.lindsay. {class of 2014 | lassen high school}

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL & HAPPY SENIOR SESSION TIME!

SO EXCITED FOR THE CLASS OF 2014!!!!!

I was so thrilled to capture Lindsay up in Susanville, Ca!

My hometown!! I graduated from Lassen High school! Oh the days of high school!

Such a fun shoot! Locations were magical, & Lindsay was a blast!

Have the best year ever, Lindsay & good luck in all that you pursue! I know that you are going to go far!

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.expect a miracle. {redding, ca photographer}

It’s a…

I had the happy pleasure of capturing Jenny & Stetson’s big “reveal”! Yep! They are gonna have a baby!!!!!!

So excited for you two!!!! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

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.pismo beach, ca | the cliffs resort wedding | style me pretty : christopher & deanna.

Today is a special day! It is Chris & Deanna’s ONE year anniversary!! Happy Anniversary you two!!!!! Hope you have the best celebration!

A few weeks ago this wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!! Yes! It was a dream come true for me! I was pinching myself!! I was so excited & couldn’t wait to blog the wedding, and have resisted, in wanting to hold off until today, Chris & Deanna’s ONE year anniversary!

From the moment Deanna contacted me I knew there was something kindred about her! She was a dream come true bride! I am in awe of her talent & as you will see in these pictures, her vision!! Her & Chris & so many others worked countless hours dreaming & planning & putting everything together for this incredible day!!! Be sure to read Deanna’s vision after you enjoy this amazing wedding!!!

Thank you so much, Chris & Deanna for the honor of capturing your wedding! It was a dream come true!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!

Happy One Year Anniversary!

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From the Bride…We both share a love for the Central Coast of childhood memories, and now memories that we have built together. We’ve always known that we’ve wanted to get married by the ocean.  We picked The Cliffs Resort because we love that it’s a beautiful place where the ocean meets the pine trees. We already felt married, so we envisioned our wedding day as a big celebration of our love with our family & friends. As I was letting our engagement sink in, it became a favorite ritual each morning to visit SMP to soak in all the beauty and inspiration.  I took in every lovely swoon worthy detail from your featured DIY receptions to glorious destination weddings.  It was an indulgence filled with giddy anticipation of what our wedding might look like someday on your pages.  

I’m a huge believer in the saying, “one thing leads you to another,” and that is how I planned our wedding. When we discovered that we could have our reception in a tent overlooking the ocean – the dye had been cast. It was important to us to have an elegant wedding with many budget conscious DIY personal touches that allowed us to share a unique part of who we are with our guests.  I have worked in luxury brand integration, producing events and styling for years, and Chris is a product designer who took every creative idea and all of our hand painted wood signage to the next level with his expertise. We easily decided to integrate Charcoal Grey, Sea Glass, White, Dark Wood, Driftwood, Dark Sea Fans, Moss, Silver Sheen Leaves, Gardenias, Burnished Gold Magnolia Leaves & Rocks, Succulents and Apothecary Jars filled with Sea Shells & Glass Japanese Floating Buoys. The same colors and decor we have in our home at the beach. We incorporated Gold & Platinum Metallic to represent our rings, as well as play off of the gorgeous heirloom toasting glasses that both my Grandparents and my Parents used for their 50th Wedding Anniversaries.

The planning of our wedding became a family affair, with meaning and purpose attached behind every sentimental detail.  We tried to cherish every moment of the planning, as everyone knows that day goes by in one big happy blur.  We were so honored to have my Dad build all of the wood work for our gorgeous table numbers and signage, while my Mom worked lovingly beside us on every craft project.  We wanted a beach theme, however,  it was important for us to be subtle.  Our arch was constructed as a gift by dear friends from the driftwood we had collected over the course of our engagement.  It was magical to see our visions come to life in a way that only happens in dreams. Our floral/event designer truly knows how to make flowers sing. She was able to not only bring every inspiration I had to life, but to the next level.

Music played a very big part in our wedding. After sharing with our DJ that Chris played a special song for me on a first trip to New York.  He made my wildest dream possible for me to walk down the aisle to an original arrangement of “City of Blinding Lights” by Terry Lawless – Keyboardist for U2.  Also, our very dear friend who is a Music Supervisor gifted us a hard drive of music.  We had so much fun hand picking the sound track to our wedding. One of my favorite spontaneous moments happened as we were making our way back to our chairs at the head table to hear our toasts.  I noticed a beautiful patch of green grass right in the middle of our tent, and decided to sit down in my big fluffy dress with all of the beautiful children in the our bridal party surrounding us. It made the moment that much sweeter to have such a candid and carefree moment.

All of our vendors were top notch.  After a year of planning every detail and timeline, it was so refreshing the day of the wedding to be able to let go of everything knowing that we were truly in the best hands possible. Looking back, I’m most touched by the 18 lanterns that hung over our reception. Each one lit, as a thoughtful remembrance for loved ones who have passed. It was especially moving when we danced our 1st dance to “Lucky” under the lanterns, gorgeous chandeliers, and pleated draping of our tent.  The sun was just starting to set over the ocean, as I was dancing with the man of my dreams, in the dress of my dreams, surrounded by so much love and celebration. We are still pinching ourselves and want to jump back into every gorgeous frame of our pictures and cinematography.  For us, love is truly in every detail.

Photography: Heather Armstrong Photography | Venue + Catering: The Cliffs Resort | Wedding Coordinator: Anna Fergus | Cinematography: Zomei Video Productions | Floral + Event Design:Adornments Flowers & Finery | Wedding Cake: Cake Cathedral | DJ + Sound Design: AMS | Celebrant:Barbara Koenig | Hair: Luanne Iannucci-Donahue, Lukaro Salon | Makeup: Gina Simms | Floral Save The Date Cards: Althea & Ruth | Wedding Invitations: Crane Co. (Charcoal Grey Baluster Edge with Foil Stamp, Martha Stewart) | Response Cards: Custom, Clam Collection, Moe & Me | Sea Fan Stamps: Zazzle | Sea Shell Toothpicks: efavormart.com | Striped Straws + Decorative Tape Flags: DIY, Urbanic Paper Boutique  | 5 Wishes (Italian Tradition): DIY, Jordan Almond Flowers Claros + Wrap with Us | Seating Cards: DIY, Specialty Bottle, Corked Glass Vial #VC4C | Sea Salt Guest Favors + Place Cards: DIY, #CKSQ250 Pacific Blue Flake Sea Salt, Saltworks + Specialty Bottle | Aqua Swirl Lollipop Place Cards for Kids: DIY, Oriental Trading Co. | Font for Seating + Place Cards + Signage: DIY, My Pro Fonts (Carolyna Pro Black) | Sea Shell Bouquets: DIY, Seashells Supply (Rose Cockle Sea Shells) | Bride + Groom Chair Garland: DIY, Seashells Supply (Maple Leaf Center Cut Sliced Sea Shells) | Girls Hair Wreaths: Serenity Crystal, (Ivory Cherry Blossom Garland) | Birds Nest Flower Girl Basket, Butterfly Confetti, Preserved Gardenias for Mother’s Hair & Grandmothers Wrist: Save-On-Crafts | Antique Ceremony Table: Family Heirloom | Wooden Lantern for Cards: The Garden Gallery Inc. | Birdbath Ring Holder: Bride + Groom | Cake Knife : Vintage Family Heirloom used at My Parents Wedding in 1962 | Silver + Crystal Beaded Cake Stand: Lamps Plus | Candle Sticks on Head Table: Bride + Groom | Reception Wine: Dahlia | Send Off Sparklers: Sparklers Online | Wedding Dress: Wtoo  via Ferndales Bridal | Earrings: Lovella Bridal(Maria Elena #291)  | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (Mischievous in Mercury Cipria) | Bride’s Veil/Blusher: Borrowed from Bride’s Cousin via Cheryl King Couture |  Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Wtoo via  Ferndales Bridal + Toast Bridal | Bridesmaids Earrings: Kendra Scott (Elle Earring in Chalcedony) | Brides Rhinestone Hair Comb: Swarovski-Elements, Beverly Hills Beauty Center | Beaded Bridal Purse: A Vintage Keepsake | Bride’s Diamond Engagement Ring: Mark Broumand | Bride’s Sterling Silver Carrie Wedding Band: Fantasy Jewelry Box  | Groom’s Gold Wedding Band: Vintage Family Heirloom | Groom’s Tux: Black by Vera Wang |  Groom’s Bow Tie & Pocket Square: Brooks Brothers  | Groom’s Mother of Pearl Cuff Links: Link Your Shirt | Groomsmen’s Suits: Kingston (Charcoal Grey / Flat Pant) | Groomsmen’s Ties: Calvin Klein | Toddlers Boys Vest Suit: Boys Suits and Tuxedos ( Charcoal Grey Pin Stripe with White Shirt &  Tie Catalog# 2139131/5827252) | Ivory Flower Girl Dress: Davids Bridal | Sea Shell Girl’s Dresses: Sophia’s Style (Little Girl Gold Glitter Christmas Dress)

.bonanza king coffee creek wedding : jake + michaela.

jake + michaela

It is always an honor to capture a wedding! Each & every wedding is truly a complete honor!

To capture memories that will be looked at year’s from now is often surreal!

Jake & Michaela were married up in Coffee Creek, CA at Bonanza King Ranch! It was such a wonderful venue!

Jake & Michaela! You two are so beautiful together! Congratulations! Your day was absolutely gorgeous!

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.the white house venue wedding: matt + jenny.

Matt & Jenny were married at the beautiful White House Venue in Redding, CA! The location is surrounded by big beautiful trees, keeping it a tad bit cooler, on such a warm June day!

Matt & Jenny chose to wait until walking down the isle to see each other for the first time. Their expressions & emotion even made me cry! AH! Such a beautiful moment!

One of the funnest elements about Matt & Jenny’s wedding was that it was catered by Mary’s Pizza! Yes, Mary’s Pizza! So cool!

Thank you Matt & Jenny for the honor of capturing your incredible day! Jenny! Your vision was incredible! The way you enhanced the White House with your personal touches was perfect!

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thank you so much Myriah Grubbs for capturing the GROOMSMEN so awesomely! I loved working with you!

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and one of my favorites of the day, shot by Myriah Grubbs!

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.jason + amy. {couples photography session}

jason + amy

these two! pure inspiration & creativity they are! both musicians, amy, just released an ep! & jason is an incredible musician, as well, photographer, & currently makes some of the best coffee in town at the new COFFEE BAR!

seriously enjoyed their session. i could have made three blog posts out of their pics! ah! so many to chose from!

enjoy! enjoy!

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.a little bio session. {redding, ca portrait photographer}

Bio/Portrait sessions are some of my favorite. Typically about 30 minutes fast! Super fun & super easy!

Had a blast photographing Nathan Edwardson from the Stirring! Absolute honor! Thank you!

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.brooklyn & august. {redding, ca family photos}

AH! The little one’s!! I have been photographing Brooklyn since she was newborn & once August hit sitting up stage we had us a sibling shoot!

So love little one’s & getting to work with them! Takes me back to more of my “beginning” days! AH! Love them!!!

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.kalley + andrew. {worshipu photography course | tbs ranch, ca}

I had the honor of teaching a class at this years Worship U, formally know was School of Worship, at Bethel Church! If you aren’t familiar with Worship U, check it out here! It is incredible! A change your life experience! Every year I am just rocked by the students who come & pour their lives into going deeper!

Day 2 of the class I set up an actual photo session so that everyone taking the class can experience working with a “live” subject, interact with them, and at the same time show them the process of a photo shoot. The art of posing, interacting, encouraging, lighting, etc.

I was absolutely THRILLED this year that Kalley & Andrew were up for the 116 degree heat! Yep! Redding’s hottest day of the year landed on the class & we just had to go for it! Kalley & Andrew were a dream to capture!!! I have been getting to know them through a marriage class that they & Ben & I participate in. I am in awe of their courage to build a happy marriage & to continually fall in love with each other! I so admire them both!

Andrew & Kalley!!! Thank you! Thank you! You are AWESOME!

TBS Ranch! It’s a dream to photograph at your venue! Thank you so much!

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.happy 4th of july. {redding, ca family photographer}

Happy 4th of July!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!! We enjoyed the day with friends & family! It was pretty relaxing & most of all FUN!

I so love the 4th of July! It is one of my favorite holidays! It’s so magical! & the colors! AH! I just LOVE it!

A birthday party for AMERICA! How could it not be one of the best holidays EVER!

Had to take pics of all the patriot-ness!! & Ben bought a flag so we could have some fun while we waited for the fireworks to start!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA! SO THANKFUL FOR YOU & FOR OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!

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We absolutely love the Kim Family!!! So precious to us!!!

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The Flack Family! Oh how we love each of you!!! Thank you for having the party at your house!!!!!! It was the BEST!

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Eli had to work it for me!!!!!! So love capturing her!!

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and a few I took of kira with my iphone! ahh! the magic of an iphone!

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the fireworks were AMAZING this year!!! Fun with friends & family made it even better!! Thank you Redding for such a great show!

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