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Nathan and Katie’s winter Firehouse wedding

Today we are pleased to share what was our very first wedding of 2012! We actually photographed this wedding a few days before we left on our Southeast Asia adventure, but I’m so glad it all worked out and we were able to be a part of it because Nathan and Katie are such a sweet couple with a ton of love for each other. The wedding was simple and sweet, very fitting for this down to earth couple. The ceremony was at the Eastern Orthodox Church and was such a cool experience for us. All of the speaking was through song , in addition to the actual amazing singers. We loved all the tradition and ritual.

After the ceremony, we went to the beautiful State Capitol for some portraits of the happy newlyweds.

After a quick photo session at the Capitol, we met back up with the bridal party in Old Sacramento.

The winter sunset was so lovely.

They held a reception for friends and family at The Firehouse. Nathan’s dad came in from out of town to bake their wedding cake in Nathan’s tiny apartment. Such a sweet contribution to the celebration!

Nathan lookin’ good getting a drink!

Congratulations Nathan and Katie! We loved getting to celebrate with you and capture your intimate wedding day. We wish you many years of happiness together!

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Eric and Maria’s elegant foodie wedding

If you didn’t already see it, head on over to this post to see all the custom design we created for Eric and Maria’s incredible wedding. We are so excited to finally share it! We’ve been holding off because (drumroll….) it’s being featured in the latest issue of Real Weddings Magazine! We are so happy for them and we know a ton of couples are going to be inspired by their clever ideas. Congratulations!

Eric and Maria are just about the sweetest couple you’ll ever meet. They’ve got it all: they are smart, sweet and kind, good looking, and and so in love. We loved getting to be a part of their engagement and wedding. And what a wedding it was! So unique with tons of personal touches, and lots of fun people. The theme for the wedding, as Maria described it, was an elegant farmer’s market. They both love fresh and local food so why not share that with the people they love best?

We began our day with these two as they both got ready in separate rooms at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

The girls and the guys walked over to Capitol park. It was a beautiful day.

Time for Eric and Maria’s super sweet first look!

So, Maria works for the state Assembly members and got us permission to use the upper balconies of the State capitol! It was gorgeous!

This angle has the Cathedral in the background, where they would marry very soon after!

Then it was time to head over to the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament to get these two married! The Cathedral is always such a beautiful place to photograph.

We all hopped in the limo and headed to the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg for the reception!

I loooove the Old Sugar Mill. With all of it’s rustic charm, it’s such a great place for photos!

After some quick portraits, it was party time! The reception that Eric and Maria threw for their guests was phenomenal. They war they carried out their “elegant farmers’ market” theme was great! From the rustic decor, with textured burlap runners, galvanized watering cans and lots of beautiful flowers, to the dinner setup with “food stations” just like booths at a real farmers market.

You can read all about the design we created for this wedding, including the favor tags (above) and seating chart and table names (below) on Eric and Maria’s design post.

I LOVE how they did the food! There were stations for each type of food — the bakery, meat, and produce. The guests were encouraged to mingle as they went from station to station.

In lieu of a cake, there was an impressive array of mini pies, baked by Sugar and Spice.

It’s always fun to sneak back outside for a few night shots.

And our last shot of the day, just might be our favorite…as Eric and Maria were walking back to their reception to continue the celebration, Geoff captured this beautiful image of the happy couple headed off to start their new life as man and wife. 🙂

Ceremony Venue | The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Reception Venue | Old Sugar Mill
Coordinator | Catrina Maria Designs
Florist | Kim La Mar-Damiani
Catering | Jackson Catering and Events
Pies | Sugar and Spice
DJ/Entertainment | Premier Entertainment
Bridal Hair | Details Salon
Bridal Makeup | Luxe Image
Wedding Stationery| The Goodness!

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Eric and Maria’s elegant farmer’s market wedding design

We’ve been keeping this one to ourselves for WAY too long! But for good reason because Eric and Maria’s wedding has been featured in print in Real Weddings Magazine! Congratulations to them! Eric and Maria are both food lovers, so for their wedding they decided a theme based around fresh and local food would be the way to go. Maria shared their ideas with me, including loosely picked flowers, watering cans, rustic details, burlap, and food stations. She described the theme as an elegant farmers market. Something natural and organic, with a modern twist. I knew this would be fun to design! After several iterations, I developed a design resembling a vintage seed packet. Eric, Maria and I collaborated and revised it to include the modern elements, such as simple typography, the peach monogram and an orange chevron pattern. I love the outcome of their design, especially the pairing of the bold pattern and kraft paper envelopes. Below is the full suite with invitation, RSVP and information card with coordinating belly band, envelope liner and address label.

The entire suite was wrapped in an orange belly band featuring the peach logo and wedding date.

YES! We made it hard to say no to this invitation!

When it came to the day-of wedding stationery, we wanted to keep the same modern aesthetic to the designs. Printed on kraft paper and adorned with an image of a vintage produce crate label, the seating chart and table name cards (all named after fruits and veggies!) fit in perfectly.

Keeping with the foodie theme, Eric and Maria decided to give out grill seasoning packets as gifts to their guests. Yummy! We designed the name tags and inside cards for the favors.

The “perfect blend”!

Eric and Maria had us design them a guestbook using photos from their UC Davis engagement session. I loved getting to incorporate the design throughout.


They also wanted a matching thank you card. I love the way we incorporated the peach from the invitations in to the design!

Thanks, you’re a peach!

One of the most unique things about working with The Goodness is our special ability to incorporate design and photography to tell our couple’s stories in ways that others can’t. What it all comes down to is creating a wedding album that perfectly captures the couple and their wedding day. Because we had worked with Eric and Maria on design for their wedding, we were able to incorporate that design into their album, for an end product that beautifully portrayed the look and feel of the day to a T. Here is the cover of the guestbook aside the first spread of their wedding album.

Mmmm, love that yummy texture on the leather! Our albums of of the highest quality and made to last generations.

We just loved getting to work so closely with Eric and Maria on everything we created together and getting to know them so well through the process. It only helps us to be that much better at capturing their true selves through photography. Speaking of which, we have their full wedding photography post coming up next with more details about their MAGAZINE feature!

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Matt and Asia’s Minecraft wedding

Get ready for an amazing celebration of some geeky gamer love! Matt and Asia are simply the most perfect couple ever. They met through their church (Matt said he fell for her watching her dance, awww) but they truly bonded over the game of Minecraft. They built a house together in the digital world and have been inseparable ever since, both in the game and in real life. Matt even proposed to Asia up on stage at MineCon with the help of the game’s creators. So it was no surprise that Matt and Asia would plan a Minecraft themed wedding, and wow, did they ever. They worked hard and put together an incredible event, which truly reflected their love for Minecraft, ahem, each other! We felt so lucky to capture such an awesome day, both in photos and with a wedding film (at the end of this post). It was a labor of love with lots of DIY and help from some fellow Minecraft lovers. Matt, Asia and friends created the pixel-trees from cardboard boxes and used them to decorate the structural pillars, genius!

The wedding was held at Beatnik Studios in Downtown Sacramento. With its exposed brick walls echoing scenes from the game, what could have been more perfect?

The amazing giant sculptures, which were used at MineCon, were lent to Matt and Asia from artist Greg Aronowitz.

That’sssss a very niccccccce wedding you’ve got there… It’d be a ssssshame if anything were to happen to it…

There was some artwork from the game to help non-Minecrafters to get a feel for what it’s all about.

This is so cool. If you remember from the proposal, JunkBoy, Mojang’s (the creators of Minecraft) Art Developer designed this lovely graphic for Matt to use to pop the question. Jones Soda seriously hooked it UP for the wedding! They provided plenty of bottles featuring different things from the game.

Matt’s vision for the centerpieces was inspired by the grass blocks from the game.

We designed the couple a photo guestbook with little Minecraft touches.

Asia’s “diamond” necklace.

She’s so beautiful!

I love how Asia and her bridesmaids were all wearing red TOMS! So cute and comfy, too.

These 8-bit neckties could not be any more perfect.

“Steve” was an honorary groomsman.

Despite the fact that Matt and Asia had been hanging around together all morning, getting things ready, they still did a first look and I am SO GLAD. It was such an adorable, sentimental moment.

Matt said, “Aww, you’re the best creeper ever.” Ahhh, geek love… 🙂

Ssssssssss…

Time for get married! The ceremony was full of so much fun and hilarity! You must check out their wedding video to get a taste of it! “Will you take this nerd to be your husband?” was among the words spoken.

Matt and Asia got to toast with the Jones bottles they’d saved from the proposal.

Minecraft cake!

Also try PIE!l What’s not to love?

Seriously, such a FUN day! All who attended had a blast and we all loved learning more about Matt and Asia’s love for each other. Thank you so much to Matt and Asia for choosing us to capture your beautiful day! Please do take a look at the Short Film we created of this wonderful day. Matt and Asia, we love you!

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Vendors and Special Thanks

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Beatnik Studios
Florist | Jackie’s Flowers
Cake | Jennifer Bakes
Custom Sodas | Jones Soda
Music for film provided by | c418
Bride’s Necklace | J!NX
Minecraft Sculptures | Greg Aronowitz

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Marc and Jen’s Arden Hills wedding

Today we are sharing Marc and Jen’s wedding which we photographed earlier this year. They both are such fun and unique people and it was definitely a treat to be able to work with them. Their wedding was at Arden Hill Resort Club & Spa in Sacramento.

I could have photographed Jen forever! She was so gorgeous.

Geoff hung out with Marc and the guys.

Marc and Jen shared a very emotional first look. Looking at these photos again makes me a little teary. They were so sweet.

It was such a beautiful ceremony. Marc and Jen were so happy to have each other. One of the reasons we love weddings so much is that they are always a reminder of how lucky Geoff and I have each other to love. 🙂

We had a few more minutes for portraits before we headed off to the party!

How flipping adorable is this cake? The splashes of bright yellow everywhere were just perfect.

Just before we left for the night, Jen changed into this adorable party dress, so we stole them away from the party for a few more photos.

Congratulation to Marc and Jen! I told Geoff after this wedding, I love how much we get to really know the couple because of the wedding. Meeting their friends and family, hearing stories about them, and learning even more about their love story. Getting to work with amazing couples like Marc and Jen just another thing we love about our job! Many years of happiness to you both!

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa
Catering | Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa
Cake | Village Cake Shoppe
DJ/Entertainment | Encore Entertainment
Officiant | Denise McCune
Bridal Hair/Makeup | Jessica Stine of Spanish Fly Hair Garage

 

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Josh and Nichole’s wedding featured in Real Weddings Magazine!

Congratulations to Josh and Nichole who had their wedding chosen to be featured in the current issue of Real Wedding Magazine! We can definitely see why it was chosen — Josh and Nichole did such a fantastic job planning a super fun celebration for their friends and family. All of their personal touches made a big difference in creating a unique event.

We are excited to blog their wedding today! Josh and Nichole were married at the beautiful Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln. Those clouds looming over the club did give us a few showers that day, but everyone was having too much fun to care!

To kick things off, I was with Nichole and her girls for getting ready. She was one of the most organized, easygoing brides ever!

Nichole looked so beautiful! I really loved her wedding gown, it was perfect for her!

While I was hanging out with the girls, Geoff was with the guys as they got themselves gussied up.

Oh my gosh, this little guy was so darn cute.

Josh was looking very dapper.

Josh and Nichole are so awesome for doing a first look! We loved all the joy and emotion.

We got to take some pre-ceremony portraits of the newleyweds-to-be. Everything was looking so green and pretty at Catta Verdera!

Time to get married! It started raining right as the ceremony started, but Josh and Nichole didn’t let it put a damper on their day! I’d say it only added to the memories.

Catta Verdera has such a cool, long walk-in for the bride. There is definitely plenty of time to soak it all in!

Despite the rain, it was a really wonderful ceremony. Josh’s dad was the officiant, so it was a very emotional and happy time for everyone.

Nichole’s sisters sang during the ceremony while the couple and their parents stood together in prayer. It was very sweet.

Married!

A few more photos of the happily married couple, then party time!

The reception was so beautiful!

The beuatiful florals were done by Blooms by Martha.

Talk about an intricate and unique cake! Sweetcakes by Rebecca did an awesome job!

One my my FAVORITE details at the wedding was this table that Josh and Nichole set up featuring all of the strange gifts they got for each other over the years.

I couldn’t help but take a ring shot with one of the weird gifts!

The couple made their grand entrance and went right into their first dance!

Josh and Nichole have the most expressive faces ever! Photographing them was so much fun.

They knew their party would not be complete without our awesome Shot Spot photo booth! Check out some of the photos here! Everyone had so much fun! One of our craziest Shot Spots ever!

They ended the night with a fantastic sparkler exit!

Josh and Nichole, you two were so much fun to work with! Congratulation to you both and we wish you many years of happiness!


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Best of The Goodness: 2010!

WOW! What an AMAZING year 2010 has been! We’ve grown so much and met so many wonderful and unique couples. This year we became “The Goodness” and spent a good part of the year traveling, from all over Sacramento to Ashland, OR, Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Dillon Beach, San Francisco, Monterey, and even as far as Boston, Massachusetts and we even had the opportunity to photograph Greg and Melinda at the Eiffel Tower in Paris! We feel so lucky to get to do what we do. I had a great time going through all of our work from over the course of the year and am excited to share our favorites! Enjoy!

We are so excited for 2011, there are a lot of big plans for the business, plenty of awesome couples, and much more fun to come! Happy New Year from Geoff and I at The Goodness to you!

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Mike and Lauren are married! (teaser)

Lauren and Mike are so cute! Theirs had to be on of the most personal weddings we’ve been to. I loved their unconventional ceremony, their guests were awesome and it was all over a wonderful time. I’m excited to share more! We’ve been finishing off 2009 strong! One more wedding to go — John and Katie’s on New Year’s Eve! Can’t wait!

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Jeremy and Eileen are married! (teaser)

So many teasers around here lately! That just means we’ve got a ton of awesome weddings and engagement sessions coming your way. Like Jeremy and Eileen! They are sweet, fun, hilarious, and they just tied the knot! We had so much fun photographing their wedding last weekend. Don’t go too far, we’ve got lots more coming soon!

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Alan and Melissa’s wedding

Never have you met a funner, more carefree couple than the wonderful Alan and Melissa. We loved every moment we got to spend with them and their wedding day was a blast! They were wed at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Midtown Sacramento which was followed by a reception at one of our favorite places, Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln. Take a look at some of our favorite captures from the day!

Whew! All that getting ready is hard work! No worries, Alan…it was worth it. You both looked amazing!

Alan and Melissa got to see each other for the first time that day during their first look, which we did at the ever-lovely Capitol Park.

What a fine-looking couple!

After some couple portraits we headed over to St. Francis. Talk about a beautiful church!

After the church service, we headed over to Catta Verdera, which has SO many beautiful places to take photos.

We had a ton of fun with Alan and Melissa’s friends.

So handsome!

Melissa was a STUNNING bride.

LOVE this one.

Party time! The folks at Catta Verdera put on an amazing event. I loved all of Alan and Melissa’s cute details.

When the happy couple made their grand entrance, they went straight into their sweet first dance.

Seriously, I love these guys. They are so full of personality!

One of my favorite parting shots. I love getting the couple out for one last photo before we leave. It’s fun to get creative! This one is so cute.

Alan and Melissa, you two are awesome people who have come so far together and I know you are going to have such a fun life with each other. Your wedding was a fun and love-filled day and we are so thankful to have been a part of it. Many congratulations and best wishes!

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