If you don't remember from their engagement session, I've known these two since college and remember when Joy & Jack started dating. So being a part of their wedding day was absolutely amazing, and I got to work with one of my favorite wedding coordinators, Bri with Desert Child Events!Read More
It's that time again -- the Cima Family is back on the blog and this time with their newest member, Benny! He was all smiles, at least when he wasn't napping on his mom.
Like all sessions with this family, I had a blast! This time I got to explore Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, which is absolutely stunning and is where this family likes to spend some of their time outdoors. Afterwards we headed nearby to one of their favorite local murals! Have I mentioned how much I love sessions in Sacramento because there are so many cool landmarks and murals?!
It's been such a fun journey capturing these moments for Stacie & Todd, and I love seeing Mila (and now Benny) grow up over time. It seriously feels like yesterday that I was capturing Mila starting to walk.
This family is goals, so I encourage you to start scrolling to get some serious inspiration for your own family session!
Sydney & Jack's day was sprinkled with Star Wars, Harry Potter, & Indiana Jones references and may have consisted of us talking about the new Harry Potter game & joking about Hufflepuffs during our downtime (Sorry Hufflepuffs! We still love you). Pair that with a gorgeous couple, a stunning venue, & some of the kindest souls I've met -- I was in heaven.
These two are not only BOTH Ravenclaws (can you tell I love HP a little bit?), but they're a perfect match for each other. My heart swelled with love listening to the stories from their friends and family. I couldn't be more happy for these two!
Venue: Empire Mine State Historic Park // Catering, Desserts, & Rentals: Emily's Catering & Cakes // Florist: Art in Bloom Flowers // HMUA: Courtney Milton & Cari Gillespie of Vintage Rose Salon & Spa // Dress Boutique: Bride To Be Couture // Film Scans: The Find Lab
It had dumped snow a few days prior to Emi & David's engagement session at Emerald Bay, and up until the day before we didn't know if it would be snowing still! However, the storm let up and we happened upon a winter wonderland!
It was a warm 25 degrees that day and we may have almost walked into a creek that was frozen over and covered with snow. Regardless, I had so much fun wading through snow and laughing with these two. There was a point during the session that my snow boots came in handy to create trails for the two of them. The view in front of Wizard Island is pretty much bushes and rocks when it hasn't snowed, so I had to create a path around the rocks so no one would fall. And I think for most of the images facing Wizard Island, I was standing on bushes!
Keep scrolling for some winter nostalgia!
When I met up with Katelyn & Clayton for their engagement session, I was instantly greeted by their very friendly and absolutely make-your-heart-melt-adorable Golden Retriever, Mac. I LOVE dogs, so of course we hit it off.
The session started in a local almond orchard, where all the trees were in bloom. It's one of the most gorgeous times of the year here in Chico and it was so fun to incorporate this season into their session.
Afterward, we headed up the hill to Honey Run Covered Bridge for another amazing Chico sight to see. It was a bit cold out, so in between takes they were trying to warm each other up. It was so precious, I included some of those moments below!
But mainly, If you've been looking for a reason why you should bring your dog to your engagement session, start scrolling.
Film Lab: The Find Lab
First things first, Muir Woods is stunning! So I can see why Mel & Bret wanted their session here. In the beginning of their session, there was a lot of waiting for tourists to pass, but it was well worth it! Also, can we talk about that man bun?
Once it started to get a bit darker under the cover of trees, we finally made our way up to an overlook spot for the rest of their session. It was stunning! Especially as the sunset, and while we may have had to share the space with other tourists, we got some amazing images! And, they brought some Sierra Nevada to enjoy, which is brewed in Chico!
These two were so patient and SO fun! Looking forward to their Treasure Island wedding in October!
Film Lab: The Find Lab
Okay, you guys, these two brought their A-game when it came to this snowy engagement session. 32 degrees and these two made it look like it was a nice 70-degree day. Kristen & Jeff waited, ever so patiently, for the snow. So when it finally made its debut at the end of January, we headed up to Butte Meadows for an insanely fun engagement session. And let me tell you, I would frolick through the snow with these two anytime!
First off, that dress! When I showed up at their house, Kristen was rocking this dress and some serious snow boots (these put my little above ankle Sorels to shame).
These two also came prepared with extra props (i.e. champagne) to enjoy during their session. If you're looking for some inspiration for your own engagement session, you won't want to miss Kristen & Jeff's! Keep scrolling to see more.
Marissa & I met in an intro to photography class at Chico State, which is the first time I ever picked up a DSLR camera. We began as camera buddies working on projects together, and she even photographed my graduation photos. Since then her travels have taken her across the globe, which is where she met AJ.
So when these two got engaged, Marissa contacted me right away about being their wedding photographer! For their engagement session, we got lucky in finding some snow in the Pollock Pines area. These two had flown in from Colorado (where they now reside) for Christmas, and the snow was a perfect homage to their new snowy town.
It's always an amazing session when couples have me laughing the entire time. I absolutely loved meeting AJ for the first time and capturing some fun images for these two!
First off, these two got engaged at Harry Potter world. So when Sydney told me this, I about died from excitement (I'm a little bit of a Harry Potter nerd).
Sydney & Jacques (AKA Jack) met me up near Lassen before we headed off in their truck to Butte Lake. The road was not plowed and there was fresh snow from the past couple of days. So when we finally got to the lake, the sight took my breath away! Parts of the lake were frozen over, and the trees held a light dusting of snow from the recent storm.
These two are so genuine and kind! I can't think of one moment during their session when these two weren't laughing or weren't struggling to not laugh. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, these images won't disappoint! Scroll to see more from their engagement session.
Kait & Marc met in Chico, so when it came to picking a spot for their engagement session they were naturally drawn to the area. So they drove up from Sacramento and we met up a little before their session to meet in person and grab some Tea Bar!
I had so much fun capturing their engagement images! There was so much laughter and then there were the sweetest moments that had me freaking out with excitement. If you don't believe me, scroll down to see for yourself!
If you haven't heard the story yet, I first met Josiah when I first met my husband. He was at the same exact wedding I initially met Matt at and was even there with him for one of the first times Matt & I ever hung out. I remember when Josiah & Reanne started dating, and our friend group grew one more. So when the time came, I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me to be their wedding photographer!
This wedding brought so many emotions out for me as these two were some of our dearest friends. I got to see the details unfold as they prepared for their day and be a part of moments I don't normally get to be a part of as a wedding photographer. In fact, Matt was one of the groomsmen.
During their wedding planning process, I remember receiving Snapchats from Reanne as she worked on the calligraphy & signage for their wedding, months before their big day. So when I received a text message the week of the wedding that her mother's home, where they stored all these items, had burned down from the terrible fires in Sonoma, I was heartbroken for these two and their family. Nevertheless, the wedding was still on with the help of some Reanne's recently married bridesmaids and some good-hearted past brides. Decor was graciously lent for the day and Katie from Honey Brush Design re-calligraphied (if that's even a word) all the name cards and the seating chart.
If that weren't enough to fill me with emotion, the day in-itself was filled with laughter and such sweet moments. Working on the images of their wedding brought back these memories, which made me laugh and made me cry (happy tears, of course). These two will make your heartmelt with how much they love each other.
So without further ado, scroll down to see some of these moments from their day!
In case you missed Josiah & Reanne's goregous engagement session, head here to see it: https://goo.gl/qmxHfh
Venue: The Barlow // HMUA: Devotion Studio // Catering A La Heart Catering, Inc // Florals: California Sister Floral Design & Supply //Desserts: Moustache Baked Goods // Gown: BHLDN // Rings: Shane Co. // Suit: THE BLACK TUX // Stationary Goods: Reanne Ostrander & Honey Brush Design
From their sweet ceremony to the heartfelt toasts at the reception, Yomna & Katie's wedding day definitely had me tearing up! They invited their closest friends to join them from the east coast to the west coast, and celebrated their nuptials as the sunset over the vineyards at Matchbook Winery.
Food trucks, travel, & lots of dancing! The Culinerdy Cruzer served up a mean Short Rib Grilled Cheese (along with some other delicious dishes) and the Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches for dessert were the perfect way to top the night.
Loved all the moments from this day! See below for more images from their wedding.
Getting Ready Location: The Citizen Hotel // Venue: Matchbook Wine Company // Caterer: The Culinerdy Cruzer // DJ: DJ Barnett Entertainment // Dessert: The Parlor ice cream puffs // Dress: Paloma Blanca from Your Dream Bridal // Suit: INDOCHINO
Luisa & Amar's wedding took place in the town where their story began. This two day Indian/Colombian fusion wedding was filled with so much joy, laughter, & warmth. Everyone was so welcoming and I don't think I've ever been offered so much food before in my life -- seriously the best!
To incorporate both of their cultures, Luisa & Amar started their wedding celebrations earlier in the week with some Sikh traditional ceremonies. On Friday, they had their Sikh temple ceremony (Anand Karaj) followed by lunch & some fun bride and groom portraits at Bear Creek Inn where their Saturday ceremony was held. For Saturday, they had an outdoor ceremony with a Catholic blessing.
To sum up their weekend: there was a lot of food, dancing, & love!
I am so incredibly happy for these two & I know they are going to do amazing things in the world -- thank you both for letting me be a part of your wedding celebrations!
See more from their two-day wedding festivities below.
Olivia & Drew drove me around Glenn County to some of Drew's family orchards for their engagement session and these spots did not disappoint. It was so fun to incorporate these personal locations into their session! As an added extra bonus, they brought their adorable Bloodhound, Lady, along.
These two made my heart melt the entire session and I'm so excited to share the images! See below for more from their session.
I keep finding myself in rose gardens with these two! If you missed their engagement session (see here), we ended at the International World Peace Rose Garden last December. Now, a little less than a year later and these two said I do at the McKinley Rose Garden and it couldn't have been a more gorgeous day!
Their small & intimate ceremony was complimented by their just as emotional reception. This wedding gave me all the feels and I couldn't be more excited for Justin & Katrina! See more from their day below.
Venue: McKinley Rose Garden & Elks Tower // Catering: Gaston Catering // MUA: Jasmin // Dress: Sparkle Bridal // Invitations: Blanka Illustration // DJ: Malcolm Alexander // Rentals: Celebrations & Simple Country Weddings // Jewerly: Jared & Nadri from Nordstrom // Flower Crowns: The Crown Collective
A month out from their wedding I met with Kayla & Nathan at a local coffee shop. It was our first time meeting in person & as they told me about all the details of their upcoming day I may have had some happy tears well up in my eyes. These two left no details unturned and all the calligraphy at their wedding was done by the bride herself! Velvet galore & so many personal touches that my heart could just burst!
Also, these two love goofy photos and lots of dancing, which was so fun to capture! See more of their day below.
Coordination: CES Weddings & Events // Floral: M Creations Floral Design // Venue: Gale Vineyards // Rentals: WeDo Designs // Catering: Bacio Catering & Carryout // Hair: Lucy Keene // Makeup: Powder Room Beauty Bar // Invitations: Letter After Letter // DJ: Clearcut Entertainment // Desserts: Upper Crust Bakery and Cafe & Shubert's Ice Cream & Candy // Dress: Sarah Seven // Groom's Attire: Baroni from Formal Education // Additional Design Elements: Ariana Crow // AirBnB: Heirloom Fox
Almost one year ago I was in Sacramento to capture family images of the Cima's (see blog post here). As you can see now, Mila's chubby little cheeks are almost gone & now she's able to walk completely on her own! I can't believe she's almost 2!
It was a tough day for baby Mila though, and you'll notice she had a hard time sharing mom. Regardless, it's always so fun to photograph their family and I'm so excited for them to welcome baby #2!
I first met Joy my sophomore year in college through some mutual friends and I remember when these two started dating. So when Joy reached out to me about capturing their wedding, I was so ecstatic!
These two Chico State sweethearts decided to have their engagement session in the town they met in & it couldn't have been sweeter. Although it was 105 outside, these two were troopers. We laughed a lot. And we sweated -- which you couldn't tell by the looks of these images.
I'm so excited for their big day! Thank you two for visiting me in Chico and sweating a little with me for your engagement session!
I couldn't have asked for a better way to spend my birthday. Remy & Julian are some of the sweetest people I know and on THEIR day, they made sure to make me feel loved and a part of their close friends and family.
Their wedding was filled with personal details from the bride & groom exchanged extremely heartfelt gifts. Remy gifted Julian his late father's boutonniere from his wedding day and a custom charm for his own boutonniere featuring a photograph of this father. Some of Julian's gift to Remy included a handmade painting and an ear cuff inspired by Beauty and the Beast. And the details don't stop there.
Julian handmade each table number to coordinate with photos of each of them at that age. There were several memorials to his late father from the welcome area to the ceremony. And lining the inside of the Falkirk Cultural Center were photographs of the couple from various stages of their life together.
From their first dance, to a fun father-daughter & mother-son duo dance, to the hora -- it was easy to see how loved these two are. Also, Remy & Julian's guests know how to get down! They danced well into the night and before heading out I got to capture these two sharing their first pies together as man and wife.
Congratulations you two!
A few weeks ago I went on a family vacation with my in-laws. In an effort to practice my film photography, I brought along my mom's old 35 mm Nikon N90s and a few rolls of Portra 400 to shoot.
Along our way, Matt & I stopped at one of the rest stops that we had stopped at the year before on our way home from our Honeymoon in Sunriver. This rest stop is somewhere in the very North of California (near Shasta) and last time we were there I took a snap of the same area with my polaroid.
We stayed at a cabin near the Deschutes, where I walked every morning.
The deer were extremely friendly and this mama deer visited the cabin frequently.
On Monday of our trip, my friend Shannon of Broken Pine Studio picked me up and took me to breakfast. Afterwards I got to visit her cute home and see where the magic happens for all her beautiful jewelery. I grabbed a few images of her work and workplace.
Tuesday we drove up to Maupin & went white water rafting. On the way up, we had this fantastic view of Mount Hood!
And on the way back to our cabin we witnessed a fire along highway 97 outside of Madras, Oregon. We got to see 3 airtankers circling the fire -- pretty cool sight to see, but hard to capture with only a 50mm lens.
And at the end of our vacation, we decided on Friday on our way home to stop by Crater Lake. It was well worth it and I wish we could of spent more time there exploring!
And last, but not least, we just had to go out of the way to my parents to pick up our fur babe, Carson!