St. Francis Church Wedding | Julia Morgan House Reception | Jamie and Mike

Jamie has a heart and a mind for politics. She cares about people and gets behind causes she believes in. It’s an admirable quality and one that I know Mike picked up on and was drawn to right away. She is a person who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it with her entire mind, body, and spirit. This beautiful girl is quite the force indeed. And Mike is her perfect match, a strong and handsome man who perfectly compliments her in every way. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two. I know it will be full of nothing but great accomplishments.

They had a St. Francis Church wedding with a Julia Morgan House reception. The weather was warm; but, it was not too warm. And, the night gave us that wonderful Delta breeze that makes summer and early fall in Sacramento so memorable. Everyone danced and drank the night away celebrating these two lovelies. It was a marvelous day and one I will not soon forget.

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Ceremony Venue : St. Francis Church

Reception Venue : Julia Morgan House

Hair stylist & Make-up artist : Deeda Salon

Florist : The Posh Posey

DJ / Band : MR DJ Event Services

Old St. Mary’s Chapel wedding | Whitney Oaks Country Club Reception | Leilani and Brian

The first thing you have to know about Leilani and Brian: they are two of the most beautiful souls I have ever met. They are both working artists, activists, kind, caring, and just plain approachable people. From the first email, to the last hug when Jon and I left after documenting their Old St. Mary’s Chapel wedding, my heart was full of admiration and appreciation for them both.

Leilani is an accomplished artist, seriously her work is amazing! And Brian is a art designer on some pretty well known video game you may have actually played. They are such a powerful couple, both artistically and spiritually. Self-proclaimed twin-flames, soul-mates, and best friends, they slay individually and collectively in the most amazing way possible. And did I mention gorgeous too? I mean, Brian’s hair alone is enough to drive women crazy and then you have his beautiful bride with that “I want to stab you in the eye” brand of beauty that would make anyone jealous. Except when you meet them and realize what crazy cool caring people they really are. What a package!

They said their “I do’s” with an Old St. Mary’s Chapel wedding in Rocklin and partied the night away at the Whitney Oaks Golf Club. Because they are that kind of grounded with their family and their life. From a traditional church, to a country club, to an art exposition, to a raging San Francisco party, they just fit. And they make you fit with them. It’s an all-inclusive affair with these two and an experience I am truly grateful to have had.

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Ceremony Venue : Old St. Mary’s

Reception Venue : Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Make-up artist : Irina Antonova

Hair stylist : Marisa Grace

Cake / Dessert : Jennifer Kay Palmer

DJ / Band : DJ Niki Mateo

The Lodge at Tahoe Donner Wedding | Truckee, CA | Kate and Phil

Oh where do I start with these two lovelies Kate and Phil? First, they are both incredibly smart people who have great ambitions and know what they want out of life. Second, they are so stinking cute. Seriously, I’m talking about some commercial quality cuteness here! And I mean that both individually and even more so together as a couple.

Jon and I thouroughly enjoyed photographing these two at their The Lodge at Tahoe Donner wedding this fall. I think that Kate had one of the most protective and loving bridal parties I have ever encountered; it was incredible. Kate had an injury just a few weeks before the wedding, but you would have never known she was in any discomfort or pain. She was such a trooper! I think that’s what love does to us, it enables us to do things we never could on our own.

The weather was just starting to have that crispness in the air at the end of what was a long, hot summer. They celebrated with friends and family and during the reception had the most touching tribute to her father who was no longer with them. Baseball was a huge pastime for their family and in lieu of a first dance, she played a game of catch with her brother. And at the end of their session, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was something especially beautiful and touching.

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: Tahoe Donner Lodge

Wedding Planner : Kami Storz

Make-up artist : Michelle Campbell & Stefani Lawrie

Hair stylist : Michelle Campbell & Stefani Lawrie

Florist : Martha Bernyk

Caterer : Tahoe Donner Lodge

Cake / Dessert : Don Ewing ‘a.k.a. Don the Baker’

DJ / Band : Brandon Storz

Wedding dress designed by Pronovias

Groom’s suit designed by Hugo Boss