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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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Holiday sessions are here! In order to make sure all images are ready to be printed and sent out in time for the Holidays, I have very limited days for sessions. November 8th, 10th, and 15th I will be holding specially priced sessions in the San Francisco Bay Area. A deposit is due upon signing up as well as a request for a time slot. Remember space is very limited so get your bookings in as soon as you can!

 

Love requires taking a chance. Love requires not just putting your feet in the water, but to give yourself fully and just fall in.  Love requires letting go of the past to look to the big picture and the future.

Love takes sacrifice and throwing your fears aside. The people I photograph worked for their love.  They are inspiring.

 

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Wedding Ceremony: Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California / Wedding Reception: Argonaut Hotel in San Francisco, California / Flowers: Larissa Oberholtzer-Gallagher / Coordination: Jessica Kelley / Officiant: Whitney Pintello-McClelland of Weddings by Whitney / String Trio: Corelli Strings / Spanish Guitarist + DJ: Spencer Sutherland of Sutherland Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Paper Source / Mad Lib + Other Paper Products: Katie Tringali of KT Designs / Trolley: Classic Cable Car / Wedding Dress: The Limited / Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Groom’s Suit: John W. Nordstrom