California Winery Wedding | Rebecca + Nicholas

High school sweethearts, Rebecca and Nicholas knew each other long before they ever got together. And while it took a little bit of time to convince Nicholas to try dating Rebecca, it was well worth the wait. One of the deeply magical things about this wedding was the intensity at which Nicholas now loves this Bride. If it takes some time for someone to get to that love, I think we'd all be willing to wait. 

I was in LOVE with all of the details at this wedding. These are some of my favorite images to date and I had a hard time narrowing down what to show you! I hope you love seeing tons of photos, because here they come!

Wedding Prep

The gentlemen got ready at the upper house, which came complete with an adorable outhouse. I know, outhouse and "adorable" don't normally go together, but this one had an outdoor sink and mirror.

Dad helped put on the bow tie.

Dad helped put on the bow tie.

I loved the groom's family! They reminded me of my own mom and dad.

I loved the groom's family! They reminded me of my own mom and dad.

A gorgeous bohemian bouquet for the Bride.

A gorgeous bohemian bouquet for the Bride.

I mean, that flower crown is a work of art!

I mean, that flower crown is a work of art!

First Look & Couples Session

The first look took place next to this old tree overlooking the winery, valley and barn.

The first look took place next to this gorgeous old tree overlooking the winery and barn.

Wedding Party

Ceremony

Don't forget to highlight your favorite bible verse. 

Don't forget to highlight your favorite bible verse. 

There was not a dry eye in the audience when the Groom said his vows. Even I was tearing up. This is what I meant by the depth of his love for her.

Reception

How adorable are these little succulent planter favors?!

How adorable are these little succulent planter favors?!

Holy dessert bar batman! The pies looked divine. I mean just look at this strawberry one:

So this was fun. The couple played a game where they are given questions and raised a shoe to indicate who they think the statement pertains to. For example, who is most likely to flake on the laundry:

Speeches were made.

Speeches were made.

And the father daughter dance became emotional.

And the father daughter dance became emotional.

What a great candle lit evening to celebrate the union of these two amazing individuals.

My Three Words | Destination Wedding Photographer

When someone comes to me asking about a photo shoot, I usually ask them how they want to be photographed. Many times this is met with very confused faces. Typically, I get the blank stare and the answer: "I just want to look good." I think I've got that covered! So I've started narrowing things down by asking them to come up with three words that pertain to the look and feel of their shoot. Adjectives that you want to feel when you look at the photos.

For example, an engagement couple might say they want a photoshoot that is "fun", "light", and "romantic". This is an awesome way to describe a shoot. I can now manage their expectations by shooting more journalistic fun lifestyle photos mixed with some intimate moments. I'll know that they will probably want more daytime shots to provide an airy, light atmosphere.

But this doesn't just apply to a particular shoot. For my brand and life, I've developed three words that I try to implement into all of my photographic styles. And I wanted to share with you those words that keep me aligned with my style and brand. I always try to at least have one of these adjectives interjected in my pictures.

1. Adventurous

I am all about travel, new places, and destinations. So, in many of my photos, I'm looking at the adventure. Let's get out and see new things. How can we get outside of our comfort zones and into some unique places and experiences? I grew up dreaming of far off places and crazy escapades. If you have a new location you want to go to, hit me up and I'll be there!

2. Romantic

Romance just attracts me. Part of why I'm a photographer who specializes in weddings is because I am drawn to people in love. Relationships are so important in life and romance should never die. I think everyone deserves to have images that show them in a romantic and intimate nature. Something they can hold dear to themselves, even if they don't share it with others.

3. Fun

Fun might be a generic word, but man do I mean it! There is no reason we can't enjoy the time we spend together. I'm quirky and I know how to bring out the weird. Bring on the nerd, and I'll be right there with you. We can laugh and joke as much as you'd like!

 

What are your three words? How would you describe yourself?