Ben Lomond Wedding - Christina and Philip

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Ben Lomond Wedding - Christina and Philip

I’ll be honest, when a wedding and reception is all held on church grounds, I tend to expect a pretty simple setup. But nothing about Christina and Philip’s day was “basic” or “ordinary” – they themselves are high energy, yet humble; enthusiastic and fun, yet gracious and compassionate. This positive core extends to their friends and family, and translated into a moving, and truly exciting event that blew away my expectations. Smiles and laughter punctuated the day, and the Orthodox church was a sight to behold. Thank you, Christina and Philip, for entrusting me with capturing all the big and little moments throughout the day, I look forward to being your photographer for future big (and little - hint, hint) moments to come :)

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Capitola Beach Engagement Photography Session - Josie + John

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Capitola Beach Engagement Photography Session - Josie + John

Along the coast, it can often get foggy, especially in the summer. While some clients get bummed about this, I simply tell them that this weather has its own beauty, an ethereal magical quality to it. Plus, we're more likely to have a much more private session in a public arena since all the sunbathers have gone home! The purpose of this shoot was to get some save-the-date photos for this couple that included their lil' pups. So cute, right? Here's a few of my favorites from their engagement session in Capitola, California.

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Panther Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Session - Kate + Ryan

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Panther Beach, Santa Cruz Engagement Session - Kate + Ryan

These guys live in Oregon, but love the beach down here and wanted their save-the-dates and engagement photos in general to capture the natural coastal beauty we have here. Thing was, this was a friday night and some kinf of epic party was happening on the beach when we arrived. Can you tell from the photos? No? Well I guess I did my job right then... enjoy my faves below!

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Waterfall Lodge Wedding in Ben Lomond, California – Jenelle and Tyler

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Waterfall Lodge Wedding in Ben Lomond, California – Jenelle and Tyler

Along the coast here, we're blessed with beautiful seascapes in front of us, and enchanting redwood forests and behind us. Jenelle and Tyler opted for a redwood grove wedding in the mountains above Ben Lomond, California, and it was truly a magical setting to celebrate their big day. The venue (formerly known as Stones & Flowers) has reopened and re-branded as Waterfall Lodge. The grand new addition, aside from all the landscaping, is a masterpiece of a recycled wood "barn" surrounded by marble-tiled reception and cocktail hour terraces. It's perfect for typically-sized weddings, and we were lucky to have amazing weather day-of. I was so happy to celebrate this day with Jenelle and Tyler, and I produced way more photos than I typically do. I'll stop writing and just share a few of my faves:  

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