Let me tell you about this wedding in the beautiful Upstate New York.

All things happen for a reason. The little annoyances. The things that just don’t work out. The disappointments. It may take some time but eventually, you will look back and realize it was for the best.

When Ben and Liz inquired about me photographing their wedding it was supposed to be in Yosemite. I was pretty excited to photograph their big day at one of the most beautiful places in the world. Then came an e-mail that really had me concerned when they wanted to chat about big changes in venue, as well as the date. You see, after seeing Ben and Liza’s amazing proposal video, I had this vision in my mind that this was going to be an incredible story to document.  I could see their passion for storytelling, and knew I wanted to be a part of that. So imagine how stressed I got when I found out that during a busy season I had a wedding date change!

Well, the good news is that I was still available for their wedding. Look at that – all things working out. The reason for the change was because Ben and Liz had been spending all this time looking for a California venue that reminded them of Ben’s childhood family property in Upstate New York. They finally decided “it’s our wedding, let’s do what is true to us”. They took the plunge and arranged to take their vows on the docks of the lake. I was available. I was excited. I bought my plane ticket. I knew this was going to be an incredible experience, but I don’t think I really knew how incredible it would be.

This group of people had the most incredible vibrations of happiness and love. I could feel it as the small boat took us to the private little island on the lake. While I was meeting everyone for the first time that day, I was able to completely immerse myself into their world. They welcomed me with open arms, and it was through this openness to share their love that I was able to document a story that still brings tears to my eyes as I look through the images.  They gave me a story to tell. They gave me love to document.

 

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Santa Cruz weddings are known for their foggy days. But there is a fine level of fog that I prefer for my photographs. Not too much, not too little… just hit that spot nice and I am giddy as a school girl on book faire day.

You might remember this couple from their Bohemian Big Sur engagement! They definitely have a thing for the ocean and look damn good in front of it.

For Brittany and Mattia’s wedding at the Seascape Beach Resort, we really lucked out on the perfect weather. Light cloud cover when needed, and a bright, sunny sky at sunset. If that isn’t a recipe for magic photos I don’t know what is.   After the reception was over, we took some time before their beachside camp fire to take some pretty photographs. So here is a few of my pretty portraits of Brittany and Mattia on their perfect weather beach wedding in Aptos.

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You’re on your own, in a world you’ve grown
Few more years to go,
Don’t let the hurdle fall
So be the girl you loved,
Be the girl you loved
I’ll wait, so show me why you’re strong
Ignore everybody else,
We’re alone now
I’ll wait, so show me why you’re strong
Ignore everybody else,
We’re alone now
Suddenly I’m hip
Is this darkness of the dawn
And your friends are gone
When you friends won’t come
So show me where you fit
So show me where you fit
I’ll wait, so show me why you’re strong
Ignore everybody else,
We’re alone now
We’re alone now
We’re alone now
I’ll wait
Suddenly I’m hip
Is this darkness of the dawn
And your friends are gone
When you friends won’t come
So show me where you fit
So show me where you fit

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Venue: Palm Event Center 
Make-up : Zenia Marie
Hair : Dayna Scurti
Wedding Dress : Wedding Atelier
Groom’s suit : Calvin Klein

Light danced through the trees as Jasmine and Bryce stood behind that glorious redwood tree and said their vows. As they both reside in Baltimore, Maryland, I wasn’t able to meet the couple before their wedding day, but the second I arrived I felt like I had known them and their families for years. So overwhelmingly kind and welcomed me to document their story.

Jasmine wrote an article on Baltimore Bride about her wedding experience. Be sure to check it out.

Enjoy their beautiful day.

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Thanks so much to my buddy Orbie for coming out to shoot this with me! You rock.

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There were so many things about this wedding that made up my incredible experience with this family. It wasn’t just the actual wedding day, it was the history and time spent getting to know not just Kat and Andrew, but getting to know their families as well. It took a while to get here but I am so stoked that I got to be a part of the stories of two sister’s wedding days over the past three years. I originally photographed the wedding of Kat’s sister, Roxanne back in 2011.  That’s where I originally met Kat for the first time. So it was of course super exciting when she contacted me the following year about her wedding in Baltimore.  Not only did she want me there, but was willing to do whatever she could to afford to fly me out to capture her and Andrew’s day. I don’t need to tell you how flattering that is. She didn’t just want a photographer she wanted my vision to tell her and Andrew’s story.

Upon flying into Baltimore I spent a day or so looking around the area by myself and meeting up with some online buddies face to face. I drank some of the local brews, ate some of the most delicious ice cream ever (thanks Jennifer!) and ate some of the most delicious gluten-free pizza ever (Thanks Nessa!). Then I got the chance to reunite with Kat and finally got to meet Andrew. I got to see familiar faces in Roxanne and Tanner, as well as Roxanne and Kat’s incredibly kind and sweet parents. I got to talk some camera nerd talk with Kat and Roxanne’s father, Ding for a bit too! We all met up at the venue for the initial walk through, as well as then they welcomed me to their family luncheon with Andrew’s family as well for some of the most delicious fresh Maryland Blue Crab that I have ever had. Which is good since I had only had our little California crabs out here ;)? I had to pinch myself for a moment thinking “Do I really get hired by people this awesome?”

The next day I showed up for the wedding with the awesome Nessa second shooting with me and after knowing how great this family was that we were in for a pretty wonderful wedding. It was hot and sticky, but it just didn’t matter. There were hugs and delicious food and tons of partying on the dance floor. I felt like one of the guests that day surrounded by familiar friendly faces that were happy to have me there.

In Labajo bride tradition, Kat surprised everyone by singing a special song during the reception.  Andrew looked just so blissfully happy as his wife sang “1000 Years” to him in front of all their friends and family.

Thank you so much, Kat and Andrew for bringing me along on this journey. Thank you so much to the Labajo family for continuing to show me such love and support through the years.  Thank you to Andrew’s parents for the delicious amazing crab luncheon I got to be a part of. It’s in times like these that all the hard work. The hours and hours of editing, and travel, and emails, and design, and all the work that goes into being a full time photographer that I know it’s all worth it.  It is so, very worth it.

And another HUGE Thank you goes out to the adorable  and wonderful Nessa who not only second shot this wedding with me, but also gave me her Mac n’ Cheese.


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