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.

 

 

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.

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!

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! 

   

Chico Wedding Photographer: Lakeside Pavilion & Forest Ranch Baptist Church: Mr. & Mrs. Giglio!!!!

This couple was surrounded with joy and blessings from their family and friends who traveled many distances to support the newlyweds.  John and Sarah's wedding was so unique, from beginning to end.  The weather worked with us by providing an incredible moment where John and Sarah's first look stunned Jena and I with the raw love and joy resonating between them.  The day continued to surprise us with snow, more sunshine, and so much more love!  The ceremony was traditional with a personal flare where John and Sarah shared their first communion together and John's brother(AKA best man) and future sister in-law preformed and led the guests in the couples preferred hymns.  After the ceremony we all met down at Lakeside Pavilion and continued the evenings festivities where they danced, laughed, and smashed cake in each others face!  At the end of the evening the guest lined up the walk way and sent Sarah and John off in style.  I hope you enjoy their images and story as much as we do!

  Sarah and John we wish you all the happiness in the world!  It was such a pleasure to capture your wedding day.

 

 

Best of 2016

2016 was an incredible year for EMK photography!  We worked with some of the best couples and  enjoyed the parties of the year.  We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with so many special people and we look forward to meeting more in the years to come!

 Cheers to the Newly weds of 2016

Michael and Melissa Holland 

April 29th 2016

Tuscan Ridge Golf Course Paradise California

Angela and Justin Morely

May 7th 2016

Princeton California Private Estate