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I had the pleasure of working with so many talented vendors to put together 3 very gorgeous vignettes that are so inspiring!  I absolutely loved the Treasured Jewel details!  It was so unique and fresh!  I absolutely LOVED Holman Ranch in Carmel!  This venue is beyond gorgeous with its rustic mission style charm.  Check out the 3 looks below!

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I just love to hear proposal stories as they are all so different!  The one common thread that weaves itself through all proposal stories is the guys’ nerves.  The ring is carefully placed in a pocket, a suitcase, or even a wallet burning a hole as it waits to be pulled out for that perfect moment.  Heather and Ivan were both a couple of weeks into extra-busy stretches at work, so Heather booked a weekend get-away to a surprise location.  Meanwhile, Ivan had bought the engagement ring and was planning the way to pop the question.  When Heather mentioned the get-away, Ivan thought that would be perfect – he thought he’d have a good shot at surprising her.  He did.  Ivan surprised Heather with the question about a minute after walking into Casa Madrona in Sausalito.  It was the perfect start to an amazing weekend away.  Congrats Heather & Ivan!

  • Shannon - November 11, 2014 - 11:51 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! : )ReplyCancel

He contacted her on an online dating site and unfortunately, Yesabel was just not feeling it.  That is, until Fate intervened and pulled them together like two magnetic strips.  Everything changed one day when she was on the treadmill working up a sweat.  She received a text from Nick…the guy from the dating site.

Nick had been pumping iron when all of a sudden he saw that same gorgeous girl he’d reached out to from the dating site.  Was it really her, he thought?  He had to find out.  Yesabel, read the text…it was Nick.  He was at the gym right now!  “Where is he?” she thought.  “How do I look?  Do I tell him I’m here?” She scanned the gym and spotted him.  She replied to his text confirming that indeed it was her on the treadmill.  And there it was between drops of sweat and barbells that these two met in person for the first time.  The connection that was not there online was so powerfully strong in person.  They instantly became inseparable.  They discovered that they both worked at Duke University AND lived on the same street!  Whaaaaaat?!  Yes, fate is funny like that.  If you are bound to meet, you will.  If not online, then at the gym.  If not at the gym, then at work, and if not at work, then walking your dog along the street you live on.  I know this story is one their future kids will ask to hear over and over and over again someday.   Congrats Yesabel & Nick!  It was so great watching you relive your proposal at Lands End!

It was a cold and foggy day in the city when Nick took Yesabel to this very same spot to profess his love and ask her to be his wife.

  • Diane Perza - November 10, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    This is absolutely phenomenal…!! I love it and you 2 look so wonderful & HAPPY….!!!! Love you both.

Oh, these two!  They have a chemistry & such a cute playfulness that I literally could not stop taking their photo!  Luckily I was their photographer, so it was totally allowed.   They were  married in seriously one of the most gorgeous cathedrals that I have photographed.  It was the perfect setting to witness so much love (& tears) pour out from all their friends and family as Jillian walked down the long aisle toward Karl.  I took one look at Karl, looking at Jillian & I nearly lost it, like when I lost it watching that one scene in Titanic.  I just loved their fall colors of cranberry, blush, and gold!  It came together so perfectly at The Mountain Winery!  I had so much fun getting to know these two and couldn’t be more thrilled for all the exciting changes in store for them.  They literally moved to the Bay Area from NY a couple days before the wedding!!  I can’t imagine how crazy that must have been, but I am so excited they will be so much closer now!  I would also like to do a shout out to the hilarious bridal party who kept me entertained and laughing the whole time.  You guys were great and you should have had a tip jar handy.

Here is a little snap shot of the day!  Enjoy and congrats #Jarl!!

Click HERE to see more of this couple during their E-Sesh at the famous Painted Ladies!

And this is where everyone lost it…including myself of course!  Always thankful I can hide behind my camera.

It was simply insane natural light…like the light you get in Hawaii just after a light sprinkle, or right before the sun peeks out.  I was DYING!

Wedding Venue: The Mountain Winery

Wedding Coordinator: Angela Montemayor ~

Flower Designer: The Wild Geranium ~ Lindsay Catterton

Caterer: The Mountain Winery

DJ: Brian de Leon ~

Cake Designer: Cake Expressions ~

Hair (bride): Janet Miranda ~ Hair:(bridesmaids): Joelle Kimach ~

Makeup (bride): Thang Dao ~ Makeup (bridesmaids): Alex Rae Francisco ~

2nd Photographer: Kevin Quinley ~

Dress Designer: Provonias

Shoes: Jimmy Choo
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  • Rosie Montemor - November 8, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    This is an excellent wedding memories for my lovely niece Jillian and Karl. Everything was captured perfectly that this wedding album will be treasured forever. Congratulations again JILL and KARL!!! Love from Auntie RoseReplyCancel

I first photographed this beautiful family two years ago when there was just one kiddo, so seeing the newest little angel added to the clan was such a special treat.  They absolutely love coming to Tilden Park for the steam train ride and I was definitely On Board with the idea…(see what I did there?)  We had soooo much fun!  This place is seriously magical and I highly recommend it if you have kids or an adult looking to feel giddy.  We then headed further up the mountain (hill?) for a magical carasoul ride!  For 75 years this carousal has been nestled amongst red weed trees spinning and chiming its tune for all to enjoy.  This session was so much fun, I am thinking of having my next birthday party based entirely off of this family session!  Here’s some photos of our day!