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Kellie & Dean are my kind of people!  They light up a room with their presence and infectious personalities.  Simply put:  You want to be their best friend and follow them around like a lost puppy because you know if they are doing it, it must be Ah-Mazing!  I was so completely honored to be invited to their wedding reception.  When I questioned the invite to such an intimate dinner, Dean said, “It’s important to us that you get to know our friends and family.”   They saw me for who I wanted to be for them, and all my couples…a friend, not just vendor at their wedding.  That was seriously the nicest gesture I had ever received & I will always cherish it.

They put so much love into every last detail of their wedding…and by love I mean blood, sweat and maybe even tears as they handmade all of the creative vignettes.  They wanted to create a welcoming and warm environment for their guests which was beautifully executed with the handmade freestanding doors for Kellie’s grand entrance.  Her entrance was spectacular, but I must say it was equally matched when she got carried through them at the end of the ceremony by her new husband!  At the end of the aisle was a mantle decorated with flowers, crates and candles.  You felt as if you were part of their home and family as you watched these two say their vows.  Throughout the property they continued the rustic homespun feel with a mint green bicycle displaying homemade jam, a mint green wheel barrel filled with beverages, and the cakes elegantly situated on top of vintage mint green tables.  The ambiance was perfect and I dove head first into it’s welcoming arms.  It was like a good movie that I never wanted to end…and like all good movies, there were happy tears and lots of laughter.  Congrats Kellie & Dean!

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and this is about where I started to cry…& I’m not ashamed cuz there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere to be seen!

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Out of the blue Dean jumps behind Kellie as she is showing me her garters!  Hilarious!

This is really a photo, not a dream come true…galloping horses and one of each color and pattern!?  It’s like a fairytale!

Grilled Cheese Sandwich bites served on a tray?!?  YES PLEASE!

The best send off ever!  High fives all around and a dog pile!

Wedding Coordinator: Denise Addesso ~ weddingconnection@gmail.com

Floral Design: Ceremony: Darcy Craig Seascape Flowers ~ darcy@seascapeflowers.com, Center Pieces: Coastline Flowers Briana Mosbacher ~ brianamosbacher@gmail.com

Caterer: Feast For a King: Kimberly Santia Dunn ~ kimberly_dunn@sbcglobal.net

DJ: DNA Entertainmnet, Darion ~ Darion@dnaent.com

Cake Designer: Gayle’s Bakery www.gaylesbakery.com

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Photographer: Heather Scharf Photography

2nd Shooter: Meghan Faith www.meghanfaithphotography.com

Eek!  Still in shock that a wedding I shot made it in a magazine let alone the COVER!  I am not shocked however, that it was Katelin & Chris’s wedding that was chosen!  She spent tons of time with a talented team to pull off the Kate Spade in Tuscany Concept.  Their intimate wedding was held at a private estate literally amongst the grapes and vines.  It was majestic! When I told the editor how excited and grateful I was to have Katelin’s wedding on the cover she said, “It was too good not too!”  That is a huge compliment to all of the couple’s hard work!

To see the whole wedding check it out HERE.  To see the Full Wedding Wire 2014 Fallbook check it out HERE

Shout out to my Husband Matt who second shot the ceremony with me for taking the below image!

Oh Woof!  It wasn’t until days later that I realized their pug GiGi got the back cover!  She sure was a lil beauty that day!

First of all, how on Earth is this the first Fisherman’s Wharf Shoot I have done!  I usually try and steer clear of this touristy area, but hitting it up at 9am with this cute couple has opened my eyes to a world of possibilities!  It was like we had an entire amusement park to ourselves for an hour!  The bright colors, interesting street acts, and early rising seals were practically all for us!  It was amazing!  Even better is the fact that Travis took Sara on their first date to this very spot.  They started out as just friends, meeting at an amusement park they both worked at.  It wasn’t until they both attended a Valentine’s Day party together that he broke through the ‘friend zone’ and asked her out on a real Valentines date!  The rest is history!  We had so much fun on our shoot!  Fisherman’s Wharf…I’ll be back!  Maybe I could come up with a street act as a side job?  After all, I am just a stones throw away from it all.  Oh the possibilites!

This Musee Mecanique is a special place for them as they spent much of their first date goofing off here!  All the games date back to the World’s Fair and the prices are old world too!


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Alissa, born and raised in the Bay Area had always loved Paris.  She took French classes in Bordeaux and accepted a job as an English teacher in Lyon (France) then returned to the US to get her Law degree.  Paris was calling her back, and she knew she had to return.  Years later in Paris she would meet the person she was destined to be with…Emmanuel, who coincidentally was born on July 4th!

It all began on July 7, 2012 (the middle mark between Alissa and Manu’s birthday) at a friend’s wedding in France (clichés are sometimes true!). During the cocktail hour, he saw her, she saw him, they saw each other…both wondering how they could find a way to speak to the other. It just so happened they were placed next to each other at the dinner table (coincidence?) and spent the night getting know each other, playing with confetti, laughing about everything and nothing.  As the clock struck 12 midnight, each went back to their normal lives without exchanging an email or number…Nevertheless, two months later, Alissa and Manu’s paths crossed again at a Hillsong church worship night. Manu arrived late (shocking!), thankfully a place was reserved for him…three seats down from where Alissa happened to be sitting. A couple days later, Manu finally decided to contact Alissa.  Alissa wanted to learn the guitar, Manu humbly offered his services as her first (and final) guitar teacher, just to spend a little more time together…After a couple friendly “dates”, the relation evolved and on New Year’s Eve, they declared their feelings for one another.

This couple is just amazing!  They are bursting at the seams with creativity, musical talents, and personalities that are magnetic.  When I met Alissa and Emmanuel during one of their trips back to California, I knew Alissa and I were destined to be friends.  We literally had a laugh attack that left us both in tears and breathless.  Laughter is the way to my heart and she sailed right in!  During their wedding ceremony I learned so many more wonderful qualities about this couple that had me wishing I lived in Paris.  Their wedding was filled to the brim with unexpected twists and turns including hired dancers, surprise serenades, flash mobs, of course a surprise performance by all the guests dancing in full costume to “What Does the Fox Say?”  UMMM.  I need to be friends with these people.  Right NOW!  Halfway through the reception I started to wonder if I should have bought a ticket to this wedding…it was that good!  Here is a little preview of the creativity, the fun, and the beautiful love that brought together France and the United States.

Holy Cow, did this shock me!  I did not see this coming when they all dropped their pants as a shout out to the US!  Hilarious!!

After Emmanuel’s vows, he surprised Alissa with a song he wrote…not unlike how he surprised her on their favorite bridge in Paris with a serenade right before he proposed.  So Romantic!!

Right in the middle of their first dance, the record changed and all the groomsmen burst out in a choreographed dance for the bride!

But wait, there’s more!  Alissa and her girls fired back with a little booty shaking as well!

And, back to conclude the first dance:)

Little did Alissa’s mom know…The Harlem Shake would soon break into their first dance complete with horse heads and acrobats!

This is where it got even more awesome than I ever could have imagined!  Totally unexpected and a complete surprise to the bride and groom, all the guests got in full costume and danced to “What Does the Fox Say.”  I thought I had died and gone to Wedding Heaven!

As a token of her love for her new husband, Alissa surprised him with a serenade!  It was beautiful!

Hey Single Ladies!

Married 61 years and they couldn’t be happier!  This is what it is all about.

A magical ending to the most magical night.

Venue: Wildwood Acres Resorts events@wildwoodacres.com http://wildwoodacres.com

Wedding  Coordinator:  Tiffany Francies Wedding & Event Planner

Caterer: Wildwood Acres Resort events@wildwoodacres.com

DJ: Mark Welch Entertainment events@mwedjs.com

Photo Booth: Photoboof photoboof@gmail.com

Florist: Megan Haney Designs megan@meganhaneydesigns.com

Videographer: CineMatt info@cinematt.com http://cinematt.com

2nd Photographer: Meghan Faith www.meghanfaithphotography.com

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I absolutely loved my time with this family!  Although they probably belong in a J.Crew magazine, I was more than thrilled to photograph them! They are here for a little getaway from Vancouver and strange enough they found me because the concierge at Argonaut Hotel recommended me!  We played on a small beach that happened to have a row boat docked on the sand!  Perfect!  I had so much fun with you guys and capturing the precious smiles of your kiddos!