The Lodge at Donner Wedding | Truckee | Jina and Doug

When I walked into the cabin that Jina and Doug shared to prepare for their wedding day and heard 90s HipHop playing, I knew everything was going to be alright. And so did they. It was why they spent the night before their wedding together, because they needed each other and knew they were better together than apart.  From the start, I think they both knew that.  The connection they found in each other was so deep it was nothing short of spiritual.

The love and dedication I saw in these two was something quite special. They are the couple you look to for advice. The ones you know are going to make it no matter what because their love connection is so strong. The way Doug calmed Jina’s nerves and the way they celebrated their wedding together was truly something you didn’t just see…it was something you felt.

It was a beautiful fall day for their The Lodge at Donner wedding in Tahoe/Truckee. The seasons were changing and days were getting shorter and the nights cooler as summer was now behind them. Snow had not yet fallen but you could feel that winter was not too far away.  A time of transition that Jina and Doug shared with nature and with each other as they started their journey as man and wife.

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Lodge Restaurant and Pub

Wedding Planner:  Sharae Townsend

Make-up and Hair: La Di Da Beauty

Florist:  Love and Lupines (Meghon Shrewsbury)

Cake / Dessert:  Sugar Pine Cakery

DJ / Band:   Extreme Productions 

Officiant:  Reno Tahoe Ceremonies (Eric Tastet)

St. Francis Church Wedding | Julia Morgan House Reception | Jamie and Mike

Jamie has a heart and a mind for politics. She cares about people and gets behind causes she believes in. It’s an admirable quality and one that I know Mike picked up on and was drawn to right away. She is a person who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it with her entire mind, body, and spirit. This beautiful girl is quite the force indeed. And Mike is her perfect match, a strong and handsome man who perfectly compliments her in every way. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two. I know it will be full of nothing but great accomplishments.

They had a St. Francis Church wedding with a Julia Morgan House reception. The weather was warm; but, it was not too warm. And, the night gave us that wonderful Delta breeze that makes summer and early fall in Sacramento so memorable. Everyone danced and drank the night away celebrating these two lovelies. It was a marvelous day and one I will not soon forget.

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Ceremony Venue : St. Francis Church

Reception Venue : Julia Morgan House

Hair stylist & Make-up artist : Deeda Salon

Florist : The Posh Posey

DJ / Band : MR DJ Event Services

Old St. Mary’s Chapel wedding | Whitney Oaks Country Club Reception | Leilani and Brian

The first thing you have to know about Leilani and Brian: they are two of the most beautiful souls I have ever met. They are both working artists, activists, kind, caring, and just plain approachable people. From the first email, to the last hug when Jon and I left after documenting their Old St. Mary’s Chapel wedding, my heart was full of admiration and appreciation for them both.

Leilani is an accomplished artist, seriously her work is amazing! And Brian is a art designer on some pretty well known video game you may have actually played. They are such a powerful couple, both artistically and spiritually. Self-proclaimed twin-flames, soul-mates, and best friends, they slay individually and collectively in the most amazing way possible. And did I mention gorgeous too? I mean, Brian’s hair alone is enough to drive women crazy and then you have his beautiful bride with that “I want to stab you in the eye” brand of beauty that would make anyone jealous. Except when you meet them and realize what crazy cool caring people they really are. What a package!

They said their “I do’s” with an Old St. Mary’s Chapel wedding in Rocklin and partied the night away at the Whitney Oaks Golf Club. Because they are that kind of grounded with their family and their life. From a traditional church, to a country club, to an art exposition, to a raging San Francisco party, they just fit. And they make you fit with them. It’s an all-inclusive affair with these two and an experience I am truly grateful to have had.

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Ceremony Venue : Old St. Mary’s

Reception Venue : Whitney Oaks Golf Club

Make-up artist : Irina Antonova

Hair stylist : Marisa Grace

Cake / Dessert : Jennifer Kay Palmer

DJ / Band : DJ Niki Mateo