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Upon my first skype meeting with Julie and Frank, I crossed my fingers as I hit the sign off button that they would book me. We connected on our love for animals, how much we all loved to laugh and weren’t afraid to put all the feelings out there, and how much they loved the work that I created. I knew that we understood each other and we would have an instant click when meeting,  If I had any doubt they were my kind of people in the digital chat, when they started showing me all their pets which ranged from dogs to cats to a guinea pig, I instantly lost those doubts.

These two had been together for 8 years before they tied the knot. A friend’s party brought them together, and the rest just fell into place perfectly for them. I could see while documenting their day at Domenico Winery that the love wasn’t just between them, but that their families and friends truly loved them as a couple.  Not only were Julie and Frank clapping and crying in excitement to finally become man and wife, but their family and friends were rooting them on as well.

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Venue : Domenico Winery
Dj: DJ Ray Cartwright
Rings : The Shane Co.
Wedding dress : Sophia Tolli
Wedding make-up and hair : JMichelle Beauty

Talk about a Super bride. When I arrived to Jenessa’s room at the Fairmont Claremont in Berkley, I was convinced that she had a wedding designer putting together this wedding. The flowers, the Maggie Sottero dress, the incredible cathedral style veil. I was further convinced when I saw the beautiful set up at their wedding venue,  The Terrace Room overlooking Lake Merritt in Oakland.  Turns out though, Jenessa is a talented, creative force. She created all of these beautiful details herself. When I complimented the designs I remember how excited she was that I thought a professional wedding designer put it together.

She is so talented that she even made her own wedding cake! Not only was the cake grand, but it was deeply personal with sweet details. All the little details on the cake represented things that the couple loved. How creative is that?

Aside from the stunning visual aspects of the day, Jenessa and Nathaniel share a love together that was inspiring to document. Their excitement to see each other before the first look. The excitement on their faces as their said their vows to each other while the lights of Lake Merritt glowed behind them. For me it was such an experience to create art out of a couple that was truly artistic themselves.

On this chilly day, these two shared their story with me, and now I am sharing it with you.

Meeting in Rome, traveling the world together, then eloping for a winter wedding in San Francisco before another ceremony in Paris.  Lovers traveling the world together, and then making their home in Las Vegas.

I didn’t get a lot of time to get to know Alana and Rob. We scheduled their elopement and finally met for the first time on their wedding day.  Sometimes you just click with people, and you get them. Alana and Rob have this incredible connection that was beautiful to watch.  They lived in this little world together, and honored me with letting me being a part of that world long enough to document it.  The day just seemed to flow perfectly, the light, their amazing style, and their willingness to let me in.  They understood my vision and I could see they trusted me to create these images of this monumental occasion in their lives.

And I thank them dearly for that.

Love each other, and take adventures together. ~

 

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A beautiful disconnect

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There’s these moments I look forward to finding in my work. That disconnect. That moment that the subjects I am photographing have simply let go of the crazy, insane world around us. Not just the wedding, but just this chaos we call life. It’s a beautiful chaos, but is still chaos indeed.

But that disconnect I catch seems to silence it all. While I am not a noticed part of this little quiet place, I feel the world quiet around me as well.  Then I watch, and I observe. I observe two people letting all of each other go into the other person. Letting go peacefully, and willingly. Even the lights and sounds seem to dim around that moment… just for them. Everything else in the world becomes an echo. Nothing more than a tiny echo in the background of the moment that is happening between them.

I photograph the joys. The noise. The laughs. The really, horribly awkward. But sometimes I just can’t wait to see that beautiful disconnect happen…

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On a beautiful day in October, I was lucky to be able to join Sarah and Michael at the beautiful Mountain Terrace. There was an incredible amount of zingers, awkward posing, and overall ridiculousness. Sarah and Michael were a couple that just got me. Understood my human. Knew when I was joking and would joke right back. They hand created a wedding that was beautifully and uniquely their’s. And ate cake. Really savage like.  I can honestly say that I have never laughed at a wedding as much as I did this day.

I brought some cameras and my brother. This is what we saw.

It was a tiny, tiny wedding.

Ashlee described her wedding as I looked at her and Matt’s wedding rings. I made a comment how small they were, and she said very cutely “We are tiny people! There will be many tiny things at our wedding!”

The tiny little penguin cake toppers. Tiny honey jars for their guests. Tiny lanterns to light the table. Everything was so small and sweet. It really reflected their sweetness and kindness as a couple that I had been so lucky to get to know over the past year since they had booked me on a rainy day at Starbucks for their wedding. Their wedding had beautiful Christian music playing throughout the day – another reflection of the couple and their love of God in their life.

Ashlee and Matt – Thank you for letting me be a part of your tiny, sweet, beautiful wedding day. You are beautiful inside and out.

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