.kilma & season. {Napa V. Sattui Wedding Photography}

This wedding launched us into our first 2012 wedding & on one of my favorite days of the year, St. Patrick’s Day!!  I couldn’t have been more honored to capture Kilma & Season’s wedding. I have to first thank one of my longest friends, Hilary, for referring this wedding! Hilary & I went to kindergarten together, 5th & 6th grade together, & then high school. Thanks to facebook we were able to get “re-friended”! It had been like around eighteen years since I had seen Hil… So wonderful to see her again, & even more, to capture her sister’s beautiful wedding!!!! Thank you Hilary!! Love you girl!!!

Season & Kilma were married at the beautiful V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA. It kept raining off & on, but luckily cleared for the ceremony & they were able to have their outdoor wedding after all!!!

Season & Kilma!!!! May your lives together continually be the most beautiful love story! Thank you for the honor of capturing your wedding!!!!

Season & Kilma chose not to see each other before the wedding!!! It always makes for such anticipation….

I fell in love with this shot of Season’s bridesmaids seeing her for the first time.

the cutest best man I’ve ever had at a wedding! ahhhhh!!!!

 

.rory + allyson. {Redding, CA Riverview Country Club Wedding Photographer}

Rory & Allyson! You’re married!!! Yeah! Congrats! Congrats! Such an honor to capture your wedding!! From the time we first met, to your engagement shoot, & to your wedding, I have enjoyed getting to know you &  getting to work with you! What an amazing couple you are!!!

Such a beautiful day this was. Rainy for most of the day, except for a few glorious moments!!!! Ahhh!!!

Alyson & Rory became one at the St. Lutheran Church here in Redding, CA. The event was coordinated & planned by Marlene of A Planned Affair! She did an absolutely incredible job! Thank you, Marlene, for all of your hard work & pulling off such an amazing wedding!!! Shannon Rosan, thank you for second shooting with me on this wedding! Loved working with you! & Mitzi! Thank you for all you do! You are an incredible intern!!!

Happily Ever After to you both!!! May your years together be a life long of happiness!!!

 

 

.happy 30th. {Redding, CA Photographer}

Photo shoots with Jenn always seem to happen fairly fast. She needed a new bio shot & in between a recording came over & we shot these in about 20 minutes. Literally 20 minutes! Oh the pressure! Smile!

One day we will have a just her “full-on” not rushed at all session, but this one turned out wonderful! I am always so happy to capture her & love finding something new about her to capture!!

I have been wanting to blog a few from the shoot, but knew Jenn was turning 30, so saved them for her HAPPY BIRTHDAY post!!!!

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Jenn! Thank you for being my friend, my truest friend.

I love you so much & I am daily so very thankful for you!

I know your 30’s are going to be the greatest!

Thank you for the inspiration that you are!

The HAPPY that you always are! Your joy continually radiates!

Thank you for being such a leader & a catalyst for change!

Thank you for being an example of all a wife & a mother should be! You are incredible at it!

Thank you for being you! For shining! For loving! For being passionate! & For being real!

You are amazing & I just LOVE you!

Happy 30th Friend!

& to celebrate Jenn’s 30th Brian, myself, & my amazing husband planned a party!!!

Not just any party, a 30th party!

The location was epic! Absolutely breathtaking!!

The rain & fog didn’t stop us! It was the party of the year!

Jill from www.brightsideprints.com designed these amazing invitations! Loved them! Thank you Jill!!!!

& the PARTY!!  I texted Brian Jan 1st ready to start planning!! He was in the middle of recording, so we had to hold off, but the Party Planner in me was so excited to put together a 30th party for my best friend!!!!

In my next life I think I want to be an Event Coordinator & Designer! It is so much fun! Truly love the process of putting everything together! It’s an even funner process when it’s your best friend & you can incorporate so many of her “favorites”!

On a side note.. If I would have thought through it a little better, being the party host & a photographer doesn’t go hand in hand! Totally wish I would have designated a “photographer” there, but I got a few shots.

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& be ready…. lots of sweet treat pics!!!

& cute boxes to take the sweet treats home!!

Thank you PINTEREST for the S’more idea!!!

…sweet notes from Brian…

& nothing like the taste of chips & salsa from El Mariach’s... Jenn’ favorite!

Jenn’s mom brought up all of Jenn’s childhood albums, as well as an assortment of Jenn’s friend & family albums! Fun times & fun laughs!

Wonderful DJ! Andrew kept the party hopping!!!!!

Brent Van Auken had his AMAZING photo booth! So much fun! I think our kids had the most fun in it!!!

& parking by the amazing Justin R! Thank you Justin for all of your hard work & directing cars in the cold rain & wind! You are the best!!

& for the surprise of the night! Jim, the owner of Nello’s, & our great friend Carson, came & made Jenn her absolute FAVORITE dessert, Banana’s Flambe!! Oh so delicious!!

& the most wonderful part of  the evening! Everyone singing Happy Birthday to the incredible Jenn Johnson!!!

and the perfect ending to this post!!! Jenn!!!! Happy 30th Birthday!

 To everyone who helped make this party a success THANK YOU!!!! We couldn’t have pulled it off without you!!!!!

 

.In Her Daddy’s Boots. {Redding, CA Photographer}

I give you permission to melt! Oh my goodness was I melting as I went through these photos.

I was in awe of Brooklyn’s cuteness through the shoot & just having so much fun capturing her in her little world.

These boots were her daddy’s…

.steven + stephanie. {Sacramento, CA Elk’s Tower Ballroom Wedding Photographer}

This incredible wedding was held at The Elk’s Tower Ballroom in downtown Sacramento, CA. Thank you so much, Lynda Kennedy for the referral!!!

Steven tells there story so beautifully!!!

On September 19th 2009, I had been invited over by a friend for a party.  Upon arriving at his house, I found out the reason for the party was that one of his roommates was celebrating her birthday.  I had never met her, nor gone into the situation knowing it was her birthday, but I did my best to make it no big deal, as did she.

Throughout the night we continued to bump into each other, making small talk, and even dancing a little at one point.   However, being at a house party with about 50 other people celebrating her birthday presented quite the challenge in terms of getting to know her that night.

A couple hours later, as Chris and I were leaving Stephanie decided to walk us out.  She told me that she wanted to hang out and get to know each other, but as I left that night I wasn’t really sure it was ever going to happen.

The next day, her roommate was asking me what I thought about her (sounding like he had been prompted by her to do so lol).  So I got her number from him and a couple “witty” text messages later I was able to secure a date.

Later that week, I picked Steph up at her house for our first date and headed off to ice cream.  Having changed the environment we were getting to know each other in, we found that we had way more in common.  We found that we shared similar life goals, interests, hobbies, and our faith.

A couple months into dating, we decided we wanted to get involved with a local church, so we started going to The Father’s House in Vacaville.   We learned a lot about who we are individually, who we are going to become together, and how to truly love one another and honor God.

Over the next year we fell deeply in love and became best friends.  We were a catalyst of growth in each others lives in so many aspects.  Stephanie has taught me so much and helped me to grow in so many ways that I can’t imagine listing them all here.

Last November, after months of saving and planning I was able to buy an engagement ring and ask Stephanie to be my wife.  As you likely guessed, she said yes =)

Always LOVE when a couple choses to do a First Look!

.david + brittney. {TBS Ranch Palo Cedro, CA Wedding}

We couldn’t have been more excited to capture David & Brittney’s wedding at TBS Ranch in Palo Cedro, CA!

From the moment David & Brittney started talking marriage, I kept telling her, I couldn’t wait to capture her wedding! Ah what a stunning couple!

I have loved watching David & Brittney fall in love! He won her heart & their story is beautiful!

Congratulations David & Brittney! It was such an honor to capture your wedding!!!! Thank you!! Such a great celebration!

“Such a sweet & happy life to spend each day as husband & wife!” -Mary Engelbreit

 

.stephen + steffany. {Redding, CA Engagement Photographer}

Happy Monday! Hope you all had an amazing weekend!! April is here!! Ahh! Can you believe it! Where on earth does time go. March seemed to just whisk by.

Today is sunny in Redding. So nice! It’s been steadily raining for a few weeks, so seeing the sun is HAPPINESS!!!!

Stephen & Steffany are too cute for words! Steffany is so dear & precious to my heart! To capture these two was such an honor! They kept me smiling the whole shoot.

Their sweet love, happy romance, & excited glow was so beautiful to capture! Congratulations you two! Looking forward to your wedding!!!!

 This set of images was edited & enhanced using Red Leaf Studios Film Solution Actions, both the B&W & Color Matte Action! Very pleased with these actions!