. You can get lost in the trees, hide between all the building, and get married in an adorable historic chapel. Trevor and Marina allowed us to peer into their day to capture the love and celebration they had with their closest friends and family. It was one amazing day they share with everyone at The Presidio in San Francisco.
Thank you again for sharing your beautiful wedding. We could not have been more honored to capture your perfect wedding in The Presidio.
Kevin and Monica’s wedding at Taber Ranch this fall is one I will not forget. It also made me ask myself the question, what does it mean to rain on your wedding day? As someone who has been photographing weddings now for 7 years now, I had never fully looked into where the superstitions for good luck and bad luck came from. I think the most important thing to say first is that across most cultures the references almost all lean towards good luck and not bad luck. I will mention that in the bad luck category it has to do with the amount of tears the bride will experience during her marriage. I was glad to read that idea and say that is something I will choose to not believe in. The good luck references across cultures are all ideas that I want to hold onto with a strong grip. The idea that rain can bring so much to one’s life, and one’s marriage through fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal, and even tears are important. That is right, which is also no surprise to me that tears were in both the bad luck and good luck category. The tears we see on wedding days are always emotion filled tears of joy, happiness, and unification. We are all just people sharing in two lives becoming a family, and it is such an amazing feeling to allow that love inside our hearts to flow from our faces. There are a lot of tears ahead. Each time for different joyous reasons, from getting ready and having your little sister with you, to that moment you walk down the aisle. Seeing those tears of love still make me have to force back tears of love and joy for Kevin and Monica. I have not seen tears of bad luck on a wedding day, that may just be me, or the eternal optimist in me, but rain is good luck. The crazy thing is the rain came at the end of the day, as the toasts ended everyone ran quickly inside for cake cutting as an intense thunderstorm set in. The rain did not stop anyone, as you will see Kevin’s family surprised everyone with a pretty big flash mob, I was impressed as so many people filled the dance floor. Water flowed and lightning lit the sky as we all enjoyed seeing Kevin and Monica’s joy. Also…I love that we had two weddings with piñatas last year. That is something that is just plain old fun. Kevin and Monica…Thank you again for welcoming us into your hearts. Thank you for letting us not only capture but allowing us to see your love for each on your perfect rainy day at Taber Ranch.
I am just going to say the Jam and pickled goodies…AMAZING! Monica made them all, who does not want award winning yumminess to take home. You would have been a fool to not grab one to take home. I am really glad Monica insisted that we try one.
Family is an important thing to me. Lisa knew pretty early in our relationship that I did not define it in the way that many people do. I was from a small family, and most of them lived in the UK. For our wedding, there were only four people there representing my relatives, but my family was there. To me, family takes two people getting married to start the collective that many define as family. I believe that truthfully. You do not need to have kids to be a family, you just need a bond that is stronger than friendship, and one that connects your hearts to one another. The people I call family are those in our family tree and those friends that have mostly been with me for a decade and more. They are all people that I will love no matter what. I believe that family does not have to be defined by blood. In fact, in Lisa’s family on her mothers side, everyone is an aunt or cousin in some way. It doesn’t matter, we are all family. Meeting Matt and Erin only furthered my belief of family is what you want it to be. Very early on Matt introduced Erin to his two adorable children and they quickly wanted her to be family. Erin didn’t become family, she instantly was family. You can see below how tight of a family they had become before today. It shows in all of these photographs that family was deeply ingrained in their hearts. I sit here almost in tears knowing how this story of family was not created at this wedding ceremony, but it was carved out over time, as Erin opened her heart to not just not just Matt but his two children as well. They use adventure as a driving force for happiness in their lives together as a family and they use creativity as the glue that lets it all stick together.
Tell me that you never want to leave me. You and I, we are here till the end. I am not going to lie that my life is in this amazingly crazy amount of head spinning, as we ask ourselves why we have done this to ourselves. We have chosen to take everything we have come to know as normal and make a change on every angle possible. We have decided to sell our house in Elk Grove, to buy a new house in Sacramento and most importantly to open a new office in Sacramento and get The Goodness a new home. Marriage too is about change, though for the most part we feel it is a much slower and easier change to handle than the bag of crazy change we are carrying on our shoulders right now. Marriage is a slow burning change that you don’t wake up one day and say, “aha, so this is what it is to be married”. Instead, it is this fondness that, for me, grew and grew out of a desire to have my heart filled the particular brand of craziness my wife brought to the table, while she too, for some reason, wanted to be a part of my craziness too. We wanted to keep dreaming up crazy dreams together each new day. I wanted the adventures to continue, and I knew marriage was something that would become amazing, but I did not know why at first. Marriage grew, just as our family is now growing, and allows a new knot to tie us together, a knot that strengthens each day. I look back now and am flabbergasted that almost 1/3 of my life has been spent with Lisa by my side. The time passed is both a blink of the eye, and a trail of endless memories filling my mind with not just joy, but pain too that has strengthened us. I will never forget that we have had hard days together, both in tears, but it was ok, we tell each other that we are still here to support the other. It is ok that we do not know what we are doing, and figuring out each new day what it is to be a husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter, boss, and coworker. We have learned to embrace the uniqueness we each have to offer as we fill the others greatest weakness. This is marriage, and it is our love. The crazy thing is we get to see that love, and that crazy so often, which is a reminder that many of us choose a partner that helps make us stronger. Seeing that in Joe in Monica is an understatement. I hope you love their Park Winters love story. It is a story that took one adorable 80yr old landlord to set these two on on a blind date, and here you can witness their marriage. You could not be more thankful for you two having us out at Inn at Park Winters to help capture your family and friends celebrating your love!