This wedding was three different destinations in one day! We started off at The Portola Plaza Hotel to get ready, Carmel River State Beach for the ceremony, and The Perry House for the reception. Sedona and Jesse are two of the kindest friendliest couples you will ever meet. Good vibes all day long, amazing wedding part, and amazing sets of parents. Jesse's ring has the Colorado Rockies etched into it, which is cool because they couple went to CU together! They had a memory box to open in the future... I forget how many years though lol. Anyways, the box had the ocean which they love, and the Rockies etched into it too. I'm always impressed by little details like that :) My first time shooting at the historic Perry House and it went amazing. Can't wait to shoot it again!
What happens when you work your timeline around photography? You get a ton of different locations for your portraits :) This wedding was a ton of fun and one of my favorites of the year. We got to shoot in the park, on the wharf, in the Memory Garden, and a top the Marriott with a crazy view of Monterey Bay. The best part was the walk with the bridal party from the hotel to the Memory Garden. I've never seen a group of girls have so much fun walking 1/2 a mile lol. My secondary shooter was sick for this wedding and I had Haley replace her somewhat last minute! But everything turned out amazing in the and she did an amazing job!
I love Michael and Lauren! Seriously, I do though. And it's not just because Lauren is from Ohio and is a Buckeye fan (although that helps)! I did their engagement photos back in January and it was one of my favorite sessions because they are just good people and the end results were perfect. This was my first time shooting at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and it was a challenge but a lot of fun. They had a huge wedding party though and if you've been to the Monterey Plaza you know that there aren't a lot of spaces to fit 20 people. I figured it out though and ended up being a pretty smooth day. I did take a little bit of a bath in the ocean when shooting the guys lol... Enjoy!
Check it out! Never been to the Monarch Inn in Santa Cruz? Neither have I! It's a classy Inn it is, perched on the Cliff's of Santa Cruz. Total side-point, but it's super close to my favorite BBQ in Santa Cruz, Aptos Street BBq :) Anyways, Kristin and Sam are freakin' cool. What kind of bride has a flask... the best kind! This was the first wedding were I used my drone too. So Sam being a pilot, told me I had to name it. I told him he had to name it. So if I'm ever shooting your wedding and you see my drone, you can just call it Shirley lol.
Joey and Paige chose one of the most beautiful weekends in October for their wedding. The sky was clear, the weather was warm, and the breeze was perfect. Scarlett Ranch is found deep in Carmel Valley and has a charming rustic barn. Outside of the venue was a driveway bridged over by trees and bushes. It made the perfect setting for the bridal portraits! :)
This wedding was really special for me because I've known Sam since I was born and Zoe is one of my favorite guest at the restaurant I work at! Shooting their engagement session was really fun so I was really looking forward to the wedding :) It was held in Carmel Valley at a beautiful home with the perfect weather. On the way in I noted to take a picture of something that would look cool at night. You'll see I took a picture of the same string of lights when I arrived and again as I left (they happened to be right next to where I parked). One of my favorite parts of the wedding was when Sam suprised Zoe by singing Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up to her as she walked up the aisle, instead of just playing the recording! Enjoy :D
I met Becky long before she was a a bride, probably 5 years before. Back when I was in college I worked with her at Starbucks. We reconnected when she and Paul sat at my bar rail on their day off! The wedding day at Eagle's Ridge was beautiful and Sunny, which translates to the high 80's in Gilroy California. The sun set behind the high hills of Heckler Pass in a very clear sky. Favorite shot has to be the bridesmaids giving their friend a hug as the sun dropped behind the hills. There was an old looking clock overhead, that served as a reminder that time passes by.
This would be the second time I worked with Michelle and Danny, the first being their engagement shoot. For their ceremony and reception, they chose the Holly Farm located in Carmel Valley, CA. The Holly Farm is secluded from the world with winding paths and private sun-filled cottages tucked away among exotic paths, towering bamboo, banana trees and sweetly scented blossoms. It was a very fun fast paced day! Hands down one of the most animated wedding parties I've shot! Looking at the pictures now, you can see Michelle and Danny's love for one another come across in the photos :)
I love this couple. They are so close and so in love. One of the biggest tear jerking moments I've ever been present for happened at this wedding. Before dinner Chris made a speech about how he loves retreating to the mountains and skiing. He said that at the top of the hill theres that overwhelming God experience. Then he told Kim that she was his mountain top, the best experience he could have. Those are moments that I love capturing on camera. The reception was in the beautiful Card Room of the Pebble Beach Lodge. It was overcast all morning, but broke right after the ceremony, very coincidental ;)