Justin & Holli’s wedding hit a special spot in my heart. Maybe its the way they looked at each other, how calm, gracious and generous Holli was, or maybe it was because when I envision my own fairytale wedding I think intimate, outdoors and romantic, all three were the theme of Justin and Hollis wedding.
Believe it or not, their wedding day was the first time these two have ever seen or toured their venue, Simi Winery. Lucky for them, Simi Winery provides THE most beautiful backdrop for a wedding, finished head to toe in romantic details from the small waterfall in the background to the the stone inlay found everywhere, all surrounded by tall romantic redwoods.
Holli looked absolutely stunning in her straight line gown, hair pulled halfway back finished with amazing makeup by the very talented Brittney Rhoades, owner of Makeup by Brittney Lee. She was so calm and collected while getting ready but the minute her eyes laid on Justin, tears ran down. When Justin saw Holli his expression was priceless, beaming with pride and love.
Congratulations to you two!
Bret and Sylvia’s wedding hit a soft spot in my heart, probably because their vision was so similar to mine: GREAT good, BEAUTIFUL scenery, and LAUGHING with the ones you love the most. Vine Hill House, in my hometown Sebastopol, CA was a perfect venue to do so, with scenery of the gorgeous O’Connel vineyards, alongside with the Sebastopol heirloom of the Gravenstien apple and many other varieties of apples.
Sylvia was all smiles while getting ready in the guest house at Vine Hill House with her sister, mother and makeup and hair team surrounding her. The love between her and her family not only during her getting ready but through out the entire day was so fulfilling to witness. I think one of my favorite moments of the day was when Sylvia’s sister, Sossy saw her in her dress for the first time, immediate tears of joy rolled in. Sylvia and Bret opted for a first look in the O’connel vineyards, and Im so glad they did.
Encore Event Rentals over did themselves with their absolutely gorgeous lounge furniture. Pair the amazing furniture with amazing food from Grapevine Catering, you have a win win. Sylvia and Bret spend their Sundays cooking and eating together, they wanted this to reflect on their wedding day. A job well done! They had Sylvias Amernian food, gorgeous caprese salad to chicken and waffles. Comfort food done so elegantly. Loved it!
I had such a great time at Kistler Vineyards for Kelsey and Mike’s Sonoma County engagement session. Being a Sonoma County photographer Im fortunate to visit some gorgeous vineyards often but Kistler’s Vineyard took my breath away.Kistler Vineyards is a small, family established and privately owned and operated winery that has tastings by appointment only. Located off Trenton Road in Forestville, CA The grounds are just absolutely breathtaking, from their gorgeous fire pit, stunning white victorian home, lavish rolling hills of vines alongside a modern and large pond.
Kelsey and Mike are a lovely, fun, and easy going couple. Their love for each other was evident while photographing them, they were quick to hold onto one another and give each other lots of kisses. Although both told me they don’t like having their picture taken and were a little nervous it only took me a few straight out of camera shots shown to them to ease up and focus more on each other than me. While I know some photographers don’t believe in this strategy of showing people their images straight out of camera, I actually use it as a tool to relax people and reassure them they look good, they are in good hands and we are getting some great shots.
Another thing I love to do during a session is to give them a variety of light meaning bright and crisp light as well as my signature sunset images. As if you know me or have checked out my work sunsets kind of have my heart. As do adorable, sweet and loving couples like these two. I just can not wait for their wedding at the gorgeous Deer Park Villa in Farifax, CA
Photographing Nick and Lydia’s engagement session on Nicks fathers sheep ranch over 100 acres in the beautiful, Tomales, CA was a photographers/farm girl/sunset lovers DREAM! Makes me so incredibly excited for their September wedding in gorgeous Petaluma, CA.
Yes, you read that right. I grew up on a farm. Not any farm animals but an organic apple orchard in Sebastopol. When I was a kid, I hated it- all the chores that come with living on farm land or being part of a family in the agriculture business is hard work. Harder work than most know or will ever understand. My siblings and I AS CHILDREN would wake up at 3-4am on weekends while other kids slept to go help our parents sell apples at the local farmer markets.
WE HATED IT. I say this as a total understatement. I think my sister told me once my Dad paid her only $20 for the entire day. Child labor much? On the contrary, those early morning wake up calls, those days other friends of mine got to sleep in from the late night shenanagins , coming home from a 10-12 hour work day as a young kid and teen on the weekends to work even harder to unload that old, falling apart flatbed truck to only reload it to do it all over again the following day gave me the drive and work ethic I have to this day. The same ethic that gave me the drive to become a nurse and pursue a successful photography business.
I moved out when I was an adult, I think right away if I can remember right. It took a while but up until we sold my fathers property I cherish the farm every time I would visit him. The hard work, the constant upkeep, the labor of those who loved it took years of wisdom for me to truly understand the beauty of the farm. Now, 4 years after it has been sold I think of it often, and miss it more than I ever thought possible.
So when I pulled up to Nicks fathers 100+ acre property in Tomales full of sheep (even a baby sheep, yes I nearly died) that sense of appreciation for all the hard work that land and livestock require rushed through me.
Then to top it off, Lydia had created a styled part of their engagement session that included Nick’s old truck, a country picnic set up in the back of it and even the smallest of details that would make any photographers heart do a little happy dance. We shot the first part of their session in the back of Nicks truck, then went to the eucalyptus trees up the road and ended on top of a hill on Nick’s dad property that had a sunset that would take your breath away.
I walked away with a full heart from their engagement session and I cant wait to document their wedding day.
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