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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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:
I love it when a couple decides to have a low key wedding that's more like a fun party that happens to include a wedding ceremony, skipping a lot of the typical formal parts. It's a nice break from the norm, and allows me to focus on all the candid moments, capturing the intimacy of a smaller wedding with lots of interaction between the couple and their loved ones. After getting ready at Seascape Resort in Aptos, Karen and Todd held their wedding ceremony on the bluffs above La Selva Beach.
Monarch Cove Inn is the perfect venue for a daytime wedding with a stunning view and beautiful landscaped grounds. The bride gets a generous suite in the middle of the property, where she can check out the setup progress with clandestine peeps through her upstairs window. I arrived early for Mandy and Dave's wedding so I could capture the details of this beautiful spot – as well as check in with this adorable couple and meet the friends and family surrounding and supporting them for the day.
I've interacted with this family several times over the years – mostly with the groom's brother (I shot his marriage proposal as well as family photos later on at this same location). Everyone is from Texas, so this is a special spot along the Bay that the family enjoys to come together at.
Today, Matt and Pamela held an emotional, intimate wedding on , a grass-covered clearing on Ribera Beach in Carmel, with a large rock outcrop standing firm as backdrop. A beautiful location, to be sure, and a stone's throw from where Matt's father was married years before – but the view was nothing compared to the beautiful bride walking down the makeshift aisle with her father. In no time, everyone was sniffling and dabbing at their eyes, soaking up the pure joy of the moment on this beautiful day.