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Part of my process is really getting to know my couples before shooting their wedding.  My job is to help their personalities shine through in their images and the only way to do that is to gain their trust and to really get to know their story.  For Saskia & Zach, that was not as easy since they live in New York. However, the few conversations I had with Saskia prior to the wedding was enough for me to know that she was a genuinely nice person filled with love for the man she was soon to marry.  I couldn’t wait to finally meet them! Because they waited to see each other for the first time during the ceremony, I didn’t really get to know them as a couple until halfway through the wedding.  I met Zach first at his hotel and thought to myself, “What a nice gentleman…so welcoming and polite.”  I then went to meet Saskia and from the moment she welcomed me to into her parents’ home, I knew I had been blessed with two people who were individually wonderful and no doubt when brought together, a match made in heaven.  Indeed they are! During the ceremony I thought to myself, “Now this couple is fun!”  The way they looked at each other and the lighthearted laughter they shared throughout the ceremony was a beautiful thing to witness.   During their bride and groom photos, it was good times from start to finish.  If my camera was a mouth it would have eaten every last bit of them up!  So incredibly photogenic, these two!  Zach has a great mind for creativeness so we had fun attempting to utilize a sprinkler into a shot only to realize before it was too late that it was a rotating one.  Let’s just say, it would have been about 4 hours too soon for a trash the dress sesh!  I am so incredibly lucky that these two found me all the way from New York and I do hope our paths cross again! Congrats and enjoy the story of your day!

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Wedding Venue: Ceremony – Saint Garabed Armenian Reception – Mission Hills Country Club

Wedding Coordinator: Mission Hills Country Club Celeste Navarrette – celeste.navarrette@clubcorp.com

Floral Designer: David Rohr Floral Studio – www.davidrohrstudio.com

Caterer: Mission Hills Country

DJ: DJ Chris Paul – http://chrispauldj.com – djchrispaul@me.com

Ceremony Musicians: Gail Cruz – Classic Strings

Cake Designer: Exquisite Desserts – www.exquisitedesserts.net

2nd Photographer: Courtney Paige – www.courtneypaigephotography.com

Dress Designer: Legends by Romona Keveza

Hair & Makeup: Jen Martens, Jen Plus Colour – www.JenPlusColour.com

Shoes: Bagdley Mischka

 

Meagan & Anthony had a beautiful elopement at Saint Francis Winery in Sonoma with all their closest friends and family coming all the way from Boston.  It was the most beautiful day with gorgeous colors surrounding their ceremony thanks to the vineyards in full bloom.  We started the day at a wine country house where everyone got ready and then headed to the backyard surrounded by vineyards for the first look!  Their ceremony was perfectly intimate as they exchanged vows with majestic mountains in the background and all their most beloved family and friends in the foreground.  It was a magical surrounding!

Congrats Meagan & Anthony!  I am so honored to have been a part of your wedding and wish you both an exciting future as you move back to Boston!  Your family and friends must be on cloud 9 to get you back!

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Wedding Venue: Saint Francis Winery http://www.stfranciswinery.com/events-weddings/weddings/

Wedding Coordinator: St. Francis Winery – Kelley Mingram kimingram@stfranciswinery.com

Flower Designer: Viola Floral Design – Maki Aizawa http://www.violaflowers.com

Caterer: St. Francis Winery

Entertainment: Bay Area Strings & Brass

Cake Designer: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Dress: Sarah Seven

Shoes: Benjamin Adams London

Corinne & Jeff were married literally during the most beautiful time of year in the wine country at Vintner’s Inn.  The trees and grapevines were exploding with their autumn color! Corinne & Jeff’s palette of jewel-toned purple and harvest orange sat beautifully with the surrounding colors that mother nature provided.  There wasn’t a moment during their wedding where I wasn’t in awe…the beautiful couple, the harvest decor, and the deep love surrounding the day.  Their wedding was full of inspiration, and as a lover of all things pumpkin, I was blown away at their creative pumpkin centerpieces.  This wedding will have your Pinterest board buzzing and your mouth watering.  I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful wedding and couple to photograph…not to mention the super fun bridal party!

I absolutely love these two and have had so much fun getting to know them through their engagement session and wedding, and know that they have nothing but a life filled with so much love and laughter ahead of them!  Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and enjoy!

I just loved that Corinne and her Dad did a first look!

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Wedding Venue: The Vintner’s Inn – Santa Rosa, Ca

Caterer: Vintners Inn – Denette Huffman dhuffman@vintnersinn.com

Wedding Coordinator: Enchanted Weddings coordinated by Lauren Miller -morandimiller@gmail.com

Floral Designer: Anita Isaza, Wine Country Flowers – anita@winecountryflowers.com

Hair & Makeup: Katie – It’s a Date – http://sonomacountyweddingmakeup.com/salon-contact

DJ: AMS Entertainment -Rick Hardin 707-823-7359 – Frances Nelson -frances@amswinecountry.com

2nd Photographer: Kevin Quinley – Kevinmichaelphoto.com

Cake: Forget Me Not Cakes, Sally Ann -sallyann@forgetmenotcakes.com

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Shoes: Mia

  • Anita Isaza - December 5, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    WOW! the Gorgeousness from this wedding just jumps right off the screen… Incredible! I can’t take my eyes off the colors and vibrancy… BRAVO!!ReplyCancel

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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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  • Jeanne Marie Phalen - December 10, 2014 - 5:20 am

    Hi there,

    We are having our wedding on May 16th at Willow Heights mansion. Not only did you come recommend from the Mansion but also from my cousins friend, SophiReplyCancel

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

  • Kiyo & John - November 13, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Love you Ivan & Heather! Beautiful photos. Can’t wait to see you in January!ReplyCancel