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Roaring Camp Wedding Photos - Felton, California

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Roaring Camp Wedding Photos - Felton, California

If you love trains and you’re getting married, you really have to check out Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California. Carol and Nick (well, especially Nick), dig these steam-driven monuments to living history, so it was a natural choice for their Big Day to choose Roaring Camp as their wedding venue. It was Cinco de Mayo, and we were graced with amazing weather all day. Even though Roaring Camp can host large weddings with over 200 people, these two wanted something a little more intimate, allowing for family-style tables at the reception, and setting up a really cool lounge area outdoors around a fire pit. The ceremony was held in the upper redwood grove, and the train ride up and down Bear Mountain is always one of the most memorable aspects of a Roaring Camp wedding. I got so many great candids throughout the day, please enjoy some of my favorites in my album design below:

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Wedding @ Monarch Cove Inn, Capitola

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Wedding @ Monarch Cove Inn, Capitola

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.

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Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite Wedding

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Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite Wedding

For a couple as adventurous as Pete and Erin, tying the knot in one of the most outdoor-sy, gorgeous landscap-y, beautimous locations in the world was kind of a given (and forgive my propensity for made-up words). Yes, Yosemite Valley was the ideal location for this destination wedding – and more specifically the historic Ahwahnee Hotel nestled in the heart of the valley.

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Gamble Garden Palo Alto Wedding

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Gamble Garden Palo Alto Wedding

Small weddings in an intimate setting are such a joy to capture; you don't have the crazy stress of a million things happening at once, and crowds of people to corral from one place to another. The bride and groom can actually sit and talk to all their guests, enjoying the moment throughout the day. Mary and John chose Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center in Palo Alto for their intimate celebration, and I have to admit this place is a hidden gem (and remarkably affordable, I'm told). If you can deal with no amplified music/voices (enter three string quartet), shutting down by 10pm, and inviting no more than 50 guests, this venue can be had for a steal. There are so many places to explore: the historical house, a myriad of gardens, gazebo, fountains, towering oaks – it's so fun for us photographers and provides variety for the couples. I was excited to work again with Judi, owner of Taste-Full Events – one of the finest foodie-certified caterers in the Bay Area. When I found out she was handling things, I knew the food was gonna be out of this world! To top off the culinary treats, dessert was presented by a Bay Area startup on pace to be the top artisan ice cream maker in town.

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Monastery Beach / Rancho Canada Golf Club Carmel Wedding

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Monastery Beach / Rancho Canada Golf Club Carmel Wedding

Yuriana and Ruben lucked out with some amazing weather on their wedding day – which is a good thing since they planned an outdoor ceremony at gorgeous Monastery Beach in Carmel, California. The ocean in this cove has blue and green hues a la more tropical locations like Hawaii, and the skies overhead had just enough clouds to add visual interest and to subtract a little harshness from the sun. After the ceremony, we did a little TTD session (Trash the Dress), which turned into a TTT session (Trash the Tuxedo) after I had the couple lay down in the sand. Luckily they were prepared for this, although I felt a little bad considering the non-tropical temperature of the ocean at our latitude :) But we got some great shots, so all is forgiven (right guys?).

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