2016 WPJA Q4 Photography Contest Award Winning Photo

I’m super thrilled to have placed in the 2016 WPJA Q4 photography contest with this sweet moment between Betsy and her Grandmother at her Firehouse Restaurant wedding reception this fall. The number of uber talented photographers in the WPJA is immense and makes the recognition that much sweeter!

Latest Contest Results
The Wedding Photojournalist Association is pleased to announce the results of the Fourth Quarter WPJA Photography Competition. Join us as we congratulate all the winners. The 2016 Q4 Contest showcases the wedding photojournalism of WPJA members from the final quarter of the 2016 year in 15 categories.

Every year WPJA hosts the largest wedding photography competitions in the world judged by panels of award-winning photojournalists. Competitions, which are held quarterly and open only to WPJA members, are part of the association’s commitment to upholding the highest standards in wedding photojournalism. Membership in WPJA requires rigorous standards in technical skill, aesthetics and best business practices.

The Lodge at Donner Wedding | Truckee | Jina and Doug

When I walked into the cabin that Jina and Doug shared to prepare for their wedding day and heard 90s HipHop playing, I knew everything was going to be alright. And so did they. It was why they spent the night before their wedding together, because they needed each other and knew they were better together than apart.  From the start, I think they both knew that.  The connection they found in each other was so deep it was nothing short of spiritual.

The love and dedication I saw in these two was something quite special. They are the couple you look to for advice. The ones you know are going to make it no matter what because their love connection is so strong. The way Doug calmed Jina’s nerves and the way they celebrated their wedding together was truly something you didn’t just see…it was something you felt.

It was a beautiful fall day for their The Lodge at Donner wedding in Tahoe/Truckee. The seasons were changing and days were getting shorter and the nights cooler as summer was now behind them. Snow had not yet fallen but you could feel that winter was not too far away.  A time of transition that Jina and Doug shared with nature and with each other as they started their journey as man and wife.

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Lodge Restaurant and Pub

Wedding Planner:  Sharae Townsend

Make-up and Hair: La Di Da Beauty

Florist:  Love and Lupines (Meghon Shrewsbury)

Cake / Dessert:  Sugar Pine Cakery

DJ / Band:   Extreme Productions 

Officiant:  Reno Tahoe Ceremonies (Eric Tastet)

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