Have you ever heard the expression that some people “wear their heart on their sleeve”? Well let me tell you, this term of endearment is especially applicable when it comes to Ashley and August. I could see it during our first Skype consult, then again at their engagement session, and in full force surrounded by friends and family on their wedding day. The way their love for each other radiated the entire day and their ability to express it without reserve was just incredible. It was the kind of day that fills your soul completely until it flows over with happiness. I know it sounds corny, but it is so true.
Lovers of the outdoors and nature, they celebrated their union with a Twenty Mile House wedding in Greagle, a beautiful part of Northern California that is less traveled, less commercialized, and reflective of their hearts. It was a day I will not soon forget and the first time a couple has joined me in the water to get “the shot”. Love and laughter were flowing the entire day. Ashley’s smile lit up the entire room and Augie’s super chill vibe resonated everywhere he went. And after getting to know them over the duration of planning their wedding through the big day itself, I can truly say without hesitation, the world is a better place because these two are in it.
Ceremony and Reception Venue : Twenty Mile House
Wedding Planner : Trisha Hinds
Make-up artist : Sherrie Sherk
Hair stylist : Sherrie Sherk
Florist : Sonia at Weddings by Grey
Limo / Transportation : Plumes County Transit
Caterer : Adrienne and Kent at Southern Accent Catering
Cake / Dessert : Connie at Quincy Cooking Cottage
DJ / Band : Todd Reasor
Classical Guitarist : Andrew Ohren
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.
Ceremony Venue : Sri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple
Reception Venue : private residence
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!
Ceremony and Reception Venue : Putah Creek Lodge
Make-up artist : Kimmi Gustafson
Hair stylist : Kimmi Gustafson
Caterer : Buckhorn Catering
DJ / Band : Tyler Chuck