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    Hello! My name is Heather and I am so happy you stopped by! This blog is a place where I will share love stories of amazing couples who I had the honor of photographing. It is a place where I can express my passion with images where my words fall short. Photography has changed my life drastically and I am so thankful that God has blessed me with this gift. I wish I could say the same thing about my singing voice, but what can you do?!

It was a true gift to photograph this beautiful wedding.  Visually beautiful for sure, but it was the ceremony filled with happy tears, heartfelt vows, and the warmth of family that surrounded Sam and Davey that was the most beautiful to me. I could actually feel the intense bond that these two share for each other through my camera.  As I zoomed in on their faces throughout their first look, vows, and the speeches all I could do was tear up…over and over and over again.  It’s been like 2 years since Parenthood’s season finale and thus 2 years since I’ve had a good happy cry so for that I owe them big time!  When I try and think of a word to best describe Sam & Davey the first one that comes to mind is pure.  They are both so pure of heart wrapped up in loving warmth with a big bow on top!  An old fashioned kind of love as Davey’s sister so perfectly noted.  Sam & Davey first met as room mates in Steamboat Springs, Co and have been inseparable ever since.  There were 3 house rules when he moved into her place, the 3rd being the most important: ‘Do not try and date me.’  That rule lasted maybe a couple of weeks 😉

They were married at the most beautiful, picturesque place I had seen only once before…in my dreams! It’s like a bad pick up line, but it feels right so let’s go with it.  Flying Diamond Ranch, a visual masterpiece with sweeping views of mountains and aspen trees was the perfect setting for their Colorado wedding.  Not only did many of their closest family and friends help celebrate their union, but Mother Nature came too.  During the ceremony she rolled in the most beautiful clouds providing a dramatic backdrop and picture perfect lighting.  During cocktail hour and thus “sunset photos” She brought the heat with an intense downpour of sideways rain, wind and lightning.  I literally thought I was going to die in that little golf cart clutching tightly to my metal light stands and cameras as lightning struck all around us.  We got SOAKED to the core and sped back to the reception in our golf carts barely dodging lightning bolts.  That is how it played out in my head…yes, kinda like Mario Cart on the hardest level 😉 Sam and Davey were greeted with cheers as they ran back to the reception tent for shelter.  No more photos I promised…until alas, Mother Nature apologized with a beautiful rainbow and a perfect blue sky that looked nothing short of a painting.  We HAVE to do more photos I insisted!  As Jett, my sister in law would say, “Mother Nature is really putting on a show for us today!”

Sam & Davey added a victorian feel to their wedding with pearls dripping from the center pieces, lace accents, and antique china.  When I asked if there was a story behind the china, Sam said her mom and sisters had been collecting it at various antique shops during the course of their engagement.  Each and every guest had a unique place setting!  Brilliant and nothing short of perfection!  The centerpieces were absolutely gorgeous as they used china tea kettles as vases filled with cream and pink roses.  Adding to the beauty of the day was Sam in her backless lace dress.  It is no wonder Davey was brought to tears at their first look.  I absolutely love these two and cannot wait to see them again!  Here is a snapshot of the most amazing day!

Wedding Venue: Flying Diamond Ranch – www.flyingdiamondevents.com

Day of Coordinator: Tammy – flyingdiamond@mac.com

Florist: Linda Phares -mother of the bride

Dessert: Cupcake Mini Bar – Cassie, cassie@cupcakeminibar.com – www.cupcakeminibar.com

Caterer: Ski Town Gourmet – DavidDemos – david@skitowngourmet.com – www.skitowngourmet.com

Rentals: Colorado Event Rentals – Lisa Sanchez  -lisa@coloradoeventrentals.com -www.coloradoeventrentals.com

Videographer: Vladen

DJ: John Johnston – 970-846-2012

2nd Photographer: Cali Frankovic, www.califrankovic.com

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These two are a blast to be around!  I knew their wedding would be a good time if it was anything like their Engagement Shoot! Taylor and Conrad were married at the most tasteful venue in Sonoma, Ramekins Culinary Institute.  It was a gorgeous day in August as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  I knew it was going to be a great day as soon as I arrived at the girls’ getting ready house.  I was warmly greeted by a bridesmaid and immediately felt so welcomed by the house full of girls.  It was the start to so much more fun to come!  I absolutely loved the bridesmaid dresses which were 2 shades of pink and blue, each with a different style and texture.  Each one of them looked like they had stepped right out of a bridal magazine!  There was no lack of beauty in that house as Taylor looked like a vision in her gorgeous wedding dress, not to mention her Pinterest Perfect hair!  Taylor & Conrad wanted some of their photos to have a vineyard feel, so we headed to B.R. Cohen for the first look.  Conrad had a silly reaction planned for when he would see her for the first time, but that plan fell through the moment he saw just how stunning his bride looked!  Photos were so effortless with them as there was never a moment when Conrad didn’t have Taylor laughing.  It was an absolute pleasure getting to know them and capture all the joy they shared with friends and family on their wedding day.

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Wedding Venue: Ramekins Culinary Institute ~ Sonoma, Ca http://ramekins.com

Wedding Coordinator: Lauren Miller Events, Lauren Miller ~ info@laurenmillerevents.com

Floral Design: Stems Floral Design, Barbara Loutsch ~ stems@stems-floral.com

Band: Wine Country Entertainment, Angela Takeishi ~ angela@winecountryentertainment.com

Videographer: Morocco Lee Weddings, Morocco Lee Johnson ~ 707.450.6082

 
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Angie & Benito are a BLAST!  Dating since freshman year in college, their dream was to have a huge party to celebrate their marriage with their friends and family.  Mission: Accomplished!  They chose St. Ignatius, one of the most beautiful churches in San Francisco to get married in!  The grand aisle, stained glass windows, and handsome groom at the front of the church set the stage as Angie, stunning as can be, walked arm in arm down the aisle with her parents. The sight of her brought tears to Benito’s eyes as well as those who caught a glimpse of the fleeting moment.  It was the first time he’d seen her all day despite building the anticipation with a “first touch” at the Inn at the Presidio.  The ceremony was beautiful and lighthearted as the couple shared private giggles with each other.  Following the vows, A trolly car ride awaited the bridal party and took them to the iconic Palace of Fine Arts for photos!  One of my favorite all time wedding moments was witnessing the 50 yard dash after the flying veil headed straight for the lake.  If I had a gold medal to give out, I would have given it to the groomsmen who caught it mid leap, and the silver definitely would have gone to the bridesmaid who threw off her heels to help chase it down! After some priceless shenanigans at the Palace, we trollied to The Warming Hut Beach for some photos with Karl (nickname for the SF Fog) and the Golden Gate Bridge.  A San Francisco wedding wouldn’t be complete without a reception at The Observation Post in the Presidio, which has sweeping views of the bay!  Waiting to greet the bridal party was a room full of friends and family waiting to party with the newlyweds.  The night was a blast and I’m excited for these two to continue to love life and each other to the fullest! Congrats Angie & Benito!

Wedding Planner: 2 Friends Events, Lindsay Becht (408)807-5457

Florist: 2 Friends Events – http://twofriendsevents.com, Chrystal Keller – chrystal@2friendsevents.com

Rentals: 2 Friends Events, Nichole (925) 683-3937

Design Proposal: 2 Friends Events, Kristen Kubiak (925) 337-1728

Reception Venue: The Observation Post, Helen Wu – www.presidio.gov/venues/observation-post

Ceremony Venue: St. Ignatius San Francisco -http://stignatiussf.org

Ceremony Coordinator: Yvette Arcenal – yarcenal33@gmail.com

Caterer: Miraglia Catering: Karen Zachary – http://cateringandmore.com

Hair: Valerie Heredia – (408)710-6587

Makeup: Nikol Elaine – (707) 953-6236

DJ, Lighting, Photo Booth: Audio Ecstacy – John Roca – (415) 322-3052 -http://www.audio-ecstasy.com

Videography: Joshua Sanchez – (408)390-7519

Cable Car: Hornblower Classic Cable Cars – Jonathan Adams -http://www.classiccablecar.com

2nd Photographer: Briana Calderon – http://brianacphotography.com

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From the word ‘Go’ (her last name is Go.  See what I did there?) I knew I would really like these two especially after sharing stories and laughs over a glass of wine at our first meeting!  To top it off, we are practically neighbors in North Beach!  Let me tell you, her favorite restaurant which is a short walk from our place, is our new favorite spot too. Dim Sum anyone?  Can you tell I am hungry?  Ok, back to this awesome duo.  Before Adam arrived at our wine meeting, Katrina told me all about how he proposed.  If you must know anything about me, know that I literally LOVE looking for things!  Not to go on and on about myself, but I love looking for golf balls hiding in bushes, open houses, love notes hidden all over the house (hint hint hubby), bargains, awesome airbnbs, and of course clues on a scavenger hunt.  In fact, I wish my life was one giant scavenger hunt.  Anyway, you guessed it, Adam planned a city wide scavenger hunt with special people in Katrina’s life waiting at each location to give her the next clue.  Each location had a signifiant meaning to their love story making the journey that much sweeter.  The hunt ended with the ultimate prize…Adam on one knee with a ring and a proposal!  So after Katrina finished taking me on the journey of her epic proposal story, Adam walks in and I literally wanted to give him a standing ovation!

Their wedding day was just as epic and I got to photograph it! Let’s just say if I could choose my wedding dress all over again, it would have been hers!  The BHLDN high neck lace dress with buttons all the way up the back looked like a dream on Katrina.  And Adam rocked his Batman cuff links and socks like a true super hero!  But what really stole the show was how Katrina lit up with laughter just being in Adam’s presence.  Katrina, as Adam said, truly is LOLing when she says she is 🙂  It was a pleasure to be a part of this wedding and I hope to run into these two soon!

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2nd Photographer: Briana Calderon: http://brianacphotography.com

Wedding Coordinator: Willow Heights Mansion (WHM) http://www.willowheightsmansion.com- Jasmyne

Flower designer: WHM – Traci

Caterer: WHM – Kim

DJ or Entertainment: WHM – Justin

Cake Designer: WHM – Kim

Hair Artist: Chau Nguyen – A List Makeup

Makeup Artist: Chau Nguyen

Dress Designer: David’s bridal

Shoes: BP nordstrom

Bridesmaid Dresses: Blush

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Kellie & Dean are a prime example of why I love what I do!  They have allowed me into their lives to capture so many milestones including their super awesome Cinqo de Mayo themed engagement shoot & their gorgeous rustic wedding.  They have graciously referred so many of their friends to me and for that I am so grateful!  If Heather Scharf Photography had a team they would be the captains!  So when I found out they were pregnant I was beyond thrilled for them and am honored they have chosen me to continue documenting these special times in their life.  I cannot wait to meet their son due in 8 weeks or less!  Their little man is going to have the best parents ever!  Kellie is the most beautiful momma to be and looked radiant in both her dresses!  Pretty much obsessed with the pancho shawl she layered over her blue asymmetrical dress and don’t get me started on her ivory lace maxi dress!  We caught the most beautiful sunset at Sutro Baths and took full advantage of the gorgeous light Mother Nature provided that night. It’s always fun times with you guys! Congrats You two!

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