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.

 

 

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 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!

 

 

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 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!

Chico Photographer: Bidwell mansion Elopement Nick and Becca Sullivan

Nick and Becca had a very unique wedding, surprising friends and family of their nuptials.  On the morning of Saturday November 19th 2016 we all met down at Bidwell Mansion to do formal photos safe out of the rain.  Later in the evening their ceremony was held in the comforts of their new home.  They were surrounded by their closest loved ones while they exchanged "I Do's"  Congratulations to the couple! Cheers to 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!

 

 

Nevada City Photographer: Schrammsberg Estate Wedding Ian and Caitlin

This wedding was incredibly special to me.  My cousin Ian and his bride Caitlin chose me to photograph their wedding.  I am so honored to have been such a crucial part of such an important day.  The day started with busy morning set up and moved into hair and make up.  The men were down putting the finishing touches on the ceremony site and once done, played a few games of corn bag toss.  The gals chatted and laughed, oohhh'd and Awe'd.  The air was electric with excitement and love.   The couple wrote letters, shared gifts, and relaxed with their closest friends.  The first look was like a scene from a movie, stunning all who witnessed the breathtaking moment.  Sharing unique and beautiful vows, hand fast with the family tartan, and married before family and friends; the Ferrell's shared a sureness, a depth, their love.  The evening followed with lots of dancing from slow, quick, to funky  because this couple knew how to get all of their guests on the dance floor.

CHEERS TO IAN AND CAITLIN!

I wish you both life long happiness!

Mr. And Mrs. Lucanic!

Upon meeting this couple I could see how they compliment each other.  During their ceremony their officiant/friend said a few words about the relationship between Jim and Megan, he spoke about how when Megan spoke of Jim she would light up, and for a quiet person she sure had a lot of good things to say.  As for Jim people openly spoke about the kindness and love he shares with Megan and how he has clearly fallen head over heels for her.  Their story of how they met was wonderful and was explained during a rap from their bridesmaid Ashley,  She spoke about how Megan transferred to chico dispatch and she caught Jim's eye.  It was just a little time before they would be walking down the isle and sharing their vows.  So here we are, please enjoy Jim and Megan's wedding day!