These two, I kinda fall in love with them the moment I met them. I even loved Cara’s sister too. It may be why I was so excited about the wedding. It wasn’t because Cara has a twin, it was OMG these three are so much fun I can only imagine how the wedding is going to be. They are a fun, energetic, loving couple that delivered in so many different fulfilling ways. I was honored that Francisco and I were able to see who these two were as individuals, and as a couple, become a beautiful family at Forest House Lodge. That is right, Francisco our amazing associate photographer was there working and shooting his butt off with me at their wedding. It was a perfect October day, especially as the fall is my second favorite season(Winter, I love the snow). The light in California is perfect though in the fall, and the way it pours down into the Sierra Mountains makes me excited to be out there helping couples capture the story of them creating family. I just wanted to say thank you again Cara and Colby for allowing us to be there and we can not wait for you to see the rest of your photos! Your wedding in Foresthill, CA was perfectly you!
So the fact that Colby’s little nephew had tears of joy for his uncle was seriously THE most amazing thing to see from such a young boy.
We could not be happier to share some photos from Brian and Rochelle’s roaring wedding this weekend. It did not matter that it was storming rain, as everyone was ready to have a great evening! We loved seeing guests dressed to the nines in 20’s garb. The two wanted nothing more than an insanely fun prohibition-era party for their friends and family and wow did they they deliver! We were lucky enough to also design their wedding invitation and some day-of stationery, which we can’t wait to share as well. More to come! Brian and Rochelle, thank you so much for sharing your family and friends with us and allowing us to capture your amazingly fun wedding!
Jason and Allison were married this December at The Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, Ca. It was a beautiful day. The week before it snowed all over the Sierras and left these two a little nervous. We all knew that there was a chance for bad weather in December but nothing prepared us for how amazing the weather was going to be. Sure we all bundled up, but there was snow on the ground and blue skies everywhere. It was the perfect day for these two and we could not have been happier to capture them. In fact, right now the just got back from a week in Mexico and are preparing for a week of fun and snowboarding together. How appropriate for a couple who loves being together in the snow!
SOOOOOO excited to share all the design work we did for Ryan and René’s wedding! Even more so because their wedding was jus featured on the ever-amazing Ruffled Wedding Blog! Be sure to check it out! This was seriously one of the funnest design suites I have had the pleasure of creating. The first thing Ryan and René knew they wanted to be a part of their wedding was a LOT of color. YES! You know we LOVE our color here at The Goodness. Hold on to your butts, there’s going to be a ton of fun stuff below!
It all started with Ryan and René’s save the date. They weren’t really sure what they wanted to do, but they know they wanted it to be different. René and I were talking about it and we had a conversation that pretty much wen’t like this:
René: “Let’s do something you’ve never done but always wanted to do.” Me: Thinking…“What if we did a pop-up card?!!!” René: “I love it! What if we were on a roller coaster?!!!!!!” Me: “YES!!”
And with that the pop-up-save-the-date-on-a-roller-coaster was born.
It started with a rough sketch from René, from which I started to sketch the illustrations of Ryan and René. I scanned that and drew the stylized characters in Illustrator, along with the background. The envelope label and card front design was inspired by vintage Disneyland and amusement parks.
I also designed an insert to help guests book their rooms at the wedding venue. Color was a BIG part of the wedding so everything had to be super colorful! I was not complaining one bit! 🙂A few months later it was time to get to work on the wedding invitations. Since we’d done the save the date, the wedding theme had evolved from lots of color, to lots of color (but a more defined palette), travel, humor and sarcasm, and desserts! Needless to say, I was super excited to tackle combining all the themes in a way that was fun, beautiful and that worked. Below is the invitation suite I designed. So fun and full of color!When the guest received the invitation in the mail, this is what they saw. We used a clear envelope with a rainbow stripe printed paper inside, showing through.
On the flip side, because the envelopes were clear, you could see all the goodness inside, before you even opened it up. The envelope could be opened by tearing away that arrow return address label. Inside the envelope was this hand-drawn macaron pattern I created for the suite. It was subtle nod to the dessert theme at the wedding. The invitation and other pieces were printed on our in-studio 1950’s vintage letterpress machine, by none other than our very own Geoff Bardot!I used landmarks of some of the cities that they’d named their tables after. We also designed a schedule card and a super fun mad-libs RSVP. Ryan and René created a display at the wedding to show off all the hilarious responses they received. Arrow clothespins pointed to their favorites. When it came time to design all of the paper goods for the wedding, the fun REALLY began. René really wanted to use funny phrases everywhere. We created a ton of colorful little signs to place around the lodge.
And a special one for the bathrooms:The reception was so awesome! Ryan and René’s idea was to incorporate their love of travel and desserts by naming each table after a city they’ve visited together and having the centerpiece of that table be a display of mini desserts that corresponds to the city. For the seating chart, I designed cards (in multi-colors, of course) for each table that sat on mini-easels.
We designed the table name signs that went into the centerpieces. And little tent card to explain the desserts.These little signs were at Ryan and René’s seats. Little inside jokes for each other. Did I mention that there was ANOTHER dessert table filled to the brim with more delicious treats!?
And a wedding wouldn’t be complete without cake. Rainbow on the inside of course!AND CUPCAKES! Dessert overload? NO WAY!And last but certainly not least, possibly my favorite piece of design from the wedding were these menus and “napkin bands”. As I mentioned before, René was really in to having funning sayings everywhere. So we came up with the idea to make these awesome bands to go around the menu and napkin. Each had a funny-food related quote, phrase, or saying. These below are just a few, but there were over THIRTY different phrases! You cannot even imagine the hilarity that ensued as we sat together coming up with all of these.
I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at Ryan and René’s super fun and colorful wedding design! I had so much fun working on this and am so thankful to Ryan and René for being so open crazy ideas! Love you guys! Be sure to head over to Ruffled to check out their featured wedding!
Ryan and Rene just had an amazing wedding. It involved more color than most people ever think about having in their wedding. When asked about what colors she wanted early on Rene pretty much said all of them. She was also not one to want to use them sparingly. We have so many fun things to share with everyone when it comes to design. Lisa and Rene collaborated on some of the most unique designs we have had the chance to work on. It includes unveiling some things we have never done before with design! It is amazing when clients and in this case amazing friends trust you to help see, create and inspire you to make something uniquely personal.
Design aside, how can you not love these two? Below is exactly why we love first looks. The chance to be really excited and have a private moment to enjoy with each other before things start moving even faster. Rene even had to gather herself moments before this. It really was one of the sweetest first looks! Smiles, laughs and tears, what more could you ask for!
More important than sweet notes was the amazing cake of cheese!
This was a night to remember for so many different reasons. We could not be more thankful to have worked on, been in and enjoyed Ryan and Rene’s wedding. We saw it from so many different ways and could not have done everything we did without the amazing teamwork of The Goodness film crew and Chris Shepard and the amazing Francisco.
Clint and Kayla love family, farm life, and of course, each other. We feel so lucky to know these two wonderful people and so fortunate to have been able to capture their wedding day. As you may remember from their engagement session, Clint is a 5th generation almond farmer and now Kayla is a part of that life too. For their wedding at the amazing Forest House Lodge, they really wanted to incorporate their love of the hard-working, easy-going country life. They both wore cowboy boots, grew tons of succulents together with Kayla’s mom, included lots of almonds and rice (the family also grows rice), and kept the day relaxed and fun. Don’t you just love Kayla’s blue boots? And paired with that gorgeous succulent bouquet created by Botanica, it’s simply perfect.Kayla was STUNNING!Nothing like a 5 hour energy drink with your guys to kick off the wedding day!Choices, choices…Clint and Kayla decided they wanted to spend some time together before the ceremony and have their big reveal moment in a situation where they could really soak it in and enjoy it, just the two of them. You can’t blame mom for trying to sneak a peek though!I LOVE Clint’s face when he saw Kayla coming down the aisle. Can I just say how much i loved how everything came together at this wedding? In case you aren’t looking closely enough, those are shotgun shell escort cards. Pretty much the best thing ever.This woodgrain cake was amazing!Gotta give the almonds a little love too!
Congratulations to one of our favorite couples, Clint and Kayla! Let me tell you folks, these are some good people right here. We absolutely loved being with all of their friends and family at their wedding last weekend at the Forest House Lodge. There is so much love and cuteness to share…more to come!
Someone caught the love bug! It has been such an incredible journey working with Cole and Megan! We’ve been so lucky to not just be their wedding photographers, but to also create a boatload of amazing design for them and we got to do a super fun girlfriend shootwith Meg and some of her friends! These two are more than just clients. 🙂 Megan and Cole are some of the kindest people you’ll ever meet and we just adore them. The wedding day was absolutely perfect. Here are a few sneak peeks from the day. How much do we LOVE Cole’s VW Bug?! We CANNOT wait to share photos and more design details soon!
We have a lot of great teasers to share, including Erin and Kyle’s rainy-day wedding. Well, at least, it didn’t start out that way. As we were finishing up with portraits, a few sprinkles started to come down and by the time the ceremony was happening it was a downpour! The ceremony was a mass of guests huddled under umbrellas. But don’t you think for a minute that got Erin and Kyle down. Nope, they LOVED it! It was so memorable and full of laughs.
So much joy. 🙂
Lucky for us the rain DID stop and we got to go outside for a few more photos.
Such an awesome couple! We can’t wait to share all the fun design we did for them too!
One of my favorite moments from Ian and Emma’s wedding day was when Emma’s dad revealed during his speech that it was Emma’s dream to get married in the mountains in sight of snow. It made the ceremony, which had been up at Forest House Lodge’s gorgeous outdoor location overlooking the Sierras with patches of sparkling white snow on the ground, all the more meaningful. We couldn’t be happier for these two. We can’t wait to share more of their story and more wedding photos soon!