These two ER nurses drove all the way from San Diego - and back in one weekend! - to celebrate their engagement where they first took their first trip together. With stunning views surrounding us on all sides that make Big Sur such a popular destination, we were excited to see where Highway 1 would take us! Unfortunately Pfeiffer Beach was still closed after all of the road closures, so we instead decided to hike down to the Calla Lily Valley in Garrapata State Park which surprisingly still had some lilies left in bloom! We couldn't have picked a better spot - and ended the night with some epic smoke bombs! Check out the rest of their engagement session below.
Just a month ago, Jay proposed to Nancy in the most romantic hot air balloon proposal, where I got to meet this sweet couple and capture such a special moment! These two long distance lovers couldn't stop smiling and giggling, even though she had to return to her hometown in Canada when the weekend was over. Without a moment to waste and ready to start their lives together, they eloped at the stunning San Francisco City Hall and I had the honor of not only being their photographer, but also being their witness. As the judge left, they stood in the still silence just taking it all in. We then adventured out to the city to celebrate the start of their lives together, stopping at classic landmarks like the cable car and Golden Gate Bridge! Check out their gorgeous elopement below!
Frances and Kaleb met a year ago at army training, and these two sweethearts couldn't be kept apart as they returned to school at CSU Monterey Bay. These two had a low key, intimate wedding with just their closest family and friends. Though the church didn't allow photography, we adventured with them after down to the shore for family formals and bride & groom portraits to memorialize the day!
Jackie and Cody met in art class at UC Santa Cruz, just 20 minutes away from where they tied the knot. At this magical weekend retreat, they stayed in a cabin in the woods and had all their guests camp at the venue grounds. Their wedding was detailed with handmade decor, from the macrame arch that the bride made herself to the wooden banquet tables their friend had made and drove all the way down to the venue. With the live band playing into the night, the last thing that could be heard before the guests started to fall asleep was the groomsmen playing cornhole at 2 AM. Check out the rest of their beautiful wedding below, plus their out of this world post-wedding session by the coast!
Four months ago, Geoff emailed me saying that he wanted to surprise his girlfriend with a proposal on their trip to Napa Valley. This beautiful couple traveled all the way from Texas to see what true wine country was - and boy was it different than what they were used to! Though they unfortunately did not escape the heat - it was 110 degrees up there - they both looked picture perfect as they strolled the castle grounds at Castello di Amorosa. As the castle closed its doors, Geoff led Shelbi down the stairs and got down on his knee. It was of course a yes! - and they celebrated with engagement photos just as the sun was dipping behind the castle walls.
Cristina and Hector came back to the place where they were married to celebrate their anniversary! This sweet family climbed up and around the rocky shores for a short family and anniversary session at Asilomar State Beach.
From Toronto to San Francisco - these two long distance lovers met just 4 months ago, but knew that it was love from the start. These thrill seekers set out for an early hot air balloon ride - just a normal activity in their adventure-filled love story. Little did she know that his nervousness, which led to them getting lost, was all due to that small, but very important stone in his pocket. They arrived in Santa Rosa with clouds hanging in the air, but nothing could dampen their spirits as they enjoyed a lovely ride in the air. As the balloon came down, he got on his knee and she let out the most beautiful smile and of course, a "yes!" These two couldn't stop laughing and smiling throughout the whole day, and I was so blessed to get to capture such a precious moment for them! Check out the rest of this couple's proposal shoot below!
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Adam surprised Snow with the sweetest sunset proposal at Ocean Beach. As the tide was rolling in, they walked along the sandy shore hand in hand. Unbeknownst to her, I had been following them for a while just waiting for the moment. When he finally knelt down on his knee, she let out the happiest yes! We then ran along the beach, jumping into the ocean as the sky turned from blue to red for an epic end to the end!
For most brides and grooms, planning a wedding is like getting a new part time job. Though many brides have been dreaming of their wedding all their lives, when it comes down to it, planning the actual wedding can be an entirely different experience. As a wedding photographer, there is so much that you learn from behind the scenes and the entire wedding process. Having also experienced different types of weddings, you realize how different factors can affect how the wedding day goes. Here are tips from the photographer's side to making the most out of your wedding.