Firehouse Wedding | Downtown Sacramento | Betsy and Alex

There’s something about travel and the experiences of meeting new people from different backgrounds that opens your heart, mind, and soul. When Betsey went to France, I don’t know that she expected to find the love of her life. But that’s exactly what happened. And it was nothing short of magical.  But with the warmth and infectious smile that flows so easily from Betsey, it was easy to see how Alex fell for her.  And Alex, he is as charming and handsome and he is open and warm (which is saying a lot as the serious French man that he is!).  The two of them together was pure magic.

Seriously, what an incredible wedding and family! So many of the guests traveled from France for the wedding and many only spoke French. But the language barrier between the families was never an issue. The love they had for Betsey and Alex and their openness and excitement over the union was tangible. It was not something I could easily describe. It was more like something you could feel, pure love surrounding them and lifting them up as they became man and wife.

Their Firehouse wedding was perfection and a marvelous blend of both American and European traditions. They shared their vows during a traditional church wedding with a reception serving the best food and wine at The Firehouse restaurant in downtown Sacramento. They had a gorgeous cake and, of course, cheese plates for dessert (my kind of party!). The atmosphere was so full of life and excitement for Alex and Betsey’s future together paced at a relaxed French speed.

This wedding was truly such an amazing experience! I couldn’t be happier for such a fantastic couple and family, and can’t imagine two more deserving people of such love. They were such a joy to work with, and I wish them nothing but the best on their adventure of life together as husband and wife!

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Make-up artist : Jill Briggs
Florist : I Do Floral (Kathy Simeone)
Videographer : Graham King
Ceremony Venue : First Baptist Church
Reception Venue : Firehouse Restaurant
Cake / Dessert : Jaynee Cakes
DJ / Band : Matthew Cope Entertainment

Highland Dell Lodge Wedding | Monte Rio | Rebecca and Michael

To say I’ll not soon forget this wedding would be the understatement of the century! Everything about Michael and Rebecca’s beautiful Highland Dell Lodge wedding was rich in Bavarian tradition.  There were so many elements that held such sentimental meaning for everyone involved. From the jewelry Rebecca wore that was borrowed from Michael’s grandmother in Germany, to the wedding dress custom made for her in a neighboring village to where Michael grew up and his parents still live to this day.

Rebecca also has two daughters, to whom Michael gifted two gorgeous necklaces at the wedding ceremony.  It was so touching.  And my favorite part…wait for it…their wedding cake was actually three wheels of their favorite cheeses.  Jon and I don’t always partake in the dessert but I am here to tell you YES, we ate the cheese and it was DELICIOUS!!

Michael’s family came all the way from Bavaria for the wedding and only spoke German, I loved listening to them talk and laugh and celebrate together.  Although many of the guests did not speak english, it’s funny how love can be understood in any language, and the love was surely flowing that day! As heavy as the raindrops falling from the sky.  And I mean that quite literally.  It was clear and sunny right up until the outdoor ceremony started, and then it just poured buckets and buckets of rain.  But let me tell you, the rain didn’t deter anyone from having a wonderful time and made for a uniquely special wedding ceremony memory for everyone (Jon and I included)!

The celebration of the love that these two share was such an incredible thing to be able to document. Congratulations Michael and Rebecca! I have nothing but the best wishes for a future filled with endless laughter and boundless love for you and your family.

Highland Dell Inn wedding

Make-up artist : Darcy Hunt
Hair stylist : Brooklyn Santiago
Florist : Eve in the Garden
Ceremony Venue : Highland Dell Inn
Reception Venue : Highland Dell Inn
DJ / Band : Lucky Devils

Elk Grove Private Estate Wedding | Stephanie and Sam

I’m so incredibly excited to share this wedding as not only are Stephanie and Sam very special on their own; but, their entire family is also incredibly near and dear to my heart. When Stephanie’s mother Anita contact me about her daughter’s wedding I was so excited for the whole family! I had the opportunity to capture Stephanie’s brother’s wedding to his beautiful bride Kindra several years ago. And the thought of capturing this growing family again made my heart melt. I’ve really loved getting to know them better over the years.

Documenting their day was an absolute pleasure. The raw emotion and unbridled love that flowed so openly between these two beautiful souls filled not only every inch of of the space they occupied together, but also the hearts of everyone in attendance at the wedding. Plus they had their sweet baby boy with them to witness his parent’s marriage. It was perfect in every way.

They held their Elk Grove private estate wedding at a friend of the family’s house. The estate and grounds were absolutely stunning, As soon as I stepped foot on the property, I felt as though I was entering a nature reserve, filled to the brim with Stephanie and Sam’s supportive friends and family. Everything on this day was beautiful to the max. From the bride and her gown, to the idyllic location and delicious food. The most beautiful thing though, was the palpable love between this newly bonded man, wife, child, and family. It was the perfect start to their happily ever after.

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Make-up artist : Karissa Cosentino – MAC Roseville
Hair stylist : Beverly Blank – Stained Hair & Nail Salon In Lodi
DJ:  Jamie Jo Productions
Caterer : Catering by Sandra
Cake / Dessert : Above and Beyond Desserts (cake)