Category Archives: Marriage

Weddings that Inspire Hope [dylan & charlie, nevada city]

Sometimes…just sometimes…life can get you down.


You know, the routine of carpool, homework, gymnastics, cleaning toilets, sweeping floors, picking up the same toys as yesterday, laundry, toddler tantrums, grocery store trips – two in one day because you forgot at least 3 things on your list… Oh, and lets add in there a home business, career changes, an out-of-state move and going back to school.

Ya, that life.

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In the middle of this thing called life…this life that has constant changes yet lingering pasts, this life that has ups, downs, twists and even barrel rolls…we can still find HOPE at a wedding.

A wedding is the epitome of a new chapter. It is two people – two very different people, committing to love each other. FOREVER. How can you not find hope in that? Not every wedding is the same, I understand. Dylan and Charlie’s wedding though… I found myself in tears…several times. And then again going through and editing their pictures…and again writing this blog. They ooze love. The excitement and joy permeated the entire day.

I remember during their first dance – which was excellently choreographed by the way – leaning against the walling snapping a picture and thinking, “Will I ever be that happy again?” Not in a depressing way…not at all… more of in an awe-inspired, personal reflection kind of way. Their joy in marrying one another, their excitement in beginning their life together, their happiness in making a vow to love one another until death IS all available. — To all of us–

That makes me pretty HOPEful.

Their happiness rooted in an unconditional loving relationship. And we all have that opportunity with a loving God. One that loves us unconditionally even though we certainly don’t deserve it. One that wants to live in commune with us every day, even when we are being bratty (read: complaining about our To-Do lists). There is a popular song out right now “Even So Come” by Kristian Stanfill that goes:

“Like a bride waiting for her groom, we’ll be a church ready for you.”

When I first heard that I remember thinking of Charlie, and her anticipation & excitement for her groom. Her joy and love for her groom. Oh goodness. Yes, I want to be that happy. I want to be that excited and joyful…

Farm to Table Catering
Tin Roof Farmhouse – Event Planning
Miners Foundry, Nevada City – Venue

A Smidge of Smitten [Classic Details, Derek & Marysol]

Seeing some of the bridal details from Derek & Marysol’s wedding made me want to be a bride again. Her head band, her shoes, the champagne flutes, her gorgeous gold clutch…

…but the main thing that makes my heart flutter is seeing Derek & Marysol, madly in love, committing their lives to each other, taking communion together, giddily giggling with each other. Yes, love like that simply makes me smitten.

Even though weddings are a reflection of the bride and groom and, therefore, have the propensity to be starkly different from one another, there are a few things that I always love seeing – and photographing: the wedding rings, the Galina wedding dress & Chelsea Crew shoes, of course; engraved champagne flutes are a fav; and the brides bouquet is always amazing!

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When words aren’t enough [steven + catherine, wedgewood - indian hills country club, riverside]

That is the magical thing about photos. When words fail, an image can fill in the blanks. When you see a picture, you can remember every detail of what was going on around you during that time. Its like a time capsule. You can spend hours looking through photos, being transported through time and space back to when the very second happened. Words cannot compare. A story, a dialogue, an entire novel can be portrayed through a picture.

I missed Catherine & Steven’s at wedding Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center on the Indian Hills golf course because I was laid up in the hospital with our hours-old newborn in my arms. A pretty good reason to not be there…but heart-breaking nonetheless. I’ve known Catherine her entire life, so to miss her wedding day was like missing my sisters wedding. Even our daughter was the flower girl. So looking through her photos I was able to relive her wedding day – tears included. Like when her cousin Cody looks at her just before walking her down the aisle. Or Steven is practically leaping out of his shoes to kiss her for the first time as his wife. Speechless…and that is how a photo should leave you…because words just aren’t enough.

…And that is all too important to just have “Uncle Bob” take your pictures…


bridal session: justin+nicole [irvine, ca]

In good ol’ SoCal we rarely get rained out on wedding days. Even though most couples would love that, we enjoy the rare opportunities we do get to catch a few of our bride and grooms combatting the rain. Justin & Nicole’s wedding day, was one of those days. So, of course we scheduled a Day After session to spend some one on one time with them — no rain clouds in sight!

So fun!
And since the salt & pepper look on men is probably one of my fav’s, I’m posting a favorite of Justin. Yes Nicole, your husband is indeed handsome!

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