What is it that you want to remember from your wedding day? For Eric and Mandy, they wanted to remember that they had fun, and that they enjoyed a fun brunch with the people that mean everything to them. They wanted a day that was simply filled with love from their village. The foundation they wanted to create with each other was one founded in love from their family and friends. I have not seen two people be so goofy at their own wedding, but that says a lot for someone that on the first day of their honeymoon is at a cat cafe in South Korea. Eric and Mandy steal our hearts when it comes to goofy sweethearts. They had decided that a Sunday brunch was perfect. Who doesn’t love unlimited mimosas and lots of sweet and savory. Sure there was cake, but the dessert bar opened during brunch…it was heaven! Would you like some bread pudding or a slice or cake with your prime rib and eggs benedict…why not? Their wedding at Grand Island Mansion was perfect for them. It ended it laughs and hugs…which is exactly how it started. Thank you so much for inviting us to capture your love story and sharing yourselves with us. Your friends and family are amazing and your brunch wedding at Grand Island Mansion was PERFECT!
In a place like NYC a bus stop is a place that can tell a lot of stories. This bus stop helps to tell this simple love story. A boy and girl decided to meet after finding each other online, Yogesh working on his PHD, and Mohana working on her MD, both Indian, one born here in the US, the other born in India, finding each other in this massive city. It was at this stop Yogesh would wait with Mohana on late nights to make sure she was safely headed to her house in the Bronx. It was here so many days of fun and laughter would start and end. It is funny to think about that sign, and a corner can mean the beginning and end to so many amazing memories. We were even lucky enough to be standing there right as their bus pulled up. I would say we were lucky that day, it was the only sunny day in NY that week, Lisa and I had only been seeing rain, and welcomed this perfect day. I had actually never been to New York before this. Mohana and Yogesh are getting married just outside Sacramento, but have spent their entire relationship on the east coast. Having a session near my home would of never made sense, if we wanted to create photographs that told their story. Instead they had me fly out to tell their love story. We started at their bus stop, took a walk through Central Park(which was only two short blocks from the bus stop) and ended with sunset overlooking Manhattan. You tell me if these two are in love…Just look at the way they make each other smile. Especially Mohana, her laugh is infectious, I understand why Yogesh fell for her. Thank you again for believing in what we do Mohana and Yogesh, seeing your love, in the city that means so much to you was a perfect way to spend this afternoon.
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!
Summer and Adam are married! The funny thing is when we showed up I kept thinking, today I will not have to see a crazy angry nudist. If you did not see their engagement session it is here. On that sandy beach front was a not so happy man who was clearly frustrated that Summer and Adam were smittenly in love and enjoying the beach as well. Their wedding however was a stark contrast to that day. It was a little warm, but thankfully not 100 and their friends and family had flown in from all over the world. No Joke. At least three continents were present. Summer and Adam chose to bring everyone to Barndiva in Healsdburg as their perfect getaway with their loved ones. I think they chose an exceptional place for them to share what California means to them with those they love. Everyone, drank, ate, danced, and then even after partied the night away. Lisa and I could not be happier seeing these two adventurers creating a beautiful life of happiness together! Thank you for having us capture your Barndiva wedding!
Home is where the heart is! In this case Trevor and Marina have an adorable house in San Francisco on a very, very steep hill. They invited us not only into their home but wanted to show us their escapes in the city and their adorable corgi! Thank you so much Marina and Trevor for sharing your city with us. We can not wait to continue telling your love story!
You have a lot of laughter in store for you with this wedding. Nial and Christina chose to get married at Cline Cellars in Sonoma on a perfect day this September. It was filled with endless smiles, laughs and tears. I honestly do not know how Lisa and I were able to keep it together through this one. From the beginning the girls were having fun, giggling, and enjoying mimosas, but that moment Christina’s dad saw her for the first time a rain storm of pouring tears started from every eye in the room. Their first look was cheek to cheek grins while their ceremony started with tears of joy and ended with laughter and fun committing themselves to build a loving family together. I can not tell you enough about support of family and friends these two have as they created the perfect atmosphere for their wedding. You are in store for Nial and Christina’s beautiful story. I hope you enjoy their Cline Cellars wedding as much as we did!
Sprinkles, a whole lot of DIY, and a day filled with love and laughter is what happened for Mike and Angie on their wedding day. They were married last month at The Gatekeepers Museum in North Lake Tahoe. It is a beautiful place tucked away with gorgeous views of the lake. They rented a house for each of them for family and friends so they could get ready separatly. I can not wait to hear what you think of their gorgeous wedding and all the fun and emotion filled moments below. Thanks so much Angie and Mike for trusting us with telling your love story. I will always love the Gatekeepers Museum now!