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.

 

 

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: TJ Farms Estate. Mr. & Mrs. Williams!

Jeff and Krystle had a very lucky wedding day.  The weather was raining most of the week and was projected to be raining all day of their wedding.  The Weather graced us with a window to do outdoor photos and soon after resumed the pitter patter.  Watching these two connect through out the day was inspiring and electric with happiness but calm with their comfort in each other.  I am so pleased to have met the both of them and their friends an family.  Please enjoy some of their wedding photos.  

Cheers to the both of you and many years!

Anderson Wedding Photographer: Gover Ranch Jason and Holly Thatcher!

I JUST HAVE TO START BY SAYING WE HAD A BALL!  This wedding was incredible and a blast!  The day couldn't have been more beautiful, it was a sunny day that broke up the rainstorms that hit northern California.  Holly and Jason were both nervous the morning leading up to their wedding.  Their first look eased all of their nerves and love filled the air.  Holly's spunky sweet attitude complemented with Jason's quieter quick witted humor left Jena and I giggling throughout the day.  It is safe to say we were in wonderful company during our work day, so was it really work?!  I just love this wedding and I hope you do too!

Bodega Bay Photographer: Bodega Harbor Yacht Club Robert and Christina Zolotoff Wedding

Robert and Christina are two amazing people who are incredibly perfect for one another.  They both had some nerves before their ceremony but once they were together they it was clearly washed away with happiness.  This couple had to be incredibly flexible during their wedding due to the weather.  Their beach wedding was moved into the Bodega Harbor Yacht club where they exchanged their vows, kissed, laughed and danced the night away.   I am so happy to have been included in their wedding and I'm so happy for them in this new chapter in their life!  Cheers to Rob and Christina!