Sacramento Catholic Wedding | Jacob and Danielle

You know those weddings that are so much fun, you forget you are working and think you are one of the guests because of all the smiling and laughing?  That was absolutely my experience working with Danielle and Jacob on their wedding day.  

Both of them come from devout Catholic families, and so the ceremony of the sacrament of marriage was so meaningful to everyone.  What a beautiful way to join together and begin their new life as a family.  

Both Danielle and Jacob are also very family oriented and celebrating with family and friends was so key to what they wanted their wedding to include.  Jacob’s family is the Leatherby family, owners of the most amazing ice cream and sandwich joint in town, Leatherby’s Family Creamery, so of course they featured a spectacular ice cream bar at the wedding.  Before the traditional bouquet toss, there was a candy toss just for the children in attendance – so fun and thoughtful they weren’t left out of this element. The bridal party did a surprise flash mob for Danielle and Jacob.  There was so much love for these guys and so many amazing photos and memories!!

During the reception, both Danielle and Jacob were able to have an amazing time on the dance floor.  She shared how extremely important dancing is to them – and she added they couldn’t wait to brush out the moves they had been holding in for the last year!  I love what a compliment to each other they are: he is shy and she is outgoing and they are an amazing match.  She brings out the happy in him and she fits in with his big crazy family perfectly.  

Our Lady of the Assumption Parish wedding

We had so much fun on Jacob and Danielle’s big day! Being their Sacramento Catholic Wedding Photographer was such a joy. Best wishes for a bright future, you two!

Make-up artist: Kristy Times Martinez

Hair Stylist: Talley Whaley

Florist: Amour Florist & Bridal

Ceremony venue: Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Private Home

Caterer: Buckhorn Grill

Cake / Dessert: Ettore’s and Leatherby’s Family Creamery

DJ / Band: Steve Schon – Function 45 Entertainment

Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Wedding | Martinez | Dani and John

Weddings are a representation of a new chapter, a time of change, and a reason to celebrate. Of course the wedding itself is just one day among a lifetime with your partner. The real celebration is in the journey to come.

John and Danielle (Dani) were recently married and I loved what Dani said when asked what she was most looking forward to on her wedding day. Aside from all the planning for the event finally being over, which I’m sure we can all relate to, Dani said she was most looking forward to being around the people they love and celebrating with them. She believes that each person in attendance helped carve the path that brought them together, and in a way their wedding was a “thank you” celebration for all those who had a part in shaping them and bringing them together as husband and wife.

I love her perspective because it’s an acknowledgment that the wedding is simply a party. While the marriage and connections with loved ones are what truly matter. John and Dani were married in a Catholic Church, and their reception was held right across the street at Ignacio Martinez Park Plaza. They had a traditional catholic ceremony, and incorporated some Filipino traditions as well. It was a gorgeous day, and the joy these two exuded was tangible. I know that beyond their beautiful wedding, there is an even more beautiful journey that lies ahead for them, and that is worth celebrating.

catholic church wedding

A gorgeous Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Wedding, joining together two even more gorgeous souls. Thank you Dani and John for allowing me to be a part of your big day!

Make-up Artist : Suzy Tendick – Mary Kay
Hair Stylist : I Do Dry Style
Florist : Granshaw’s Flowers
Videographer : SmartFlight Wedding Videography
Ceremony Venue : Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Reception Venue : Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Caterer : Zandonella Catering
Cake / Dessert : Le Gateau Elegant
DJ / Band : Kalama Kai DJ
Invitations : Julia Vann

Sonoma Garden Pavilion Wedding | Micaela and John

There are some destinations that offer a beautiful experience the moment you hit the county roads. Sonoma, California is no doubt one of them. Beautiful hills and oak trees, stunning views, and world class vineyards abound in this quaint location just a short trip out of San Francisco. It’s truly beautiful and one of a kind.

I recently photographed a wedding at a garden pavilion location in Sonoma. The venue was incredible and embodied the very best of wine country in California. The beautiful houses and vineyards reminded me of an amazing bed and breakfast straight out of a Williams-Sonoma catalog. The bride’s family used to travel to Sonoma on vacation, so it’s a very fond memory for her and part of why they chose to get married there. Most of their family and friends are from the east coast, so the event was a destination wedding for the majority of the guests.

Micaela’s dress was simple yet stunning, which was to be expected as she’s a designer with an amazing aesthetic. John is in finance, and there’s a running joke with their friends and family that he is frugal- which made for some hysterical moments in the speech from his best man. They incorporated several east coast touches, including Italian singers at the reception, and cannellonis delivered from friends.

It was a gorgeous day, and a beautiful experience for both the bride and groom- along with the guests who had never traveled to Northern California and experienced the beautiful city of Sonoma. I know it will go in the books with all the other sweet memories from her childhood that the bride holds so dear.

Sonoma garden pavilion wedding

How gorgeous was this Sonoma Garden Pavilion Wedding! What a classic example of the beauty of love I was able to capture on their big day!

Wedding Planner: Patty Steinberg

Hair and Make-up artist: Sandra Manzo

Ceremony / Reception: Sonoma Garden Pavilion

Florist : Selene Farias Spring Flowers

Caterer: Sally Tomatoes

DJ / Band: Celeste Lear