Downtown Sacramento Engagement Session | Tina and Joe

The months leading up to your wedding are such an exciting time in your life! Searching for the right venue, scheduling tastings, and planning out each little details can often become time consuming and exhausting. If you’re moving homes, jobs, or families together- it’s even more work! Of course, it’s all worth it in the end. During this time, I find that it’s so important to take a day to stop, breathe, and celebrate the beautiful decision that is bringing your two lives together. A precious time to reflect and treasure these exciting moments before the big day arrives.   And what better way to do that then with an engagement session with your wedding photographer?!

Tina and Joe are planning their wedding and are working with a blended family- of furry children. It always cracks me up to see how much personality is packed into their little wagging bodies. Just like kids, each has their own quirks, idiosyncrasies and preferences. Seeing as these pups are a huge part of their growing family, we of course had to incorporate them into Tina and Joe’s engagement session. Again, just like kiddos, they were a little rambunctious and it made for a session a fun, hilarious, laid back ball of chaos… And fur.

Capital Park was the perfect place for them to run around and celebrate Mom and Dad’s upcoming nuptials. We truly were able to capture some wonderful family portraits. Tina and Joe are both really big Sacramento Kings fans, and love the whole downtown Sacramento area. We found a great graffiti wall for some fun shots, and also went to the new Golden One event center. The variety in locations helped develop an eclectic and diverse collection, while capturing multiple aspects of both Tina and Joe’s personalities.  It was the perfect downtown Sacramento engagement session!

These two were such a sweet and fun couple to photograph, and although Joe was a little camera shy, Tina was able to get him to give her a kiss by the end! I know these two have a bright future ahead, and their blended family will be together fur-ever!  I can’t wait for their wedding this fall!!

Downtown Sacramento engagement session

David Girard Vineyards Wedding | KC and Keith

Working in the wedding industry, it’s always a pleasure to hear how couples meet and fall in love. From high school sweethearts, to blind dates, to shared interests… every story is unique and beautiful.  KC and Keith met at the very popular XOSO sport and social club playing Dodgeball.  I honestly think a lot of relationships have XOSO to thank!  Their cake was even topped with a small tribute to their first meeting: caricatures of the two clad in their XOSO Dodgeball jerseys, KC with a dodgeball tucked under her arm.  It was perfect (and hysterical).

It was a crisp fall day in November with the hint of winter in the air for KC and Keith’s wedding.  They said their vows with a lovely ceremony at the Holy Trinity church in El Dorado Hills and partied into the night with a David Girard Vineyards wedding reception.  And even when the party bus got stuck on the winding road on the way to the reception (don’t worry, all the guests made it safe and sound to the party), nothing could stop the glow coming from these two.  The romantic pics in the vineyard during the gold hour were a highlight and a wonderful opportunity for KC and Keith to have a moment to themselves.

It was an emotional day (in the best way possible) and our girl KC kept herself poised and together the whole time – well almost the whole time.  When it came time for her to dance with Keith as her husband, she was overcome with happy tears. It was a beautiful moment between the newlyweds.

Finding love was probably the furthest thing from their mind when they signed up to play dodgeball, but it’s not uncommon for people to be brought together by an activity they both enjoy. Passions join and strengthen a relationship, afterall. The ball was in their court that day, and I wish this sweet couple many wonderful years of love ahead!  Just remember you two, when things can crazy you have to move together with the five D’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!

Capturing the love between these two was such an incredible experience. Interested in learning more about Teresa K Photograpy? Let’s get in touch!

Make-up artist : The bride’s sister-in-law
Hair stylist : Brockway Hair Design, Folsom, CA
Florist : Camino Flower Shop, Placerville, CA
Ceremony Venue : Holy Trinity Parish, El Dorado Hills, CA
Reception Venue : David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, CA
Limo / Transportation : Universal Limousine and Transportation
Caterer : Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center, Placerville, CA
Cake / Dessert : Way Back Bakery, El Dorado, CA
DJ / Band : Riptide Entertainment-Sacramento Wedding DJ
Cake Topper :

The Meritage Resort and Spa Wedding | Alexa and Chris

Wedding planning is such an exciting time for couples. Months and months of working out the perfect arrangements, tweaking the seating charts, and trying out every flavor cake until you’re sure if you try one more you’ll have to let your dress out an inch. All the choices can sometimes make it stressful, but it becomes worth it all when the big day finally arrives and you get to see all the hard work and details come to fruition.

And work for it Alexa and Chris did!  They went ALL OUT for their beautiful Meritage Resort and Spa wedding in Napa.  Alexa worked incredibly hard on all the little details, and it didn’t go unnoticed. Every place setting, floral arrangement, and linen was exquisite. The bride’s cake was stunning, and she chose not only one dress, but two beautiful one-of-a-kind gowns for their big day. Who says you always have to make such a tough decision?! You can’t go wrong with two gorgeous dresses!  Even the sunset knew it needed to step up its game for these two.  And Oh My Lawrd, it really did!!  The sky pretty much did a standing ovation that night.  It was perfect.

Before they were planning their wedding, Alexa and Chris were just a couple of college students, both very athletic and into sports.  It wasn’t long until they discovered this was one of many things they had in common.  The love of a sport is a strong connecting bond.  It transcends language, culture, and other barriers plus it can be a powerful tool in a relationship. Mourning a team loss, celebrating a win, or even having a rivalry or house divided keeps things interesting!  And I think they will ALWAYS be keeping it interesting in their house!  Just sayin’…I’ve seen the Facebook posts!

They hosted over 200 people at their dreamy event, with 16 in the bridal party! There was no shortage of love and family on this special day, that is for sure! It’s a lot of work planning a wedding and crossing your fingers everything goes as planned. But when the event goes off without a hitch, and you get to celebrate your love surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones it’s all worth it in the end. Cheers to the beautiful newlyweds!

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Just look at the gleam in his eyes as he stares at his new bride. Just beautiful.

Interested in learning more about Teresa K Photograpy? Let’s get in touch!

Wedding Planner : Kristina Vaughan (From Plan2 Perfect)
Make-up artist : Lili Surplus
Hair stylist : Christina “Mac” McMillan
Florist : Linda Bakkie
Videographer : (Christine & Mike)
Ceremony Venue & Reception Venue : The Meritage Resort & Spa
Caterer : Meritage Resort
Cake / Dessert : Fleur de Lisa
DJ / Band : The Wedding Factor– DJ Tosh & Emcee Neketia
Photobooth : Night Owl Photobooth