Peru! The Incan Empire, a land of mixing cultures and of tradition that is fighting to stay alive. Come with us on this 10 day adventure across Peru! If you are like us, and hail from a country with easy access to the coast, you are going to want to take it easy the first few days. You will be, as we have come to realize, an airsick lowlander. Cusco, Peru is nearly 4000 meters above sea level, and many of the hikes can easily cross into the 5000 meter range! In short, you need time to acclimatize to the new dizzying heights you find yourself in. After a few days of city fun, as well as some coca tea, your body will adjust and you will be ready to tackle Machu Picchu!
From North Carolina to California, these two didn't let distance keep them apart. He proposed in Mt. Tamalpais on her first trip to San Francisco, and this was her second trip ever out to the Bay Area. We couldn't have picked a more perfect day to watch the sunset over the horizon as we adventured along the coast. Check out the rest of their Marin Headlands engagement session below!
J + J: SF City Hall Wedding and Dogpatch WineWorks Wedding | San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photographer
I knew that we had crafted the perfect wedding day when they said, "Yes. This is us!" J + J created a day that wholly and genuinely represented their love story. Their wedding day started with a tearful first look with her dad and there was not a dry eye at their SF City Hall wedding ceremony when their closest family and friends blessed them with words of love. When I had asked these two what they loved most about each other, they had told me that they just loved cuddling at home together. So after the ceremony we returned back to their place, and then adventured out to the woods for their bride and groom portraits with just the two of them. These were the moments and memories that meant the most to them - making smoothies in their PJs in their home, adventuring and laughing together surrounded by the tall trees, and celebrating with their family and friends at their epic wedding reception that opened with an incredible Arabian drummer entrance. The entire room was filled with so much excitement and joy for these two - it was an energy that couldn't be contained. What an incredible wedding day - congratulations J + J!
This hidden gem of Half Moon Bay was where R first showed C her hometown on the beautiful California coast. Unmarked by much signage with parking directions described as "that pullout on the side of the road next to those houses," this spot was special to their love story and made for the perfect place to capture their engagement session. From walking through the trees to to running into the ocean to catch the sunset, it truly embodied a place of memories for these two where they had spent many dates together. And to top it off, she brought a puffin sweater with the best story - she bought the sweater in Iceland not realizing that it was hundreds of dollars due to the exchange rate, and now wear it to remember their trip together. Check out the rest of their Half Moon Bay engagement below!
"What if it's foggy?" is a question that sometimes comes up when scheduling engagement sessions. Bring it on!! K + C wanted a minimalist vibe for their engagement session and showed me some of their favorite photos - little people in the great expanse of the sky. When the fog rolled in just at sunset on the coast of Big Sur, it couldn't have been more perfect for these two's engagement session.
Having photographed countless proposals and engagements on the coast of Big Sur, I'm always looking for new hidden gems on the coast. The last time we drove by every turnout and explored each and every trail, we found this beautiful spot that was just meant to be photographed. So when E + J jumped on the chance to capture their engagement session here, I couldn't stop laughing with these two as they cuddled up with each other on the rocks and laughed until their chests hurt. Check out the rest of their dreamy engagement session below!
The moment you met Isabel or Evan, you knew that you didn't just make a new amazing best friend, you just joined an incredible group of friends who could only be described as family. Whether from childhood, their college days at UC Santa Cruz, or adulthood, these two had a way of bringing people together on their beautiful journey. They were both in tears as they vowed to be by each other's side in the most poetic way, planted a tree together to symbolize their union, and laughed all night to all the incredible toasts that only brought more tears of joy. Plus, you can't go wrong ending the night with churros, donuts, and all the dance moves. Congratulations E + I!
L + A got married at the beautiful industrial venue of The Old Sugar Mill in Sacramento, California. This venue was the perfect backdrop to their wedding, from their first look in the brick building lit by sunlight streaming through the windows, to celebrating with their friends and family under the string lights of the reception room. Before the ceremony, they took some time alone to read letters to each other. Little did she know, he had a jar full of notes he had written for her - one for each day as they got closer and closer to their wedding day. She had always joked about him not texting her during the day, but instead he had spent that time writing down all the little things he loved about her, folding each note into an origami heart. To think they almost skipped reading their letters in the rush of the day - this moment became one of their favorites (and one of mine!) Congratulations L + A!
What more can I say than what a dream these two were. Having photographed 3 other weddings at this gorgeous venue, I couldn't be more excited to be back - especially when my very first bride made the macrame bouquet holders for these two! J + C said their vows to each other nestled in the Santa Cruz redwoods at Slowcoast Laughing Canyon and danced the night away under the twinkle lights. Their wedding was absolutely dreamy, with intricate macrame creations, greenery tablescapes, and rust orange details. The bridesmaids danced in their velvet orange dresses and the groomsmen toasted with their ox horn mugs. But all these details only added to the beauty of their love that shined through the little ways, like how she gave him moon cufflinks knowing he would forget his cufflinks, how he was just awestruck when he saw her down the aisle, and how he would just spin her around during the first dance with so much joy that they were now husband + wife. What a night to remember!
What an incredible, beautiful wedding we got to the honor to capture at Nella Terra Cellars in Sunol, California. For T + W, they didn't take so much care and effort into the details so they could have a dream wedding. They did it because they wanted to host the best dang party for their friends and family. They wanted to go all out so they people closest to them would remember their wedding with joy, a beautiful reflection of how much love had been poured out to both of them from the support of their church through her move from Taiwan to America, to her mother's deep devotion for her daughter in a new country, to the many pastors who blessed them at their wedding ceremony. Tiffany and Winston, here's to you. We couldn't be more thankful to have gotten to know your love story and to capture such a special day for more than just clients, but now friends sharing homemade meals and travel adventures. Congratulations T + W!!