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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?!


Leanna loves playing soccer so when she saw an opportunity to sign up for a co-ed team in Chicago, she jumped at the opportunity.  She made a lot of good friends on this team, including a guy named John.  Their shared love of soccer, competition, and steak was the foundation of a great friendship that was starting to bloom.  They began dating about a year later when the timing was right for both of them.  Seven months later Leanna found out she’d been given a job offer too good to pass up in California.  John knew that Leanna was too good to pass up as well, so he moved with her!  If that isn’t the ultimate testament of commitment and love then I don’t know what is!  After a couple years of adjusting to their new lives in California, John asked Leanna to take a day off of work telling her it would be nice to just relax and hang out together.  It wasn’t until the night before their day off, that John told her to pack her bags for a weekend away!  Leanna was thrilled!  She had so many questions racing through her head wondering what he had planned.  When they got to the airport she realized where they were going…Laguna Beach!  This was a favorite place of theirs with each trip being more special than the last.  John pulled out all the stops renting a mustang convertible for their drive down the coast, a hotel suite with ocean views, and of course reservations at Laguna Beach’s finest steakhouse!  Leanna was in a state of euphoria all day with each surprise just as amazing as the last.  Just when their day couldn’t get any better, they ended the evening strolling along the beach listening to the crashing waves roll in.  As they were ending their walk, John gave her a big hug and told her how much he loved her…and…proposed!  It was truly the most epic weekend filled with celebration and excitement for all that was to come.

These two are beautiful inside and out!  ‘Meant for each other’ is simply an understatement.  You could just feel the love surrounding them from the ceremony to the heartfelt speeches.  One of my favorite moments of the day was photographing all of the emotion escaping John as watched his breathtaking bride walk towards him.  It is emotional moments like that where being a trained photographer slash cryer comes in handy for me! I am so happy for Leanna & John and so excited to share the story of their day through images!



Venue: Willow Heights Mansion – http://www.willowheightsmansion.com

Day of Coordinator: Brianna with WHM

Floral Designer: Giselle Ribeiro – giselle@deluxedesigndecor.com – (831) 558-0977

Caterer: The Grove Restaurant via Willow Heights Mansion

DJ: Deluxe Design Decor – thejustinhorrell@gmail.com – (254) 498-6445

Cake Designer: The Grove – Kim

Hair & Makeup Artist: Teri Lacro – Charismatic Bride, lacro@gmail.com – (702) 279-4400

2md Photographer: Johanna Claesson www.pieceofheartphoto.com

Dress: Enzoani from Wendy’s Bridal, Columbus, OH

Shoes: Amazon


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I LOVE all things The Knot and couldn’t be more thrilled for Minh Thu & Forrest to have their gorgeous spring wedding published on their site!!  Saint Vincent’s is one of my favorite venues as you feel like you have been transported to a tuscany village in Italy!  From the moment you drive down the tree covered road leading you to the breathtaking Cathedral you are in pure awe of the surroundings.  Pair that with a GORGEOUS couple and it is a photographer’s dream come true!  Wowza!

You can check out the full publication HERE and the full blog post HERE.

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New to Washington DC, Shauna was filled with anticipation and hope for what her future held in this amazing city.  What she didn’t realize is that soon after moving there, she would meet the man who would change her life forever.  It all started on Saturday, March 24, 2012 when Shauna and some friends were warming their souls at an Irish whiskey & cigar restaurant called Jack Rose.
I think it is important to enter a Side Note here for single ladies:  Whiskey, Cigars, & food = best place EVER to meet an eligible bachelor.  End Side Note.
Not really even looking to meet anyone that night or even any time soon, Shauna couldn’t help but notice the tall, dark, and handsome guy across the bar.  With a little bit of liquid courage running through her veins, she went over to him and not knowing exactly what to do “accidentally” bumped into him.  As he turned to look, he was pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful girl standing next to him.  They immediately started chatting and found themselves lost in conversation for the next few hours.  There was definitely chemistry between them and Nick knew he had to see her again.  He got her number and called her the next day!  POINTS for Nick!  As they told me this story, he said that when you see something that is so wonderful you have to go after it.  He spent the next few weeks pursuing her with their first and second dates just a few days apart.  They have been inseparable ever since.  Two years later he sealed the deal and completely surprised her with a proposal! The Jack Rose holds a very special place in their lives and they sometimes find themselves back at there to relive that night when their lives changed forever.
I cannot tell you how amazing these two are!  They exude positive energy like a bright light and I could not be more honored that I get to photograph their wedding in June.  I absolutely love Shauna’s sister, who I went to Cal Poly with, and cannot wait to meet the rest of the family!  I had so much fun getting to know you both during our session and hope you enjoy this little teaser from our time at Palace of Fine Arts and Baker Beach.

On my drive home from Baker Beach, this view struck me and I HAD to pullover!  A view that never gets old or tired.

To see more of these two, which of course you do…Click Play!

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  • April 4, 2015 - 9:57 pm

    MAUREEN YANDELL - As I write this I have tears rolling down my cheeks. These photos and what you wrote about Shauna and Nick truly capture the love these two share…it was true love at first sight and it has grown
    stronger over the years. I cannot wait to share their wedding day, babies and all that life has to offer these wonderful children of mine. I am so happy for them I can’t even put it into words….I love you Shauna and Nick and I wish you a lifetime of happiness, laughter, love and good health. XOXOReplyCancel

    • April 8, 2015 - 6:03 pm

      heather - now I’m tearing up! I cannot wait for their wedding. They truly are an extraordinary couple!ReplyCancel

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One of my all time favorite engagement shoots just got featured on A Paper Proposal Wedding blog!  I love this shoot so much, well, because of the couple.  They had me laughing the entire time and the fun they were having on that gorgeous day in SF was boldly shining through in their photos!

To check out the full feature head HERE.  See the their full blog post from our shoot head HERE.

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You know the saying, “Timing is everything.”  The words that usually make your blood boil if you are on the waiting end of the clock’s slow tick tock.  The only reason we always hear people say that is because, well, it is true…especially when it comes to falling in Love.  This Love Story has a prequel starting 10 years before Chapter 1 even begins.  Sarah & Brandon first met at work.  She was immediately drawn to him.  I mean, how could she resist his long hair and braces.  As chance would have it, she was invited to spend a week with him and others house boating!  Perfect right?!  It seems like this trip would have been the catalyst that brought them together…after all you are bound to at least bump into each other every other second on a house boat. Regardless, the timing was not right and they barely spoke after the trip.  The story does not end there, of course.  Life has a way of working itself out despite all the twists and turns and unexpected hurdles it throws at you.  6 years later, both a little older and a whole lot wiser, they found themselves working at the same company again!  Coincidence?  I think not!  To Sarah’s surprise, they actually began to talk to each other at work, leading to long phone conversations & texts at night. The fact that they lived 171 miles apart did not stop them from taking their relationship to the next level as they spent their weekends driving to see each other.  A deep and meaningful connection was developing before their very eyes.  This is the perfect time to introduce the key character in this story.  Hudson.  He is Sarah’s handsome little son who won Brandon’s heart from the very start.  The three of them had become a tight knit unit and before too long they all moved in together.  They are all so excited for the wedding!  Hudson even got to pick out his own wedding ring for the big day!  For this family of 3 the story is just beginning.  There are so many amazing moments to come and I am so excited to document the day when these two families officially unite!

Sarah & Brandon’s photos tell it all.  They are so incredibly in love and filled with joy that is bursting at the seams!  I absolutely loved hanging out with these two at the mission murals and Sutra Baths in San Francisco.  I am obsessed with all the bright colors the day had to offer from the impactful murals to the beautiful sunset.  These two made the session just perfect!  Here is a peek to all the fun we had!

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