Hanford Ranch Wedding | Nick + Jessilyn

We met Nick & Jessilyn at a bridal show where they were Grand Prize winners of our Engagement Session giveaway! They decided to have their photo session at McKinley Park in Sacramento in the rose garden. When they contacted us to shoot their wedding we were thrilled that we would get to spend more time with them. The venue they had selected was the Hanford Ranch Winery.

When the big day finally came we were stoked as this was our first time at the Hanford Ranch Winery. Jessica got started shooting details and was she in for a treat! Jessilyn had such a wide selection of gorgeous details and Jessi found the perfect blue chair to use as a backdrop.

Jessilyn was finishing up her hair and make-up when her soon-to-be hubby sent over her gift. It was accompanied by his vows which they had agreed they would read for the first time on their wedding day. We made sure Jessilyn was in beautiful light when she read the vows and opened the gift. It was a beautiful moment— the kind that weddings are made for…

Jessilyn had the BEST bridesmaids, and one of them had created a custom jean jacket for Jessilyn. We made sure to take lots of photos during getting ready including Jessilyn’s amazing dress! We also made some time to go outside and take photos of all of the girls in their gorgeous robes!

Now it was time for Jessilyn to put on her dress, and her bridesmaids assisted with the back of the dress and all of her details. Once Jessilyn was completely ready, we took some photos of her in the natural light coming from the open door to the getting ready room. She looked stunning!

Once all the girls were ready, we took some girls bridal party photos, as well as some captures of a special message and a heart patch on Jessilyn’s dress in memory of someone special who could not be here.

Meanwhile, the guys were having their own good time getting Nick ready to marry the love of his life! Nick’s details looked amazing laid out on the pool table at his groomsman’s place.

Nick’s guys helped him get ready and he looked like a million bucks! Nick took some time away from the excitement to open Jessilyn’s gift and read her vows. Afterwards, the guys shared a shot of top-shelf whisky to loosen up and get ready to kill it at the ceremony!

The guys even had time to sink a couple putts on the putting green in the backyard. Nick’s was obviously a hole-in-one and the guys shared some laughter and playful banter right before leaving to the ceremony.

The ceremony looked perfect and the flowers were exquisitely designed and incredibly beautiful! Jessilyn looked picture perfect as she was escorted down the aisle, and the ceremony was one of the most beautiful we have been fortunate to capture!

Did we mention how beautiful the guestbook table and the reception area were decorated? Nick and Jessilyn had designed a succulent initial planter on their photo guestbook table that was one-of-a-kind and the reception area was decorated with beautiful floral arrangements complimented with gold accents. They even had an awesome arch going right over their bridal party table!

Following the ceremony, we captured family pictures, bridal party pictures, and then spent the remaining time with Nick & Jessilyn taking creative portraits. It was a joy to capture the newlyweds looking so good at such a beautiful venue!

Finally, the blog post wouldn’t be complete without sharing Nick & Jessilyn’s amazing dessert table! We probably took way too many photos of it but it looked sooo good!

It was such a perfect day to be a part of and we wish Nick & Jessilyn nothing less than a lifetime of love, laughter, and beautiful memories together!

David Girard Vineyard Wedding | Andrew + Nicole

It had been many months since we had taken Andrew and Nicole’s engagement pictures and we were excited to see them on their most special day!  We arrived early to the hotel rooms where they were getting ready.  Jessi got busy taking photos of Nicole’s gorgeous details – Initiations, rings, pearl necklace… 

I headed off to take a few photos of Andrew.  The guys were low-key, but I could tell Andrew was excited to see his bride! 

Nicole had planned to get ready at David Girard Vineyards, so after make-up and hair was complete, everyone headed to the vineyards. 

We were absolutely blown away by the wow-factor of Nicole’s stunning dress!

After Nicole had been zipped up by her maid of honor, Jessi took some time to photograph the girls swooning over Nicole and share some silly laughter. 

When it was time for the first look, we set Andrew in place and summoned Nicole. As we stood back and let the moment unfold, we could tell how much these two loved each other. It was truly one of the most heartfelt first looks we’ve done—They were both overwhelmed with love for each other two embraced and didn’t let go for a long time!  It was so sweet!

Following the first look we made sure to do some creative portraits prior to the ceremony.  We spent a lot of our time in the beautiful light near the venue.

It was a beautiful ceremony with laughter, tears, and an exciting first kiss! 

 Following the ceremony we captured Andrew and Nicole’s friends and family in the beautiful ceremony location.  Then we explored the property and captured a many beautiful photos in the vineyards and surrounding areas.

After creative pictures we headed to the reception for Andrew and Nicole’s grand announcement!

Andrew and Nicole opted to come out for sunset photos after dinner, and this was so perfect!  We always recommend sunset sessions and you can see why! 

We were able to capture some epic photos before the sun finally set.  Andrew and Nicole spent the rest of the evening celebrating with family + friends.   

Bodega Bay Engagement Session | Edward + Alejandra

We were all set to take beach engagement photos for Edward and Alejandra.  Edward and Alejandra had returned to the place where Edward popped the question for their engagement session.  The location was Bodega Bay Head, a hiking trail in Bodega Bay, CA that features beautiful wild flowers, stunning bluff top vistas, beach access, and abundant wildlife viewing.  There was only one problem... it was cold and windy! 

Despite the uncomfortable conditions, Edward and Alejandra made a go of it in an attempt to get the engagement pictures at the exact location that they got engaged.  High up on one of the cliffs, we snapped as many beautiful engagement photos as we could before it became too much to bear.  With some photos in the bag, we hopped in the car and headed back toward Bodega Bay to look for more photo locations.

We had noticed a colorful candy store with a pink and white exterior on our way to Bodega head.  We navigated back to this spot to see if it would provide a unique backdrop for some more engagement pictures.  The store was called Patrick's Salt Water Taffy, and although we didn't buy any candy, we took some sweet photos using the pink and white striped background! 

At this point, we needed some sunshine, and a better location to take more engagement pictures.  The only problem was that the sun was dropping fast and we only had a few minutes before sunset!  We hopped in car and raced away from the coast as fast as we could!  We could see rays of sun in the distance, and we knew that it was only a matter of time before we found a location with beautiful golden hour light to finish the engagement session. Finally, after 20 minutes of driving away from the gray clouds covering the coast, we reached a place where the light was gorgeous! (It was actually a parking lot but we made it work!)

Despite the change in plans, we had an amazing day with Edward and Alejandra.  Sometimes, you don't get what you bargained for, but you have to make the best of it and stay positive.  This is exactly what Edward and Alejandra did!  They were even so kind to send us a coffee gift in the mail after we delivered the photos! (They must have known we LOVE coffee!)