This is a post I had forgotten to share- oops! Sam is a bride of mine from a couple of years ago. She had been pursuing her degree the whole time I’ve known her and finally graduated! I’m so happy and proud of you! Her mom came along for the session and Sam wanted to have a special photo with her as well as a reminder of how thankful she was for her mom’s support along the way.
I love it when my wedding clients contact me to photograph their growing family! The Soriano’s were one of my first wedding clients and they will always hold a dear place in my heart. Please enjoy some of my favorite images from this fall family photography session set in Vallejo.
Fall mini photography sessions are here! These are perfect for your annual family photo, a mini session with your beloved significant other and for holiday cards to send out to friends and family. All orders must be submitted by December 1st for guaranteed holiday delivery. Photo sessions will be held at local Sacramento (Roseville, Rocklin, etc) area parks. If demand arises, I may make a San Francisco day for bay area clients! Book now while space is available!
I’ve photographed a number of weddings at the Flower Farm Inn and each one is uniquely different and special, just like the couples who plan them. Larisa and Eric’s did not disappoint. Going a bit against the grain, Larisa chose blue and gold as their colors and the end result, along with their thoughtful decor, was an elegant display that was warm and inviting. Opting out of a standard wedding party, the couple embraced each of their guests with just as much importance. Photography was their most valued part of their day (no pressure for me! Haha) so we were able to set a lot of time aside for photos. I adore this couple (they’re runners too!) and am so excited to see how their love and life unfolds.
Venue – Flower Farm Inn / Wedding Coordinator – Obsessed Events / DJ – TJ Jurado / Officiant – Eva, their family friend / Hair & Makeup: All Dolled Up / Dress – Maggie Sottero, De La Rosa’s Bridal / Flowers – Blooms / Shoes – Nina (and then comfy flip flops) / Caterer – Rayna’s Gourmet Catering / Favors – The Knot / Rentals – It’s All in the Details, Megan Hodapp / Pies – Nugget / Pie Topper – Hand made by Eric’s Aunt and Cousin / Pickle Jar Labels & Welcome Sign – Hand drawn by Eric’s Cousin / Photobooth – Michael Smith Photography
I love it when couples decide to have a first look. We have so much more time to photograph and this also allows couples to have these moments be a little more private. You know, like not in front of a hundred guests.
I loved the bouquet!
I loved their unique centerpieces of twinkle light branches. They created a nice ambiance during the reception. Here’s a fun tidbit: The pickle jars used as centerpieces were real jars of pickles puchased at Costco. The couple gave the pickles to friends and family to eat and asked they return the jars for their wedding.
They included a unique tree ceremony during their vows. The pear tree was given water from Folsom Lake and the couple’s non-chlorinated pool. Soil was shared from each of their fathers’ backyards. The tree will be a wonderful addition to their backyard and, as it is nourished, grows and deepens its roots, so will Eric and Larisa’s love and relationship grow in their marriage.
I had to include this image as it shows Eric’s personality… “hmmm, should I say yes?” Yes!
Here, Larisa’s mom is saying she picked a good guy because he had a car, a job and a bike. Superhero status for Eric! This was a fun moment.
Their photography was one of their most valued parts of their wedding so we were able to ensure lots of time in front of the camera. I pulled them out at dusk, just after dinner, for this final session of the day. The red truck is so fun!
Time to party! TJ the DJ said this was the longest conga line he had ever seen. Everyone got into it!
When I first met Kim and her mom to discuss her wedding photography I knew we were a match. Kim’s down-to-earth and kind demeanor resonated with me and I recognized we would work very well together. I was so excited when she ultimately chose me. I met Mike for the first time at their engagement session and could tell just how much this couple love and respect each other. And, of course, I love the Flower Farm Inn and knew their wedding would be lovely. The couple’s affinity for Dutch Bros coffee is highlighted with a coffee bar that served specialty drinks to guests and the chosen yellow and cream color scheme really pops and is oh so cheery. Details about their wedding are shared at the end of this post.
Kim had custom made cufflinks made for Mike. An initial to represent both of their names.
Kim looked so elegant.
Her bridal gift? Her favorite perfume.
Venue: Flower Farm Inn
Dress: Nordstrom Wedding Suite
Hair: Kristin Addiego
DJ: Nick Dekalb
Caterer: Randy Peters Catering
Pies: Mike’s mom
Invitations, jam favors, custom signs, place cards: DIY
Coffee: Dutch Bros Granite Bay