There is something so comforting about rustic weddings — they are always so warm and inviting! I had the pleasure of shooting two rustic-inspired weddings this season, and wanted to share some inspiration from them with you today. If you’re planning a rustic wedding, I hope these images will give you a few good ideas! They come from Kim and Ken’s wedding, and Austin and Brian’s wedding. Please check out their complete blog posts for even more inspiring images!
Signature drinks are so popular at weddings, and so many of my couples have taken beverages and made them their own! I would like to share a few of my clients’ special drinks with you today.
Julie and Rajan shared an Indian-inspired cocktail with guests, while Desiree and Jarrod dressed up drinks with simple straws and flags. Beka and Josh served colorful beverages in mason jars, and Didi and Tim made their own wine labels to cover wine bottles. I hope some of these drinks inspire you to make your own custom cocktails!
Now that Desiree and Jarrod’s wedding has been featured in San Francisco Bride‘s current issue, I am so excited to share their images here on my blog! Desiree and Jarrod’s lucky number is 13, so the couple decided to get married on the 13th of the month, which happened to be a Wednesday. The couple also drew inspiration for their wedding from their lucky number, creating in intricate Alice in Wonderland theme at a private residence in Sonoma. Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Events planned a gorgeous wedding and Eden of End-Design did such an incredible job making the estate a dreamy wonderland for this intimate destination wedding. Cake Coquette also made the gorgeous and delicious cakes!
So pleased that after a long wait, Desiree and Jarrod’s wedding is featured in San Francisco Bride‘s current issue! Their “Alice in Wonderland” theme sprang from the unusual occurrence of the number 13 being their lucky number. They got married on a Wednesday because it was the 13th of the month! Rosemary Hattenbach of Rosemary Special Events planned a gorgeous wedding and Eden of End-Design did such an incredible job making the estate a dreamy wonderland for this intimate destination wedding.
Walker and Scott had a lovely wedding at Mayacama, a private club in the mountains of Sonoma Valley. Their wedding and its delightful details—including stunning flower arrangements of orchids and peach roses—was first featured on Style Me Pretty. I am excited that their wedding was again featured, this time on Elizabeth Anne Designs!
Vendors involved in Walker and Scott’s wedding included:
Bridal gown: Romona Keveza
Coordinator: Stephanie Beer of Covenant Coordinating
Florist: Green Valley Growers
When I think of Christmas, I think of red. Red lights on our trees, red sprinkles on cookies, red wrapping paper. So, as we all get ready for Christmas, I thought I would share a few favorite red-hued images with you! Happy shopping and decorating!
I’ve been photographing these boys since the second was a baby. Lori called me last week in a pinch because the photos she tried taking of the boys for their holiday card didn’t turn out. We did a very quick, last minute shoot. She wanted a “barn” look and in a pinch I found these couple of fun locations in Oakland!
I was fortunate enough to go back to Rancho La Puerta for a second time to photograph their marketing materials. The last time I was there I photographed the resort’s fitness program and cooking school. This time my assignment was the spa. I’ve sprinkled some from the last shoot in here as well so you can get an overall feel. This place is truly special. Everyone who goes — and some people have been going every year for thirty years! — describes it as “summer camp for adults.” I do think that’s the best description. It’s active, it’s relaxing, it’s social and healthy. It as everything I would look for if I was going to a spa — and many people agree with me, as it was recently voted “best destination health spa” by Travel and Leisure readers for the second year in a row. My days, when I’m not shooting, start with an early morning hike, healthy breakfast, 9:00 a.m. stretch class, 10:00 a.m. tennis clinic or yoga, 11:00 a.m. swim class, noon lunch and then afternoon of pool time or spa time. Healthy dinner with fun friends met at classes or at community dining tables, and then early to bed unless going to a special presentation — this time, they had some wonderful musicians who did almost nightly performances.
The spa treatments I got this time, much needed at the end of the wedding season, were unbelievable. The most amazing experience was a Watsu massage, which is a water massage in the pool. The visiting practitioner is one of the best in the world. I ran into one of my former brides the last time I was there (she was there with her mother and sister), and she told me about the “four hands” massage. Truly one of the most decadent things you can ever do, but absolutely the BEST. Mike and Jesus worked in absolute unison on BOTH SIDES of my body! They were like synchronized swimmers! Chiropractic, deep tissue, cranial sacral therapy. All of that combined with healthy eating and loads of exercise, gosh, was my body feeling good when I came home. I would highly recommend a visit to this truly special place! Enjoy the photos!