Elora Kathleen Miller

I’ve thought over this blog for some time.   If I should post or not.   I tried for the majority of my pregnancy not to be boastful or over sharing as I too have felt the pangs of doubt in my fertility.   That wonder if “I’ll ever get that lucky”  that worry shifted into "Is my body ready to carry to term, Am I doing this right, it’s 24 weeks why haven’t I felt her move, is she  A positive blood type and we won’t be compatible."  As she grew and her kicks got stronger my worry eased.   I shared more, I talked about it more I got excited instead of being in fear.  Elora’s life has given me so much joy and has been a focal point for my friends and family after the Camp fire. She’s everything I never knew I was missing.  

I was very fortunate with my pregnancy, I didn’t have complications just worry.  I spent many nights watching her move in my belly, being excited for each kick wondering what she’d look like, who she’ll become.  Just knowing I was carrying a miracle, one that would better me, challenge me and one I love beyond measure.  As the days got closer to my due date I grew anxious, and nervous.  I am so grateful we chose to have a c section because the anticipation of a traditional birth would have driven me crazy.


Friday April 5th 2019 3:30 am.  

The alarm clock sounded as any other morning, just a few hours earlier.  Will and I got ready, we came out to the living room where my mom and sister were ready to go.  Mom braided my hair and it was go time.  We checked and double checked to make sure we had everything and we made our way to Midland Memorial hospital.  Mom rode with me.  We listened to Chris Stapleton  and chatted about life and how it was going to change.  When we got to the hospital we checked in at about 5AM.  As I got prepped for surgery it was very light hearted and at some bits quite funny.  I had no nervousness just excitement to see my baby girl for the first time.  At about 6 Will put on his dad scrubs and cap then fidgeted for an hour before they were ready to take us back.   Before we went back my  anesthesiologist met with us.  She was very business in the beginning but as we chatted she lighted up and she was by far my favorite medical professional in the surgery room. ( I’ll get to why later).  Soon she rolled me back into the OR and we got started.  My anesthesiologist was very clear in what to expect when I got my spinal block, this eased me so much because everything we spoke about happened and I didn’t panic at all.  The plan was right there in front of me I just had to follow it (in stressful situations this is the best way for me to cope. I appreciate a good plan). She made sure I was comfortable and made it very clear if I were to feel ANYTHING I needed to speak up.  I felt nothing.   Once I was all numbed up they prepped me and then brought Will back to join me.   The doctors chatted about their day,  Fleetwood Mac was plating in the background and it was just moments before we heard and saw miss Elora for the first time.   As my doctor was pulling her out he chuckled and said “Hey Emma, It’s a good thing we’re doing it this way,  I don’t think she would have came out the other way,   she’s big and healthy.”   

Seconds later I hear her first cry, Will is standing at my head petting me telling me “she’s here, she’s big”.  Some one calls out 

 "Birth time 7:52”  Birth weight “8 pounds 3 ounces”  As they take her to the table for respiratory to check her out and clear any obstructions Will just watched her so intently.  Meanwhile I was sorting out this tidal wave of emotions.  My eyes were instantly flooded when I heard her for the first time, watching Will walk over to her was a literal blur.  My anesthesiologist was there ( seriously the MVP) giving me the scoop on everything they were doing, telling me it's normal, that Elora was beautiful and she even let me peek around the curtain to see her.   I fought my fears and worries when I couldn’t hear Elora crying,  when I saw her purple skin.  I had so much worry but I knew we both were in capable hands so I dialed into the music playing and sang along to Rocket man.  Soon enough Will and the nurse came over carrying her to me.  I was already crying so I couldn't really see her well,  Them my amazing anesthesiologist came over with tissues and blotted away my tears (SHE'S SERIOUSLY THE BEST).  For the first time I clearly saw my daughter.  I wanted to touch her, kiss her.  But my arms were so numb I couldn’t lift them…. (Again I didn’t feel anything)  I think I muttered "she’s so cute, that’s my baby” or something along those lines.  Then I hear “dad can I have your phone to take pictures for you” ( YES!  That was my anesthesiologist). She snapped a few photos and then Will and baby went to recovery as they stitched me up.  That took the longest.  I started to get control of my arms, they were still heavy but I could lift them.  The nurse rolled me into recovery where Will was holding this little bundle of blankets and baby.  His smile when I came in the room was one I’d never seen before, or maybe it was just my emotions and how great it was to see them both again.  I wanted to hold her, to look at her but I knew I couldn’t do it safely on my own.  Soon the nurse came over and put Elora on my chest for skin to skin and then tried to get her to breast feed.  I don’t remember much of that nurse… I think I blocked her out because what I do remember is that she was very assertive and meant business.  They kept us in recovery for about an hour and then we were transferred to our suite.

Once we were settled in my Mom and Jenna came up to see us.  They too fell instantly in love telling me how she looks so much like me as a newborn.  They day was relaxed with baby cuddles, nurses here and there but quiet. Will’s dad came up from near Austin to greet his granddaughter and get newborn cuddles.   Later in the evening the boys joined us, they had gone to school as normal and our friends brought them down.  Brody was excited through out my pregnancy he was very interested in feeling her kick and asking questions where Tommy was more reserved.  When they finally met her they were both so excited however Brody was like “oh cool she’s here I love her now what else are we doing”. Where Tommy sat with her, not lifting his gaze, loving every second he got with her.  

While I missed being home, missed all the people who I wished could have met her in her first few weeks. My dad, my nephews, the great grandparents, aunts, uncles and all the friends who have been a part of Will and I’s journey; I have to admit I really loved the quietness in the room,  just being able to cuddle and love on my new baby without having to give her up every 20 minutes.  I just got to hog her!  


The first night was difficult I struggled with breast-feeding.  One of my nurses had to come in and give me a peptalk because I was so emotional about not being able to give her what she needed and that I wasn’t able to breast-feed correctly. I struggled with my incision being very painful as I didn’t want to take any opiate medications, the second evening I broke I had to get something a little stronger than Tylenol.


When the second evening came I had a bit more of everything handled, I knew what I was supposed to be doing and it went a lot more smoothly.  We were release the third morning, my sister drove Elora and I home she was nervous but I had plenty of confidence in her driving even in a different state.  The next few days we were in and out of the hospital is getting Elora‘s bilirubin tested as she was a little jaundice when we were released.  This was also difficult for me because I felt like I was failing her.  While I knew rationally I was doing all that I could I worried about the worst case scenarios. There was a couple breakdowns along the way but overall we got through it and everything ended up just fine.  The last two months have been some of the best moments I’ve ever experience, if not s tad emotional, sleepless and busy. 


Without further ado here are Elora’s newborn photos.   Some were taken her first week and some were taken her 3rd  week







Paradise Ca, Wedding photographer: Mr. and Mrs. Domenichini

Bri and Merill Domenichini, are by far two of the most incredible people I have had the honor of working for.  Their kindness and generosity knows no bounds and they have been so marvelous through the last 3 months I just don’t know what I would do if they were anyone else.  Their wedding was on a lovely property down a country road in Paradise California.   The wedding was on an October afternoon surrounded with great weather and old oak trees.   The day began with Bri getting ready with her bridesmaids having a few drinks, laughing and sharing stories.  Bri was a little nervous but it wasn’t due to her marrying her best friend.  The day was low key, relaxed and so enjoyable, surrounded with great hearted people made my job feel like a day off.  Merill and his groomsmen got ready down at the reception site, enjoying a few laughs and a few beers.  Merill was clear with his decision, he had no worry or nervousness he was just excited to finally take Bri as his wife.   

Bri and her father had a first look and my oh my how much that made me and every other onlooker cry. A man of strength looked at his baby girl as if for the first time and became overcome with emotion.  His love, and pride for his daughter was clear, he was glowing. 

The guests arrived and filled nearly every seat,  the ceremony began.  The bridesmaids were delivered to the groomsmen in classic model cars.  The flower girls met their ring bearers and walked down the aisle tossing out shot gun shells (bride and groom are both avid hunters).  Bri and her father came down in a Model T.  Once she started walking down the aisle Merill looked at his bride took a deep breath and attempted to hold back his tears.

  The ceremony was beautiful as the sun slowly hit the golden hour.  The couple exchanged their vows and sealed it with a kiss.  The same Model T was waiting at the end of the aisle to parade the newlyweds around their guests.  The ceremony was followed by a lovely reception with many wonderful people.  After dinner we swept the bride and groom away for sunset photos that over looked the valley.  Bri and Merill were complemented so nicely with the setting sun the whole setting was one from a dream.  As they returned to the reception the evening proceeded with toasts, cake cutting and the formal dancing. 

The couple shared their first dance under white lights as their guest surrounded them watching intently.  Bri was met by her father showing off some skills on the dance floor swinging his little girl around as if they’ve been doing this forever.  Merill joined his mother on the dance floor he spun her around and they laughed together once the song was over he gave her a final spin and escorted her off the dance floor.  Soon after the dances they called all the single ladies and gents for the bouquet and garter toss.  The evening continued with dancing and great company.  

I was fortunate to be a witness to these two getting married.  Jena and I had a wonderful time sharing the day with you both.  Thank you for everything you have done, and continue to do for those you love.  Your hearts are truly amazing,  I am so blessed to call you friends.

 

 

Bella Rosa Farms, Durham CA: Logan and Madison Zimmermann

 

Let start the story where Jena and I first met Madison.  Jena and I were promoting ourselves at our first Chico Bridal Show.  The day was long and we met many brides.  As the show started to calm a little, the crowds parted and there was Madison and her mom.  Jena and I called her over to the booth and we all instantly clicked.  I had her fill out my questionnaire and we chatted about how busy the show was and basically told her she needed to book us because she was a glass slipper fit.  When she walked away Jena and I both said “I hope she books us”.  

You know the connection you when you’ve met someone and in seconds you feel like you’ve known them your whole life?  That’s Madison, she just has that magic.  I sent out my many emails to brides from that day but I hadn’t heard back from her, I couldn’t figure out why.  So I went to social media to find her (sounds desperate now that I type this but I had to follow up with her) I found her on Instagram and she too had been wondering why I hadn’t made a connection to her… Turns out I mistyped her email by one letter and we both almost missed out. 

 We set up a meeting at the Tea Bar to meet with Logan and go over packages and get to know them.  We were in for a treat.  Not only is Madison an amazing person but Logan matched her wonderful qualities.  We all chatted about life, their story, his career, and all that they have faced together. There was no doubt in mind that they were meant for each other and just the way the both of them looked at one another there was so much compassion and love.  We booked that day.  We later met with them for their engagement photos where I learned that they both were masters at posing.  (We struck photographers gold).  After a year of talking here and there following them on Facebook and Instagram their wedding was finally upon us!  And what a day it was! 

            Madison and her bridal party got ready at the Hotel Dimond in Chico.  The morning was filled light hearted fun, champagne and great laughter.  The day continued where Jena met Logan at the venue and soon there after the bridal party and I cruised over to do the first look.  When Logan saw Madison for the first time he was in awe, he walked around her to take in and appreciate the true beauty of his bride.  After the first look we had a little fun doing wedding party photos where everyone was jovial and excited for the evening to begin.   

The guests arrived and the seating quickly filled.  The music cued and Logan began the ceremony.  The groomsmen and bridesmaids made their way down the aisle followed by Logan’s dad and the two adorable ring bearers.   The flower girl was very great at her job as she tossed the pedals for her bride to walk down the aisle.  Maddison and her father came down the aisle a little nervous but sure.  Logan watched his bride intently.  The moments we’ve all been excited for had finally come. The couple shared their vows.  The line that continues to stick out in my mind is “God saved me for you.” Life has thrown these two curve balls, separately and together but they are stronger and better for the experiences and embrace their struggles because now they have each other for all the days ahead.  

After the ceremony we took some sunset photos by the creek where once again these two nailed each pose I asked them to do.  We rejoined the party and the newlyweds had their first dance letting the guests and the rest of the world fall away for a few moments as they enjoyed being in each other’s arms.  The song ended and the world snapped back into place.  The night continued with hilarious and tear-filled speeches, AMAZING home made Donuts and so much more dancing.  

Jena and I enjoyed the wedding so much we had a hard time leaving even though our bodies were tired and we were withering away we didn’t want to leave too soon.  

 

 

 

Madison and Logan, Jena and I truly had a wonderful time.  We adore you both so much and we feel blessed to call you friends.  Cheers to you both for many many years!  So much love to you both! 

Chico Ca Wedding Photographer: Travis and Jessie McCarthy

 

Jessie and Travis have been together for 9 years, going through life’s many adventures together and encouraging one another to follow their ambitions.  Jessie and Travis share a passion for fly fishing which has brought them together for many different exciting trips and time shared doing something they both love.  It has been a great pleasure to witness their love and appreciation for one another.  Jena and I first met with Jessie and Travis for breakfast and the we took a trip up Highway 32, hitting the meadows near the creek and later they geared up for a few casts into the creek.  Through our day Jena and I kept saying how beautiful that day was and how much fun we were having.  That was just the preview of how wonderful their wedding day would be.  

 

September 8, 2018 we joined Travis at the barbershop where he was getting cleaned up for the big day ahead.  He and his groomsmen joked and chatted before heading off to Centerville estates where they would have a few drinks play some ping pong and pool before Travis would see his Bride to be.  

 

Meanwhile, Jessie and her girls were enjoying champagne and being pampered in a suite at Hotel Dimond. Jessie was glowing.  The girls moved from hair to make up sharing stories, jokes and memories.  Jessies mom watched Jessie intently throughout the morning, staying light hearted but also clearly so proud of her little girl.  The morning was filled with a lightness that made every moment special. 

 

Jessie and Travis shared their first look at the Honey Run Covered Bridge.  When Travis turned to see his bride his face lit up with such happiness and excitement it brought Jena and I to tears.  Travis and Jessie decided to share their personal vows during their first look.  They both shared such striking sentiments to one another with confidence and passion. (Again not a dry eye)   

 

The ceremony was one of many laughs and giggles as the officiant shared the individuals adventures before reconnecting with each other.  The evening proceeded with many more laughs and memories shared.  The toasts were heartfelt and some sassy but even those who couldn’t make it were honored and remembered.  This wedding wasn’t just a day for “I Do’s” it was a day where everyone celebrated two wonderful people becoming one, full of heartfelt blessings and so much love.  

 

It was a great honor for Jena and I to be a part of this day.  We absolutely adore you both!

Cheers to many wonderful years!

Chester Ca, Wedding Photographer: Mike and Lauren Melville

These two are set to embark on their greatest adventure yet.  With their impromptu hiking trips and camping trips this couple knows how to find their own adventure.  Mikes proposal was only to be completed at the top of Mount Lassen where we all knew Lauren would be in awe.  It was magical.  It was no surprise when their wedding was just as stunning.

 

This was a magnificently beautiful DIY wedding.  Lauren and Mike had family friends whom had property just outside of Chester California.    It was a short drive into the woods when the tree lines thinned and opened up to breathtaking meadows which lead to the ceremony site. 

 

The ceremony was lovely, the weather was perfect with a slight breeze. All were stunned to see Lauren walk down the aisle with her father.  Lauren wore a custom designed gown where she worked with a designer she found on Etsy from Bulgaria creating a one of a kind masterpiece. The officiant who was a very close friend was so moved her first words were “WOW YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL”.  The ceremony short and sweet and sealed with a kiss!

 

We moved into the reception where all of their friends and family greeted them and wished them well.  Lauren kept the décor simple yet very personal.  When you walked into the reception site you were greeted with “Welcome to Melville” sign and a beautiful homemade collection of crocheted lace dreamcatchers cascading with white strips of fabric.  The tables were adorned with two custom made lanterns placed on wood rounds, eucalyptus and pinecones.  Their head table was decorated with a eucalyptus garland, a wood round, and her bouquet. They sat on a custom-made bench they had made from a twin sized headboard and footboard.  Along the side of the cabin they had old windows hung with photos of them for their guest book.  As the reception progressed we had heart touching speeches from the Maid of Honor and Best Man followed by cutting the cake.  The couple played it safe with forks however Lauren snuck in with a thumb full of frosting right on Mikes nose.     Later in the evening they shared their first dance, father daughter dance, and mother son dance, the night continued with many great dances and memories. 

 

Mike and Lauren, I am truly blessed to have you both in my life.  You both have a very special place in my heart and it was my biggest pleasure to help with and capture your wedding day.  Xoxo

 

Oroville CA, Wedding Photographer Honker Bay: Brian And Brandy Kerr

Brandy and Brian were such a fun couple to work with! We had had so much fun at their engagement session in Burney Falls and we were soo excited when the Big Day finally rolled around! As expected, their wedding was even more wonderful than the engagement shoot!!! 

Brandy is a naturally playful person and when she told us that she wanted to pull a prank on Brian, we were all for it! She had borrowed a, let’s say, dated, wedding dress from a friend and asked us to photograph her groom’s reaction during their First Look. Beforehand, she had told Brian how much she LOVED her dress and hoped he wouldn’t make fun of her and Brian, being the absolute sweetheart that he is, didn’t falter for a moment! Their First Look was so tender and sweet in a beautiful vineyard at their venue, Honker Bay. Little did Brian know that he was in for another surprise when she walked down the aisle in her REAL wedding gown!

Brandy was a vision as she walked down the aisle and only had eyes for Brian. They shared touching vows, a few tears of happiness and joy, then they were husband and wife!

Their reception was incredible; these two have so many people in their lives that care for them and the speeches given were all heartfelt and spoken with great love. Following speeches, there was a breathtaking sunset which beautifully framed Brandy and Brian as we stole them away for just a few more photos! The rest of the evening was full of laughter, dancing, and so much fun!!!

Thank you Brandy and Brian for allowing Jena and I to capture your gorgeous wedding! 

Chico CA, Wedding Photography CARD Center: Madeline and Taylor Robertson

Madeline and Taylor, Where to start?  This couple is extraordinary.  They have a very kind and down to earth nature that made them both great to work for. Jena and I started our day meeting up with Madeline and her bridesmaids.  Jena went to The CARD center to capture Taylor getting ready.  There was so much excitement and love throughout the day it was easy to get swept away into the bliss.  Jena and I captured so many great moments but one of our favorites was when Madeline saw her father for the first time.  They both were overwhelmed with emotion and it was a purely magical moment between father and daughter.  Soon after Madeline and her father walked down the aisle,  Taylor was in awe of Madeline and he radiated pure joy at the sight of her.  When they stood at the alter Madeline giggled with excitement.  They shared a sweet ceremony with many giggles and smiles.  The evening proceeded with dancing, Madeline and Taylor seemed to let the world fall away during their first dance leaving them the only ones in the room.   When all the formal dancing was done they showed their playful sides and mutually smashing cake in each other’s faces, sealed with a grinning kiss.  When walking away from weddings Jena and I usually share our favorite moments; This whole wedding was our favorite.  The people were all so kind and genuine that the “work” part of our day was clearly a privilege.

 

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Robertson!  

Cheers to you both, we wish you many years of happiness.

Chico Family Session! Jessica and Donny

I have been so fortunate to follow this family as they grow.  My first session with them is when Jess was pregnant with their youngest Kaia.  It's probably the most rewarding thing to watch families change and capturing those little moments.  Kaia is at the age where she wants to do everything Kain is doing and has no problem striking a pose and smile.  Kain took a little warming up to me taking his photo but once he was comfortable he relaxed a bit and I was able to capture some great smiles.  Thank you Jess and Donny for giving me the opportunity to photograph your family for so many years.  I hope you love these forever!

Chico Wedding Photographer:  The Palms Pavilion Juan and Monica Zamora

The first time I met Juan and Monica, was in a crowded coffee shop and we were meeting for an initial consultation to talk about wedding details and pricing.  Usually there’s a second meeting where we talk some more and we decide if we book the wedding.  Not this time, Juan and Monica were certain and were ready to book right there (I was a bit unprepared).  They were patient with me while I fumbled and got out my laptop to talk over the contract in that moment I knew they were going to be great to work with.  Monica and Juan share a kindness about them, they are patient, attentive, and genuine.   They both share a love that is forever. 

 

Our day started at The Palms where Monica and her Bridesmaids and grooms woman were getting ready. Monica was glowing, though she was nervous and more reserved when she smiled or spoke of Juan she lit up the room.   The girls were supportive and cheerful making everything seamless and simple.   Monica’s dress was beautifully detailed; it was belted with lovely beadwork that complimented the stunning lace it was made from.   She wore a long custom veil, with a gorgeous headband; her jewelry complimented her brilliance with each shimmering piece.  OH BUT LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT THE CAPE!  She rocked an awesome cape that made her feel like “BATMAN” which how could anyone not LOVE a good cape.  

 

The groomsmen equally were relaxed and excited, it was all very light hearted and enjoyable.  Juan wore a classic look of a black suit, black shirt and a white tie.  He took time to help his groomsmen with their ties and vests, and made sure they looked sharp down to their custom cuff links.   Monica’s dad shared a toast, mentioning how happy he is to have Juan as a son for so many years and how he is excited to officially have him in the family.  They all took a limo from their home to Our Neighborhood church, where the ceremony was to be held.   He patiently waited for his bride to arrive.

The isle was decorated with photos of Monica and Juan from when they were babies up to their wedding day.  The photographs were framed and hung from each church pew as you walked down. The floral arrangements were luxurious, showcasing purple roses, teal orchids, white hydrangeas and more.   The couple honored their lost loved ones with a beautiful table of images to represent the presence in their lives they hold and to share these moments with their memories.   The ceremony held giggles, tears, happiness and so much love.  Juan and Monica wrote their own vows and shared their hopes with each other giving themselves to one another.  Player one has found and married their forever Player two.   

 

After formal family photos, we escaped out the back door reenacted a photo from when Juan and Monica first got together, then we took some lovely photos by the creek and Monica braved the mud with white dress and her bare feet.   I am happy to say it was worth it.  Once we were done the couple hopped in the limo to start the party! 

 

The Palms Pavilion was decorated in purple and teal with accents of peacock feathers.  The seating chart was organized by the couple’s favorite characters from video games and comics instead of the traditional numbers. The bridal party was introduced, soon dinner was served and then we witnessed very real and heart warming speeches from the maid of honor, best man, father of the bride, father of the groom, and last but certainly not least the newlyweds. 

 

Monica and Juan were polite during their cake cutting, which kept them camera ready for their first dance as husband and wife.  Monica and Juan shared a lovely first dance where it seemed as if the world just fell away and it was only the two of them. The next dance Monica was met by her dad where they laughed and danced together; then they gracefully turned over the dance floor to Juan and his mom where they too enjoyed the moments the song held.   The next song welcomed all mothers and sons to the dance floor which was the beginning of this weddings evening of dancing.  

 

Jena and I enjoyed capturing the moments of these two amazing people on their wedding day.  They brought so much joy to so many people that day.  We are truly honored to be a part of such and important memory. 

 

Cheers to you both, may you always find a way to revive each other when the zombies attack! 

Chico Engagement Photographer: Madison and Logan

This couple!  OH MY GOODNESS!  There's some people you meet in life and a bond is instantly formed.  For Madison this could not have been more true, we met at the Chico Bridal show and instantly hit it off.  Madison was enjoying the show with her mom and swung by the booth and filled out my questionnaire.  She got stuck on the "What's you favorite movie/show?"  her mom responded "Grease duh!"  We got to chatting and instantly we just clicked.  Jena and I left with her being one of the last brides we talked to and we were stoked "If she's the only bride we book today it's a win in my book."  A few weeks later BOOM!  I had a message from her in my inbox! YESSSSS!  We set up a meeting to meet with Logan and talk about packages and pricing.  Some times meeting with the groom for the first time he may be a little quiet will let the bride talk mostly, but Logan was equally interested in getting to know us and like Madison created an instant bond.  It is no question as to why Madison and Logan have chosen forever together, they are absolutely perfect!  Logan is super laid back and fun and the way he looks at Madison its as if the world stands still for a moment.  Madison and Logan have faced many obstacles in their relationship and have grown so much closer from them it is very clear they are best friends as well as in love.

Jena and I are both so incredibly excited to capture your wedding day!  

I hope you love these images and weren't too terribly covered in mosquito bites!

 

 

Chico Engagement Photographer Deer Creek: Travis and Jessie

Where do I start with this?!  How about how amazing this day was…  Life has been flying by in the chaos of preparing to move to Texas, attending to the needs of my family, while continuing to work full time and part time.  This day was a VACATION!  Great people, great landscape, and beautiful weather in the middle of January!  When I think about California, this is California. This is what I will miss.  I’m so fortunate to have enjoyed this little bit of heaven before I move.   The air was crisp, (if a bit cold) the sun was just at the right peak, and it was time to capture magic happening in every day life.

  You know you have a great bride and groom when they are open to anything and go with the flow.  We met for breakfast at Great Harvest, cruised up highway 32 reached location and got to work.  Of course Jena was there with me being my off camera wizard helping with lighting looking at the little things and making this session a breeze.  It was a day I needed for myself to be inspired, to create and be in awe of the outcome.   It was perfect. 

Editing has been a real treat; I think I had a smile the whole time.

 Now, I’m going to stop blabbing about my experience and I hope you enjoy this gorgeous bride and her handsome groom that are just as beautiful on the inside.

 

  Travis and Jessie, I hope you fall in love with these photos as much as I have.  You both rocked this shoot and made the experience fun and different.  Jena and I are so pumped for your wedding! 

Paradise Wedding Photographer Paradise Senior center: Eric and Ariel Janko!

Eric and Ariel, much like their Disney character counterparts, have had a fairy tale romance. They fell in love many years ago and finally decided to “dive into” marriage this year! 

Jena and I started our day by meeting up with the bride and her half of the wedding party. The wonderful thing about living in a small town is that so many of us grew up together and one of Ariel‘s bridesmaids is one of Jena‘s oldest friends. That, along with the way that Ariel glowed in anticipation of seeing Eric, made the day such a fun experience!

The weather that day was so beautiful; lots of sun, bright blue skies, and a stunning array of fall colored leaves! The combination created a lovely backdrop for her dress and jewelry; including her grandmothers vintage pearl necklace.

The gentleman arrived at the venue midday to finish setting up. After, they spent their time unwinding with a friendly, if a little competitive, game of beer pong. Eric‘s groomsman were a riot and had Jena in stitches most of the day.

The rest of the afternoon was a whirlwind of excitement! The First Look was full of emotion, Ariel was overwhelmed with love at the side of her groom and Eric could not stop smiling at his bride! Their First Look and wedding party pictures were taken at the aquatic park in our hometown of Paradise. With the  weeping willow and water at the park, we couldn’t help but be reminded of the “Kiss the Girl” scene of The Little Mermaid, how perfect!

The ceremony was as touching as it was charming. The reception was filled with tears and laughter during toasts and throughout the rest of the evening. From the handmade centerpieces, to the hilarious best man’s speech, it was plain to see how much love and care went into their wedding! 

Eric and Ariel, thank you for allowing us to capture the beginning of your happily ever after, we hope you love your photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Chico Wedding Photographer, Bella Rosa Farms: MR. & MRS. Spencer!

There is nothing quite like photographing a wedding for someone who has been a longtime friend. I have known Jordon since elementary school and was so excited when he and Lauren asked me to be their wedding photographer!

They are both such warm and kind people and their wedding really reflected those qualities. It was such a joy to be a part of their day!

Our day began at the historical Hotel Diamond here in Chico, Ca. where we met with Lauren and her lovely wedding party. We whisked her dress away for photos and were awestruck when we opened her dress bag— her Art Deco inspired dress was such a stunning surprise as was her custom made head piece and classic jewelry. Hotel Diamond created a beautiful backdrop for her wedding attire.

Lauren and Jordon chose Bella Rosa Farm as their wedding venue; a first for us to photograph and we were certainly not disappointed! From the charming creek, old pickup truck, and tree fort to the outdoor dance floor, lantern strewn trees, and vintage furniture scattered amongst the grounds we were enchanted!

What was the most enchanting, however, was the bride and groom’s First Look. The way that Lauren and Jordon compliment and treasure each other was very clearly represented in the touching moments they spent together before their ceremony. They were up for anything and so beautiful to photograph! Jena and I had so much fun laughing and joking with them as they happily climbed trees, clambered into trucks, and simply had fun having their pictures taken! They chose to keep the ceremony itself short and sweet before finishing up photos with their hilarious (and quite photogenic!) wedding party and moving on to the reception.

The reception had wonderful food, great dancing, and some very heartfelt toasts given by family in honor of the newlyweds.

We would also like to give a big shoutout to their amazing wedding coordinator Veronica Enns owner and operator of The 530 Bride, She and her team were not only helpful to the bride and groom but also to us! They were professional, organized, and (most importantly to us) very friendly!

Lauren and Jordon, thank you so much for letting me capture all of the loving kindness of your wedding day! We love you guys

Nevada City Ca, Wedding Photographer Miner's Foundry Cultural Center: Mr. and Mrs. Coady

Jack and Sarah brought so many new and exciting aspects to their wedding experience! For one thing, while they loved my overall photography style, they also asked for some highly romantic and dramatic style to be added. I was so excited to have a new challenge! The fact that they chose to have their wedding at the stunningly beautiful Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center in charming Nevada City made the challenge almost effortless. 

While the venue was gorgeous, it was the way that Jack and Sarah looked at each other that truly stands out to Jena and I. The love that shines through as they gaze at one another is what made their photos remarkable; and the way Jack looked at her as she walked down the aisle was pure bliss!

We also had a lovely surprise when, as we were taking photos of the wedding party after the ceremony, we were approached by a nearby business owner who offered to us the use of his nearby courtyard! The hospitality and generosity of Mountain Pastimes were a wonderful and much appreciated surprise to the bride and groom. The climbing ivy and vintage lamppost were the ideal setting to capture the drama and romance that our couple was looking for!

To top it all off, we were awarded a beautiful sunset to complete their photos as we walked back to the Foundry.

From there, they enjoyed the rest of the evening surrounded by delicious traditional Irish food, heartfelt toasts given by loved ones, dancing, and scrumptious cupcakes made by the sister of the groom! 

We hope you love seeing the memories of Jack and Sarah’s wedding as much as we loved capturing them!

Chico Ca Wedding Photographer Tuscan Ridge Golf Course: Mrs. & Mrs. Rhodes

Cheers to Amy and Renee finally tying the knot!  I am beyond happy to have been a part of your wedding!  Jena and I have had the pleasure watching both of you through your journeys.  Since meeting each other it is clear you both have found your match; growing together, encouraging each other, and being the best for one another.  May you have many years of happiness!  

Please enjoy!

Burney Falls Engagement Photographer: Brian & Brandy September 2017

What a session!  I am in love with these shots!  Beautiful people, beautiful scenery, and great lighting!  When Brian and Brandy first met with me we spoke about where they might want to do their photos, I don't even think I let them complete their thoughts before I said "YES, LETS GO THERE!"  For months I have been looking forward to this shoot and it did not let me down.  The day was perfect!  We were able to enjoy our walk around the falls without the weather being too hot and there wasn't too many people out.  When we went out to Brian's childhood home the sun was just down enough for what photographers call "golden hour".  Brian and Brandy matched the beautiful light with some very natural sweet moments which was a pleasure to capture.  I'm pleased to share these with you all!  I hope you enjoy them! 

Chico California Engagement Photographer: Honey Run Covered Bridge, Madeline and Taylor

Hey guys!  I know I've been pretty low key these last few weeks, I've been busy planning for the Chico Bridal show.  I'm here taking a break to share with you this adorable couple whom Jena and  I had the pleasure hanging out with last Sunday.  They are simply perfection,  Both had a great spirit, with fun and willing attitudes.  We cannot wait for the wedding!  Cheers to Madeline and Taylor!  

Chico Ca, Wedding Photographer The Palms: Emma and Chris Denz

Emma and Chris are two souls meant to be.  Their fun loving hearts complement each other and give them a love like no other.  Their wedding was a"punny" kind of sweet leaving little puns throughout their reception, having cheeky cakes, and a chuckle at every glance.  Their day was surrounded with humor and joy with everyone excited to see them become husband and wife. 

We had a splendid time capturing your wedding day and spending so much time with you both!  We adore you guys! Cheers to many years!