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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?!

I seriously cannot get enough of this wedding or this amazing couple!  Kristen & Nick make me and my camera smile!  I just love the chemistry they exude and the way they look at each other.  You can just tell their lives are filled with so much joy.  They have an all star group of friends too, who definitely shook things up in front of the camera which is my type of crew!  The grey bridesmaids dresses paired with the sunflower bouquets were perfect for this outdoor wedding surrounded by rustic barrels, carriage wheels, and chandeliers sprinkled throughout.  Kristen’s inspiration for their rustic country wedding were her ‘To Die For” Frye wedding boots!  She has loved boots since she was a child, so when she saw these boots a few years back, she knew they would be the boots she would wear on her wedding day.  Each of the bridesmaids & groomsmen also sported their favorite boots.  I just loved how the guys got to change into jeans and vests after the formal wedding ceremony so that they could party in comfort! All the special home spun details added to the warm feeling of the day including the quilt that Kristen’s mom sewed and the home made jam that Nick’s mom made for each of the guests.  I cannot wait until I get to photograph another milestone for these two awesome people!  For now, enjoy their wedding!

Wedding Venue: Coyote Ranch Resort – www.coyoteranch.com/

Wedding Coordinator: Lucia Franciosi 408-887-6215 luciaguerriero@yahoo.com

Flower designer: Jeannette’s Flowers 408-871-8700 jenetsflrs@aol.com

Caterer: (Venue)Coyote Ranch 408-463-0661

DJ or Entertainment: Elite Entertainment 408-733-8833 kevin@e3music.com

Cake Designer: Lucia Franciosi 408-887-6215 luciaguerriero@yahoo.com

Hair Artist: Rachel La’Roux

Makeup Artist: Marisol Arias 408-705-8957 makeupbymarisol408@gmail.com

Dress Designer: Stella York

Shoes: Frye Boots

Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstroms, Jcrew, David’s Bridal

2nd Photographer: Julia Zave -http://www.juliazavephotography.com/

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I have had the great pleasure of photographing so many milestones for this couple and so extremely excited to share their baseball themed maternity shoot with you!  They are welcoming a baby boy this January!  He is a lucky lil’guy cuz he is coming into the world to the most amazing parents ever!  I just loved all the fun props and ideas that they pulled together for this shoot!  Looking forward to meeting this little hunk!  Congrats Shannon & Jon!

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The love for fishing was a bond that sparked their relationship from the very beginning.  Anthony could fish before he could walk and some of Renee’s fondest memories are fishing with her grandpa and family.  So when they learned they both shared this passion it was hook, line & sinker for both of them! It is only appropriate that Anthony proposed to the love of his life while fishing at sunset.  Ahhhh, so romantic!  It has been such a treat for me to get to know these two as they are all around fun people who are constantly smiling and brightening every room with their presence.  They chose to get married at Paradise Ridge Winery, which is literally a place of unexplainable beauty with rolling hills in every direction, vineyards that span entire landscapes, and unique pieces of art all over the property.  We had one of the most gorgeous sunsets a photographer could ask for as well :).  They put a lot of love into all the gorgeous details of their wedding day.  The girls made all the floral arrangements used for the ceremony and reception decor as well as the Mr. & Mrs. signs & guestbook signs. My absolute favorite DIY part of their wedding was the party favors, slash seating assignments.  They were succulent cuttings from their garden planted for their guests in individual vases for them to take home!  LOVE that idea!  Here is a little snippet from their day!  Cheers to Renee & Anthony!

Wedding Venue: Paradise Ridge Winery – http://prwinery.com/weddings/

Flower designer: Bridal Bouquet: DIY flowers by Renee & bridesmaids

Caterer: Jennifer Thompson, Grapevine Catering  jthompson@grapevinecatering.com 707-978-2644; 707-477-7098 (cell)

DJ or Entertainment:  Will Dhanasunthorn, AMS Entertainment – will@amswinecountry.com 707-823-7359

Cake Designer: Christina Danner, Supreme Sweets – christina@supremesweets.net 707-794-1524

Hair Artist: De Anna Reese, The Powder Room – admin@itsadate.biz 707-537-7968

Dress Designer – Nicole Miller, dress from bhldn

Shoes – Sam Endleman

Bridesmaid Dresses: MOH: Amsale; 2 Bridesmaids Jenny Yoo

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The real Mr. & Mrs. Smith were married in the most magical place with mother nature as their witness…Saratoga Springs.  Their palette of soft pastels grounded in navy was especially amazing as the guys sported navy suspenders and grey suits.  I loved the glitter, sequence, and bistro lights juxtaposed with the rustic details of burlap and mason jars.  I’ll call it Nature Glam. Even more special was that Michele’s dress was something borrowed from her sister. Michele made it her own by changing the neckline and adding the gorgeous beaded belt.  I absolutely loved being a part of this wedding as these two are fellow Cal Poly Mustangs!  They met in college where they became good friends and rekindled that relationship years later.  I always get to know my couples, but it isn’t until the speeches from the people that know them best, where I come to realize just how special a couple truly is.  I just know these two are rare gems and I am so happy they found each other!  I wish them both an amazing life together and many more adventures!

Check out these very cool customized groom details!  I am especially digging the floral lining and wedding date embroidery inside the jacket lining!

How can you not enjoy a shot from Cute studly little mason jars!

Wedding Venue: Saratoga Springs – http://saratoga-springs.com/wedding/

Wedding Coordinator: Diana Meyer; weddingplanner@saratoga-springs.com

Flower designer: Kim Wakatsuki of Flowerstory; kimwaka@gmail.com

Caterer: Saratoga Springs

DJ or Entertainment: Max Alegria; max@gatsbyentgroup.com

Cake Designer: Minicakes by Tasha; info@minicakesbytasha.com

Hair Artist: Wendy of Alist Makeup; wendyngo.alist@gmail.com

Makeup Artist: Wendy of Alist Makeup; wendyngo.alist@gmail.com

Dress Designer: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan

2nd Photographer: Kevin Quinley – http://kevinmichaelphoto.com
For more from this amazing wedding click Below!

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It all began with availability and coffee.  There was a home with an available room and Larissa was lucky enough to snag it up.  It was a great place made even better with the amazing housemates she would soon become very close with.  Including another available prospect named Chris.  Besides the fact that Larissa was instantly attracted, their first real interaction was actually one of annoyance with each other. Coffee was the reason. He had drank all the coffee and Larissa’s coffee is not to be messed with at 6am.  Fast forward a few weeks later after Chris had moved out, they had started talking on the phone and seeing each other from time to time as friends.  But then Chris’s friendly gestures got more and more romantic and sweet. He would show up at her house and leave plants or flowers for her. Her favorite was when he would come to her work at the end of the day, like clockwork, delivering her favorite coffee…always with a sweet note inscribed on the lid. She still has all of these coffee lids to this day.  When I heard this story at the wedding, I was covered in goosebumps as I love of all things sentimental and romantic!  I mean, this is Nicholas Sparks material!  Their wedding was equally romantic, set in a wooded area with manicured gardens surrounding the grounds. At night the entire venue lit up with tiny white lights and hanging chandeliers.  It was picture perfect!  Larissa was inspired by Emily Maynard’s wedding palette of light, summery peach and cream colors, which was perfect for their wedding setting.  I just loved being a part of this special celebration and wish them the best!

Wedding Venue: WildWood Acres Resort – http://www.wildwoodacres.com

Flower designer: A Loves In Bloom: Valerie 925.408.6702

Caterer: Wildwood Acres

DJ or Entertainment: Mark Welch Entertainment, Mark Welch 800.501.6275

Brass Quintet: Brass Act, Stephen Ruppenthal 650.208.3896

Videographer: Albert Benichou

Cake Designer: LeGateau Elegant, Karen LaBonte


Dress Designer: La Sposa Barcelona

Shoes: Benjamin Adams London

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

Check out their whole wedding here!

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