Sacramento Indian Wedding | Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple | Rohini and Ed

Rohini had been on dating sites before; but, none of the men she ever met were interesting enough or smart enough to keep up with her. That was until she met Ed. He set himself apart with his intelligent brand of humor and his bold, confident ways. And even though they come from very different backgrounds – Ed’s family is Catholic and he was raised in the church and Rohini’s family is traditionally Hindu – they found they had much in common including a value of family, honor and loyalty, belief in a strong education, and a deep love of art, as you can see by their Crocker Art Museum engagement session. And it wasn’t long into their courtship before they both realized they wanted to be with each other forever.

This was the first time Jon and I had the privilege of shooting an Indian wedding and it was absolutely remarkable. The colors, the intricacies, the feeling of peace and harmony in the temple, the rush of not being 100% sure what was coming up next and yet being able to follow the flow at an instinctual level. I guess that comes from shooting weddings for so many years.

It was an incredible Sacramento Indian wedding at the Sri Siddhi Vinayak temple and an experience I will not soon forget. It was a small, intimate affair – which given that most Catholic or Indian weddings are HUGE – was a testament and reflection of Ed and Rohini. The way both families opened their hearts to each other, to their children as they became husband and wife, and to Jon and I as we documented the day, was something truly amazing in every sense of the word that left me feeling humbled and happy.

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Ceremony Venue : Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple

Reception Venue : private residence

UC Davis Arboretum Wedding | Kate and Robert

Falling in love with someone in the service means a life a little extraordinary. Having been raised in a military family, my Mom was often left to care for herself and for me without my Dad when he was on away stations or training in other states for months at a time. In fact, she always says it’s the military’s fault when I complain about being an only child…ha!! But seriously, it truly is a sacrifice that only those who serve and their families can really understand. Having a strong faith and foundation built on family and love is essential to the health of a all marriages, but especially for military families.

And let me tell you, the love and family foundation is strong with both Kate and Robert. Kate with her beautiful long hair and eyes that speak truth and her strong, almost stoic at times, other half Robert are quite a powerful couple. Their commitment to each other and their bond was almost tangible. It was a beautiful affair, focused on love, family, and food (oh man, the BBQ was to die for!!). It was everything they dreamed about and all that they deserved. I can’t think of a better celebration than their UC Davis Arboretum wedding as the start of happily ever after together!

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Ceremony and Reception Venue : Putah Creek Lodge

Make-up artist : Kimmi Gustafson

Hair stylist : Kimmi Gustafson

Caterer : Buckhorn Catering

DJ / Band : Tyler Chuck

Young’s Vineyard Wedding | Jaimie and Vaughn

I’m going to parallel Jaimie and Vaughn’s love story with my own reactions to the now infamous Beyonce pregnancy announcement photograph that was posted on Instagram this week. When I first saw the image, I didn’t think I liked it. So I went about my business, not really thinking about it too much anymore. And then it popped up in my feed again and I took a second look. I looked a little closer and started to see a depth and complexity I had not previously noticed. Then I spent some time researching the artist, getting to know his body of work, and viewing the image in the context of his works as a whole. And after spending a little bit of time in reflection, studying the image (and myself), I discovered that I really like it. In fact, I might even love it!

And so it was with Jaime and Vaughn. They met, had a date, and both decided, eh, I’ll pass. But, it was fated for them. And at the coaxing of a mutual friend, they went on a second date. And much like my reaction to the photograph, upon further study, they both saw things in each other that resonated, that made sense, that felt…right. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think you know the rest of this story since, after all, I am a wedding photographer!

Jaimie and Vaughn had their celebration with a Young’s Vineyard Wedding in the heart of Gold Country. It was a beautiful day full of love, devotion, and heart. Jaime is so gorgeous, so reserved, so….reflective and demure. And Vaughn, well he’s equally complex, just like that work of art I described above. It was so humbling to document their love, their vulnerability, their resolve to create a life together that honored their families, God, and each other. And just like that image, I expect the LOVE button to hit new records for these two!

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Ceremony and Reception Venue : Young’s Vineyard

Wedding Planner : Kristy Taliaferro

Make-up artist : Rachel Groves

Hair stylist : Tayler Aubrey

Florist : The Blossom Shop

Caterer : Hannibal’s Catering

Cake / Dessert : Ingrid’s Cakes

DJ / Band : Function 45 DJ Steve Schon