G & Jo met up with me at this special part of Carmel River State Beach for their sunset engagement session. Usually I’m shooting small weddings / elopements at this spot, so it was fun to explore it in a fresh context. These two are classy & romantic, and were totally open to my directions throughout the shoot. I think we ended up with some amazing photos, here’s a few of my favorites:
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 :)
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.
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!
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: