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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 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

 

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This wedding, starring Jenny & Franky pretty much topped my box office charts!  They wanted something unique and fun for their wedding and pulled it off with a Mr. & Mrs Smith theme!  With the two most adorable top secret agent ring bearers leading the way down the aisle, Jenny was sure to make it safely to her groom!  The black suits and bow ties with the sleek lipstick red bridesmaid dresses set the stage for a thrilling wedding with a surprise twist ending…Jenny had a gun in her garter belt the whole time! But if I really wanted to spoil the ending, these two make the perfect couple!  They compliment each other with their outgoing personalities and playfulness which comes out in all the photos they have together!  It was such an honor for me to photograph this wedding as I am good friends with her older sister, Janay whose wedding I also shot.  I just love their family and felt so welcomed from the start!  I had so much fun photographing and getting to know Franky for the first time too!  Such an easy target for me to “shoot” all day! What would a top secret wedding be without a mariachi band?!  I don’t want to imagine it after witnessing all the dancing and fun that came with having one!  Here is a little sneak of the day!  Congrats Jenny & Franky!


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

Wedding Coordinator: Briana Wendt – briana@willowheightsmansion.com

Hair Artist: Esella from Shag Beauty Bar – http://www.shagbeautybar.com

Makeup Artist: Lynn from Itty Bitty Beauty Boutique – http://www.ittybittybeautyboutique.com

Dress Designer: David Tutera

Shoes: Cole Haan

Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo

 

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When you take an extremely awesome, fun loving couple like Beth & Jared and combine it with one of my all time favorite wedding venues, Olympia’s Valley Estate, you get a wedding that only dreams are made of!  From the moment I met these two I knew we were going to have a blast together!  I mean when a first meeting starts with Corona’s and tacos, forget about it.  It’s like you’ve won over my stomach and my heart all at once and the only thing that tops that is actually being fed tacos while I shoot your wedding.  When you first approach this estate you get goosebumps.  The lavender path leading to the charming home welcomes you with a fresh scent.  The sound of girls getting ready and the beats of the best play list ever fills the home with an infectious energy!  Beth looked absolutely stunning in her drop back lace dress and her shoes were to die for! Beth and Jared wanted to wait to see each other at the ceremony, but did a “first touch” which was so fun!  I could just sense the giddiness they both felt as soon as their hands met.  After the lake front ceremony, the reception took place in the beautiful barn with antique chandeliers, mirrors, and so much rustic charm!  Whenever there is a gathering at the barn, you know it is gonna be an experience that you will never forget!  Something about the setting makes for the best dance parties EVER!  Let’s just say, I didn’t want to leave! Before I give it all away, check out the story of their day below and don’t miss the delicious sunset that created an amber waves of gold in Beth’s hair.  Beth & Jared, I wish you the best and hope our paths cross again soon!

Most creative gift to date!  “I wanted to make the first ‘toast’ of the day!”

And these wine bottles each labeled with different ‘firsts’ as a married couple!  You open each bottle after your first baby, first fight, first big purchase, first dinner party, first anniversary, and first big trip!  The sentiment here speaks to me on so many levels!

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Venue: Olympia’s Valley Estate:  www.olympiasvalley

Wedding Coordinato: Lisa Bravo – http://www.bravoweddings-events.com

Floral Designer: Vanda Floral – http://vandafloral.com

Caterer: Park Avenue – http://parkavecater.com

DJ: Robert Casale – rcasale@modmixmusic.com

Hair & Makeup: Megan Schieberl – mschieberl23@yahoo.com

2nd Photographer: Kevin Quinley – http://kevinmichaelphoto.com

Dress: Essence of Australia

Shoes: Nina
To see more from this Estate wedding click Play!

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