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The love of nature, music and creativity are just a few things this sweet couple have in common.  Not only do they actually make music together (Michele plays the ukelele and Keith plays guitar – both sing) but Michelle paints and Keith is a talented wood craftsman.  Many of the details photographed in their wedding are actually lovingly homemade.  The weather in Foresthill was absolutely perfect and Michele glowed in her lace wedding gown.

Venue: Forest House Lodge
Floral: Bryan’s Florist
Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair (bride): Marcie Arnold
Hair (bridesmaids): Michele Anfinson (bride)
Cake: Monica at Forest House Lodge
DJ: Chris Feigles
Classic Guitar: Daniel Radu

Michele became a little teary eyed after viewing herself in the mirror and realizing she was soon going to marry the man of her dreams!

Michele you are simply beautiful…

Remember how I mentioned all the handmade details?  Well, these necklaces Michele gifted to her bridesmaids were all different and all crafted by hand.  How sweet!

Keith made such a handsome groom!

Keith’s family was fun and my second shooter Chris caught this image before walking down the aisle.  I think it shows a little bit of their personality :).  Keith’s brother, Kevin (on the left), is also a local wedding photographer (along with his beautiful wife Stephanie – also a bridesmaid).  Ack, the pressure!  I totally know they were watching me the whole time like a hawk – I would have done the same thing!

Check out Keith’s expression as he watches his beautiful bride walk down the aisle…

Their vows were emotionally moving…

I just love this sun bleached shot!

A quick hug from her dad…

Showing a little of their personalities:)

It just so happened the Western States 100 mile run was happening the day of their wedding and the course passed right in front of the Forest House Lodge!  We had a little fun and got a couple of photos along side one of the runners:)

Pen cup handmade by Keith…

A first for me, a two sided wedding cake!  Loved it!

Adorable ukelele and guitar wedding topper…

Hand painted by Michele – beautiful!

The darts were a gift to the groomsmen and also handmade by Keith.

The wedding favor was a cd of music written and recorded by this sweet couple – the cover images were favorites from their engagement session…

The favor disc was a replica of the hand painted art displayed by the wedding cake…

Those adorable cowboy boots were also hand painted by Michele!

A tradition in Michele’s family is to pass out jordan almond confetti to guests…

The best man, Keith, giving his toast…

and it was funny…

Michele’s dad wanted to share some words, a toast and cigars with the guys…

A big thanks to Chris Cooke (my second photographer) for getting this shot while I was inside covering the dancing!  You pretty much made my night:)

  • white daisy photography - Stunning images Heather! Great job!

  • Stephanie Anfinson - Beautiful work, Heather!

  • Marleen Hirton - Absolutely beautiful pictures, Heather. You captured everything. Especially personality And you made us all feel so relaxed. You Rock!!

  • Wendy Cevola - We were sad to have missed this beautiful wedding day. Seeing the photos made Dan and I feel that we didn’t miss out entirely because we now know what it looked like and we can see the love and joy between these two newly weds. Cheers, Wendy and Dan

  • Doug - These are incredible. I love some of the artsy stuff with sun and smoke those really blew me away. They look like something out of a magazine.

  • Corlis Batalo - Lovely wedding and beautiful shots capturing the wonderful event!
    Uncle Wayne and Auntie Corlis

  • Lucinda Serynek - The photos are amazing and beautiful! They exquisitely captured a beautiful bride and handsome groom!

  • Cheryl - So beautiful! If I were the bride I don’t know how I would pick my favorites! These truly capture the personalities of Michele and Keith. Amazing work!

  • Betty Lewis - What awesome pictures of a stunning bride and her handsome husband!

  • Anne DeStefanp - Loved the pics of the guitar and the girls in the cowboy boots. I am glad to see black and white photos are still in. All the pictures are great. I like the variety and not just all pictured of people. Thanks for sharing. Anne

  • Janet Radford - Made me cry all over again reliving that special day with my special god-daughter and her amazing husband. What an addition to the family. And he plays a mean Bocce Ball!!!

  • Madalyn Craviotto - Fantastic! Beautiful and imaginagtive.

  • Michele - Everything about this gives me chills. Heather is so tallented and passionate. She is so amazing to work with, calm and positive :) heather i respect your art! The pictures really do capture how absolutely special and happy our day was! I have been saying that i wish we could relive our day. Now that we have pictures like these, we actually can. Xoxo Thank you!

  • Sue Murray - Such beautiful pictures of a beautiful & talented couple!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Linda Tyler - What a beautiful wedding. Michele & Keith are such a precious couple. I love the CD they made together!! These pictures are just amazing, so fantastic and fun.

    Linda Tyler

  • Tom - Great photos of a fantastic day!

  • Cheryl Davis - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple on a beautiful day!!!

  • Jane Rasmussen - Beautiful pictures that really captured the magic of the day!

  • Melodee Orsolini - The photos were beautiful and captured the magic,joy and true love of the couple,family and time honored and treasured event. It was truly a special day. The bride and groom were gorgeous! xxoo Roger and Melodee

  • Sue Anfinson - What a great day! The wedding was wonderful and looking at your beautiful pictures was like re-living this special event. Good work Heather!

  • Pat Anfinson - Beautiful pictures Heather, thanks so much!

  • Susan Priest - These pictures are truly beautiful and the weeding couple look so happy and so much in love.

  • Judith Vaughn - These images are so full of feeling…..they reflect the love Michelle and Keith Share! Thanks for sharing!

Katie and Tommy met while on a church mission in Guatemala.  Pretty much instantly they fell in love.  Together for a couple of years its now time to tie the knot.  They live in Kansas but since Katie grew up in Folsom, they decided to have their wedding locally at the Flower Farm Inn.  I’m so glad they decided to meet with me for a little engagement session the week before their wedding because not only did I get to know these two a little bit better (and meet Tommy for the first time!) but I got to see just how super in love, and stinkin’ adorable, they are!  Their wedding was just last weekend and I cannot wait to share those images very soon!

I had the honor of photographing this beautiful family recently at Gibson Ranch.  Laura and Jeff’s children are seriously adorable, and with Gabriella’s upcoming birthday her pink princess dress created the perfect outfit for her.  I just love how light and lovely the image above on the dock feels.

See what I mean? Way too cute…

Ethan wasn’t all that jazzed about having his pictures taken but I’d say he did an excellent job!

I love this snuggly photo of mom and daughter…

I couldn’t resist taking advantage of the sun with a silhouette on this hill…

And now you see where the kids get their good looks!  Gorgeous…


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Tamara and Nate’s Carmel Valley wedding was ah-mazing.  I feel the need to apologize ahead of time for the uber long 2 part blog post.  I really tried to cut the images down – and did a LOT – but am still left with a lot I wanted to share.  A large portion of them are of the DIY details Tamara put together.  Another large portion are images of this adorable couple as they are incredibly comfortable and cuddly in front of the camera – allowing me to take a lot of lovely photos!

The yellow and brown color scheme was a beautiful complement to Holman Ranch’s picturesque location.  Everywhere I looked, the level of detail amazed me the entire time – from the ceremony site to the table decor to the candy bar.  Tam absolutely could be a wedding stylist if she wanted to!  I was totally in love.  Plus, this couple is beyond sweet and I seriously adore them and I felt very blessed to be there with them!

Nate is from Montana and with his and Tam’s shared love of CA and the water, they really wanted a ranch style venue but near the coast.  Holman Ranch was it!  I hope you get a sense of how stunning this location is from the details I was able to capture – as well as enjoy the very tender moments of their wedding!

Venue: Holman Ranch
Hair: Jay, Shinbi Salon
Makeup: MAC
DJ: Jack Crawford, Music Now
Videographer: Kyle Garrett
Floral: Julio Delucci
Cake & Desserts: Homemade
Catering: Michael’s Catering
Rentals: Chic Event Rentals

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holman ranch ceremony site
holman ranch wedding dress hanging by door
yellow toms bridal shoes
vintage bridal jewelry macro photo
bride getting dressed at holman ranch

View part 2 of Tamara and Nate’s wedding here!

Children are out of school, temps are heating up, and June 20th has arrived (and past)… Welcome to summer! I’ve always loved this season as it brings back wonderful memories of barbeque’s, pool parties, and of course, time spent with the family. To kick off the summer season, I thought we’d share some of our favorite family photography sessions here in Sacramento.

Sacramento is a great city to capture those summer traditions (and photos) that we love! Is there anything sweeter than a gorgeous family in the park? Look at those smiling faces!
We can’t help but fall in love with shots of children playing outside. Doesn’t this make you wish you were with them?

And of course Sacramento is fun for love in the summer, this couple makes us smile every time…and plan our next date night!

We’d love to hear from you, what are your favorite summer memories? Any favorite summer snapshots?